2005-09-01 / News

Crowley, Lombardo take top honors in Secret Garden’s sunflower contest

Crowley, Lombardo take top honors in Secret Garden’s sunflower contest

Winners of the Secret Garden’s annual sunflower contest received colorful balloons as well as ribbons for their growing efforts. Photo by Megan Lessard Winners of the Secret Garden’s annual sunflower contest received colorful balloons as well as ribbons for their growing efforts. Photo by Megan Lessard The Secret Garden judged the annual Sunflower Contest on Saturday, Aug. 27.

In the spring more than 400 seedlings were given out to contestants, but because of the extremely dry conditions this growing season, only 21 entries made it to the finish line.

The grand champion sunflower, with a height of 128-inches, was grown by Peggy Crowley.

The largest bloom prize went to Ken Lombardo.

In the children’s category, Casey Rodriguez came in first in height with a 97-inch specimen. Anthony Zainyeh took second place with a 76-inch plant, and Isabella Zainyeh was the thirdplace winner with a 65-inch plant. For bloom size, Isabella Zainyeh took first with a 12-inch flower. Casey Rodriguez was the secondplace finisher with an 11-inch bloom, and Anthony Zainyeh took third with an 8-inch bloom.

Teen winners in height were, first, Caterina Morenzi, 118-inches; second, Paul Botelho, 106inches; and Barrett Cavanagh, third, 98-inches. For bloom-size, first went Barrett Cavanagh, 20inches; second, Caterina Morenzi, 16-inches; third, Devin Bridgman, 10.5-inches.

Adult plant-height winners were first, Ken Lombardo, 127inches; second, Jan Cavanagh, 102-inches; third, Beth Cregan, 99-inches. For bloom size, first went to Dorothy Denault, 15inches; second, Peggy Crowley, 14.5-inches; third, Patricia Volpe, 14-inches.

In the senior citizens category for plant size, first was awarded to Sandy Erickson, 110-inches; second, Eliot Denault, 90-inches; third, Gwen Keller, 83-inches. In bloom-size, first went to Gwen Keller, 9-inches; second, Eliot Denault, 5-inches, third, Sandy Erickson, 4.5-inches.

One unregistered contestant, Cara Liberati, brought in a plant that was 132-inches tall with a 5inch bloom.

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