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  • Flower Design Revolution

    Our Move to Green Alternatives  The Garden Club of Montclair’s Flower Design Committee has made the decision to move away from the use of floral foam in our design competitions because of its detrimental effects on the planet, people, and wildlife.  Floral foam is toxic. Cutting a block of it can create a toxic dust. It contains phenol, formaldehyde (a known carcinogen), and does not decompose efficiently. It is actually a single-use plastic that breaks down in landfills into tiny particles called microplastics.   Microplastics can remain in the environment for hundreds of years.    The anti-foam movement is growing. The Royal Horticultural Society (UK) banned the use of floral foam in 2020 and you will not see it at the Chelsea Flower Show or the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival, two of their showcase events. Many florists throughout this country and the world no longer use it.  It is time of us to join this movement.     There are many eco-friendly alternatives to floral foam that you can use in your arrangements such as AgraWool bricks, TerraBrick s, or the Oshun Pouch.  They are all plant-based products. We also encourage the use of floral mechanics such as chicken wire, Kensans (flower frogs), water tubes, floral tape, even twigs and pebbles. We have also collaborated with our Workshop Committee to provide opportunities for you to learn how to use these techniques in your designs .   Montclair Garden Club designers have always shown enormous creativity and inventiveness as evidenced in our monthly competitions. You have proven to be skilled designers, regardless of your design level.   We have full confidence that you will take on the challenge of “life without Oasis” with that same degree of dedication and expertise.    Below are some links to help you understand our decision to move away from floral foam and to move toward green alternatives. Barbara Baletti, FD Chair Floss O’Sullivan, FD Vice Chair   Sustainable Floristry Network "A Guide to Floral Foam Alternatives" in Flower Magazine Flowers Magazine for the Australian flower and foliage industry New Age Floral (info re AgraWool/Oshun Pouch) Oasis Floral Products information on its product TerraBrick "The Problem with Floral Foam : " lecture on YouTube by the Sustainable Floristry Organization

  • Help Wanted!

    Seeking Design Assistants to lend a hand to Flower Designers on competition days. There's always a bit of chaos getting ready for competition and this is your chance to be part of the action behind the scenes!   Job duties include: helping designers place their arrangements offering information needed for entry cards providing designers with items from our toolbox so they can do last minute touch ups If you are interested and available from 8-9am on competition days, choose a date and email Barbara Baletti or Floss O'Sullivan so we can be in touch.  Competitions will occur:  10/21/24 11/18/24 1/13/25 2/20/25 3/10/25 4/21/25 Your willingness to help is most appreciated! Thanks, Barb Baletti, Chair and Floss O'Sullivan, Vice Chair

  • This Thursday: Native Garden

    The Native Plant Society of New Jersey invites us all to see a native garden in Summer bloom! This Thursday, July 18, 5-8 p.m. Heavy rain cancels 20 Hillcrest Road, Glen Ridge Light refreshments Like many established home gardens, this one is in transition, with traditional ornamental plants but more and more natives. See how the owner balances traditional aesthetics with native plants, resulting in large numbers of fewer species, which creates large beds of greenery and color.   Garden hosts will be stationed throughout the garden to answer questions.

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  • Flower Design General Infomation | Garden Club of Montc

    Flower Design Division Rules 2024-2025 Back to main Flower Design page. See also the online NGC Handbook for Flower Shows See Clerking Guidelines ​ All Club Members are encouraged to enter flower designs in the monthly competitions as listed on the Flower Design page and in the Yearbook. ​ RULES Exhibitors may have one (1) entry in Flower Design in each monthly competition. Some plant material must be used in every design. All plant material used in a design must be identified on a 3"x 5" index card and included with the entry card. Common names of plant material are acceptable. No floral foam may be used in any design. AgraWool and TerraBrick (an Oasis product) are acceptable. Designers are also encouraged to employ alternative mechanics. Fresh material may never be treated and artificial plant material is not permitted. Refer to the NGC 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" index card. Entries must conform to the design type named in the schedule. Flower Designs are judged using the Design Scale of Points found on p. 130 in the Handbook for Flower Shows. Advanced registration with the Flower Design Chair is required no later than four (4) days before each Design Competition by emailing Flower Design Chair Barbara Baletti. Designs should be dropped off downstairs in the Garden Club Room between 8:15am and 9:15am Judging will begin promptly at 10am. Designs arriving late will not be judged. Designs must be picked up no later than 30 minutes after the end of the program meeting. For questions about rules, design schedule, or specific designs, please consult with Flower Design Chairs or club judges (Florence Leysséne, Debbie Moran, Brenda Bingham.) ​ ​ FLOWER DESIGN LEVELS Provisional: Flower Designs exhibited by Provisionals are critiqued, not judged. Designs do not qualify for points or awards. Provisionals who are interested in moving to the Novice Level MUST submit at least one design during their term. Novice: Includes those who have earned up to nine points in Flower Design. Novices are eligible to receive The Elsie Bristol Novice Award (see award description ). Intermediate: Includes Members who have earned ten or more points in Flower Design. Intermediate designers are eligible to receive The President's Trophy for Flower Design, Intermediate (see award description ). 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. Advanced designers are eligible to receive The Garden Club Award for Flower Design, Advanced (see award description ). 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, Advanced twice. Advanced Plus designers are eligible to receive the Elsie Bristol Flower Award, Advanced II for achieving the highest points score and the winning of one blue ribbon. 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. POINT SCORING ​ 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 ​

