Staff Blogger: Alexandrea Stelzer, Director of Marketing

Gladiolus_ArrangementGladiolus growers and exhibitors from Ohio, Mich­igan and Pennsylvania will participate in the Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show in Hoover Auditorium.

The Gladiolus Show, which has been held at Lake­side for more than 50 years, will take place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15 and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16.

Many different and un­usual gladiolus arrangements will be on display.

Exhibitors and Gladiolus Society members promote appreciation of gladiolus growing and assist interested persons or groups in their cul­tivation and use.

This is an open entry show. Locals may bring gladioli on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 15 and will receive assis­tance in exhibiting. Special classes for novice, intermediate and youth are provided.

Gladiolus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family. Some­times called the sword lily, the most widely used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus.

The genus gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, primarily South Africa.

Although glads, as they are commonly called, are used to a limited extent for landscape effect, their chief value is for cut flowers.

Gladioli produce tall spikes of large blossoms in a rainbow of colors.

Only clear, true blue is missing; white, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salm­on and even green gladio­li are available, along with many bi-colors.

The wide range of colors, sizes and flower types make them particularly useful for flower arrangements.

The flowers will be dis­tributed to the public, free of charge, after 8:30 a.m. Mon­day, Aug. 17, on the Hoover Auditorium porch.