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Flower Show in LowerTown Paducah to Highlight Gardening and Art May 4-5

PADUCAH, KY (April 26, 2016) - A reception for the 2016 Art in Bloom Flower Show will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Paducah School of Art and Design's 2D and Graphic Design Building in LowerTown Paducah.

The reception will mark the opening of the unique flower show. Inspired by art and nature, the show, which is open to the public, will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 5 and will highlight the renovated art building while bringing awareness about gardening in western Kentucky.

The Paducah Garden Club was founded in 1913 to stimulate the love and knowledge of gardening, to aid in the protection of native plants and environment, and to encourage civic improvement. The club, with 40 active members, is one of only three garden clubs in Kentucky that is a member of the Garden Club of America. Every two years, the Paducah club sponsors a flower show with different themes.

This years theme Art in Bloom will feature local artist works, flower show exhibits as well as showcase Paducah's new 2D and Graphic Design Building at 905 Harrison Street. There is no admission.

The show is broken into three divisions. In the floral design division, Paducah Garden Club members use artwork selected by PSAD dean Paul Aho to inspire their designs in more than a dozen floral exhibits. In the horticulture division, club members display a variety of horticulture specimens in several classes. Lastly, the photography class division club members use photography to interpret and reflect four internationally known works of art.

Jane Gamble, event co-chair, said the Paducah Garden Club is excited to partner with the art school and PSAD dean Paul Aho. "This flower show is an opportunity for our members to create floral designs inspired by fifteen works of local artists, and for the community to see these creations," Gamble said. "We also will be bringing horticultural specimens from our gardens, as well as photographs with art-themed categories. I hope everyone attends this unique collaboration between the worlds of art and garden."

In addition to the exhibits, student artists from PSAD will offer for sale pots, vessels and vases along with plantings and flowers provided by the Paducah Garden Club. "For someone looking for something different for their mom, this will be the perfect chance to purchase a special Mother's Day gift," said PSAD dean Paul Aho.

All proceeds will benefit the PSAD ceramics program.