From the August/September 2010 Issue:

Window Dressing

  • Photographer: Patricia Burke

This year’s Springfest Flower & Garden Show yields a treasure trove of ideas for planting window boxes. Ideas on how to enjoy nature abounded at the Springfest Flower & Garden Show, held in March at the Sussex County Fairgrounds in Augusta. One highlight: a competition in which amateurs and professionals vied to make the most beautiful window boxes. Internationally known garden writer Ken Druse and local garden writer Vicki Johnson judged the competition. See how many ideas you get from the 11 entries.


First Prize

Lauren Hanke of Highland Lakes

MATERIALS: Star-of-Bethlehem (Campanula isophylla), cyclamen (Cyclamen), ivy (Hedera helix ‘Bettina’), lavender (Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ and Lavandula Stoechas), maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum), purple passion (Gynura aurantiaca ‘Purple Passion’), purple sage (Salvia purpurea), scented geranium (Pelargonium), spike moss (Selaginella), and lace-cap hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nizza’).

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “Lovely. Plants are in excellent condition. Great color, rhythm, and design.”


Second Prize

Morris County Farms in Denville

MATERIALS: Angel vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa), autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora), bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus), ivy (Hedera helix ‘Gold Baby’), Joseph’s-coat (Alternanthera ‘Partytime’), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe ‘Lucky Bells’ and ‘Mirabella’), lemon button fern (Nephrolepis cordifolia ‘Duffi’), palm (Chamaedorea elegans), and spiky dracaena (Dracaena marginata ‘Colorama’).

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “Like a beautifully designed garden! Subtle, nice variation and textures, Love it!”


Third Prize

Ken Selody, owner of Atlock Farm in Somerset

MATERIALS: A collection of succulents comprises Aeonium (Aeonium tabuliforme ‘Dinner Plate’), black tree aeonium (Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’), jade plant (Crassula argentea and Crassula argentea ‘Variegata’), hen-and-chickens (Echeveria), ox tongue (Gasteria), leatherpetal (Graptopetalum sp.), Graptoveria sp. (Echeveria x Graptopetalum), star cactus (Haworthia), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe orygalis ‘Rusty’), bunny-ears (Opuntia microdasys), purple prickly pear (Opuntia violacea var. Santa-Rita), peperomia (Peperomia ferreyrae), elephant bush (Portulacaria afra), variegated snake plant (Sansevieria ‘Bantel’s Sensation’), snake plant (Sansevieria cylindrica), sedum (Sedum Morganianum ‘Burro’s-Tail’, senecio (Senecio Mandraliscae ‘Blue Sticks’).

JUDGES’ COMMENTS: “Remarkable collection of plants. Foliage, texture, and color are wonderful. A few more sansevieria would have improved rhythm and balance.”


Honorable Mention

Barbara Stiehl, Barbara Connoloy, and Linda Read of the North Warren Garden Club in Blairstown

MATERIALS: Anthurium (Anthurium), autumn fern (Dryopteris erythrosora), bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus), calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), bellflower (Campanula), cineraria (Senecio x hybridus), dracaena (Cordyline), Gerbera daisies (Gerbera hybrid), ivy (Hedera), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe), maidenhair fern (Adiantum pedatum), moss (Selaginella), pitcher plant (Nepenthes ‘White Butterfly’), peperomia (Peperomia), primrose (Primula acaulis), ranunculus (Ranunculus asiaticus), begonia (Rex-Cultorum), and string of pearls (Senecio Rowleyanus).


Honorable Mention

Cynthia Percarpio of Stanhope
for the Morris County Master Gardeners
The Morris County Master Gardener program is a horticultural education and outreach program administered through Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Sussex County.

MATERIALS: Ivy (Hedera helix ‘Francis’ and Hedera helix sp.), daffodil (Narcissus ‘Tete-a-tete’), azalea (Azalea), dumb cane (Dieffenbachia), Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata), primrose (Primula), radiator plant (Peperomia ‘Golden’), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe), cineraria (Senecio x hybridus), club moss (Seleginella pulcherrima).


Honorable Mention

Joshua Handler,
Arthur-and-Friends Program, Northwest New Jersey

Community Action Program,
New Jersey State Fairgrounds
The program is part of the Greenhouse Project, which provides training-for-employment opportunities in the green-collared industry to disabled and disadvantaged residents of Sussex County.

MATERIALS: Arugula (Eruca vesicaria sativa), cilantro (Coriandrum sativum, leaves and roots), parsley (Petroselinum), tatsoi (Brassica narinosa), lettuce (Lactuca), bok choy (Brassica Rapa Chinensis), and Swiss chard (Beta vulgaris var. cicla).


Rita Roykovich of West Milford

MATERIALS: Asparagus fern (Asparagus setaceus); bugleweed (Ajuga), exotic begonia, peperomia (Piperaceae peperomia), pocketbook plant (Calceolaria crenatiflora), and staghorn fern (Platycerium bifurcatum).


Ann Ameles of Kuperus Farmside Gardens & Florist in Sussex

MATERIALS: From the Savvy Succulents® collection by Proven Winners: Pinwheel (Aeonium Haworthii), jade plant (Crassula ovata ‘Variegata’, Crassula pellucida ‘Purple’, and Crassula radicans ‘Small Red Carpet Stonecrop’), kalanchoe (Kalanchoe Calandiva and Kalanchoe pumila ‘Silver Grey’), elephant bush (Portulacaria afra ‘Red Stem’), trailing jade (Senecio Jacob-senii, a.k.a. Kleinia petraea), and senecio (Senecio talinoids mandralis ‘Blue’). The Savvy line requires little water or fertilization yet provides succulents that vary in stature, configuration, and shades.


Daryl Savage of Tout Fait in Sparta

MATERIALS: Bells-of-Ireland (Moluccella laevis), curly willow (Salix Matsudana), Star-of-Bethlehem (Campanula isophylla), variegated ivy (Hedera canariensis), paper-white (Narcissus Tazetta), lucky shamrocks (Oxalis Acetosella).


Agnes Rizzo, Korey Lee, and
Linda Walls of Branchville

MATERIALS: Lavender (Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek Grey’ and Stoechas), hyacinth (Hyacinths), angel vine (Muehlenbeckia complexia), campanula (Campanula cochlearlifolia and aucherii), shamrock (Oxalis triangularis), gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans), hydrangea (Hydrangea macrophylla-hortensia type), primrose (Primula obconica), sage (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’), tulip (Tulipa), grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum ‘Blue Spike’).


Pati Giunta, owner of
Brookside Florist in Vernon

MATERIALS: Gerbera daisies (Gerbera hybrid) and wheat grass (Triticum aestivum).