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Paynesville Press - July 31, 2002

Grace Methodist Church to host annual flower show

By Andy Jones

Gloria Scheel with her flowersGrace United Methodist Church will sponsor their 42nd annual flower show on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 4, from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Gloria Scheel poses next to her garden, a fiberglass boat.

People interested in entering the flower show must bring their arrangements between 8 and 11 a.m. on Saturday. Flowers should be left on display until Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and then picked up promptly.

Flowers and plants must be grown by the exhibitor in the horticultural and houseplant divisions. They do not need to be grown by the exhibitor for artistic arrangements. Categories - for ameteurs, advanced amateurs and children include annuals, perennials, house plants, and artistic arrangements. First-time entrant Gloria Scheel uses a boat for her gardening.

Scheel has only been gardening for two years and will enter for the first time in the Grace United Methodist Church flower show.

Last year she had a garden by the Crow River, which runs past her home, but the woodchucks and deer ate it before she got to it, she said. So Scheel decided to build something a bit in the air.

She decided to plant a garden inside of a fiberglass boat. Her husband, Willie, helped drill holes in the bottom of the boat for drainage, and filled the boat with dirt. She planted the garden in the middle of May.

Half of Scheel's garden is used for growing vegetables, and the other half is for flowers. She's harvested onions, cucumbers, and lettuce from the garden. And she has geraniums, marigolds, petunias, and begonias growing on the flower side.

According to Scheel, using a boat for a garden is nice because it is incredibly easy to weed. "You don't have to get down on your hands and knees," she said. She plans on using a boat garden for years to come.

Scheel plans to enter the flower show in the miniature category. The public is invited to view all the entries.

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