You may remember the story I wrote just about a year ago featuring a young lady from Chestnut Hill named Alexis Berry. She's 17 now, and the librarian at her school - Springside Chestnut Hill Academy - told me then that she wanted Alexis to be president someday. After spending time with her and her mom, Lydia Allen-Berry, I can see why. The kid is terrific - smart, sweet, athletic, funny, hard-working, caring, already an excellent gardener - and you better believe she's competitive.
She told me last year she wanted to win a blue ribbon on her own at the flower show by 2014. Well, guess what, folks. To no one's surprise, least of all me, Alexis reached her goal a year early. She just won a blue for this miniature arrangement, which I do not do justice to with my iPhone photo. The judges' comment was succinct: "Brilliant!" That, of course, is the theme of this year's show.
Alexis, whose larger goal is to be a doctor, has exhibited with her mom before, and won a second place on her own last year. This is her first blue flying solo.
Her entry is deceptively simple, her list of materials short - carnation, English ivy, palm, and palmetto palm.