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Judges at the Clinton County Fair container garden contest were particularly taken with this lush arrangement and the unusual use of cyperus papyrus “King Tut” as the tall “thriller” plant. Spilling over the edge is creeping jenny (also known as moneywort; botanical name lysimachia nummularia) and filling in are various multicolored coleus. The arrangement received first place in the “best design” category as well as “best of show.” It was designed by Christy Kunz with help from her sister, Cindy Hughes, both of DeWitt, Iowa.

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Christy Kunz of DeWitt, Iowa, won “best design” and “best of show” in the container garden contest at the Clinton County Fair.

Her entry included coleus, moneywort, also known as creeping jenny, and papyrus, which is called “King Tut.”

By day, Kunz is vice president of operations for Junior Achievement USA in DeWitt.

Barb Boeckmann of Wheatland, Iowa, continued her winning ways, capturing first place in the “outstanding use of foliage” and “most colorful” categories, as well as third place in “best design.” Her design entry used papyrus, too, although she featured a smaller version called “Baby Tut.”

In 2011, she won first place in the “foliage” and “best of show” categories.

By day, Boeckmann is the dietitian and manager of food service at Genesis Medical Center-DeWitt.

Here is a complete list of winners in order from first to second to third places; all of the entrants are from Iowa:

— “Most colorful” — Barb Boeckmann, Wheatland; Virginia Templeton, DeWitt; and Bernice Meyer, DeWitt.

— “Outstanding use of foliage” — Barb Boeckmann, Wheatland; Kay Bates, DeWitt; Janis Harbison, DeWitt.

— “Best use of edibles” — Virginia Templeton, DeWitt (only entry for this class)

— “Best design” — Christy Kunz, DeWitt; Deb Monroe, DeWitt; Barb Boeckmann, Wheatland.

— “Most unusual container” — Janis Harbison, DeWitt; Kathy Sander, Bryant; Alice Machande, Clinton. (We’ll have more on Harbison’s containers in the Aug. 12 edition on Home & Garden.)

— “Kids class” — Kailey Clark, Grand Mound; Sophia Costello, Goose Lake; Bronson Lamp, Goose Lake.

The third annual show had 35 entries from 22 entrants. Judges said the containers were among the best ever, if not the best.