Best of Show Garden Award Goes to Debbie & Marty Thorsson

“Holidays in Bloom” opens with a grand celebration at the Sonoma County Fair

With wonderful sights, smells, and tastes as the backdrop, the Sonoma County Fair officially kicked off on Wednesday, August 2 with the Preview Party for the popular Hall of Flowers exhibit. A full house of floral enthusiasts enjoyed the sneak preview event, which offered the first chance to experience the glamor of Sonoma County in this year’s Hall of Flowers themed “Holidays in Bloom.” The exhibit features 11 beautifully designed landscapes inspired by a handful of favorite holidays” The “Holidays in Bloom” theme goes hand and hand with the Fair’s overall theme “Holidaze at the Sonoma County Fair” and together the two create an enormous celebration… and everyone is invited to the party.

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The expansive Hall of Flowers annual exhibit is one of the largest in the country. It takes more than 120 days to construct and uses all 27,000 square feet of the Hall of Flowers building. With this year’s “Holidays in Bloom” theme, master designer Greg Duncan and his talented team of gardeners used the space to create a cultural snapshot of each festivity. The centerpiece showcases a 40’ tree decorated to the hilt and surrounded in water. Fairgoers can linger in the Mexican cemetery of pastel monuments and colorful décor of Dia de los Muertos as they make their way to the livelier exhibits of Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. Celebratory beverages are poured in the New Year’s Garden. Other gardens include glorious floral interpretations of Valentine’s Day, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, 4th of July, and Thanksgiving.

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The following are the complete results of this year’s garden judging:


Best of Show – Debbie & Marty Thorsson
Best Use of Theme – Men’s Garden Club of Santa Rosa
Best Garden Design – Daniel R. Gibbs Botanical Artist
Best Use of Hydrangeas – Hulsman Landscapes
Best Use of Mums – Rebecca D. Pozzi
Best Use of Dahlias – Tiffany Thorsson
Best Use of Azaleas – Nelson & Justus
Best Fibrous/Tuberous Begonias – Debbie & Marty Thorsson
Best Use of Multi Flowers – Michael Golas Landscape Design
Best Water Feature – Debbie & Marty Thorsson
Best Use of Black & White –  Michael Golas Landscape Design
Best Use of Fuchsias – Tiffany Thorsson


Best of Show – Carly Stinson
Best Use of Them – Carly Stinson
Best Garden Design – Pamela Hansen/Kellie Cronin
Best Use of Mums – Matt Rogina Jr.
Best Use of Hydrangeas – Matt Rogina Sr.
Best Use of Dahlias – John & Michelle Farley
Best Use of Impatiens – Courtney Tkacz
Best Use of Roses – Matt Rogina Jr.
Best Use of Summer Annuals – Cindy Luisotti
Best Use of Water Feature – Elena Canett
Best Use of Multi Flowers – Pamela Hansen/Kellie Cronin
Best Use of Black & White – Pamela Hansen/Kellie Cronin
Best Use of Geraniums – Debbie Rogina
Exhibitors Choice – Matt Rogina Jr.


Best Jr Garden by Group – Elsie Allen FFA
Best Jr Garden by Individual – Alex Justus
Best Use of Color – Katie Terra
Best Planting Design – Rachel Harwood
Best Use of Summer Annuals – Dunham School Garden
Best Water Feature – Elsie Allen FFA
Best Backdrop Group – Healdsburg FFA
Best Backdrop Individual – Roberto Canett
Best Use of Black & White – Janelle Rogina
Best Use of Sustainable Plants – Penngrove  4H
Exhibitors Choice – Elsie Allen FFA

“Holidays in Bloom” in the Hall of Flowers is free with Fair Admission and is open daily from 11:00 am till 10:00 pm. The building will close at 8:00 pm on August 13. Then take advantage of the Fair Flower Show Plant Sale on Monday, August 14, beginning at 7:00 am Come early for best selection!