You might call it the Super Bowl of gardening. Twenty different garden clubs from across the metro are competing in the Federated Garden Clubs of Minnesota Flower Show at the Minnesota State Fair.
On Wednesday, members of the Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club were careful as they hauled in their plants for showing. The goal is to show off the very best of a flower or leaf.
"You're cutting a little specimen and you put it into a bottle wrapped with tin foil or bubble wrap, which ever you prefer, and you put it in the top of the bottle with water in it, and you just stage the flower or leaf, "explained Danielle Smith, a Robbinsdale Diggers Garden Club member.
Betty Beck has 20 plants and three floral designs in the competition. She's put in a lot of time.
"Probably 20 to 30 hours prepping. I was here until 1 o'clock this morning, getting ready," she said.
That's because judges are looking for plant perfection.
"I'm looking for uniformity in color and form, in the entire plant. It should be uniform throughout the entire plant, so the spacing of the petals, the spacing of the leaves are all uniform," said judge Karen Hauwiller.
While the gardeners are eyeing blue ribbons, they say budding relationships with fellow gardeners is the top prize.
"Friendship, knowledge, I enjoy judging, anything about flowers, it's just fun," said Beck.
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