BTG begins planning for 2013 Chautauqua in Bloom

Beverly Hazen | Staff Writer

Eric Shea | Staff Photographer
Flower head of a daisy.

Blooming flower gardens and colorful bouquets are all part of a summer at Chautauqua.

During the 2013 Season, chairperson Barb Zuegel said the Bird, Tree & Garden Club will celebrate the Institution’s private gardens with a “Chautauqua in Bloom” recognition event.

The club will be celebrating its centennial in 2013, and Zuegel encourages property owners to look at their flower beds at the end of this summer to make plans for them to look their best for next season.

There are a few guidelines for potential participants to take into account. The viewing of the submitted gardens is July 17 during Week Four by qualified, independent judges. Because there are different types of gardens, there are three categories to consider in the recognition event:

1) Garden — all private gardens viewable from the street or public walkways;

2) Shade Garden — dappled shade or a garden that receives less than two hours of sun a day;

3) Container Garden — may include porches, patios or niches containing live plant material.

Registration forms for “Chautauqua in Bloom” will be available by mid-June 2013 in the library, Colonnade and at the first three Bird, Tree & Garden Club 12:15 p.m. Tuesday Brown Bag lectures at Smith Wilkes Hall. The forms must be postmarked by July 10, 2013.

Zuegel said she also hopes to make an online form available on the BTG’s website.

“Chautauqua in Bloom” is held every other summer. Gardens selected for the top honor in the three categories in 2011 may enter in 2013, but will not be eligible for the top awards.

All participants will be recognized at an awards reception during Week Five, Zuegel said.