Flower Show School Design Examples
Featuring Winners and exhibitors from NGC Flower Shows
NGC American Traditional Design Styles
The Armature Form Design is a creative design featuring an
armature, (a skeleton and/or grid-like structure). The Armature
Form is created by the exhibitor and supports plant material and
other optional components. The Armature is imaginative and made
from plant or man-made material, or may be a combination of both.
It is greater in proportion than the combined other components. The
armature is self-supported, or may rely on a container/s or other
devices. Water tubes or other means of water supply for fresh plant
material may be used. The design may be a floor design, staged on a
pedestal, table or be suspended.
Exhibition Table Design
Functional Table Design
NGC Creative Design Styles
A Creative Design in which there is a strong emphasis on angular
components. Angles are not limited to one type, and not all
components should be angular as contrast is essential to pleasing
design. Spatial areas formed by the angles should be plastically
organized to enhance depth.
A Creative Design organized in one container or in containers
joined to appear as one, or in a contrivance, or mechanic. It is
organized as two designs, back to back and entered in two separate
classes in the Design Division.
A Creative Design using multiple parts of plants of one family
or genus. Parts my be stems, bloom/s, foliage, roots, fruit, etc.
The schedule may determine the botanical requirement. Organization
of plant material is designer's choice based on her/his
imagination. Non-plant material may be included, but if so, there
must be a greater emphasis on the representative plant material in
volume and area than the non-plant material.
Multi Rhythmic Design
A Creative Design with emphasis on two or more rhythms in the
design. Lines create two or more separate and distinct rhythms,
each creating a different pattern and movement unlike the other.
Lines may go in any direction, e.g., straight, curvilinear, zigzag,
or a combination and may cross. The lines may be created by any
component/s, continual or broken, or by the repetition of color,
form or texture.
A Creative Design in two units, one smaller than the other,
having a prominent component connecting the two units and referred
to as the "stretch component." The length and strength of the
stretch component must be appropriate to the other components and
to its prominent role in the Stretch Design. The "stretch
component" may extend in any direction: diagonal, vertical or
horizontal and may minimally extend beyond the units. Stretch
component must be imaginative, and appear to create a dynamic
tension between the two units.
A Creative solid-mass design with a geometric closed
silhouette/s. The design may contain any degree of abstraction.
Emphasis is on plant material by volume with other components
optional. As an artist creates a painting or work of art, the
designer defines the silhouette/s within the allotted space. This
becomes the canvas and the added components become the medium.
Design may have some transparent / translucent / diaphanous
components. Imaginative design techniques and applications must be
used such as pillowing, pave, color blocking, bunching, weaving,
American Abstract Creative Design
Abstract Creative Design
A Creative Design in which the selection, treatment and manner
of organization of plant materials and other components are chosen
in order to contribute toward a non-realistic, non-naturalistic,
and non representational design. The components are selected solely
for their elemental qualities. Interest is to equated over the
entire design, and clarity of expression is important. Not all
components need be abstracted, though a dominance of abstraction
A three-dimensional Abstract Creative Design, consisting of a
combination of "found," disparate objects and plant material.
"Found" objects are non-art objects, not made or manufactured for
decorative purposes. They may be painted, but should remain
recognizable and not contrived. "Disparate objects" refer to unlike
objects that have never had a prior use together. Though objects
are considered non-art and previously unrelated, the designer
creatively relates them through their compatible elemental
qualities of line, form, color and texture. In order to be
disparate from one another and satisfy the term "assemblage,"
objects must dominate and there should be three or more different
objects. Plant material enhances.