  • Flower Design Schedule | Garden Club of Montc

    Flower Design Schedule See monthly schedule below. (As the months pass, they move to the bottom of the page.) See Flower Design Rules for 2024-2025 See printable summary chart. Check Workshops for assistance. NGC Handbook for Flower Shows No September, December, or January competitions. See Clerking Guidelines Need a refresher prior to GCM's monthly competitions? We have online videos to help, featuring Florence Leyssène and Debbie Moran, NGC accredited Master Flower Show Judges. Minimal/Maximal October 21, 2024 Tea Table: Charlene Connelly Designs may be eligible for the Kay MacLane Van Deusen Rose Award All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. All plant material used must be fresh. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Mass Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp.70-71. Staged on a shelf 43” from the floor. Allowable space 14”W x 12”D. Novice An American Traditional Design in the Form of a Triangle Se e Handbook for Flower Shows , pp.70-71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay required. ​ Intermediate An American Traditional Vertical Line Design Se e Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay required; staging panel optional. ​ Advanced A Grouped Mass Design Se e Handbook for Flower Shows , p.78. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Advanced Plus An American Traditional Diagonal Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p. 71. Staged on a 42” H dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Invitational An American Traditional Mass Design Using no floral foam but employing alternative mechanics. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Dark/Light November 18, 2025 Tea Table: Jacoba Coes All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. Designer’s choice of plant material. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Design in the Form of a Triangle See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp.70-71. Staged on a shelf 43” inches from the floor. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Novice An American Traditional Vertical Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay required. ​ Intermediate An American Traditional Crescent Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay required; staging panel optional. ​ Advanced A Parallel Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.75. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Advanced Plus A Petite Duo Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.78. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Maximum height 12”. Each side of design will be judged independently as per NGC rules. ​ Invitational A Tapestry Design using no floral foam but employing alternative mechanics. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. ​ Shouts/Whispers January 13, 2025 Tea Table: Cheryl Slutzky All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. Designer’s choice of plant material. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Vertical Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a shelf 43” from the floor. Allowable space 14”W x 12”D. No height restriction. Novice An American Traditional Design in the Form of a Triangle See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp.70-71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay required. ​ Intermediate A Design, Freedom of Style and Type (Must identify type.) See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay required; staging panel optional. ​ Advanced A Tubular Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.77. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Underlay required. ​ Advanced Plus A Tapestry Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.79. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Invitational An Armature Design using no floral foam but employing alternative mechanics. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. ​ Friends/Lovers February 10, 2025 Tea Table: Olga Bequillard All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. Designer’s choice of plant material. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Horizontal Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 70-71. Staged on a shelf 43” from the floor. Allowable space 22”W x 12”D. Novice An American Traditional Crescent Line Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.71. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay required. ​ Intermediate A Petite Design, Freedom of Style and Type See Handbook for Flower Shows , p.73. Staged on a 43” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Allowable space 10”W x 10” D x 10” H. Underlay required. ​ Advanced A Transparency Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p .77. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Advanced Plus An Armature Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p .77. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ ​ ​ Invitational An Abstract Design using no floral foam but employing alternative mechanics. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a 42”high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Harmony/Asymmetry March 10, 2025 Tea Table: Virginia Woo All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. Designer’s choice of plant material. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Mass Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 70-71. Staged on a shelf 43” from the floor. Allowable space 14”W x 12”D. ​ Novice See Handbook for Flower Shows , p. 73. Staged on a 43” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Allowable space 10”W x 10” D x 10”H. Underlay required. ​ Intermediate A Multi-Rhythmic Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 73-75. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D; no height restriction. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ Advanced, Advanced Plus A Challenge Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p. 78. Committee will provide 6 identical components to designers who must use a minimum of 4 in their design. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space is 24:W x 18” D. No height restriction. Underlay required; staging panel optional. ​ ​ Invitational A Framed Spacial Design using no floral foam but employing alternative mechanics. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a 42”high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Structural/Fluid April 21, 2025 Tea Table: Susan Brady All tables are covered with ivory tablecloths. Designer’s choice of plant material. No green or black floral foam can be used in any designs but AgraWool or TerraBrick is permitted. ​ Provisional An American Traditional Design of choice. Select one of the three American Traditional Design Types on p. 71B in the Handbook for Flower Shows and state your choice. Staged on a shelf 43” from the floor. Allowable space 14”W x 12”D; no height restriction. Novice A European Traditional Design in the manner of the Italian Renaissance. See Handbook for Flower Shows , p. 69. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay required; staging panel optional. ​ Intermediate A Creative Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 71-72. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24”W x 18”D. Underlay and staging panel required. ​ ​ Advanced An Abstract Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 72-73. Staged on a 42” high dark green pedestal with a 14” square dark green top. Underlay required. ​ Advanced Plus A Framed Spatial Design See Handbook for Flower Shows , p. 74. Staged on a table 30” high in a 36” x 24” wooden black frame provided by committee. Underlay and staging panel optional. An Abstract Design See NGC Handbook for Flower Shows , pp. 71.-73 Staged on a table 30" high. Allotted space 24" W x 18" D; no height restriction. Underlay required. Staging panel optional. ​ Invitational An Underwater Design. Open to club designers who are nationally accredited judges and exhibited for educational purposes. Staged on a table 30” high. Allowable space 24” W x 18” D.

  • Garden Club of Montclair

    Education Beautification Fellowship Flower Design Revolution 22 hours ago Help Wanted! 5 days ago This Thursday: Native Garden 7 days ago CAR-SGC Conference in October Jul 9 Click here to see all posts In the News Don't wait for your GCM news! Click here to get these stories forwarded to your email the minute they are posted!

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