Flower Design and Botanical Arts Divisions General Information 2022-2023
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See also the online National Garden Club Handbook for Flower Shows
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All Club Members are encouraged to enter a design in the monthly Competitions as listed on the Flower Design page. Provisionals are required to exhibit one (1) design in their Provisional term.
Exhibitor may have (1) entry in Flower Design and (1) entry in Botanical Arts.
Some plant material must be used in every design.
All plant material used in a design must be identified on a 3"x 5" card and included with the entry card.
Fresh plant material may never be treated in any manner.
Artificial plant material is not permitted.
Refer to the Handbook for Flower Shows, pp. 80-81 for a complete list of plant material and non-plant material that is
permitted and not permitted.
Plant material on the New Jersey Conservation List may not be used unless it has been grown by the exhibitor or legally
acquired and is so stated on an accompanying 3"x 5" card.
Entries must conform to the design type named in a class or in the schedule.
Flower Designs and Botanical Arts Designs are judged by the Design Scale of Points found on p. 130 in the Handbook for Flower Shows.
Botanical Artistic Crafts are judged by the Artistic Crafts Scale of Points found on p. 131 in the Handbook for Flower Shows.
Advanced registration with the Flower Design Chair is required no later than five (5) days before each Design Competition listed on the Flower Design page..
For questions, please consult with the appropriate level Design Advisor (see list below)..
Provisional: Designs exhibited by Provisionals are critiqued, not judged. The designs do not qualify for points or awards. Provisionals are required to enter one design during their term to qualify for the Novice Level.
Novice: Includes those who have earned up to nine points in Flower Design, Botanical Arts Design, and/or Botanical Arts Artistic Crafts. Novices are eligible to receive The Elsie Bristol Novice Award (see Awards).
Intermediate: Includes Members who have earned ten or more points in Flower Design, Botanical Arts Design, and/or Botanical Arts Artistic Crafts. Intermediate designers are eligible to receive The President's Trophy for Flower Design (see Awards).
Advanced: Includes Members who have progressed from the Intermediate Level by earning 20 points and one blue ribbon within a three-year period in Flower Design, Botanical Arts Design, and/or Botanical Arts Artistic Crafts. Advanced designers are eligible to receive The Garden Club Award for Flower Design (see Awards). Every member of this level is expected to exhibit once a year.
Advanced Plus: A competitive level for those who have won The Garden Club Award for Flower Design (see Awards) twice.
Invitational: Open to nationally accredited judges, professional flower designers, and Members at the Advanced Level invited by the Flower Design Committee. Participants exhibit for educational purposes and are critiqued.
Prior to each monthly competition, Advisors are available, by phone or by email, to answer questions regarding your design.
Provisional Level: Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
Novice Level: Florence Leyssène
Intermediate Level: Debbie Moran
Advanced Levels: Brenda Bingham
Flower Design Division, Horticulture Division, and Botanical Arts Division
1st Blue 5 points
2nd Red 4 points
3rd Yellow 3 points
Honorable Mention 2 points
Unawarded Exhibits 1 point
Tea/Luncheon Table 1 point