2007 New England Flower Show

Held at the Bayside Expo Center

March 17 - 25, 2007


The designs by our talented Club members and Junior Gardeners!

Click here to see the Awards presented

The Acton Garden Club said “Yes, I can take top awards”, at the 136th annual New England Flower Show (NEFS) that was held March 17 through March 25 at the Bayside Exposition Center, Boston.

“Yes, I can!” was the theme of the 136th annual New England Flower Show (NEFS) held March 17 through March 25 at the Bayside Exposition Center, Boston, and Acton Garden Club members said “Yes, I can take top awards”. Maureen Christmas, Thelma Shoneman, and Laura Lindop took several awards for their floral designs. Junior gardeners, Natalie Nelson, Paul Nelson, Justin Dudziak, Blaise Dudziak, and Amy Dudziak also took home awards for their nature collages and forced flower bulbs.

Maureen Christmas’s Creative Mass design for Class 103, Mysteries of the Deep, “I’m a scuba diver”, won the blue ribbon for the class and the Tricolor Award for the entry day. The design also won the Claire Richards Award, which may be given, if merited, in the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) Design Division for the entry in a Tricolor Class that best exemplifies the sensitive use of color. The Claire Richards Award will be given once during the show and the winner need not be a blue ribbon winner.


Maureen Christmas took second place for her entry in Class 207 , “I’m an athlete”. The design had to incorporate a manikin dressed in plant material. Maureen chose to make a figure skater with a lotus pod skirt, milkweed ‘fur’ coat, protea red hair, birch bark skates with a spider mum petal blade.



Thelma Shoneman received a blue ribbon for her exquisite Hanging Design for Class 105, Aerial Pursuit – Hang Gliding. This hanging design is exhibited in a space 8’ tall by 4’ by 4’. Thelma also won the Ruth A. Wallack Design Award, which “recognizes a design of outstanding beauty and creativity in the expression of one designer’s imagination. The Ruth A. Wallack Design Award was open to all competitive entries in the Design Division of the NEFS, but may be given only once during the show and the recipient need not be a blue ribbon winner.



Laura Lindop won an Honorable Mention for her entry in Class 105 Aerial Pursuit – Hang Gliding.



Junior Gardeners, Natalie Nelson won a blue ribbon for her paperwhite entry in the General Horticulture class “Flower Power” and another blue ribbon for her Nature Collage, “Yes, I Can Reach the Finish Line”. In addition, Natalie won Massachusetts Horticultural Society’s “Green Thumb” Award for the junior gardener that succeeded in growing and presenting the most challenging plant. Paul Nelson won a second place ribbon for his Nature Collage, “Yes, I Can Tell Time”.

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Justin Dudziak won a blue ribbon for his Nature Collage, “Yes, I Can Skateboard”. His older brother Blaise Dudziak also won a blue ribbon for his Nature Collage, “Yes, I Can Get That Worm”. Not to be left out, sister Amy Dudziak won a second place award for her Nature Collage, “Yes, I Can Plant a Complicated Garden”. Acton’s Junior Gardeners competed against the numerous entries from other schools and garden clubs across New England.

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In addition to entering winning floral designs, Acton Garden Club members played important roles in making the spectacular New England Flower Show happen. Thelma Shoneman was Staging Chairman for Design Division 1. She will be Show Chair for Div. 1 for 2008 and 2009 shows. Maureen Christmas worked on the Design Div. 1 Horticulture Classification Committee and was a class consultant for Div. 2. She will be Staging Chairman for Design Division 1 for the 2008 and 2009 shows. Laura Lindop worked on the Design Div. 1 Horticulture Classification Committee and was a class consultant for Div. 2.
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