Skagway's Beautiful Bounty

Jeff Ruff’s cabbage was a big draw; Gladys Moran with her rose and award.

Taylors win coveted Edie Lee Award

Eastern Star show draws more than 200 entries

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Flowers, fruits and vegetables filled A.B. Hall this week proving once again that Skagway deserves the title “Garden City of Alaska.”
Roses, dahlias, asters, cosmos, sunflowers, petunias and myriad other varieties shone in splendor both in the hall and in the gardens and yards of residences and businesses throughout the city.
Stan Selmer, master of ceremonies, presented awards in more than 20 categories Sunday, Aug. 8 at the 22nd annual Eastern Star Flower and Garden Show. There were more than 205 entries.
Approximately 170 individuals visited the show on opening day, netting the Eastern Star $90 in donations for its scholarship fund. The show and tea continued through Tuesday.
Ten gift certificates from Garden City Greenhouse and ten season passes to Jewell Gardens were awarded individuals and businesses for first place displays of flowers, fruits and vegetables. In addition Ivadell Rapuzzi offered awards for the most improved garden and newest garden.
Judges for the show were Ivadell Rapuzzi, Jeff Ruff and Elaine Brummett.

Paul and Denise Taylor pose in their award-winning yard next to their train cart filled with verbena, nasturtiums, calendulas, johnny jump-ups and “some strawberries that went crazy.”

Denise Taylor, who accepted a crystal vase for the Edie Lee Award for the best residential garden, said later, “I could never have done this without help from my husband. Paul and I are thrilled to win this award. We’ve had a yard and garden for almost 30 years, so this is especially meaningful to us and we are honored to be included in the group of outstanding gardeners who have won the Edie Lee Award.”
The couple packed nasturtiums, verbena, pansies, calendula and strawberry plants into a wagon displayed on the corner of Alaska and 15th. In addition, their entire lawn is arrayed with creative, tasteful plantings and arrangements.
The Lynne Ruff Blue Ribbon Award went to Suzanne Hartson for her window box display of purple wave petunias.
The Elma McMillen Outstanding Rose Award went to Gladys Moran. Her prize was a floral stained glass panel created by Debbie Ackerman, perhaps coveted by many in the audience. Gladys, too, has been gardening for more than 30 years. Her prize winning rose is a Jackson and Perkins, about seven years old. She said, “I cart it back and forth in and out of the garage and store it there in the winter.”
The Chamber of Commerce awarded its “Golden Trowel” to the Skagway Pizza Station, and Gold Rush Lodge had the “Most Creative” commercial business garden. Honorable Mentions went to Mile Zero Bed and Breakfast and Sgt. Preston’s Lodge.

Skagway’s Pizza Station all decked out with flowers; one of many big begonia arrangements; and the creative watering can at Gold Rush Lodge.

Other awards are listed with first place winner followed by second place.
Children’s: Gloria Blanchard, Abby Dodd and Sierra Moran (3rd place.)
Roses: Suzanne Hartson, Barb Elliot
Begonia: Deb Boettcher, Sgt. Preston’s
Dahlia: Nancy Schave, Wanda Warner
Glads: Ada Haskin, Wanda Warner
Pansies: Gladys Moran, Kristen Jacquot
Snaps: City of Skagway Maintenance
Astilbe: Barb Elliot, Ada Haskin
Petunia: Suzanne Hartson, Michelle Blanchard
Geranium: Gladys Moran, White House
Fruit: Betsy Albecker, Nancy Schave
Miscellaneous: Leslie Dodd, Bianca Barger
Veggie Display: Mark Schaefer (pepper), Gladys Moran (cucumber)
Veggie Special: Edie Lee’s grandchildren, Colton & Wyatt Belise, John Jackson
Best New Garden: Emily Willis and Jason Knight
Most Unusual: Gladys Moran (Boots)
Most Spectacular: Nancy Schave (Dahlias)
Most Creative: Tina Cyr, Jan Tronrud
Most Improved Garden: Angie and Andrew Cremata.

See the 2003 Flower Show winners