A Lovely Day for Lilies
by Arnetta Guion
In mid-June, Sun Valley Floral Farms opens its doors to the flower loving
community to view the bounty of Asiatic and Oriental Lilies, Iris, Tulips, Daffodils, Freesias
and Hydrangeas. This is an annual event and an opportunity for folks to learn
about the way
in which cut flowers are prepared for over 500 wholesalers nationwide.
are graced with arrangements prepared by local and some out of area florists
as far away
as Red Bluff, Whitethorn and Crescent City.
In the latest program, three prominent nursery
Oregon and California carried out the duty of judging the arrangements and
The Judges were Frassie Ludwick, AIFD and Institute of Floral Design from
Marysville, CA, Shawn F. McKenney, on the Board of NW Region of AIFD, from Portland, OR,
and Greg Williams, Past President of AIFD, from Ashland, Oregon. There were four
categories in the competition, and here are the
1st Place, Kristin Chorbi of Eureka Florist.
of the Rosery, Eureka.
3rd Place, Cheri Toroni of Arcata Florist.
Erika Zwerdling of Heuer's Florist, Eureka.
1st Place, Cathy Smith of Flowers, Etc., Eureka.
Glavich of Eureka Florist, Eureka.
3rd Place, Shawn McCornack, Arcata Florist.
Honorable Mention, Cheryl Delaney, McKinleyville Florist, McKinleyville.
Best of Show
1st Place and Best of Show, the top honor went to Tara
Johnson of Simply Flowers, Fortuna.
2nd Place, Faye Zierer of River Rose
3rd Place, Diane Walker of Penelope's English Garden, Arcata.
Mention, Shawn Corippo of the Rosery, Eureka.
1st Place, Suzy Herrod of Night Flight Designs, Arcata.
Pert of The Garden Gate, Arcata.
3rd Place, Leah Olson of Arcata Florist.
Honorable Mention, Marrieta Christinan of Mel's Meadows, Loleta.
A favorite stop on the tour of the Sun Valley farms proved to be the bulb
sale room. In
waiting my own turn in line after picking out the lovely Casa Blanca Lily, I
other flower lovers carrying out great bagfuls of their favorites and new
their eyes dancing with excitement at the thought of the new blooms that
would appear in
their own garden next year. The cashier confessed that she had
Planting instructions included with all varieties: Asiatic & Oriental
Lilies, and Iris advised
to plant now. Plant roots down, sprouts up. In the case of Lilies, cover
with 3 inches of
soil. With Iris, plant same as the Lilies but with only 1 inch of soil cover.
Asiatics may flower in October and will flower abundantly in June of next
will flower in July or August of next year. With Iris, they are treated
and should flower in October. Daffodils are to be planted in October, roots
up. Cover with 3 inches of soil. They will flower in January and February.
There is really a lot that goes on the local world of gardening. It is not
possible to be
everywhere at once, but it is fun to try. Certainly a lot of flower lovers
went home happy.