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It was the party of the century for a local community club.
The St. James Horticultural Society (SJHS) celebrated the 100th anniversary of its annual exhibition at the Heritage Victoria Community Centre (950 Sturgeon Rd.) on Aug. 19 and 20.
On Aug. 19, former Manitoba lieutenant-governor Pearl McGonigal attended the exhibition for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. On Aug. 20, there was a tea party, fashion show, and exhibition.
"This is our 100th exhibition — we’ve had exhibitions since 1914 — and we wanted to mark it especially to start a new beginning, because in 100 years we won’t be here to celebrate with them," Margaret Sheridan, past president of the St. James Horticultural Society, said with a laugh.
Sheridan, 84, participated in the fashion show, walking around the room in a white seersucker suit with a mink coat and hat and white gloves reminiscent of the 1940s and ’50s.
"We had available these beautiful costumes, so we took advantage of putting (the fashion show) together," Sheridan said.
According to Sheridan, the society’s main purpose is education. The club has at least five meetings — once a month during the winter — with guest speakers and experts to teach club members various aspects of growing.
"In the summer, we have garden plots," Sheridan said. "We do fundraising. We have a plant and bake sale every spring to raise funds."
In addition to the tea party and fashion show, attendees could visit a room full of long tables carrying various flower displays, vegetables, baking and crafts, all provided by members of the SJHS or other horticultural societies in Winnipeg.
Valerie Ferris, president of the flower arranging group of the society and show chairman of the 100th annual exhibition, explained that each exhibition has a theme. This year’s theme was, naturally, 100 Years of Flowers.
The flower display in the exhibition was organized by decade, from 1914 to now.
"The first decade (from 1914 to 1924) is ‘When Grandma Was a Girl’, and we chose a basket design because that would be appropriate back in 1914," Sheridan said.
Another example was the display of flowers from 1984 to 1994, which was named "Material Girl", after Madonna. To follow that theme, Ferris added some bling to the arrangement.
The 2004 to 2014 flower arrangement was called "As We Are Now," which featured flowers shaped as asymmetrical triangles.
Sheridan isn’t sure what the floral trends will be like 100 years from now, but she hopes the society will still be around to share them.
"We wish for the people of the future to carry on, and we hope they’ll go on to having a 200th anniversary," she said.