Cal Poly Open House Community Flower Show Bestows “Best of Show” to Santa Margarita Resident

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2017

Contact: AnnMarie Cornejo

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Linda Scott of Santa Margarita took “Best of Show” at the Cal Poly Open House Community Flower Show for her bicolor bearded iris.

Scott, whose husband and son are both Cal Poly alumni, said gardening has long been her passion. “My grandmother grew bearded iris and daffodils,” she said. “It is something I grew up with.”

In fact, a small plaque in her yard was bestowed on her by Santa Margarita Beautiful for her home garden for her past gardening skills.

Contestants can enter specimens of perennials, annuals, bulbs, blooms from flowering shrubs, roses and container plants in the longstanding Cal Poly Community Flower Show, which is overseen by Professor Virginia Walter. The contest was held during Cal Poly’s Open House weekend at the Environmental Horticultural Science Unit.

Entries were judged by Cal Poly students, and ribbons were handed out to the top three entries in each class, as well as the best-of-section, best-of-show, and reserve best-of-show.

The Community Flower Show is sponsored by the Cal Poly Chapter of Pi Alpha Xi Horticulture Honor Society.

Other flower show winners included: Jerry Kaml of San Luis Obispo, who won the Rose class as well as Reserve Best of Show for a yellow rose; Scott, who also won in the Best of Section: Perennial and Bulbs classes; Allana Childs of San Luis Obispo, Annual class; Walter, of San Luis Obispo, in the Blooms from Flowering Shrub class; and Gage Wiley, of San Luis Obispo, in the Container Plant class.

About Cal Poly’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, comprehensive polytechnic university. The university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is comprised of expert faculty members who take pride in their ability to transform academically motivated students into innovative professionals ready to solve the complex challenges associated with feeding the world in sustainable ways. Students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, including ranch land, orchards, vineyards and forests, all of which provide the basis for Cal Poly’s Learn by Doing methodology. It is the fifth-largest college of agriculture in the country, with 4,000 undergraduate students.

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