presented by the Fairfield Garden Club in the dramatic setting of the Quick Theater at Fairfield University. My small Nikon Cool pix camera was no match for the intensity of their lighting system. I took a large cane stemmed begonia to enter into the Par Class; thank you to those Judges (I received a blue).A flower show is not everyone’s cup of tea, but there is an educational aspect along with just the sheer pleasure of examining beautiful horticultural specimens and incredible floral interpretations. The conservation exhibit was well done, and the Garden History and Design project examined the designs of a well-known Garden designer/architect, Agnes Selkirk Clark.To top off a week of good gardening events, lunch with our small group of devoted plant lovers was held on the terrace of one of our regulars. Her table was graced by dahlias just picked from her border.She has made troughs and planted them with interesting alpine where they live outdoors all year round.They are tucked here and there, enhancing but not dominating her natural landscape. It was a good time to catch up, express our travails with Hurricane Irene and our successes with the treasures we have shared. One member gave me the MOST enchanting dahlia that the bees delighted in all Summer and now into Fall.My dahlias continue but I have been neglectful due to new puppy!
Some of the dahlias I thought were a lost cause after the Hurricane have rallied to bloom again! The foliage leaves much to be desired, but theblossoms are ready to come inside. I am not a flower arranger but they hold their own even in my unskilled hands!