Annual Gladiolus Exhibition and Competition Returns to Hoover Auditorium

Posted on August 12, 2010

Gladiolus growers and showmen from northwest and central Ohio and southern Michigan will be participating in a Gladiolus Exhibition and Competition at Hoover Auditorium. The event, which has been held at Lakeside for more than 50 years, will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 and from 12-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15.

Many different and unusual gladiolus arrangements will be on display. Exhibitors and Gladiolus Society members will promote appreciation of gladiolus growing and assist interested persons or groups in their cultivation and use.

Gladiolus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family. Sometimes called the sword lily, the most widely used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus. The genus gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, mostly South Africa.

Although "glads," as they are commonly called, are used to a limited extent for landscape effect, their chief value is for cut flowers. Gladioli produce tall spikes of large blossoms in a rainbow of colors. Only clear, true blue is missing; white, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salmon and even green gladioli are available, along with many bi-colors. The wide range of colors, sizes and flower types make them particularly useful for flower arrangements.

This is an open entry show. Locals may bring "glads" on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 14 between 8-11 a.m. and will receive assistance in exhibiting. Special classes for novice, intermediate and youth are provided. Come and enjoy the many different and unusual gladiolus cultivars and arrangements. The flowers will be distributed to the public free of charge after 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 16 on the Hoover Auditorium porch.

The show has been organized by Cliff Hartline and the Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Society.