PIEDMONT — The Piedmont Garden Club is inviting the public to attend the “Wonders of the West” flower show on April 28-29 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco.
The Garden Club of America (GCA) show is part of the organization’s 105th annual meeting, the first west of the Colorado in 12 years. The show will be in the large atrium on the third floor of the hotel. The show is free and open to the public and hours of the show are from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 28 and from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 29.
The show will highlight the wonders of the skies, forests, deserts and waters, according to the Piedmont Garden Club. Competitions will feature five floral design classes, including a challenge class of skilled designers.
The horticulture division will showcase an array of plants and spring flowers grown in local gardens. “Come see what you can grow in your garden,” said Suzanne Inman, chair of the horticulture division.
The botanical arts division will feature pieces of jewelry handcrafted from dried plant material. In the photography division, photographs of fine art quality will be on display, including color landscapes and closeups, illustrations of black and white patterns in nature, and creatively manipulated images.
“Photography changes the way you view your surroundings. GCA gives photographers an opportunity to express themselves creatively,” said Marion Bottomley, chair of the photography division.
The Piedmont Garden Club is coordinating the 450 volunteers at the show. The volunteers are from 17 clubs, including California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon and Hawaii.
Anne Marie Lamarche, of Piedmont, is in charge of organizing the volunteers and is being assisted by Sharon Hom, also of Piedmont.
The flower show is chaired by Gail Emmons and Janet Riley of the Orinda Garden Club.
The Garden Club of America is a national nonprofit organization made up of 200 clubs with 18,000 members who devote expertise to projects, including conservation, advocacy for the environment, scholarships and fellowships, as well as programs in horticulture, floral design and photography