THS announces Flower Show winners

Visitors to the Trevose Horticultural Society’s annual flower show “North to Alaska” enjoyed reviewing 350 horticultural, artistic, junior and senior designs and educational exhibit entries entered by members and area gardeners. Staged at St. Ephrem Church in Bensalem, several members dominated the Horticultural Division. Lenis Van Aken (Holland) and Karen Wychock (Warrington) tied for the highest number of blue ribbons.

Van Aken won both the National Garden Club (NGC) Grower’s Choice Award for her perfect pot of ‘Miss Muffet’ Caladium and also the NGC Award of Merit for her collection of Herbs. Wychock earned both the NGC Horticultural Excellence and Grower’s Choice Award for her excellent potted dish of Succulents as well as the Society’s Stella Matczak award for that category. Both entrants share the Society’s Arnold Young Award for Container Grown plants. Additionally, Wychock’s cut specimen of ‘Sagae’ Hosta was awarded the NGC Award of Merit for Foliage.

A ‘Daisy’ gourd and ‘Garden Wonder’ Dahlia both earned NGC Awards of Merit in the vegetable and bulb classes for Christine Dopp (Mountain Top) and the Society’s Erich and Virginia Meitzner Award for her Dahlia.

Ruth Aulmann’s (Feasterville) entry won the Society’s Joseph and Josie Caravan award for her inviting dish garden. A stem of ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea received the NGC Arboreal Award for Beth Bartle (Bala Cynwyd). A cut specimen of Zinnia garnered the NGC Award of Merit for Lynn Whelan (Audubon).

Visitors enjoyed, as well as personally critiqued, 28 artistic arrangements reflecting the show theme. The NGC Awards of Design Excellence and Designer’s Choice were awarded to Audrey William (Flourtown) for her artistic entry ‘Dance of the Northern Lights’ designed on a pedestal. Wychock received the Garden Club Federation of PA (GCF/PA) Award of Special Recognition for her entry ‘Cabin Fever’ table design. In a Botanical Arts class entitled ‘Home Grown Christmas,’ Aumann won the Society’s Rachel Schwarz Award for her design artistry of a Christmas tree decorated with all dried natural plant materials.

Coordinated by Natalie Dopp of Mountaintop, an informative exhibit “49 Facts for our 49th State, Alaska” received the GCFP/PA Educational and Conservation Silver Award. Her exhibit highlighted forty-nine surprising fun and trivia facts about ‘The Great Land’ we know as Alaska. 

An educational exhibit, “For the Birds,” coordinated by Show Chairperson Karen Wychock earned the NCG Educational Award. Her exhibit featured a fun and easy project describing how to make bird seed ornaments as a decoration and also backyard buffet for your fine feathered friends.   

Choosing color for your floral designs can be a challenge, however an exhibit “A Splash of Color,” also coordinated by Wychock, visually explained the color wheel and how colors are related. Her entry received the Society’s Award of Appreciation.

The Staging Theme Chairperson, Karen Wychock, along with the Society’s membership, merited the GCFP Staging Award for the show’s overall appearance.


  1. Ruth Gabel, of Lower Southampton, earned an Honorable Mention for her “Homegrown Christmas.”
  2. Diana Raudenbush, of Croydon, earned a Second Place award for her “Land of the Midnight Sun.”
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