Flower show this weekend

By Jeff Smith

The Hill City Flower Show is this Saturday, July 22. Be sure to check out all of the flowers and activities.

The Hill City Flower Show offers a lot to those who attend. Among the activities are looking at grandiose displays of flowers and listening to the presentations of area garden specialists.

There is a different theme each year for the event.

This year’s flower show is called “Music in the Garden” and will take place on Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is sponsored by the Hill City Evergreen Garden Club.

Merlene Broer, president of the Hill City Evergreen Garden Club, said it’s fun for people to show off what they are able to grow.

“It’s hard to grow a garden and flowers in Hill City because of the weather and soil,” Broer said.

A highlight for many might be bragging about what they are are able to grow and present it to the public.

Entries in the show will be accepted 8-10 a.m. on July 22.  Everyone is encouraged to enter.

Garden clubs across the country put together a flower show every year, and putting together one has always been something that the Hill City garden club likes to do.

A garden show of some type has been in Hill City since 1987. The garden club may not have had the same name, but it was always the same type of club.

Broer said they advertise it not just for Hill City residents but for everybody who likes to grow a garden.

“We got people from Rapid City and the surrounding area,” Broer said. “We love that.”

About half of the people involved are members of the Hill City Evergreen Garden Club.

There are six categories of flowers that will be judged. Each one has different standards to try to meet. The flowers aren’t judged against one another but by the standards.

“They’re never in competition, but it’s just whether or not the specimen is good or not,” Broer said.

Every entry in a show could receive a blue ribbon. There are also ribbons for Best in Show and People’s Choice.

There are five Best of Show ribbons in different categories.

People’s Choice is where the attendees can choose one entry they like out of everything. 

Broer said there are around 60 people who usuallyparticipate in the flower show, including children.

Cheryl Rudel is the judge for the show.

The plants or flowers are judged on the criteria for that specific entry.

Since the theme for this year is “Music in the Garden,” there will be three or four community members present in the afternoon to entertain the audience. One is a keyboardist, one a flutist and the other one is a guitarist.

A children’s activity will be held at 10 a.m. on July 22. Art teacher Gina Kassube will instruct children on how to create a take-home art project.

Refreshments will be available in the gazebo throughout the day, and garden items will be raffled. Tickets are $1 or six for $5. All of the money raised will go to the Boys & Girls Club.

Every year there are different possibilities for the theme and a commission chooses which is best. They decided to choose “Music in the Garden” because they were able to incorporate several things and decorations, Broer said. The garden club members are going to make “flowers” out of vinyl records

The event takes place at the Boys & Girls Club in Hill City, which is across from the 1880 train.

The festivities are free and open to the public.

Broer said people bring more visitors to the event year after year.

“Once they come to the show they encourage other people to come,” Broer said.