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Results of the Winona Flower & Garden Club Fall Show (09/24/2006)
Held Saturday, September 16th, 2006, at the Winona Senior Friendship Center, in conjunction with the Minnesota State Horticultural Society's First District Meeting, and complementing the Winona County Historical Society's Heritage Fair which saluted the ‘40's, and sponsored in part by theWinona National Bank, the Fall Show of the Winona Flower & Garden Club was a success! This was the 50th year for a show of this type held here in Winona.

The theme of the show was "Saluting the Victory Gardens"!

In the category for an edible single specimen, the Blue Ribbon and the Award of SuperiorityRosette were awarded to Arlene Prosen's red cabbage. The Red Ribbon went to Margaret Wera's ruffled head of kale. The zuccini entered by Doris Laska received the White Ribbon while her green cabbage earned Honorable Mention.

Where three edible specimens were required, Doris Laska's Danvers Half Long carrots received the Blue Ribbon and also the purple Award of Excellence Rosette with ribbons.

Teresa Cerling's deep red Dragon carrots were given Honorable Mention.

The category for cucumbers was dominated by Doris Laska, with a Blue Ribbon for theMarketmores, and the Red for Straight Eights.

Her Carmen hybrid green peppers appropriately garnered a Red Ribbon.

For green beans, the Blue went to Arlene Prosen's Blue Lake stringless. Janet Heukeshoven's pole beans received the Red, while Max Heukeshoven earned a White ribbon for his entry of three. A collection of three yellow, three green and three purple beans arranged by Doris Laska received a White Ribbon.

Corresponding to their colors, the Red Norland potatoes earned a Red Ribbon, whilethe White Kennebecs received the White Ribbon. Both were planted and harvested by Doris Laska.

Bertha Norby's white Walla Walla onions earned a Blue Ribbon, and a second Bluefor onions went to Doris Laska's yellow Ebenezers. The white Ebenezers received a White Ribbon for Doris.

A second Award of Superiority Rosette for vegetables went to Bertha Norby's Blue Ribbon Parks Hopper tomatoes. Her small Juliet's earned the White Ribbon, while Doris Laska's Fourth of July three received the Red.

There was a small section for Fruit. Bertha's Polara raspberries received both a Blue Ribbon and the Award of Merit Rosette.. Doris' Honeycrisp apples earned the Red Ribbon, while her entry of three Haralred apples garnered the White Ribbon. Both apple varieties were developed by the University of Minnesota.

Three stems of fragrant Rosemary earned a Blue Ribbon for Jill Johnson, while her three stems of curly Parsley were given the White Ribbon. The Red Ribbon was presented to Marion Lubinski's flowering Basil.

Two Blue Ribbons were given to displays of flowering perennials. One went to Jill Johnson's Autumn Joy sedum, and the other went to Doris Laska's presentation of the same blooms. Doris received two Red Ribbons here, one for purple Asters, and the other for the reblooming Lace Artistry white Iris. A third Red Ribbon was given to Darlene Kuklinski's pink-blossomed Turtlehead. The White Ribbon was for Doris' Zowie yellow flame Zinnia annuals, and her yellow Heliopsis perennials received Honorable Mention.

The category of Perennials grown for their foliage was dominated by Darlene Kuklinski's Blue Ribbon Standard hosta, her Red Ribbon Frances Williams hosta, and her White Ribbon Krossa Regal hosta. A White Ribbon was given to Arlene Prosen's Porcelain Berry vine, and an Honorable Mention to Doris Laska's Sum and Substance hosta.

Red Rugosa shrub roses included a Blue Ribbon for Darlene, and a White Ribbon for Doris. An apricot-pink shrub, Jean Kenneally, earned Honorable Mention for Jill Johnson.

All the ribbons for single blooms of roses were given to Jill Johnson's offerings.

The white miniature, Fairhope, received a Blue Ribbon and the Award of Excellence Rosette. Her deep-red Veteran's Honor also received a Blue Ribbon. Magic Carousel, a pink-edged white rose earned the Red Ribbon. The White Ribbon went to the pearly-pink Moonstone.

Plants in containers, grown for foliage, had a Blue Ribbon and Award of Superiority Rosette placed by Janet Heukeshoven's hoya. Mary Beth Dienger received a Red Ribbon for her very lush Spathyphylum peace lily. An orchid with two deep magenta blooms received a Blue Ribbon for Marion Lubinski. A mandevilla with an abundance of frosted pink blooms earned a Red Ribbon for Gene Lee. Two White Ribbons were given, one to Doris Laska's pink-blossomed kalanchoe, and the other to her purple-blossomed fan flower.

Arrangements were to depict various facets of the War Years, the time of the 1940s and the Second World War,. Patriotism was the order of the day, then and now. A mass design was to feature the colors of our flag, the red, the white, and the blue. A Blue Ribbon went to Arlene Prosen's use of small white Boltonia blossoms interspersed by the blooms of red geraniums placed in a blue vase. For a White Ribbon, Doris Laska also used white Boltonia, and added spherical white asters, blue balloon flowers, blue sage, and red geraniums in a blue vase.

The orderly cadence of the Marines was to be portrayed with a parallel design of three.

