On a beautiful spring day on Friday, Drew Becher, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, awarded 11 students “Best in Show” ribbons for their entries in the Junior Flower Show at Temple Ambler’s Earthfest and Kids Grow Expo.
Students in five age divisions – A: up to and including second grade; B: grades 3-5; C: grades 6-8; D: grades 9-12; and E: ungraded — competed in several artistic and horticulture classes for Earthfest, which attracted 6,000 children, families and educators.
Artistic classes for the Junior Flower Show included crafty creatures, table setting arrangements, bird feeders, seed mosaics, jewelry, and more.
The Horticulture classes included blooming flowering plants, foliage plants, container-grown vegetables, cactus and succulents, herbs, hanging baskets, dish gardens, terrariums and more.
The Best of Show Winners were:
• A-April Serrano, St. Francis Xavier School, jewelry
• B- Nick Litzenberger/Clayton Leichliter, Durham Nockamixon Elementary School, table setting
• C-Marissa Ward, Sandy Run Middle School, crafty creature
• D-J’Nae Flythe, W. B. Saul High School, crafty creature
• E-Matthew Dietl, Chester County Intermediate Preschool Special Class, bird feeder
• A-Kyra Zamborsky, Maple Glen Elementary, terrarium
• B-Fort Washington Garden Club, Fort Washington Elementary School, container-grown vegetable
• C- Douglas Boehme, St. Helena’s School, cactus and succulents
• D – Brandi Tyler, W. B. Saul High School, herbs
• E – Samira Turner, John Moffet Elementary School, foliage plant
PHS’s annual Kids Grow Expo partners with Temple Ambler’s EarthFest to allow youngsters to participate in educational displays, service learning projects and a Junior Flower Show related to environmental awareness. The 2010 Kids Grow theme, “Planting Seeds, Growing Lives,” offered fun, interactive ways for children to examine seeds and the tiny miracles that result in everything from a sunflower to a head of lettuce to a towering oak tree.
“It all comes down to giving these students a way to express themselves while discovering the beauty of the natural world,” PHS’s Flossie Narducci said. “Like the Philadelphia International Flower Show, a panel of judges awards ribbons, but the competition isn’t the real motivator. It’s the thrill of learning something new that inspires the kids!”
This year marks the 35th year PHS has sponsored this horticultural exhibition (it has been part of EarthFest since 2004).