Wondering who won the Grow the Tallest Sunflower Contest?
It was three-year-old Carter M. with a Mammoth sunflower the reached a height of 95 and one-quarter inches. Congratulations, Carter, who can be seen above wearing a striped shirt.
In the photos, you can also see the crowd that gathered as our tall Sunflower Judges Rich Torkelson and Barbara Glaser, both PMCF board members, went flower by flower precisely measuring each for height and for the largest sunflower head from petal tip to petal tip.
It was close and there were moments of tense anticipation, but Carter’s sunflower ended up winning by three and three-quarter inches.
The award for the largest sunflower head went to Kaitlyn W., whose 85-inch -tall sunflower had a bloom that measured 16 and three-eighths inches across from petal tip to petal tip. She took her mammoth flower home with her. (See the photo above).
Both Carter and Kaitlyn won sunflower kites.
Thank you to all those that participated. It was a great turnout.
Enchanting and charming are two good words to describe the 20 houses made by the Girl Scouts for the fairy village, which was tucked between a colorful border of cosmos and zinnias.
The girls, under the direction of Girl Scout badge coordinator Jess Clauser, created the houses using natural materials. Early Saturday they placed their houses in the fairy village and embellish the village by adding twigs, pebbles, acorn caps, moss, shells, log slices and more.
Some of the girl scouts earned the brownie outdoor art creator badge and the junior outdoor art explorer badge doing this project, which is one of several that they have completed in the Community Gardens this season. Many more are planned including a Spring fairy garden with mini daffodils and tulips.
Another project the Girl Scouts and other children from the community did this summer was draw and paint in the garden classes led by gardener Martel Catalano and Judy Brunner.
In August, young artists created paper sunflowers. On another Saturday, they went into the garden to decide what they would draw and paint.
Some drew the flowers. Others focused on vegetables and still others did studies of the insects they found.
More than 30 paintings were created. And, for the art show the artworks were displayed clothesline style in front of the sunflowers.
The following painting of sunflowers by Girl Scout Mae Austin took first place and in addition to winning a medal, will be used on the Community Gardens greeting cards and T-shirt. Congratulations to all three winners. Second place: Aurora Davis and Third Place: Lucy Ploss.