ATKINSON —As a testament to the diversity, magnificence and grandeur of our country’s National Parks, and as a celebration in honor of the National Parks Service’ 98th Birthday, the Atkinson Garden Club proudly presents A Tribute to the National Parks – A Patriotic Standard Flower Show.
The Kimball Library, 5 Academy Avenue, Atkinson, will be transformed into a “walk in the parks!” on Fri., June 13, from 1:00-8:00 p.m. and Sat., June 14, from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Visitors might make their way from Alaska’s Denali National Park clear through to Florida’s Everglades, delighting in garden club member’s exquisite, creative or traditional floral designs, reflective of the spirit of many of our country’s most beloved parks.
Horticulture exhibits, including annuals, perennials, bulbs, flowering branches, cacti and foliage plants, will offer guests a chance to meander through the wilds of Yosemite, Rocky Mountain National Park, Saguaro or Bryce Canyon National Parks, to name a few.
The Special Exhibit Division of the show will feature several Youth Exhibits by Junior Rangers, allowing park visitors a peek into the mysteries of Wind Cave National Park in North Dakota and Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park. Bats and their environmental crisis and the art of ancient storytelling through petroglyphs are two subjects which will be addressed in this division. There will be several Educational Exhibits, featuring Acadia and Yellowstone Parks. Controlling invasives and the re-vegetation program, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know about the National Park System and More are the featured topics.
The Atkinson Garden Club’s flower show is free and open to the public. While the design exhibits are open only to NHFGC Members, the Horticulture Division is open to all amateur gardeners and entries must be presented on Thurs., June 12, from 1:00–7:00 p.m. For information on this division’s requirements, please contact Diane McMillen 603-362-5956, or Kay Galloway 603-300-2422.
In addition, four items will be raffled in conjunction with this show – a 16 x 20 canvas of an original photo of Red Cactus Flowers from Canyonlands National Park, by nationally renowned photographer, Ron Wybranowski, member of the Merimack Valley Camera Club, a National Parks version of Monopoly, a National Park jigsaw puzzle and a beautifully and intricately designed popup book, allowing a dimensional perspective of our country’s National Parks.