When it comes to designing bouquets and floral arrangements, it’s important to know your flower types. Focal flowers draw the eye, filler flowers add height and greenery provides balance.
Beginner gardeners love tulips, daisies and black-eyed Susans for their cheery blooms. Popular perennials include phlox, echinacea and blanket flower. Lilies are a summer favorite, representing purity and fecundity.
The Fort Dodge Federated Garden Club flower show, “Stories in the Garden,” is 1 to 5 p.m. June 24 and noon to 4 p.m. June 25 in the Lions Den, 731 Exposition Drive. The show will include horticulture, design and botanical arts divisions, with an emphasis on fresh plant materials. The show is free and open to the public.