Latest News – August 3

Hollyhocks: Flowers & Art Celebrated in Saguache

The 4th Annual Saguache Hollyhock Festival was held last Saturday, July 30 to a hearty and growing fan base of gardens and art galleries. There were 16 gardens highlighted for the town tour and six artists submitted work to the art competition.spacer

The 4th Annual Hollyhock Festival was held in Saguahce on July 30.

The 4th Annual Hollyhock Festival was held in Saguache on July 30.

spacer“We’ve had a great turnout this year,” said Carita Ginn Hollyhock Festival committee member and Secretary for the Saguache Chamber of Commerce, who along with the Town of Saguache produces the annual festival. Started in 2012, according to the chamber’s website, the Saguache Hollyhock Festival was first held after the town adopted the beautiful flower seen prominently in many neighborhood gardens as its official flower. The festival is a day to recognize and celebrate all of the gardeners who work to produce wonderful flower and vegetable gardens and the artists who capture the beauty of the hollyhock.  

Saturday’s events culminated with announcement of the winners of the garden and art contests by committee member Becky Williams.  The committee of judges used the following criteria for the competition:

  1. General Appearance and Garden Maintenance
  2. Plant Use and Diversity
  3. Design

Hollyhock Garden and General Garden were the two categories with ribbon-winners receiving cash and garden certificates as prizes. Williams also announced that there has been a suggestion to add a food garden to next year’s categories.

Kathy Hill and Alicia Moore 725 Pitkin took third prize in the general garden competition.

Kathy Hill and Alicia Moore’s garden at 725 Pitkin took third prize in the general garden competition. The water feature is lovely!

Congratulations to the Winners!

Hollyhock Garden

  • First Prize – Juan Amezcua at 545 11th Street
  • Second Prize – Community Garden at 4th and Pitkin (behind the school)
  • Third Prize – May Engquist at 555 2nd Street

General Garden

  • First Prize – Yvonne and Sam Halburian at 1012 Denver Street
  • Second Prize – Dwight and Caroline Irwin at 355 Christy
  • Third Prize – Kathy Hill and Alicia Moore 725 Pitkin

In the art competition, top honors went to Barbara Sibley for her photographers honoring the colorful flower. While the art competition saw a slight dip in participation this year, they were all stunners, according to Williams.

Hollyhock Art Contest

  • First Prize – Barbara Sibley took top honors with A Bug’s Eye View, multiple close-up photography displays, all highlighting the beauty of the Hollyhock!
  • Second Prize – Johnann McKee’s quilt named Wind Dancer showed the intricacy of the flower and the art of patch-worked fabric
  •  Third Prize – Stacey Holden’s painting entitled Transformations showcased what Saguache’s official flower might look like at a seaside setting.
Saguache Mayor and official Hollyhock festival Gnome Greg Terrell welcomes residents and visitors to the annual event

Saguache Mayor and official Hollyhock festival Gnome Greg Terrell welcomes residents and visitors to the annual event

spacerIn addition to the delightful tour, master gardeners held a plant clinic. And the kids are not likely to forget their special session on how to create a Hollyhock doll!

A favorite among locals, this celebration of flowers has grown in popularity, bringing in many visitors from across the San Luis Valley. Businesses and art galleries in downtown Saguache reported an increase in foot traffic and sales on Saturday, making the festival a win-win for all!  

 The Hollyhock Festival is a celebration of Saguache’s official flower, commemorating the dedication of the early settlers who brought the hollyhocks and old-fashioned roses to the area. Their thoughtful efforts are in full bloom this time of year and a beautiful sight to see!

This event is sponsored by the Saguache Chamber of Commerce and made possible by generous contribution from various individuals, businesses and organizations, including Saguache County.

The kids enjoyed making Hollyhock dolls out of Saguache's official flower.

The kids enjoyed making Hollyhock dolls out of Saguache’s official flower.

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