Anita DeZeng's winning floral design.

‘Best in Show’ from Sooke

Local gardeners compete in floral design and come home winners

t was a very special event – a floral design competition themed to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. A stunning display of exhibits – 12 different classes, each with its own theme and size requirements – filled the Great Hall at Government House as part of the B.C. Blooms Horticulture Show, June 22-23.

When all was said and done, it was Sooke’s own Anita DeZeng who walked away with the People’s Choice Award. Her entry in the ‘Crown Jewels – Jewellery’ was a display evoking the young queen’s dressing table, personal yet regal. Visitors clearly ‘got it’ and liked it, voting it their favourite floral design in the show.

DeZeng is an active member of the Sooke Garden Club, which last fall received an invitation to participate in this special event. She was joined by two other Sooke Garden Club members who also took up the challenge: Pam Day entered the ‘Royal Traditions’ class, and Wendy Sahlstrom entered the ‘Sunset’ class. All three women routinely participate in the Club’s parlour shows, which are intended as a means for learning how to exhibit plants – both edible and ornamental – to their best advantage.

On June 24, club members had an opportunity to congratulate Anita and admire the three entries, which were on display at the June Strawberry Tea and Rose Competition, held this year in the beautiful courtyard at Ayre Manor.

The Sooke Garden Club established since 1971 to provide a forum to learn from experts and each other. To enjoy the camaraderie that comes from sharing experiences in gardening and horticulture, and to beautify our environments for the enjoyment of all.

Regular Meetings: 4th Wednesday of the month, from Jan. – May, and from Sept – Nov.

Start 7:30pm.