The following gardeners have won awards in the 2012 Western Carolina State Fair Horticulture Show.
Best in Show, also known as the Betsy Molony Award, went to Will Cunningham for his desert rose. Cunningham’s desert rose also won Best in Department for Department A, Adult Division Potted Plants.
In Division A, Laura Wright, Pat Tarrant and Jane Rordam placed first, second and third respectively in the African violet category. In the agave category, Chris Clark’s entries took first, second and third place. Clark also took first place in the aloe category, with second place going to Gloria Ray’s entry.
In the begonia category, Carolyn Gimmey took first place with Monica Chandler in second. Cathy Coward and Lynne Rhodes took first and second place respectively in the Boston fern category. Cliff Dow won first place in the bromeliad category, the only entry to place.
Dow also took second place in the large cacti category; Chris Clark’s entries took first and third place. In the small cacti category Clark’s plants took first, second and third place.
Gloria Ray’s first place entry was the only winner in the citrus category. Sallie Clark and Sandra Jameson took first and second place respectively in the coleus category. Owen Clary won first place in the croton category.
Lynne Rhodes, Monica Chalken and Chris Clark won first, second and third places in the crown of thorns category. In the dish garden category, first place went to Cliff Dow, second to Monica Chalken and third to Boo Molony.
In the euphoria category, Chris Clark and Will Cunningham tied for first place; Cliff Dow took second place, and Clark also received third place. Cliff Dow and Carolyn Gimmey took first and second place in the fern (other) category, and Lynne Rhodes and Monica Chalkerk won first and second in the jade category.
Owen Clary took first and Thomas Brandner took second places in both the kalanchoe and mixed plants categories. Lynne Rhodes won first place in the nephthytis category, the only entry to place. Marshall Clark, Gloria Ray and Pat Tarrant took first, second and third places respectively in the palms category.
Chris Clark won firsts in the philodendron and sansevieria categories. In the tropical plants category, Will Cunningham and Margaret Marvin tied for first place; Thomas Brandner, Cliff Dow and Libby Bland tied for second place; and Dow took third place. Thomas Brandner, Cliff Dow and Sallie Clark placed first, second and third in the miscellaneous category.
In Department B — Adult Hanging Baskets, Terri Harris’ Boston fern was named Best in Department.
Judith Burgess took first place in the asparagus fern category, and Harris took first in the Boston fern category. Will Cunningham and Sallie Clark took first and second in the exotic plants category. Boo Molony won firsts in the spider plant and wandering Jew categories. Cliff Dow took first place in the miscellaneous category.
In Department C — Fruits & Vegetables — Flowers — Adult Division, Maria Stevens receives Best in Department. In the cut flowers division, Stevens took second in the annuals category, where Lynne Rhodes took first; Stevens also won first place in the rose category. Owen Clary and Matthew Stevens won first and second place in the miscellaneous category.
In the fruits division, Tom Brandner won first place in the citrus (any) and grapes categories. Owen Clary and Matthew Stevens again took first and second in the miscellaneous category.
In the vegetables division, Jim Saine won first place in the peppers (any) category. Maria Stevens and Lucas Reason tied for first in the potatoes category, and Nancy Reason won first place in the miscellaneous category.
in the Youth Vegetables Department, Nathaniel Stevens won Best in Department with a squash entry, which also took first place in the squash category. Andrew Stevens and Matthew Stevens took first and second in the peppers category. Matthew Stevens and Andrew Stevens won first and second in the gourds category. Andrew Stevens took first place in the nuts category, and Matthew Stevens won first in the miscellaneous category.
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