Lewisboro Seniors Celebrate a History of Flowers

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. – It was a celebration of flowers. The Lewisboro Adult Seniors held their first flower show this week at the South Salem Firehouse – but it was not your traditional flower show.

There were no competitions or awards. Instead, it was more a tribute to our floral friends, including a sketch about the flowers that represent the 12 months of the year performed by the group’s Over the Hill Players.

“We’ve never done a flower show before,” said Pam Veith, Lewisboro’s adult senior director. “But I think you might want to call it more of a history of flowers. Every month has a flower, and the show was all about that.”

A history and poem were read about each flower, and then a “model,” played by one of the seniors representing each flower, moved to the center of the room. The presentation was interspersed with renditions of songs with flower themes such as “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Daisy” and “Tip-Toe Through the Tulips.”

Adult Senior member David Hirsch produced and directed the Over the Hill Players production and even performed a few of the numbers.

“We’ve done comedy; we’ve done drama and musical revenues,” he said. “But the idea for this was to do something different. It was close to Mother’s Day, so my idea was to do a calendar-themed event about flowers.”

Hirsch said the idea could be carried over to next year. He envisions a show about South American flowers.

He said the show went over well.

“I hoped they enjoyed it – that’s the important thing,” he said. “People give flowers for different occasions and they don’t know why. We tried to explain that.”

Hirsch said that he and his daughter researched the material for the show, discovering information about floral traditions dating back to Victorian times.

“We discovered what flowers mean and what the colors represent,” he said.

Another aspect of the seniors’ flower show was the inclusion of Gossett Brothers Nursery. Representatives of the nursery brought in an array of plants, flowers and herbs to sell. They provided the centerpieces for the tables as well.

“We come here once or twice a year for a talk,” said Jan Laquidara, a Gossett Brothers employee. “The seniors love to garden and we try to help them out. They bought a bunch of stuff today.”

Laquidara said the most popular items were hanging baskets and annuals such as marigolds, petunias and geraniums, as well as some herbs like basil and parsley.

“It’s been great – the seniors are a lot of fun,” she said.

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