Time to smell the flowers

By Gray Hughes

fLOWER JUDGES — From left, Amy Jacobs, Colleen Lewis and Cheryl Rudel deliberate over flowers in the container garden category in 2017. They judge against the standards of the category so everyone could potentially receive a blue ribbon in each category. [File Photo]­

It’s time to smell the flowers in Hill City — literally.

The “Everything is Coming up Roses” Hill City Flower Show is set to take place Saturday, July 27.

The flower show will take place at the Boys and Girls Club located at 297 Walnut Ave.

Exhibits are taken from 8-10 a.m. with judging beginning at 10 a.m. The show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The show is open to all amateur gardeners and flower lovers. Admission is free.

There are eight categories: annuals (category “A”), perennials that are not wildflowers (category “B”), wild flowers (category “C”), fair gardens (category “D”), container gardens (category “E”), arrangements (category “F”), table setting (category “G”) and children’s division (category “H”).

Each category has different subsections. One Best of Show ribbon will be handed in each of the following divisions: A, B, D, E, F and G. For the children’s category prizes will be handed out  as the judges feel appropriate. There will also be a People’s Choice award.

Wildflowers may be cut on private land with permission of the owner. Under two pounds of wild plant materials may be carefully cut on National Forest land for non-commercial use, according to Forest Service policy.

Membership in the Hill City Evergreen Garden Club is not required to participate. There is no pre-registration. All entries must be removed between 3-3:30 p.m. None will be released before 3 p.m.

The exhibitor must grow all entries with the exception of wild flowers, flowers used in the arrangement class and those used in the table setting category. Plants in container gardens must be grown together for a minimum of four weeks.

All entries must be labeled with the correct name and all entries in categories A, B and C must be displayed in a clear, glass vase, jar or bottle.

For more information, please contact Merlene Broer at 574-0260 or Sheila Grieme at 209-0251.