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Growing interest in show
HomeCumming on the Mountain today, Saturday
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Emma Elisa Ferber creates a floral design at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center in preparation for the HomeCumming on the Mountain flower show this weekend. - photo by Autumn Vetter

This weekend

• What: HomeCumming on the Mountain flower show

• When: 2 to 5 p.m. today; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Home of Linda Hardie, 2000 Hughes Drive; and youth division at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center, 4075 Spot Road

The Cumming Garden Club will be coming around Sawnee Mountain with its flower show today and tomorrow.

HomeCumming on the Mountain is the title and theme of the club’s show, which is held every other year. It’s free and open to the public.

Flower arrangements, horticulture and educational exhibits will be judged at the home of club member Linda Hardie, as well as the youth entries at Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center.

Those who visit Hardie’s home are asked to park in the cul-de-sac and take the shuttle.

The show two years ago, which was held at the Brannon Heard House, won first place for best flower show in a public building in the state, club president Tricia Wester said.

This year’s show will also be submitted for state awards, Wester said.

Most entries are submitted by club members, but others were also invited to participate, she said.

Judges will award points for arrangements or horticulture, which must be a species from a home garden.

From those scores, ribbons will be awarded today.

Mary Stansell, who is a trained judge, said the color, texture, sizes and shapes of the pieces in an arrangement can all be considered.

“It’s the whole spectrum of art,” Stansell said. “We’re judging for perfection. We’re not judging one against another.”

Stansell won’t be judging this show because she’s entering the design and horticulture categories.

She’s also chairing the youth division of the show, in which students from Cumming, Mashburn, Sawnee, Silver City and other local elementary schools submitted their work.

She said watching how the children express themselves is one of the best parts of helping them create the show for the youth division.

Stansell held a design workshop earlier in the week to help some of the kids get their entries prepared.

She explained the techniques to a student who had created a homemade vase.

“The largest flower usually goes lower in the vase, so if you want to cut this one off,” said Stansell, extending a stem. “There you go.”