Loveland, Oh. - The annual Granny’s Garden School Great Amaryllis Race brightens dreary winter days across the Tristate with brilliantly colored amaryllis blooms as participants compete for various awards, including most amazing name, tallest stem, longest leaf and first blooming amaryllis.
Loveland Magazine has entered the contest, competing with the new Loveland Herald reporter, Marika Lee and Loveland resident and WLWT meteorologist, Randi Rico.
Competing for Loveland Magazine in the new "Media" category established this year is Loveland Magazine Sports Director Ricky Mulvey, Loveland Magazine Sports Reporter Willie Lutz, and Lead Frog Team Investigator Helen Davidson. Mulvey has named his plant, "Amarillo Armadillo". Lutz chose the "near perfect" name, "Amaryllis Galarraga" after the famous Armando. Davidson, leading the Loveland Magazine investigation and hopefully separating fact from fiction of the legend of the Loveland Frog believes "River Song" is a winning name. She's apparently been listening to frogs singing along the Little Miami.
Rico named her amaryllis, Blue. Lee's bulb is the creative, Ameryllis Streep.
It may seem obvious that meteorologist, Rico would have an advantage in the media competition, knowing temperature and sunshine forecasts and knowing just when to put "Blue" in the sunshine window, but don't underestimate the utterly competicious sports team of Mulvey and Lutz. They have chosen a more race car or Rosie Red race around the bases at Great American attitude. And, rumor is that Davidson has concocted a magic frog poo compost.
No one is wishing Lee's Ameryllis Streep ill fortune, but Meryl starred in "Death Becomes Her" in 1992. Official rules will allow creative feeding of Ameryllis Streep, so Lee may be watching "Julie & Julia" and cooking up a surprise.
Students in 51 classrooms at Loveland Elementary and Primary Schools, local organizations and businesses, and area homeschool families are competing. Participants compete for various awards, including most amazing name, tallest stem, longest leaf and first blooming amaryllis.
Participants received a complete amaryllis growing kit from Granny’s Garden School. For participating classrooms and homeschool students, Granny’s Garden School and class coordinators present complete grade-appropriate lesson plans for the race, which include connections to the Ohio State Standards in science and math. Students draw on their knowledge about plant and bulb parts and processes learned during the fall season to form hypotheses, answer questions and form conclusions from their observations.
Three other schools in the area have joined Granny’s Garden School in holding races this year: Brookwood Elementary in Hamilton, Rothenberg Rooftop Garden in Over-the-Rhine and Stewart Elementary in the Princeton School District.
Students will visit local businesses and organizations to compare the amaryllis plants on display with the ones they’re growing in the classroom. Local companies and organizations participating in this year’s Great Amaryllis Race include: Accounting Plus, Prodigy Preschool, Berri Eyecare, Hospodar Insurance Agency, The Goddard School, KinderCare, Cincinnati Public Library – Loveland Branch, Take Home Tano, iCue Learning, the Loveland Area Chamber of Commerce, Youthland Academy and Hyperdrive.
You can connect with Granny’s Garden School on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to follow the competition, view amaryllis “baby” pictures and more. Participants will be posting their progress with the hashtag #grannysamaryllisrace.
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