By Mary Burrows
Considering the late spring and the recent heat wave, the Horticulture Committee felt the latest show held on July 25 at the Beatty House was very successful.
There were more entries in the Rose category than last year and all the blooms were locally grown. There were a few local entries in the Lily category, but most were from two regional lily growers.
Quite a few local lily growers reported that their blooms were not open yet so that is why we were fortunate that the T&S Lily Farm of Bentley and the Sunset Meadows Lily Gardens of Eckville took part in the show. They also donated most of their blooms to the Rimbey hospital and people who are shut-ins or bereaved.
In all, there were 45 entries in the Lily category and 14 in the Rose category.
Garnering the most points and the winner of the Lily class was T&S Lily Farm of Bentley while the best stem of lilies runner-up was awarded to Sunset Meadows Lily Gardens of Eckville.
Garnering the most points in the Rose competition and the winner was Jean Schell of Rimbey with the Best Rose won by Gene Chopiuk.
The weather was very warm but we had a steady number of viewers throughout the entire show. A few people who were coming through Rimbey and visiting the Tourist Information Booth also took in the event.
Although refreshments were available, not many drank tea or coffee but a steady flow of iced tea and lemonade was served along with a variety of goodies.
Much appreciation goes to the members of the Horticulture group who arranged for the refreshments and to those who supervised the show on such a hot day.