Patchwork Quilt Garden

The Flower and Garden section of the Fair is such a quiet, relaxing part of the fairgrounds that it’s easy to forget how much work goes into creating the garden entries. Wakefield High School horticulture students were honored with the Arthur K. Pitzer Award, awarded to the best blue ribbon winner in the garden division.

They entered a garden in the Patchwork Quilt competition, which is described in the Premium Book as “a bright, sunny garden centered around the design of a creative patchwork quilt of beaming annuals, perennials and special embellishments representing a theme inspired by the gardeners.” They really played with the theme. In the video, they have grass-filled drawers and a “flower bed” on which the quilt rests. Judges noted its “platform for the quilt adds context, humor and interest.” Creative!

Another award, the Commissioner of Agriculture Award, was given to the best exhibit in the Flower and Garden show for the Raleigh Garden Club’s Historic Charleston Garden. The competition has many interesting categories, including My Favorite Children’s Story (I saw a fun Night Before Christmas garden), Wild Card (including anything and everything) and Romantic Interlude (designed for “memorable moments,” according to the guidelines).

About Cotton Candy

Karlie Justus - blogged for the 2008 / 2009 N.C. State Fairs. This is her bio from 2009: When I'm not blogging for the N.C. State Fair, I go by Karlie Justus--but Cotton Candy suits me just fine. My earliest memories of the Fair are of the times my parents would bring my brother and I up from Asheville, N.C. for a double dose of the Fair and a N.C. State football game. Fast-forward two decades later, and I'm a public information officer for the deep fried celebration whose must-see Fair attractions include the giant pumpkins, decorated cakes and deep fried Oreos.

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