Not only did the Club members and junior gardeners of Tommie Barfield Elementary School exhibit floral designs and horticultural entries, but also for the first time, the Club sponsored a juried photography exhibit. Janice Barrett won both major floral design awards: the Award of Design Excellence and the Designers’ Choice Award, for her cascade design featuring calla lilies in multiple colors. Rhea Brekke won the Award of Horticultural Excellence for her beautiful and rare large pitcher plant. The judges awarded the Botanical Arts Photography top award to Donna Kay for her picture of unusual thorned tree bark, and Linda Colombo won the Educational Top Exhibitor Award with a display showing Calusa Garden Club’s civic and educational activities. The Tri- Color Award for design was won by Kathy Hershberger for her underwater design featuring purple calla lilies. The Petite Award for design was won by Connie Lowery for her petite design featuring gerbera daisies.Other awards given by the panel of nine judges for horticulture were: Elfin award -Dale DeFeo; Arboreal Award – Linda Colombo; Award of Merit – Janice Barnett, Connie Lowery, Linda Colombo and Barbara Messner; Collector’s Showcase Award – Dale DeFeo for 2 collections; Growers Choice Award – Rhea Brekke, Sue Oldershaw, Marsha Riss, Dale DeFeo (2); Calusa Native Plant Award -Barbara Messner; Calusa President’s Award – Jacqueline Purvis. Finally, the Appreciation Award was given to Linda Walker and Opi DeFalco who sponsor the Junior Gardener’s Club and displayed the students’ floral designs along with photos of and short statements by the Junior Gardeners about what they enjoy in the Junior Gardeners Club. Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island is a member of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs and membership is open to those interested in horticulture, floral design and environmental matters residing five months or more in Collier County. Calusa Garden Club of Marco Island meets October through March on the second Monday, at Wesley United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 350 S. Barfield Drive, Marco Island. Meetings begin at 12:30 PM with the programs beginning at 1:15 PM. For more information email email@example.com, visit www.calusa.org or the club’s Facebook page.