The Blue Ribbon and an Award of Excellence Rosette were awarded to Darlene Kuklinski's stands of obedient plant and stiff bullrush leaves rising from a base of blue ageratum nd miniature purple mums, nestled into geranium leaves and snips of arborvitae. Achieving three stands, Arlene Prosen set canna leaves towering over glossy ivy geranium vines for aWhite Ribbon. Honorable Mention went to Doris Laska's clutches of white and lavender hosta blooms on long stems over a base of asparagus fern.

The smallest area could be a Victory Garden! This was to be portrayed with a miniature design of fresh materials, not to exceed six inches in any direction. Miniature red mums, along with bent circlets of bullrush leaves, placed in a tiny teapot with a red design earned another Blue Ribbon for Darlene Kuklinski. A small black ceramic pot held frothy goldenrod with starburst-shape gold zinnias for a Red Ribbon for Doris Laska. A miniature urn in stark hite held miniature white petunias, for, fittingly, a White Ribbon for Janet Heukeshoven.

The Men and Women of the Navy were to be honored by an arrangement with water showing.

A footed blue bowl held a stand of Northern sea oats which curved over another blue bowl of water with a turtle upon a rock, to earn a Blue Ribbon for Arlene Prosen.

Fresh produce for ready use, canning and freezing helped the War Effort. Using any number of fruits and/or vegetables, one was to display a collection in a basket. Here, for both a Blue Ribbon and an Award of Merit Rosette, Doris Laska used an abundant grouping of carrots and cabbage, onions and potatoes, green beans and apples, cucumbers and green beans. A Red Ribbon was awarded to Arlene Prosen's placing of a green cabbage, heirloom tomato, green beans, butternut squash and roma tomato in a linen-draped trug.

The Army personnel were to be honored by a dried arrangement in tans and browns to depict the khaki color of uniforms. The Blue Ribbon and an Award of Superiority Rosette went to Darlene Kuklinski's centering of a collection of pepper grass, mature bullrush, cat tails, astilbe and false spirea seed heads within and in front of a double-spiral of thick grapevine, all set within a low basket. The Red Ribbon went to Bertha Norby's all-wooden vase holding Devil's claws, along with dried strawflowers, German statice, yarrow and coneflower seed umbels.

Also to honor the Army, Marion Lubinski placed a massive dried hydrangea bloom as the center for a spray of snipped palm leaf and fluffy lamb's ear stalks punctuated by pheasant feathers for a White Ribbon. For another White Ribbon in this grouping,

Arlene Prosen used a bronzed urn to hold wheat, and the seed heads for blackberry lilies, peonies, Siberian iris, Peace lilies and switchgrass. Honorable Mention was given to

Doris Laska's placement of Karl Foerster grasses and cat tails rising from the lacework of German statice, yarrow and love-in-a-mist seed heads set in a basket.

During the years of the ‘40s, emotions ran high! The remembrance of that heightened awareness could be captured with a vertical design. Here, the Blue Ribbon and the Award of Superiority Rosette went to Darlene Kuklinski's tall stand of a bare birch branch entwined with a twig of leafed Ninebark, which held occasional blossoms of "Ginger" yellow mums, all set upon a tall copper candlestand. The Red Ribbon went to Janet Heukeshoven's tall Hawaii dahlias placed in a black ceramic cube. The Hawaii dahlia blooms demonstrated the varied color combinations that open in one manner and then mature to other varied multicolors all on the same plant. For a White Ribbon, Doris Laska set sprays of Russian sage as the backdrop for spikes of richly-colored cannas, where soft-grey artemisia created a contrast.

A completely separate category was established for the many dahlias which needed an entire table. These were then grouped at the discretion of the judges. Two Blue Ribbons were awarded.. One went to Jill Johnson's striated apricot bloom of Peaches, which also received the Award of Merit. The other went to Bertha Norby's yellow Hissy Fitz, which also received the Award of Superiority. Red Ribbons for dahlias went to Bertha for the cactus-flowered Apache Red, and to the more-spiky Celestrial Starburst. Janet Heukeshoven's September Morn of a soft orange color was also a Red Ribbon winner. There were four White Ribbons for dahlias. One went to Janet Heukeshoven's Ott'‘s Thrill, which is a very large pink, and another to her variegated Hawaii. Bertha earned one for the soft yellow Seattle, and another for yellow-centered apricot Alfred Grill.

Honorable Mention ribbons were placed by Janet Heukeshoven's pale yellow Seattle, and by Bertha Norby's clear white My Love.

The order of Rosettes presented is: Award of Excellence, a dark purple rosette and ribbon, is the highest possible, and was called the Grand Champion. The Award of Superiority, the previous Reserve Champion, is a lavender rosette and ribbon. The next is the Award of Merit, considered third place in an entire section.

Of all of the edibles in this show, there was one Award of Excellence, the highest to aspire to, presented to Doris Laska. There were two of the second place Awards of Superiority, one to Arlene Prosen, and one to Bertha Norby. Bertha also received an Award of Merit.

For all of the arrangements entered, Darlene Kuklinski received one Award of Excellence, and two Awards of Superiority. Doris Laska was presented an Award of Merit.

Competing in all the roses, one Award of Excellence was given, to Jill Johnson.

For all of the plants and blooms entered, there were two Awards of Superiority, one to Bertha Norby and one to Janet Heukeshoven. Jill Johnson received an Award of Merit.

To everyone who participated in the Fall Show, Thank You from the Winona Flower and Garden Club. 


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