The “Entryway” section of the 2013 Flower Show will pay tribute to the literature of Great Britain. Certain names come to mind right away—Charles Dickens! Jane Austen! Oscar Wilde!—but I bet you weren’t thinking Dracula.
True, the Gothic tale of vampires and violence is famously set in Transylvania, but the author, Bram Stoker, was Irish. This makes the 1897 novel fair game for the “Brilliant!” theme.
The eerie entryway is the creation of the garden club from Gloucester City Jr.-Sr. High School in New Jersey. For months the students have been hard at work preparing all aspects of the display, including props, lighting, and of course plants. Expect to see the nastily named ornamental bleeding hearts (Lamprocapnos spectabilis), which is currently blooming in the school’s art-studio window.
Club sponsor Bev Palaia can’t say enough about the dedication and talents of the Gloucester City students. In these pictures you’ll see student Ashley Banks working on a pressed flower mask; Andrea Morgan and Harley Marks preparing a lion topiary; and senior Justin Oehlert, who is exhibiting separately in the pressed plant category.
Good luck to the Gloucester gang as we count down the days to Flower Show! For more information on the various Show exhibitors, please click here.