Herb Thyme in “Garden Spot of Iowa”
St. Ansgar was bustling with green thumbs and garden lovers this Saturday, as “The Garden Spot of Iowa” touted their horticultural heritage for the 11th Annual Herb Thyme Festival or “Herb Fest”, held to great success. Sponsored by the St. Ansgar Community Chamber, the day’s events shined a bright light on the beauty of our community’s flower and vegetable gardens.
A wide variety of vendors peddling their wares of crafts and other goods were present for the day’s activities, dotting Washington Street from Clausen Park (North Square) to The Historic St. Ansgar School House (South Square), where the Horticulture Fair/Flower Show was held, and flowers and plants of all varieties were on display for the viewing public, and for judging.
Activities held throughout the day highlighted the importance of gardening and horticulture in our daily lives; participants awed at the Shakespearian Kaleidoscope at Side Door Antiques and took in the beauty of the butterfly gardens, as well as an informative display and presentation from Central Iowa Organic Fertilizer, who operate a 900,000 head African worm farm in Indianola.
Prizes were dealt throughout the day, with gift certificates and Chamber bucks going to lucky winners Bev Wolff, Bob Friedman, Carol Rossum, Barb LeKippe, Kelly Kuper and Karen Horst. The chamber also held a garden-themed slogan contest, where Lynne Mouw and Lorraine Tilton correctly matched all the local business’ slogans. Mandy Rosenberg was the winner of the children’s coloring contest.
Job well done to the Chamber and all the volunteers and vendors who worked to make another edition of Herb Thyme a success for our community.