NEW ULM As the August birth flower, the gladiolus symbolizes remembrance, strength of character, dedication and devotion towards family.
So, because August is the month of the gladiolus and August is also the first name of the founder of Schell's Brewery, the president of the Minnesota Gladiolus Society, Jim Otto, and his wife Karen decided to donate 20 beautiful gladiolus bulbs to the brewery gardens to show their ties to New Ulm.
And the ties go further.
Jim Otto, left, president of the Minnesota Gladiolus Society, and his wife Karen, right, donated about 20 gladiolus bulbs to Schell’s Gardens. The bulbs were planted on the brewery grounds and will bloom as spikes of brightly colored flowers. Franz Marti of the brewery is pictured in the center with the Ottos. The society also hosts the 2014 Minnesota State Gladiolus Show at the Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday during the Brown County Fair.
The Minnesota Gladiolus Society, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary, also hosts the 2014 Minnesota State Gladiolus Show at the New Ulm Civic Center on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and 10, as part of the Brown County Free Fair.
Taking up half of the Civic Center's large arena, the Minnesota Gladiolus Society will display flower spikes and arrangements featuring gladiolus. In past years, there have been over 400 spikes and 125 arrangements.
The sea of flowers will be on display Saturday from noon through 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon through 4 p.m.
Everyone is encouraged to bring the gladiolus flowers they have grown in their own gardens to enter into the competition.
There are categories for youth, adult intermediate and adult amateur growers and a special category for best local spike grown within a 25-mile radius of New Ulm.
For those who want to participate in floral arranging, gladiolus will be provided free of charge and available on Friday, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. in the set-up area.
The preparation area will be open all night long, so arrangers can work and prepare for the judging on Saturday morning. Participants must provide their own containers, floral foam, greens and accessory flowers.
The two arrangement divisions are decorative and interpretive.
Decorative arrangements are classified by the type or size of container: vase, small or large basket, pedestal, patina etc. Interpretive arrangements are supposed to fit into a theme, which this year is "hobbies," for example bird watching, bee keeping and chess.
All entries must be on the show tables by 11 a.m. on Saturday and will be judged from until noon by certified experts and awarded ribbons.
Throughout the show, gladiolus flowers will be sold. Everyone is welcome and invited to come and see the spectacular colors and creative arrangements.
Parking is free in front of the New Ulm Civic Center. On Saturday night at 6 p.m. the Minnesota Gladiolus Society holds a banquet for its members at the picnic shelter beside the Hermann Monument.
Additional information and a show schedule can be obtained by email under firstname.lastname@example.org.