ANNA MARIA – The Anna Maria Island Garden Club pulled out all of its members’ showstopper designs for this year’s flower show. The show featured a Hollywood film theme and was held March 20 at Roser Memorial Community Church.
Approximately four dozen members participated in eight different film-themed categories including Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Blue Hawaii, Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, E.T. The Extraterrestrial, and Horticulture. Judges for the event were Jacque Catrone, Bonner Joy, Kelly Kary and Lizzie Vann.
Winners in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s category, a place setting featuring flowers, were Shawn Mayers in third place, Janet Riley in second place and Zan Fuller in first place. In the Dirty Dancing category, featuring arrangements based on the Hogarth Curve S-shaped designs, Sam Krusa came in third, followed by Marilyn Pomeroy in second place and Kathy Goerlitz in third place. Titanic, an underwater design challenge, ended with Lynda Striger in third place, Peggi Clauhs in second place and Fuller in first place.
In the Blue Hawaii tropical flower design competition, Rita Allen came in third place, followed by Dusty Crane in second place and Priscella Sewald in first place.
The Gone With The Wind category found Stevie Coppin in third place with Clauhs in second place and Ginger Huhn taking top honors in first place. In the space-age design E.T. category, Phyllis Hayes came in third with Loretta Esta Brooke in second and Sandra Shea in first place.
The fantastical Wizard of Oz category competition ended with Charlotte Noyes in third place, Striger in second place and Crane in first place. Ending the awards was the Horticulture category with Det O’Brien coming in third place, Striger in second place and Clauhs taking top honors in first place.
After the awards were announced, the public was invited to examine all of the flower show entries and grab a bite to eat at the bake sale table where volunteers sold all sorts of sweets and goodies ranging from breakfast breads and muffins to brownies and cookies. All proceeds from the bake sale and donations go to the many local organizations the garden club supports, including Anna Maria Elementary School, the Holmes Beach Parks and Beautification Committee, The Center of Anna Maria Island, De Soto National Memorial Park, Anna Maria City Pier Park, the Island Library, Friends of the Island Library, Cortez Cultural Center and Annie Silver Community Center, among others.