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.
“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:
- General Appearance and Garden Maintenance
- Plant Use and Diversity
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.
Congratulations to the Winners!
- 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
- 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.
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.