Danielson, CT – This Labor Day Weekend, Logee’s Greenhouses in Danielson, CT is hosting a First Annual Container Competition with proceeds to benefit local families for fuel assistance during the winter heating season.
Elsie Bisset, Don Taylor, Mae Flexer- local judges
Plant it, Grow it, Show it! – is the theme which means as long as the container holds soil, it can be used in the competition. The judges, local celebrities in town, looked for creative containers that took into consideration container name, texture, form and plant growth, originality and overall appeal.
NON-JUDGING ENTRY From Logee’s Growers- “Hose of a Different Color” Filled with an assortment of Logee’s plant in a coiled hose planter
Paint Can filled with Firecracker Plant
NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee’s Retail Department- called “Horn of Planty in C-Minor” planted with a Rex Begonia Vine (Cissus Discolor)
We like the idea of recycling containers for the purpose of planting and creating beauty.
Margarita on the Rocks- An air plant (Tillandsia) on rocks in a margarita glass
We also like the idea of giving back to our local community in the way of heating assistance.
Recently, Logee’s was awarded a USDA Federal Grant, which helped build our energy efficient greenhouse reducing our heating bills. “We know how expensive heating fuel is,” says Byron Martin, the other owner of Logee’s, “and saving on our fuel expenses helped keep us in business so it feels good to help someone else with their fuel expenses.”
NON-JUDGING ENTRY- from Logee’s Maintenance Department- Bug Bath- filled with Carnivorous plants.
Seven categories were judged with prizes given: Best of Show, Logee’s Choice Award, Most Creative Container with one plant, Most Creative Container with mixed plants, and 3 honorable mentions. Elsie Bisset, town economic developer, Mae Flexer, state representative, Don Taylor, artist and entrepreneur.
The judges concentrating on their tough choices.
From left to right, Elsie Bisset, Don Taylor and Mae Flexer with all the winning picks
BEST OF SHOW-Coffee, Tea or Bug Juice- Plants used Coffee Plant, Tea Plant and Carnivorous plants.
MOST CREATIVE WITH ONE PLANT-Mother’s Day Tea- Pink flowered impatients in a blue teapot
MOST CREATIVE WITH MIXED PLANTS- Hot Seat-Cryptanthus Ruby, and Air plants in an old wire chair
HONORABLE MENTION-Glorious Snack- plant called the “Glory Bower” (Clerodendrum thompsoniae)
HONORABLE MENTION- Toasty Treat-Assorted Ferns in a toaster
HONORABLE MENTION- Under My Umbrella- Fan Flower and Fuchsia
planted in a fan-shaped letter holder.
Other entries were in close running.
Andrea Agassi- Planted in a tennis ball hopper Agastache Raspberry
Fly Fishing- Carnivorous plants in a fish bowl.
NON-JUDGING ENTRY from Logee’s shipping department-
Tree Spirit with the plant Fockea crispa
Smoking Yoke with Pink Episcia smoke
Small Fry- with assorted succulents
Logee’s also has on display “The Garden Goddess Sculpture” created by Logee’s employees. The structure contains more than 40 Logee’s plants valued at $500. Donations of $1 or more will give people a chance to win The Garden Goddess Sculpture.Drawing will take place at 5:00 pm on Labor Day.
Jusges standing by the Garden Goddess Sculpture to be given away Labor Day.
Many of the containers on display will also be sold to benefit the Access Agency in Danielson, CT where the proceeds will be going to help families with their winter heating bill. If you want more information about how you can help- go to http://www.accessagency.org.