Every Blooming Thing: The fair of the century

Pictured are some of the award ribbons won by Red Bluff Garden Club member Kathy Bramhall for her entries in the Tehama District Fair Flower Show.

 

The Fair of the Century is coming up April 30-May 3, 2020! Yes, earlier than ever! This is the Tehama District Fair’s 100th year of recognizing the resources—plant, animal, and human—of Tehama County. Red Bluff Garden Club has been in existence since 1955, making contributions to the Fair Flower Show since that time. We’ve made some changes over the years. This year we have more new divisions and classes. 

We have a Wheelbarrow Garden class—open to all adult exhibitors. (Juniors have their own in Division 540—for both individuals and groups.) Let your imagination go! 

In Horticulture, adults have Container Plants Grown for Flowers (Don’t you have an African Violet or Orchid in bloom?), Container Plants Grown for Foliage (Enter that beautiful potted fern or begonia!) and the fun one—Unusual Plants or Containers. Exhibitors, I urge you to start your grooming/cleaning, pinching/pruning now! Scope out your garden for Arboreal Branches—this is a pretty easy Division as far as prep is concerned (cut a 30 inch branch from a tree or shrub to bring,) and there is a $25 cash award for winning the Aboreal Award! We’re keeping the Cut Flowers division and have added a $25 cash award! It is early, our gardens are still in winter mode, but be thinking of what you will have in bloom and enter! Lastly in Horticulture we have Combination Plantings—Hint, be sure to name your plants. 

Design Division! Last year we had over 60 juniors enter in their Division mostly thanks to the Red Bluff High School FFA Floral Design group. This year we look forward to seeing their creations again. Pre-school through 7-years (you can’t start too young!) have a standard design of 12 inch-or-more titled “Play Time,” a petite design—less than 8” inches tall and wide—titled “Candy & Lace”, and a table setting for one person titled “Home Sweet Home”. The age 8 through 12 and age 13 through 17 exhibitors have a standard design using the fair theme, The Fair of the Century, a petite titled “Spring Fling” and a table setting appropriate for an “Evening Party”. 

Adult Designs are Division 147 Designer’s Choice, Division 148 All Dry Designs, Division 149 Petite Designs, and Division 150 Table Settings—six classes for a single place setting and six classes for Exhibition Table designs. Join with a friend or two in a friendly competition and enter! Don’t forget—this is a Flower Show—your entry must have some plant material. There are ribbons and cash awards for top winners in each division. 

We also have Botanical Arts which includes Shadow Boxes—only nine available—and Artistic Crafts using some plant material—Decorations, Wearable Apparel, and Jewelry. Enter and show us your imagination and skills! 

New this year for adults are classes for Container Outdoor Garden Designs. Try your hand with a creation of a: 1. Wagon Garden, 2. Wheelbarrow Garden, 3. Wine Barrel Garden. We are offering cash awards of $25 for first in each class, $15 for second place, and $10 for third place. Exhibitors are to supply and place their own entry in the slots on the lawn behind the Floriculture Building on Entry Day which is Wednesday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

We also have two adult classes for Container Grown Miniature/Fairy Gardens—one for a group entry and for entries done by an individual. There is a separate Division 541 for juniors—for an 11 1⁄2 ft x 11 1⁄2 ft Outdoor Garden and Division 542 Container Grown Miniature/Fairy Gardens—classes for both individuals and groups. 

Grab a friend or family member and go by the Fair Office and pick up a 2020 Exhibitor Handbook—or download it from the Tehama District Fair website. Also, pick up some entry forms and get creative! Completed entry forms are due at the Fair Office by 5 p.m., Friday, April 24. Entries will be received by members of the Garden Club between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29. And entries will be judged on Thursday, April 30. Come join us in the fun. If you have questions, please contact me at jnkbramhall@gmail.com. Hope to hear from you soon! 

Join us at 1 p.m. for our Feb. 25 meeting—program is “Birds, Bees, & Butterfly Plants” with Northern California Native and Co-owner of The Rock Garden Nursery Peter Statton.

The Red Bluff Garden Club is affiliated with the Cascade District Garden Club; California Garden Clubs, Inc; Pacific Region Garden Clubs and Natural Garden Clubs Inc. 

 

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