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Overview

Advanced Study for Flower Show Judges.

Symposium is an in-depth course of design, horticulture and allied subjects pertaining to flower shows that is more advanced than presented in Flower Show Schools. These courses are primarily intended for Flower Show Judges to maintain their credentials, but all garden club members interested in learning more about flower shows, floral design and horticulture are encouraged to attend.

All NGC Accredited Flower Show Judges are required to attend NGC Symposiums in order to remain in Good Standing. Good Standing is necessary if a judge wishes to continue judging and evaluating flower shows. By attending and passing all Point Scoring Examinations, a judge advances from Accredited Judge to Accredited Life Judge and finally Accredited Master Judge.

Symposium Course Schedule


May | 
5/17
 - 
5/18
, 2016 | 
East Windsor, 
NJ
Registrar: Jane Bersch | Phone: (609) 654-6580
Instructors:
Design: Char Mutschler | two sides to the story, all wrapped up, armateur form; allied topic: what’s your comment?
Horticulture: Gay Austin | iris, peonies; allied topic: fairy gardens

May | 
5/19
 - 
5/20
, 2016 | 
Boise, 
ID
Registrar: Pat Baker | Phone: (208) 870-1299
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | multi-rhythm and abstract, allied topic: contrived / fantasy forms
Horticulture: Billie Fitch | late spring bulbs, allied topic: fairy gardens

June | 
6/23
 - 
6/24
, 2016 | 
Little Rock, 
AR
Registrar: Pat Haering | Phone: (501) 318-0620
Instructors:
Horticulture: Gay Austin | hydrangeas & coleus; allied topic: fairy gardens
Design: Gina Jogan | transparency & panel designs; allied topic: contrived flower forms

July | 
7/10
 - 
7/12
, 2016 | 
Athens, 
GA
Registrar: Sally Holcombe | Phone: (404) 403-9645
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | abstract creative design
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | ferns and dwarf / miniature plants; allied topic: queen bee & ethics, etiquette, procedure
Expert: Anna Burns | miniature designs
August | 
8/10
 - 
8/11
, 2016 | 
St. Louis, 
MO
Registrar: Judy Sheets | Phone: (573) 760-4252
Instructors:
Design: Liz Murken | panels and assemblages; allied topic: conditioning plant material
Horticulture: Dot Yard | vegetables and collections; allied topic: evaluation of flower shows

August | 
8/10
 - 
8/11
, 2016 | 
Birmingham, 
AL
Registrar: Sybil Ingram | Phone: (205) 733-9536
Instructors:
Horticulture: Gay Austin | succulents, collections / displays, allied topic: simplified subdivision of horticulture
Design: Penny Decker | picture perfect, allied topic: backgrounds

August | 
8/17
 - 
8/18
, 2016 | 
Grand Rapids, 
MI
Registrar: Lynn Dinvald | Phone: (269) 343-3827
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | abstract, creative and multi-rhythmic; allied topic: contrived forms
Horticulture: Judy Newman | glorious, gladiolus and dazzling dahlias; allied topic: nativars

August | 
8/21
 - 
8/23
, 2016 | 
Winston-Salem, 
NC
Registrar: Trish Sumners | Phone: (336) 945-4433
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | good things come in small pots, allied topic: Bill Abby - Blue Birds

August | 
8/22
 - 
8/23
, 2016 | 
Nashville, 
TN
Registrar: Kathy Rychen | Phone: (615) 406-5716
Instructors:
Horticulture: David Robson | branching out and displays, allied topic: how to write and read an entry tag
Design: Trece Chancellor | dine-a-rama, allied topic: judges comments for design

August | 
8/23
 - 
8/24
, 2016 | 
Portland, 
OR
Registrar: Grace Emori | Phone: (541) 899-9099
Instructors:
Design: Jo Krallman | creative spatial thrust, parallel and duo, allied topic: judging comments
Horticulture: Judy Newman | echinacea and rudbeckia, allied topic: aloe

August | 
8/29
 - 
8/30
, 2016 | 
Marshalltown, 
IA
Registrar: Sandra Quam | Phone: (515) 386-4679
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | creative designs: assemblage / panel, allied topic: contrived forms
Horticulture: Pam Braun | aroids and begonias, allied topic: grooming mechanics 101

September | 
9/9
 - 
9/10
, 2016 | 
Minneapolis, 
MN
Registrar: Barbara Isaacson | Phone: (651) 998-1200
Instructors:
Design: Lynn Fronk | creative design, armature, assemblage, allied topic: judges ethics, etiquette and procedure
Horticulture: David Robson | hosta and hydrangeas, allied topic: how to write an entry card

September | 
9/13
 - 
9/14
, 2016 | 
Independence, 
OH
Registrar: Janice Koster | Phone: (440) 669-8531
Instructors:
Design: Barbara May | panels & transparency, allied topic: flower show evaluation
Horticulture: Dot Yard | fruits, vegetables and collection & displays, allied topic: writing a book of evidence

October | 
10/5
 - 
10/6
, 2016 | 
Sumter, 
SC
Registrar: Jerry Weise | Phone: (843) 884-8998
Instructors:
Horticulture: Dorthy Yard | what's hot in pots, allied topic: putting your best foot forward
Design: Jo Krallman | creativity; the designer's challenge, allied topic: toolbox 101

October | 
10/18
 - 
10/20
, 2016 | 
Milford, 
MA
Registrar: Linda Jean Smith | Phone: (978) 256-3101
Instructors:
Design: Mary Huntoon | in's and out's of sapce
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | ferns and chrysanthemums, allied topic: it's good to be queen
Allied Topic: Kaye Vosburgh | design influences - east meets west
October | 
10/26
 - 
10/27
, 2016 | 
Saratoga Springs, 
NY
Registrar: Laura McLaughlin | Phone: (631) 666-0029
Instructors:
Design: Penny Decker | through the artists eye
Horticulture: Dorthy Yard | collections and displays; allied topic: what's hot in pots

November | 
11/5
 - 
11/7
, 2016 | 
Tampa, 
FL
Registrar: Christy Linke | Phone: (813) 752-8392
Instructors:
Horticulture: Dot Yard | gesnaraids and collections, displays; allied topic: ethics, etiquette, procedure
Design: Gina Jogan | mobiles and transparencies

November | 
11/9
 - 
11/10
, 2016 | 
Richmond, 
VA
Registrar: Brenda McManaway | Phone: (540) 580-3838
Instructors:
Horticulture: Gay Austin | sansevieria, ferns, allied topic: imagination unleashed - miniature gardens
Design: Lynn Fronk | kinetic designs, allied topic: creating the armature design

March | 
3/7
 - 
3/9
, 2017 | 
Diamondhead, 
MS
Registrar: Brierly Acker | Phone: (228) 255-2697
Instructors:
Horticulture: David Robson | spring's beauty
Design: Barbara May | futuristic designs, allied topic: exploring the new handbook Robson & May
Plant Material: Dr. Jim DelPrince

Resources

For information about a course near you, contact the event chairmen listed, or:
Dot Yard, Chairman: NGC Symposiums