Exhibits

Exhibits

All active members, regardless of their class, must enter three arrangements during the club year. Visit our Membership page for additional information on arrangement requirements.


HORTICULTURE

An active member is required to earn seven points for horticulture specimens, including roses and daffodils, during the club year or pay a fine of $25.00. The President of the club shall be exempt from this requirement during her term of office. To be judged, horticulture must be in place 10 minutes prior to the scheduled judging time.

All horticulture specimens should be well groomed and correctly labeled. They should be exhibited in a clear glass container with the stem in an upright position. All material must have been in the possession of the exhibitor at least three months prior to showing.

Horticulture competition classes are open and a member may show specimens of her choice at any meeting when arrangements are scheduled. With the exception of roses and daffodils, each member is limited to six horticulture specimens per monthly meeting. Only one specimen of each variety of plant may be exhibited.

POINTS

3 points: Blue
2 points: Red
1 points: Yellow

JUDGING CRITERIA
  1. Bloom at correct stage in development
  2. Perfection of bloom and foliage
  3. Straight and strong stem
  4. Correct labeling
  5. Correct preparation:
    Disbudding when necessary
    Removal of dirt and spray
    Proper wedging material for support in display bottle
    No oil or wax permitted on foliage
  6. Good pose or presentation
Please see Gallery for images. To be judged, all arrangements and horticulture must be in place 10 minutes prior to the schedule judging time.

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ARRANGEMENTS

A Garden Club arrangement is a collection of all-fresh plant material, which the member has placed in a suitable container in a manner that complies with the schedule while trying to achieve beauty and expression.

Arrangements must conform to the following over-all measurements in height, width and depth:

  • Miniature: not over 5 inches
  • Small:         5 to 8 inches
  • Medium:    8 to 18 inches
  • Large:         over 18 inches

Accessories may be used unless otherwise stated. An accessory is anything other than fresh plant material, whether in, or apart from, the container. It may be background material, figurines, lid of container, additional plant material, etc. A base or mat is an integral part of the arrangement and is not an accessory.

POINTS/JUDGING CRITERIA

Club arrangements are judged on points, which have been set by the National Council of State Garden Clubs, for arrangements with a theme, title or purpose, as follows:

25 points: Design (balance, dominance, contrast, rhythm, proportion and scale)
20 points: Interpretation and suitability
15 points: Color
15 points: Distinction
10 points: Relationship of materials
10 points: Condition of plant material

Please see Gallery for images. To be judged, all arrangements and horticulture must be in place 10 minutes prior to the schedule judging time.


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FLOWER ARRANGING

Flower arranging is an art form that creates designs with plant material. This art has progressed from traditional Oriental and European to American, a style that merges these two styles into one. Further progression has led to the category of Creative Designs that allows greater freedom of expression.

Geometric form is evident in all types of floral design. The cone, the cylinder and the sphere are the three major forms, and they may vary through the manipulation of form and shape. Vertical and horizontal design originate from the cylinder.

The cone may produce triangular and diagonal designs, and from the sphere comes the crescent and the Hogarth or S-shaped curve.

JUDGING CRITERIA
  1. Conformance To Schedule (Follow directions, i.e., type of arrangement, specified container and size restrictions)
  2. Elements of Design (Light, space, line, form, color, texture, pattern, size)
  3. Principles of Design (Balance, proportion, rhythm, dominance and contrast)
  4. Suitable Relationship of all Material
  5. Originality and Distinction
  6. Condition of plant materials: Good, clean, fresh

Note: Much of the information in these guidelines is taken from “The Handbook of Flower Shows” published by the National Council of State Garden Club.

In flower shows, the art of design is classified as Traditional, Creative, Special, and Other. All floral designs will fall into either Traditional or Creative design types.

Please see Gallery for images. To be judged, all arrangements and horticulture must be in place 10 minutes prior to the schedule judging time.

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