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Weeders and Seeders plan flower show

| Thursday, July 11, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Horticultural designers and those with a flair for floral design are invited to participate in the Weeders and Seeders Garden Club flower show July 27, at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art of Ligonier. The theme of the show is “Two-gether: Flowers and Art.”

Entries can include flower and other plant arrangements, such as vegetables and other produce that may be available at that time of the year. Contestants must enter something from their own yards and gardens. Artificial and store-bought items are not permitted. Certified judges will arrive to observe the botanical creations and hand out award ribbons.

This is the first time the design show has taken place since 2008; in the past, there have been ample submissions.

“It's a big undertaking,” said Dr. Wilma Light, who works with the Weeders and Seeders group. “We had enough people interested in it so we thought we'd give it a try.”

Nancy Guarino, who serves as the event chair, has been president of numerous garden clubs and has years of experience in event organization.

“It's an educational project,” she said. “It's a free event and it's also a great chance to explore the museum. Attendees can come and see the flower show and also spend time at the museum.

The mission of the Weeders and Seeders is to ‘aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources, promote civic beautification and encourage improvement of roadsides and parks.' The group has numerous activities taking place around the Valley doing just that.

“Sometimes people think we're just a bunch of old ladies out there digging in the dirt,” Guarino laughs. “Our focus is actually community service.”

Entries can be dropped at the museum from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 26 and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. July 27. Judging begins at 10 a.m. . The public is welcome to come and observe the creative cultivations from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, email Marge at For reservations and registry, contact Diane Coleman at 724-689-2954.

The Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art is located at 1 Boucher Lane in Ligonier off of Route 711 South. Call 724-238-6015, for more information. Admission is always free.

Rebecca Ridinger is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.