Garden Club of Johnstown flower show

Members of the Garden Club of Johnstown, including (left to right) Sharon Davidhizar, Karlice Makuchan and Rani Murali, are creating arrangements for the club’s biennial flower show on July 12, 2019, and July 13, 2019, at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County in Westmont.

A leisurely stroll through this garden will stir the imagination and showcase a passion for creativity.

“Wandering the Garden Path,” a biennial flower show of the Garden Club of Johnstown, will be held from noon to 7 p.m. July 12 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 13 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.

The show will feature horticultural exhibits and floral designs by club members that are aimed at creating a learning experience and generate an interest in those areas in the Johnstown region.

“Every two years, the garden club has held a flower show, and it’s a standard flower show, where it’s created with the National Garden Club, and we have to follow their rules,” said Charlotte Crissey, chairwoman of the flower show.

“It’s a big undertaking, and we’ve been working on it since January.”

The show is divided into five categories – horticulture, design, education, youth and botanical arts.

Crissey said horticulture will include samples of plants that garden club members have grown.

“That’s divided into sections and classes, so we’ll have a section of perennials, and in that, we’ll have classes like lilies and hydrangeas,” she said.

The design category also will feature divisions and classes.

“Some of these designs are more complicated,” Crissey said.

“We’re going to have some Victorian-style floral arrangements, petite floral arrangements, luminary designs, where lights are involved, and still-life designs,” Crissey said.

Crissey said education is designed to instruct the public in specific garden-related topics.

“This year, we have an exhibit on how to garden as you get older, and another on container gardens and how you can make a beautiful container arrangement,” she said.

The youth category includes about 40 young people who have grown plants.

Crissey said botanical arts is a newer category to the show, and it includes artistic crafts and objects with a function that may be artistically pleasing, but were not created solely for their artistic value.

“There will be a class for hats with floral designs and decorations on them, a class for decorated birdhouses and a class for pressed and/or dried-flower pictures,” she said.

“In that same division, we’ll have a section of photography with four classes.”

The show will be judged prior to the public viewing by nine nationally accredited flower show judges and two photography judges.

“They will go through in teams of three and analyze each individual entry, and when they’re finished, they decide the winners,” Crissey said.

A variety of awards will be presented, including Horticulture Excellence, Collectors Showcase, Grower’s Choice, Design Excellence, Designer’s Choice, Petite and Tricolor.

“We also have six awards that the Garden Club of Johnstown will give,” Crissey said. 

She said this year’s show will feature a couple hundred entries from Garden Club of Johnstown members and women from surrounding clubs.

“Everyone starts thinking about what they will be submitting a month in advance, and they’ll do a mock up of the designs,” Crissey said.

“The week before is when you really start to get hot and heavy.

“In the design and botanical arts, you don’t have to grow your own plants, whereas in horticulture, you do.”

The goal of the event is to educate the public and to grow an interest in gardening and flower shows.

“We want to show people some of the things that can be grown in this area that they might be surprised to see,” Crissey said.

“We make an effort to name all of our specimens, so people know what the plants are and they can become more familiar with their common names as well as botanical names. It’s also an education for the garden club members, and besides that, it’s really a lot of fun.”

There is no fee to attend, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, call 814-495-5142.

Kelly Urban is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. She can be reached at (814) 532-5073. Follow her on Twitter @KellyUrban25.