Dorchester Garden Club annual Picnic and Awards Ceremony

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Special to Dorchester Banner/Ellen Higgins
Ritchie Slacum, Southside Management LLC, completes mulching of the Heron Garden at Long Wharf. Mr. Slacum has generously donated his time and talents to the garden which is tended by the Dorchester Garden Club’s Heron Garden Committee.

CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Garden Club’s Annual Picnic and Awards Ceremony for the 2014-2015 club program was held on June 12, at the home of club member, Susie Middleton.  The event featured a wonderful buffet lunch prepared by club members and hostesses Patti Lucas Hopkins and Lynne Davis welcomed attendees and helped ensure that all details were handled smoothly. Following lunch, the awards for 2015 were presented.

President Julia Berman presented the Dorchester Garden Club Perennial Bloom Award for 2015 to Joan P. Johnson. This prestigious award is given to members who have made the club grow and bloom through their exceptional support of the club’s goals and objectives.

The program was then turned over to Patti Hopkins to present the 2015 Horticulture and Design Awards:

Division I Horticulture competition for the Lednum Cup: 1st Place Beverly Shelly, 2nd Place Cookie Brohawn, 3rd Place Susie Middleton, Honorable Mention Joan P. Johnson.

Division II Design competition for the Tawes Bowl: 1st Place Wanda Ciekot, 2nd place (tie) Shirley Chatham and Susie Middleton, 3rd place Ellen Rindfuss, Honorable Mention Julia Berman.

The Dorchester Garden Club Horticulture Award Competition for the Kathryn C. Holdt Cup for the most points in the Rosa Section was awarded to Mary Jo Papin and Jane Parks (tie).

The theme of this year’s event was “Celebrating Garden Week” and club members engaged in a friendly “Garden Hat” competition. Judy Slaughter presented the winners of these awards to Ching Stanton for “Funniest Hat,” Helen Saum “Prettiest Hat” and Kathy Miller “Best Utilitarian Garden Hat.”

In keeping with the Garden Week theme, attendees were invited to visit the nearby gardens of club members Jeanne Bernard, Linda Easter and Kathy Miller. Each garden was an opportunity to explore the creative ways these gardeners have addressed the unique challenges they face in creating and maintaining a beautiful and environmentally sustainable landscape in Dorchester County.

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