The downtown area of Thomasville and Paradise Park bloomed with art, roses, laughter and excitement as people came to visit and take part in the 93rd Annual Rose Show and Festival on Saturday.
After the 36th Annual 10K Run Saturday morning, vendors began opening up shop in Paradise Park for “Art in the Park.” Also in Paradise Park was the 73rd Annual Civic Garden Club Flower Show. They opened the show at 10 a.m. and it lasted until 4 p.m.
According to Lessie Tillman, the Civic Garden Club president, this year was a complete success.
She said, “It’s been really great this year. The crowd just keeps coming in. About 10 or 15 minutes after we opened, about 60 people rushed in. The trolley has really helped in bringing the people over here rather than having them walk from downtown.”
The Civic Garden Club Flower Show displayed many different types of flowers and plants. This year the club got creative in the way they displayed their flowers and transformed them into works of art.
The theme was “Natural Beauty Around The City,” and the club used all the resources they could for their designs. One interesting division of design for Civic Garden Club members only was the “Showstopper Design” in which the members used blue jeans in the design.
The inside of the jeans were filled with the floral arrangement, while the pockets held objects such as glasses, gloves and other garden items.
Emorial Mitchell was the winner of the “Best Showstopper Design.” She also won the “Best Sun Hat Design” where designers arranged floral arrangements inside of sun hats.
However, one winner took home the “Best Rose” ribbon and that was Mathe Mathis of Tallahassee.
She considers herself new to the rose growing industry, which she has only been apart of for two years.
“I actually inherited these roses. They were my husband’s but I took over growing them. I really enjoy it. I consider myself an artist transforming into a rosarian,” said Mathis.
Her prize rose just happened to be the first one she picked out for the Civic Garden Club Flower Show. It just goes to show that your first choice is usually the best.
She said, “The shape and foliage on this rose set it apart from the others. It was so beautiful that it was the first one I saw and decided to enter it— and it won. I’ve always wanted to grow roses and now a dream is coming true.”
Other winners and their categories include:
• Best Potted Plant— Emorial Mitchell
• Best Horticulture and Sweepstake— Ruth Barnett
• Best Healing Plant— Patrica Solomon
• Best Shade Garden Design— Mary Jefferson
• Best Four Season Design— Jaleesa Henry
• Best Trails Around the City Design— Tina Shannon
One of the other categories included the youth department, which the entire youth department received a prize because of their hard work and dedication.
The Junior Civic Garden Club exhibit was entitled “A Gardener’s Trail.” Their design was set up as a rest area for those wanting to sit and enjoy the flowers around them. A trail was set up between the youth’s plants that led up to benches for guests to sit and rest.
Patrica Solomon, the Junior Civic Garden Club advisor, was pleased with the youth department’s work on the design this year.
She said, “Each Saturday when we would meet, we would pick out flowers that the children liked and add them to the design. We decided to make a rest area for the guests. I’m so proud of them. They were so excited and we are going to continue to work with flowers.”
To add even more youth involvement to the flower show, school and daycares were asked to bring their school artwork to the show to be displayed.
Tillman said, “It’s so great to see the children bringing their parents and families in to see their artwork.”
The winner for “Best Art” went to Hannah Lynch of Thomasville Christian School’s Kindergarten class.
Vendors of all kinds could be found in the park. Many of the vendors had homemade novelties, children’s clothes, cloth teepees, wooden toys and the list goes on and on.
“Art in the Park” isn’t just for people. Many dogs could be spotted in the park with their human families and friends. A “Dog Bakery” was set up so man’s best friend could also enjoy a treat.
Further up Broad St., near the intersection of Jefferson St., began the car show.
The first car that could be seen was sitting in the middle of Broad St.— a 1948 Lincoln Continental Convertible. The owners of the vehicle are George and Hannah Jaspert of Ocklocknee.
When Lincoln Continental Convertible first came out in 1948, it had a list price (new) of $4,400. It was also the only V-12 cylinder engine made in America.
As people walked down Broad St. and turned onto Jefferson St., 1950s Bebop music could be heard. Looking at the Bel Airs and other 1950s models, one felt like they were back in 1950s Downtown Thomasville.
Other eras were mixed in the car show as well. Mustangs of many different year models were lined in the middle of Broad St. and on the side of the street. Corvettes with their hoods popped were on display, along with many other models of antique and retro cars.
For any car lover— it was car heaven.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.