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Local garden club members win top awards

Staff report

Pine Needle Club members Martha Thom, left, and Betty Lester stand in the atrium of Memorial Hall at Stone Mountain with Lester’s Halloween-inspired ‘Graveyard Gathering’ display. Lester’s display won the Designers Choice Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain, and other members of the local club also took top awards.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB0925FlowerShow012.jpgPine Needle Club members Martha Thom, left, and Betty Lester stand in the atrium of Memorial Hall at Stone Mountain with Lester’s Halloween-inspired ‘Graveyard Gathering’ display. Lester’s display won the Designers Choice Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain, and other members of the local club also took top awards.

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This display from the Yellow Daisy Flower Show in Stone Mountain, held Sept. 11–13, shows creations by youth at Second Baptist Church in LaGrange that were on display.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB0925FlowerShow022.jpgThis display from the Yellow Daisy Flower Show in Stone Mountain, held Sept. 11–13, shows creations by youth at Second Baptist Church in LaGrange that were on display.

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This piece, ‘Skeletal Remains’ by Pine Needle Club member Martha Thom took the Petite Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB0925FlowerShow032.jpgThis piece, ‘Skeletal Remains’ by Pine Needle Club member Martha Thom took the Petite Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain.

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This piece, ‘Graveyard Gathering’ by Pine Needle Club member Betty Lester took the Designers Choice Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain.

http://lagrangenews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/37/2015/09/web1_WEB0925FlowerShow042.jpgThis piece, ‘Graveyard Gathering’ by Pine Needle Club member Betty Lester took the Designers Choice Award at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show held Sept. 11–13 in Stone Mountain.

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STONE MOUNTAIN — Several local garden club members won top awards at the Yellow Daisy Flower Show at Memorial Hall in Stone Mountain Sept. 11–13.

“The Yellow Daisy Craft Show at Stone Mountain is the largest craft show in the Southeast,” said Pine Needle Club member Betty Lester. “The flower show has been a part of this festival for over 25 years and is sponsored by the Redbud District of the Garden Club of Georgia.”

More than 1,400 visitors came to see the show, which had the Halloween theme “Daisy is Bewitched.”

“Each year there are several local garden club members who enter designs and spend the weekend working at the show,” Lester said.

Lester won the Designers Choice Award for her “Graveyard Gathering” interpretation.

The piece was “staged in front of a tombstone background. The interpretation was ‘Resurrection,’ using a figure-like weathered wood rising out of the black base with orange palm spathes representing the rising sun,” she said.

Pine Needle Club member Martha Thom won the Petite Award for her “Skeletal Remains” plaque.

“Martha Thom’s winning design was a small 8-inch plaque interpreting skeletal remains using skeletonized leaves and twigs to represent bones,” said Lester, describing the piece.

Fellow club member Theresa Borders won a blue ribbon for her “Wee Witching” small design.

Pine Needle Club member Kathren Fogg was clerk for the judges.

Iris Garden Club members Dian Goldwire, Mary Ann Rasmussen and Jay Funck, along with Mary Ellen Westbrook from Pine Needle Club, won blue ribbons in horticulture exhibits and other ribbons in designs.

There were 23 entries in the youth section of the show made by children of Second Baptist Church in LaGrange. The Yellow Daisy Flower Show is sponsored by the Redbud District of the Garden Clubs of Georgia and is held each year as part of the Yellow Daisy Festival.

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