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Hodges wins big at annual flower show
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Loyce Stanley, far right, and Runette Davis admire one of the entries in Saturday's Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs flower show at Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/staff
        Mary Sue Hodges of the Spade ‘n Trowel Garden Club walked away with most of the top awards at the 2008 Bulloch Council of Garden Clubs Flower Show “GSU: A Bouquet of Learning” on Saturday. 
        Special awards won by Hodges include the Designers Choice Award as well as the Nan Rushing Bland perpetual trophy for the highest scoring exhibit in Division I Design, the Award for Horticultural Excellence for the highest scoring exhibit in the entire Horticulture Division, and the Arboreal Award for the highest scoring exhibit in Division III: Flowering Trees and Shrubs and Foliaged or Berried Trees and Shrubs. In addition, her rose entry won a special award of horticultural merit .
        Hodges many blue ribbons helped her Spade’n Trowel Garden Club win the coveted Ruby Lanier Trophy for the Bulloch Council Garden Club winning the most blue ribbons  in Divisions I and II. The club was awarded a total of 27 blue ribbons.  Evergreen  was runner-up with 17 blue ribbons, followed by Sprig ‘Dig with 13 ribbons, Civic with six ribbons and Hoe ’n Hope with five.
        A total of five HorticultureAwards of Merit were given: Hodges rose entry, Woody Brawner of the Spade ‘n Trowel Club for her larkspur and for her poppy,  Marcia Ritchy of Sprig ‘n Dig for her fern, and Rozlin Jones of Hoe ‘n Hope for her bromeliad.  
        In the Division I Design category blue ribbons were awarded in Class 1 “In the Beginning” to Janna Blackwell of Spade ‘n Trowel, Class 2. “Sweetheart Circle” to Bonnie Strange of Sprig ‘n Dig, Class 3 “Soaring Eagles” to Mary Sue Hodges and Cissy Mercer of Spade ‘ Trowel, Class 4 “Botanical Garden” to Susan Pertalian of Spade ‘n Trowel, and Class 5 “GSU on Parade”to Mary Conner, Betty Womack, and Jane DeLoach of the Evergreen Club.

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