To celebrate Simpson's County bicentennial, the Franklin Garden Club will host a "Bicentennial Blooms Flower Show" from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 118 W. Kentucky Ave.

Everyone is invited to tour the show that afternoon. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

"Our club's theme this year is 'Deep Roots, Bountiful Harvests'," says Franklin Garden Club President Janeen Grohsmeyer. "To honor history and people's roots in the county, the entries in the Design Category will focus on our schools, the postal service, the right to vote, farming, and wells and springs. The Old Favorite is the perfect venue for the show, since it already has many pictures of historic Simpson County."

In past years, the Garden Club has usually held its flower show in the spring, but this year they scheduled for autumn.

"A fall show gives us new opportunities," says Rose Bates, a long-time member of the Franklin Garden Club. "We're looking at fall-blooming flowers like asters and chrysanthemums, and the foliage plants, and grasses and herbs. And we can enter squash and peppers!"

Since it is harvest season, Grohsmeyer said they have added a garden produce section to the Horticulture Division along with the usual sections for flowers, foliage, potted plants and branches of trees and shrubs.

"The show is open for public viewing between 3:30 and 6:30, and we invite students of all ages to come by after school and people to stop by after work," she said. "The 'Bicentennial Blooms Flower Show' is a great way to celebrate Simpson County during this bicentennial year."

For more information, contact the Franklin Garden Club at franklinKYgardenclub@gmail.com or call 270-813-0276.

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