Franklin Hills Blooms with the Colors of Spring
 by Shirley Mims and Karen Gallock

Every spring, residents from Franklin Hills submit prize winning entries to the Los Angeles Garden Club Standard Flower Show. The event gives amateur gardeners an opportunity to showcase their skills to produce beautiful and unusual arrangements from their gardens. This year it will be held on Monday, May 8, 2006 from 1 to 4:30 PM at the Women’s Club of Hollywood located at 1749 North La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles. The event is free and open to the public.

Several Franklin Hills neighbors have won high awards for their submissions. Last June, Franklin Hills resident Ashkhen Evrard won several awards for her entries. She won first place for the Agave Amencania Variegah (Century Plant) and Haworthia Coarctata (below). She also won second place for the Class 30 Beautiful Flowers titled 3 Vases with yellow roses and red and purple flower accents. (right)


Our own Vivien Shea not only supplied the cookies but also won the Sweepstakes Award for the most blue ribbons. Of them, two are pictured. For the Class 22 Fruit category, (below left) she won first prize for the wild cherry tomato, Mexican lime, and Eureka lemon. She also won first place for the Class 2 Floribunda Roses category with her submission of her hot cocoa rosa. (below)

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Karen Gallock, who introduced me to the Los Angeles Garden Club a few years ago, won 2nd place for her Class 3 Special Occasion submission of a gift wrapped package topped with agapanthus, garlic flowers, and asparagus and sword ferns.

The photos of the winning entries accompanying this article were taken by club member Dina Kouchakji of 4seasons-photography.com. Ms. Kouchakji had a display of her own of ordinary herbs with their extraordinary healing qualities.

First organized in 1932, the Los Angeles Garden Club became a member of the California Garden Clubs, Inc. in 1934 which then affiliated with the National Garden Clubs, Inc. to become a part of the largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.
Active in the community, they have recently supported a median landscape project at Cahuenga Boulevard and Franklin Avenue and generously supported Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles with donations and toys during the holiday season.

Monthly meetings are held at the Hollywood Women’s Club on La Brea with speakers on garden subjects from composting to growing miniature bonsai trees. Many of the members bring in small potted plants and cut flowers for judging by a board-certified judge.  Club activities also include field trips to area gardens and fund raising activities to promote a greener Los Angeles. Neighborhood gardeners are encouraged to join. For more information contact the president, Barbara Testa at 323/664-0163.