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‘The Quilters Garden’ will be a sight to behold at VFW Fair – Times

Posted: Friday, September 21, 2012 6:02 pm

‘The Quilters Garden’ will be a sight to behold at VFW Fair

Huck Treadwell



One of the best flower shows in the state will begin Monday at the DeKalb County VFW Agricultural Fair in Fort Payne.

This year’s flower show will be themed “The Quilter’s Garden” and is presented by the Northeast Alabama Federation of Garden Clubs. The floral arrangements in the flower show were created based on quilting patterns.

“We have one of the best flower shows in the state,” said Flying Dogwood Garden Club member Reita Grant. “Almost every year we win at the state level and have won a few awards at the national level.”

Grant said the guidelines for the show are extremely strict and must follow the rules and regulations of The National Garden Club. This year’s show feature two quilt patterns —  the Stretch Design and Federal Design.

Basically, the Stretch Design is a creative design in two units, one smaller than the other, having a prominent component connecting the two units and referred to as the “stretch component,” Grant said.

The Federal Design — an Early-American Design of the 1780s-1830s — are massed designs in formal balance with greater height than width. Fruits, flowers and foliage were combined in epergnes and placed to show the beauty of each flower.

Grant said to prepare for the show, design consultants and flower show judges Peggy Benefield and Ann Houston presented a design class for local garden clubs.

Grant said this year’s show will be judged by four out-of-town judges that are approved by The National Garden Club. Garden Clubs comprising the Northeast Alabama Garden Clubs are Cherokee Rose Garden Club of Cedar Bluff, Flowering Dogwood Garden Club of Henagar, Fort Payne Garden Club, Ider Garden Club, Kaolin Garden Club of Valley Head, Rainsville Garden Club and Rhododendron Garden Club of Mentone.

“The Quilter’s Garden” will be on display Sept. 24-29 at the VFW Agricultural Fair. Gates open Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.

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Friday, September 21, 2012 6:02 pm.

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