10th Annual Flower Show at the Whitall House and Rededication of Col. Greene Monument to be held on June 25th at Red Bank Battlefield.
(National Park) – The Gloucester County Board of Freeholders announced today that the 10th Annual Flower Show at the Whitall House at Red Bank Battlefield will be held on Sunday, June 25th from 1 pm to 4 pm. Entries are open to all non-professionals and membership in the Ann Whitall Gardeners in NOT necessary. That same afternoon at 2 pm a rededication of the Colonel Greene Monument will be held at the north end of Red Bank Battlefield Park.
The theme of this year’s flower show is “A Summer Wedding” and the Whitall Gardeners will hold a fictional wedding to illustrate the simple Quaker marriage vows and display memorabilia from the estate. The Whitall House will be open from 1 to 4 pm for the wedding displays and hearth cooking demonstrations, but will briefly close at 2 pm for the brief rededication ceremony of the Col. Greene monument and then re-open.
“Our county is rich in history and beauty and we invite our residents to come out to the Flower Show at the Whitall House and the Colonel Greene monument rededication that will be held that same afternoon,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.
“This year the county has invested in maintaining our history by restoring the Colonel Greene monument and preserving the cheveaux de fries that are displayed outside the Whithall House,” Sweeney stated.
The cheveaux de fries are a Revolutionary War-era defense system that was submerged in the Delaware River to protect the colonies from the British Navy. The monument to Colonel Christopher Greene was originally unveiled on June 21, 1906 in honor of the Battle of Red Bank that was fought in 1777. During that battle 400 Americans, under the command of Col. Greene, defeated 2400 Hessian troops.
The 10th Annual Flower show will have two divisions: the Horticulture Division includes classes for herbs, roes, perennials, annuals, hydrangeas, hostas and houseplants; the Artistic Division focuses on the wedding celebration theme and includes classes in Country Posy, Bridesmaids Baskets, Hannah’s Bouquet, Table Centerpieces, Wedding Cake and Bride’s Ransom. Professional judging will be held from 10 am to noon and ribbons will be awarded in each category. Best of Show ribbons will be awarded for Horticulture and Artistic Divisions based on the public votes.
“The Flower Show is a great opportunity for all the gardeners in our county to showcase their talents and participate in an event designed by volunteers for non-professionals,” said Freeholder Frank DiMarco, liaison to the Department of Parks and Recreation. “The Ann Whitall Gardeners are a dedicated group who keep up the herb and flower garden at the historic Whitall House in top shape and we are fortunate to have so many volunteers who donate their time and talents to the history of our county,” DiMarco stated.
There is no entry fee to participate in the flower show; however entry forms must be received by June 24th. For more information on participating in or attending the Flower Show, please contact Megan Giordano at 853-5120.