Originally created 06/14/06

Flower show fills historic homes



When considering the history of The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson and those who lived there, a flower show seemed appropriate for the location.

Wilson's mother "was a lover of flowers, particularly roses," said Julia Jackson, of Historic Augusta Inc., which owns and operates the home of the 28th president. The Wilsons lived in the house from 1860 to 1870, moving in when the president was a toddler.

Last week, the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs Inc. held a flower show with 12 flower designs in the Wilson home and 164 horticultural entries at the Lamar House next door.

There were 11 garden clubs participating in the show. Though most were from Augusta, other clubs included Carolina Hills in North Augusta and Pine Needle, of Lincolnton, Ga.

Karen Oliver, a North Augusta resident and president of the Augusta Council of Garden Clubs, said the event helped the organization fulfill its goals, which include beautification and education.

The horticultural exhibit fulfilled the education part.

"People move here and a lot of them don't know what grows well," she said.

The show's patriotic theme of Let Freedom Ring was inspired by a grant that the Principal Financial Group gave to the National Garden Clubs Inc., Ms. Oliver said. The Augusta Council was one of four in Georgia to receive a portion of the grant.

Winners in the flower show included Faye Long, who received the designer's choice award for the best overall design of roses displayed in the Wilson dining room. Mary Louise Hagler and Barbara Bryer also won blue ribbons in the flower design category.

In horticulture, Barbara Horner received the overall horticultural excellence award for her Gloriosa lily. Ms. Oliver won the arboreal award for a kousa dogwood and an award of merit for her hosta fried green tomatoes, and Jeannie Cornell Patrick won an award of merit for her potted calla lily.

Ms. Oliver said there are 23 garden clubs in the Augusta area with 556 members.

"Most clubs are looking for members," she said.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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