My state organization, the Illinois African Violet Society, had its annual spring show yesterday. Those of you who are show growers know that a show is truly a group effort. Ours is no different. We pitch in and help each other wherever and whenever we can.
Here it is in its box, ready to leave the house.
And here it is in the Honor Court as Best Trailer. It was the ONLY trailer in its class, so its blue ribbon automatically made it best-in-class. Since it was the only trailer in the show, and was best-in-class, it was Best Trailer. As the late Kent Stork said to me in the past, “Annie, you really smoked the competition in that class!” :-D
And here is my dish garden. Much to my dismay, the vendor we ordered sale plants from would not ship any blooming minis because they had a show our weekend. One of the members gave me a small mini with only one blossom. I gratefully took it, but I learned a lesson: Wait to put the plant in the design until the morning of the show. The one little blossom was spent by morning :-( I left it alone and the judges were kind. They could tell what had happened. It did get a blue, even with what was left of the one blossom, and it was best-in-class. I was awarded a Judges’ Special Award for it because I think the judges liked my landscape plan.
We had a very unique and very beautiful set up in the center court of the mall
Here is the Best-in-Show and Best Standard plant: Ian-Minuet
I’m trying something new in this post – following is what I’m calling a “Shorty.” I did a video walk through of the show. The sound is not great because a mall, is a mall, is a mall, is a very noisy place :-D Even so, I hope you will enjoy seeing our show.