LEICESTER, Mass. — The Leicester Garden Club took first place at the Holly Days event at Tower Hill Botanical Gardens for its creation of a holiday feast out of flower arrangements.
Every year, Tower Hill Botanic Gardens celebrates winter with Holly Days, with groups from around Massachusetts submitting their hand-made displays crafted from natural materials and inspired by this year’s theme — "Food Glorious Food.”
To build their display, nine members from the Leicester Garden Club worked together from September until Thanksgiving Day, collecting flowers from their own gardens and transforming them into holiday treats.
"We had a lot of fun working on it," said Leicester Garden Club President Donna Bottis. "A lot of thought and a lot of hard work went into it, so personally and for everybody it was a great accomplishment."
Donnis said the event gives club members a way to use their talents along with the flowers that they grow each year.
"It's great recognition for our garden club," she said. "We have such talented people."
Leicester has earned high recognition each year it has participated in the event, winning first place in 2009 and 2010, second place in 2011 and taking top prize again this year.
"Win or lose, we had a great time," she said.
The nine members who worked on the Holly Days committee included Bottis, Judy Bergin, Marie Frascolla, Dolly Hickey, Lorraine Jubinville, Fran Pobieglo, Gail Probo, Judy VanHook, and Nadine Iglowski. Pat Faron contributed the strings of popcorn for the display.
All of the Holly Days displays as well as a variety of creative Christmas Trees will be on view until Jan. 2 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, which is located at 11 French Drive in Boylston.