LEWISTON- The 37th annual Median Iris and Spring Flower Show will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Lewiston High School, 156 East Ave. There will also be a perennial sale. Admission is free.

The smaller irises that bloom earlier in Maine gardens are the focus of the show, accompanied by spring flowers, including bulbs and wildflowers as well as flowering shrubs and lilacs. Each entry is labeled by name of plant. Competition is based on the best individual stalks or blossom. Floral arrangements compete in the artistic division. There is a separate division for youth entries.

Wildflowers cultivated in gardens compete for the Bernard W. McLaughlin Award. A special award is given to the best dandelion in remembrance of Phil Mellicone. American Iris Society Awards are given for the best iris specimens and are judged by certified judges. The best floral arrangement is given the Clara MacClaren Award. The public is invited to vote in the people’s choice categories.

This year’s show is chaired by Maine Iris Society President Pauline Grenier of Minot, assisted by Harriet Robinson of Otisfield. Peter Young of Buckfield will head the spring flower division, while Jeff Dunlop of North Windham is in charge of the horticultural division.

The director of the artistic division is Linda Ridlon of North Berwick. Valarie Feeney of Falmouth, Ted White of Minot and Beth DeHaas of Randolf will receive entries. People’s choice is under the direction of Pat Norton of South Portland.


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