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Puttin' on the ritz: Sacandaga Garden Club's flower show has a Broadway theme

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Updated: 4:08 AM

By CAROLINE MURRAY

caroline.murray@recordernews.com

NORTHVILLE -- Floral arrangements of all shapes and sizes were displayed throughout the Northville Public Library Friday.

Some were positioned with hats, and others placed in watering cans; all were designed to represent a musical on Broadway.

The Sacandaga Garden Club hosted the three day flower show at the library -- a tradition that has continued for many years.

"It has been a lot of fun to do this," club president Margreet Monster said.

Monster organized the event this year. Her rustic arrangement was inspired by Les Miserable's barricade scene. Monster placed orange lilies and other woodland plants on an old wooden log. Monster said because a lot of people died during the French Revolutionary War, she added the bright orange flowers for "a spark of hope and passion."

Monster said each year, the club's show has a different theme. This year's theme was picked in honor of library director Michael Burnett, who she said has supported the club throughout the years.

Monster said Burnett is a huge fan of Broadway, and the club wanted to do something special for him.

Burnett was clearly in his element Friday. He said the garden club has featured a show there once a year for about five years.

"It is always a highlight to have them here," Burnett said. "And it smells awfully nice."

Burnett said about 50 people had trickled in and out of the library to view the show.

Other arrangements illustrated shows such as "Annie," "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music."

This year's show was non-juried, unlike years past.

Monster said the club used to participate in a competitive flower show at the town hall. She said state judges would name the top floral arrangements based on their theme.

However, Monster said club members were intimidated by the judges, and as time went on, the show became too big of an affair to handle.

Monster said that is when the club decided to hold a non-juried flower show of their own.

According to their website, the Sacandaga Garden Club was first formed in 1972 and became a part of the Federated Garden Club in 1997. Monster said one of the original club members, Doris Guyon, still participates in the yearly event.

This year, Guyon's display included white lilies, which wrapped around a black wooden statue resembling a window pane. The window was lined with sheet music -- in honor of "The Sound of Music."

At 90-years-old, Monster said Guyon is the organization's advisor. The club currently has 32 members, and meets once a month to study horticulture and floral design.

Friday marked the flower show's last day until next spring.

     

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