Moorestown Garden Club hosts annual Standard Flower Show and House Tour May 13

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Friday the 13th is known to be a very ominous and unlucky day in Western culture. In Moorestown this year, Friday the 13th is being celebrated as a lucky day with the Moorestown Garden Club’s Standard Flower Show and House Tour.

With the theme, “It’s Your Lucky Day,” the Moorestown Garden Club is celebrating spring on Friday, May 13. The tour, also the club’s fundraiser, will feature floral design and educational horticultural experiences representative of the theme from noon to 8 p.m.

“It is a fundraiser, but it is more than that, it is also educational. It’s a way for the community to be able to learn about horticulture and floral design,” Garden Club President Lisa Madara said.

The Moorestown Garden Club holds the Standard Flower Show and House Tour bi-annually and began when the club started in the 1950s, when it sold tickets out of a station wagon to raise funds. The event is still the club’s major fundraiser, with funds going to ward civic projects, senior involvement, club events and a Moorestown High School scholarship, but it is also now an educational experience.

As the club’s usual tour day is the second Friday of May, and coincidently Friday the 13th this year, instead of worrying about it being an unlucky day, the club wanted to have a little fun and change people’s minds that it’ll be a lucky day.

“We thought we’d make it ‘It’s Your Lucky Day’ because you get to view the beautiful horticulture and things people have grown and floral designs; and I say that is pretty lucky,” Madara said.

This year, the club is partnering with the Evergreens, a retirement community in Moorestown, to host part of the Standard Flower Show and House Tour plus four local homes. Floral designs will be displayed along the house tour at the homes of the Konzelmanns, the Martins, the Chevaliers and the Pendinos within Moorestown.

“It’s always a beautiful show and nice to be able to look and see what people have grown in their yards and how people can design with flowers,” Madara said.

Not only will people be able to check out floral designs and experience horticulture from the tour, they will also gain knowledge themselves. The Liberty Bell Gesneriad Society will be at the Evergreens to provide education on gesneriad plants, such as African violets. The club will also have its renowned “Garden Shop” at the Evergreens. The club will provide native plants, pollinator plants, annuals, herbs, vintage planters along with tools and gardening gift items, as well as some information on how to take care of the plants.

“As important as it is as a fundraiser, it is just as important as an educational gift to the community … Along with a market place, we want to educate those who purchase and do something positive in their yard with what they purchase, such as pollinator plants,” Madara said.

The Evergreens will not only be hosting the show’s horticulture and special exhibits at its 309 Bridgeboro Road campus, but its residents will be participating in the horticulture and floral design components as well. The Evergreens part of the tour will start at 1 p.m.

The locations of homes will be printed on the tickets. Advance tickets are $15, available at The Community House, Ralph’s Market, Signature Design, Navy Blue Home Gifts, La-Di-Da, Moorestown Flower Shoppe, Moorestown True Value Hardware and Flagg’s Garden Center. Tickets will be available for $20 on the day of the event at the tour homes and The Evergreens. The event will be held rain or shine.

“People should come out to the show to see what the garden club is about … learn from the show and maybe become inspired to do something in their own yards … It also enables us to do all of the acts of gardening that we do in the community,” Madara said.

The Garden Club plans to continue to team with organizations or communities, such as it did with the Evergreens this year.

For more information on this event, call the club at (609) 230–1115. To learn more about the Garden Club, visit its webpage, moorestowngardenclub.com.