The 66th Annual* Long Island Chrysanthemum Show was held, Saturday October 23rd and 24th, 2021 at Starkie Bros. Garden Center in Farmingdale, New York. Our year started out fairly normally (whatever that means in the days of Covid-19) with our annual elections and planning for the show. However, our President Joel Simon resigned, for personal reasons, shortly after securing our show dates. The members of LICS would like to thank Joel for his service to LICS for a decade as President.
Our growers had the usual concerns about the weather, insects and having blooms in time for the show. Some of our regular growers were unable to bring their usual complement of blooms, but we managed to pull off a decent display. We had 7 exhibitors with 94 entries, but that doesn’t begin to count the number of blooms that were in the Educational and Display exhibits.
Camilla Ng, of the Old Dominion Chrysanthemum Society, drove 5 hours with her blooms and a friend to spend the weekend with us. She was in search of blue ribbons for her candidate judging requirements. Not only did she earn blue ribbons, but she walked away with – Best in Show, for her cut disbud of Icicles.
As usual Rita Rover wowed everyone with her giant English Mums.
Chuck Turner came from New Jersey with judges Steve Avallone and Chuck Blewett in his hunt for blue ribbons as he meets the requirements to take the Candidate Judge exam.
Donna Rusinski, one of our newer members, received the Ivor Mace Affiliates Silver Medal Award for her patient work putting together our new website, check it out (www.limums.org).
John Capobianco – received the Ivor Mace Affiliates, Bronze Medal Award for service to LICS for pulling the show together.
John Capobianco walked away with an embarrassment of NCS Medal Certificates, he received the NCS Gold Medal Certificate for his display of cut and container grown disbuds, the Silver Medal Certificate for his Educational Exhibit, “Why no ribbon?” an explanation of what the judges are looking for in a bloom and why that bloom didn’t measure up, the other Silver Medal Certificate for Sweepstakes (104 points), and the Bronze Medal Certificate for his NCS Terminal Spray, “Helen Brandt”, many were disappointed that he didn’t display any bonsai this year.
The Long Island Chrysanthemum Society Trophy winners were:
Best Disbud, Section A, Camilla Ng, ‘Icicles’, Best Incurve, John Capobianco, ‘Quan Yon Hung’,
Best Decorative, Renu Sharma, ‘Seaton’s J’adore’,Best Single/Anemone/Spoon, Camilla Ng, ‘Fire Wheel’ , Best Quill/Spider.... Renu Sharma, ‘Judith Baker’, Best Three-Bloom entry, Section J, Camilla Ng, ‘Delano Red’, Best NCS Terminal Spray, Section C, John Capobianco, ‘Helen Brandt’, Best Judges Entry, Camilla Ng, Disbud ‘Icicles’, Best Container-Grown Tree, Bush or Artistically Grown, Steve Avallone, ‘Hatsune’ (Hanging Basket)
*Technically not annual because the 2020 show was cancelled due to concerns about Covid-19.