The Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Society Show, which has been held in Lakeside for more than 70 years, takes place from 3-5 p.m. Saturday Aug. 19 and 1-4 p.m. Sunday Aug. 20 in Wesley Lodge. This exhibition is organized by Cliff and Doris Hartline and volunteers.
A variety of colorful gladiolus arrangements will be on display. Exhibitors and Gladiolus Society members promote appreciation of gladiolus growing and assist interested persons or groups in their cultivation and use. This is an open-entry show. Locals may bring gladioli on Saturday morning to receive assistance in exhibiting.
Gladiolus is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family. Sometimes called the “sword lily,” the most widely used English common name for this plant is simply gladiolus. The genus gladiolus contains approximately 260 species, 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, primarily South Africa. Although glads, as they are commonly called, are used to a limited extent for landscape effect, their chief value is for cut flowers.
Gladioli produce tall spikes of large blossoms in a rainbow of colors. White, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange, salmon and even green gladioli are available, along with many bi-colors.
The flowers will be distributed to the public, free of charge, after the show ends Sunday at approximately 4:15 p.m. outside Wesley Lodge.