Wildflower Show May 3 and 4 in Shady Cove

Although the winter was long and cold, wildflowers are popping up all over the Upper Rogue just in time for the 27th annual Shady Cove-Trail Wildflower Show on May 3 and 4. As well as educating the public on flower species, the show benefits Fire District 4. Each year proceeds from the show are given to the fire district toward purchase of a piece of equipment.


Last year a "Tough Book" laptop computer was on the wish list. This
year Fire Chief Bob Miller has need for an updated heart
defibrillator-monitor that firefighters will use on emergency calls.
   
Twenty
seven years ago, Miles Hill started the show with about 28 flowers
picked from the area of Rogue River Drive. Now, over 200 flowers are
displayed from a 20-mile radius around Shady Cove. Show Chair, Clarisse
Pitto said, "Whatever is blooming will be in the show."
   
Because
art and flowers go together, President Dee Hawkins arranged for Talent
artist Paula Fong to show her southern Oregon wildflower paintings done
in watercolor with pen and ink details. Glowing colors portray her
subjects as well as accurate floral details. Adding to the visual
feast, the Upper Rogue Artists will also showcase their works of art.
And the ever popular Material Girls will display beautiful quilts and
sell raffle tickets to win a quilt described as a rainbow of colors.
   
Shopping
will never be easier. Because donations have been generous, the
boutique will offer more items than ever. "If you just have a nickel,
you’ll be able to find something," said Pitto. Members are busy
designing and crafting unique items to sell or to be raffled. Melanie
Christman created planters out of two old wooden chairs. And Pitto used
her artistic imagination to create planters out of old porcelain doll
heads.
   
Both the wildflower group and the fire district support group will sell T-shirts with new dramatic designs.  Shop early.
   
More
displays include Naturalist Lee Hippe, who will give residents an
opportunity to learn about riparian plants. BLM, Crater Lake and Vernal
Pools will also display.
   
A tradition that began last year is
to name the tea room after someone instrumental in the success of the
wildflower show. This year, Tina Layman is to be honored for her hard
work. Layman, one of the most popular members, has contributed many
hours to the cause. The tea room offers homemade cookies, tea, coffee
and lemonade, said Pitto. And for the seriously hungry, the Upper Rogue
Community Center will be outside cooking their famous BBQ chicken and
hot dogs, added Hawkins.
   
A big draw at the show is the many
raffle and door prizes. This year’s bounty includes a coral necklace
from Hawaii, $200 worth of automotive work, gift certificates from
Shady Cove Market, Grange Coop, PremierWest Bank and other businesses.
Restaurant meals, haircuts, dog grooming certificates, propane tanks
and more will be raffled or given as door prizes.
   
The show
is a chance for neighbors, friends and visitors to enjoy a relaxed,
fun-filled day while helping the fire department and other groups meet
their goals to help the community. The show is at Shady Cove Middle
School, 37 Schoolhouse Lane from 10 to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
For more information call 878-8029.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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