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Shirley Brant, a member of Somerset Garden Club, waters herbs that she will bring with her to the club's show, "Through Our Garden Gate," to be held Aug. 18 at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, Somerset.

BY RUTH RICE

RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

An area garden club has invited the public to see what it has been growing.

“Through Our Garden Gate,” a standard flower show presented by the Somerset Garden Club, will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

“We had our last show there and it worked out well,” said Shirley Brant, garden club president.

“There’s parking, and we meet there, too.”

A standard flower show is held in Somerset every two years.

The show, which will be open to the public, will feature different sections with various garden themes.

Club members will use plants and flowers they have grown to create their entries.

“Garden of Eden” will feature stretch designs with a bigger and smaller design.

“Garden in the Rain” will feature underwater designs, with flowers in the water.

“Garden of Prayer” will center on a featured object and is more for novices.

“Under Grandmother’s Favorites” will be “Garden Magic” for designs no larger than 5 inches, and “Garden Gems and Garden Tapestry,” both for 8-inch designs.

The section on “Garden Pleasures” will include “Heaven Sent” for semiformal bridal designs; “Moonlight Serenade,” an alfresco semiformal dinner table; and “Picnic Table” for an informal table for two.

“Some use wooden objects, like boxes, but they have to have plant material,” Brant said. “These are items that are particular to August.”

The horticultural section will feature roses, bushes, vegetables and herbs.

Brant will have an educational table with an information board on herbs.

She will bring some of her live herbs, but nothing will be for sale at the show.

“I have herbal teas and a recipe for herb cake,” Brant said.

“I didn’t know that much about herbs, then I got interested in them.”

The 58 active members of Somerset Garden Club are involved within the community.

They have aided Habitat for Humanity by offering their gardening services when a new house goes up.

“The last two were in Central City,” Brant said. “We put in at least a tree or some ground cover – something to get them started.”

Members also have spread flower power to Uptown Somerset and the Diamond in Somerset, as well as at the turnpike entrance and at the Somerset library, courthouse and borough building.

Somerset Garden Club was founded in 1930 and federated in 1931.



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What: “Through Our Garden Gate,” a standard flower show presented by Somerset Garden Club.

Where: Philip Dressler Center for the Arts, 214 S. Harrison Ave., Somerset.

When: 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 18.

Admission: Free.

Information: 443-2433.

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