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Enumclaw Florist Wins People's Choice Award at Northwest Flower & Garden Show

Mary Magalhaes and her father John Locatelli, of Young's Enumclaw Flowers and Gifts, took the prize for their Singing in the Rain-inspired arrangement which remains on display at their Cole Street store for a limited time.

The 50,000 to 60,000 people who were expected to have attended this past weekend's 25th Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle have spoken, and they chose a creation conceived and completed here in Enumclaw as the People's Choice Award for favorite display garden among 23 entries.

In line with the event's 25th anniversary, organizers gave participants the theme "The Silver Screen Takes Root ... Gardens Go Hollywood" to play with, and Mary Magalhaes of Young's Enumclaw Flowers and Gifts knew immediately where she'd take her creation.

"Singing in the Rain is my favorite movie of all time," she said.

Magalhaes started working on her display in December, sketching out a concept she knew would feature umbrellas, and worked with her father John Locatelli, a Patch blogger, to add a lamppost as a foundation that also recalls Gene Kelly's twirling and dancing and singing the iconic song. In all, it took the father-daughter team about two months to complete.

The light at the top of the lamppost does light up and is solar-powered, she said.

Magalhaes said she chose the color palate that features pinks and peaches prominently also recalling a scene from the movie which appeared brighter than most of the film.

Among the $100 worth of flowers in the intricate arrangement are Asiatic lilies, Alien veronica, Silver tree leucadendron, another type of leucadendron, green roses and proteas. Magalhaes, who is also the official florist for Tracy Castle in Buckley, clearly knows what she likes and what works.

All the flowers she used are also readily available for order through Young's, she said.

The arrangement has been touched by time and so some of the flowers have dried or shrunk, but it remains an eyecatching piece in the main window display at Young's for the time being. Mom Helen Locatelli said she'd be open to simply refreshing some of the flowers as needed to keep the arrangement up a little longer.

This was the second year that Magalhaes has submitted an entry to the show. In her first year, "I felt like a country bumpkin," she said.

No more of that.

Proud dad Locatelli wrote to Patch, "We showed that Enumclaw can stand and hold her own with the finest flower shops in Washington!"

Visit Young's Enumclaw Flowers and Gifts on Facebook for more pictures.

Plus read John's perspective on the win here in his Patch blog.

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John Anderson February 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Congratulations, Mary, on your first place win for yourself, Young's Flowers, and Enumclaw! Skillful people there at one of our favorite local businesses.
Jennifer Hansen February 27, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I was at the NW Flower and Garden Show Sunday, with 2 other Enumclaw Garden Club Vollenteers- WOW! What a great design! I was just so proud to be from Enumclaw. I hope everyone runs right down to see this at their shop. Congratulations Mary and John.
Trudy D'Armond February 27, 2013 at 04:56 PM
What a wonderful thing to happen to a wonderful local business in Enumclaw! Congratulations! Every week Young's Enumclaw Flowers and Gifts brings the most beautiful and original bouquet of flowers to sit on Mutual of Enumclaw's reception desk. They are always a work of art. Many years ago I worked a booth for a business (that is no longer here) at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show. It is a HUGE event with hundreds of businesses competing and showing their product. I am indeed very pleased and proud that Mary and her Father, John... got to show off their tremendous gift of artful creativity though beautiful flowers and design. Bravo!!!! Enumclaw is brimming with gifted businesses and people.

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