The Chautauqua In Bloom season officially ended Wednesday at the garden recognition ceremony in Smith Wilkes Hall, during which the winning gardens of this year’s biennial contest were announced.
Mina Miller Edison might be historically known as the wife of Thomas Edison, but she has become a local celebrity at Chautauqua for her contributions to the Institution. But Chautauquan folklore isn’t always the most accurate source of information.
Flower gardens are a star attraction on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. These gardens capture the attention of Chautauquans while they’re strolling down the streets, maybe on their way to an event. And while many gardens are groomed by the Institution’s grounds, gardens and landscaping team, other gardens are cared for by individuals who deserve recognition.
The purpose of the “Chautauqua in Bloom” event, sponsored by the Bird, Tree & Garden Club, is to do just that: to recognize the people who take the time and effort to care for the flower gardens that so many enjoy.
The BTG invites all home, condo, inn and business owners, as well as denomination house caretakers, to be recognized for the beauty of their gardens. Garden registration forms list three categories: Garden, Shade Garden and Container Garden. All registered gardens will be evaluated on design and layout, plant selection, plant health, garden care and use of color. Size does not factor into the evaluation.
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.