Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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January 30, 2013

Camellia showtime almost here

Cordele — As Valentine’s Day approaches, Planters First Bank in Cordele and the Cordele Garden Club are teaming up for the annual Camellia Show on Feb. 14. 

Carla Payne and her cadre of garden club members will be accepting the most beautiful camellias from the yards of countless local area gardeners between 8 and 9:30 a.m. that day at the bank location on 16th Ave. E.

Think the weather will foil it all?  Never happens! When warm weather causes many of the varieties to  ‘bloom out’ early, there are almost always buds hidden deep within the shrub, well protected from both heat and cold, that always surprise even the most seasoned gardeners.  The show must, and will, go on !

This year’s panel of judges will be led by Mickey Moore of Americus. Dr. Frank Wilson, a faithful expert and judge for most of the last 14 years, will be unable to judge this year, but Mr. Manson Markett, also of Americus, will likely be with us and perhaps one other judge. 

Monetary prizes are given by the bank, and the competition is always balanced by the fact that those who have won the highest honor in years past are in a separate category, competing with one another. 

Everyone else has an equal chance to win.  The garden club gives additional monetary prizes in other categories as well, so there are many chances to win prizes and ribbons.

Planters First will be holding its Customer Appreciation Day, also on Feb 14, with a drawing for $100. Phil Streetman (WSST) and a representative of Cordele Dispatch will be on hand at 2 p.m. when the winners are announced for all categories. 

Members of the Garden Club will be guests of Streetman on his noon show Monday, Feb. 11. Full details of the flower show will again be given.

Remember, any color, blend, or size is gladly received.  Display cups will be on hand, and while it is best if growers know and label the different varieties, the judges are very gracious is helping identify unknown flowers. 

Seedlings are judged in a separate category and are eligible for prizes.

Judging begins at 10 a.m. and winners are recognized and awards given at 2 p.m.




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