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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


August | 
8/26
 - 
8/27
, 2015 | 
Richland, 
WA
Registrar: Sharon DeWulf | Phone: (509) 586-6168
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Chopp | "tables, tables, tables, always a favorite", allied topic: design techniques
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | "simply succulents" and "bouquet of roses", allied topic: "wheel of hortulana"

September | 
9/1
 - 
9/2
, 2015 | 
Belleville, 
IL
Registrar: Gerry Ford | Phone: (847) 393-6445
Instructors:
Design: Liz Murken | kinetic designs, allied topic: conditioning plant material
Horticulture: Judy Newman | heuchera, hydrangea, allied topic: nativars

September | 
9/2
 - 
9/4
, 2015 | 
Manchester, 
NH
Registrar: Eleanor Morrison | Phone: 603-744-8271
Instructors:
Design: Penny Decker | explosion of color, allied topic: here comes the judge
Horticulture: Pam Braun | dahlias & bromeliads
Arabella Dane | allied topic: it's magic, photography
October | 
10/12
 - 
10/13
, 2015 | 
Denver, 
CO
Registrar: Louise Nickerk | Phone: (303) 278-3523
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Chopp | mono-botanic design, duo design; allied topic: european design style (advance topic)
Horticulture: David Robson | philodendron, petite horticulture

October | 
10/19
 - 
10/21
, 2015 | 
Richmond, 
VA
Registrar: Brenda McManaway | Phone: (540) 580-3838
Instructors:
Design: Gina Jogan | creative mass, pot-e-fleur, allied topic: innovative staging
Horticulture: Pam Braun | foliage vines, gesneriads, allied topic: living topiary

October | 
10/25
 - 
10/27
, 2015 | 
San Antonio, 
TX
Registrar: Lisa Thurmond | Phone: (210) 824-0949
Instructors:
Design: Barbara Baker | mono-botanic design & creative abstract, new trends & techniques
Horticulture: David Robson | ferns & branching out: arboreals; allied topic: so you think you know the handbook?

October | 
10/27
 - 
10/29
, 2015 | 
Gettysburgh, 
PA
Registrar: Joyce Milberg | Phone: (814) 755-7766
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | creating multi-rhythmic and armature form design
Horticulture: Dottie Howatt | simply naked, bare & berried branches, the dreaded 'any other class' 
Photography: Arabella Dane | photography
November | 
11/8
 - 
11/10
, 2015 | 
Palm Beach Gardens, 
FL
Registrar: Phyllis Gidley | Phone: (772) 286-0507
Instructors:
Design: Barbara May | in & out, underwater, allied topic: international influences in American floral design
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | sultry frondescence & gingers, allied topic: it's good to bee queen

January | 
1/28
 - 
1/29
, 2016 | 
Phoenix, 
AZ
Registrar: Joyce Girvin | Phone: (774) 217-8253
Instructors:
Design: Jo Krallman | constructions, armature, sculptural forms; allied topic: tool box 101
Horticulture: David Robson | bromeliads and sedum; allied topic: knowing your handbook

February | 
2/15
 - 
2/17
, 2016 | 
Woodworth, 
LA
Registrar: Sherri Labbe | Phone: (985) 851-3593
Instructors:
Design: Trece Chancellor | dine-a-rama, allied topic: point score comments
Horticulture: Gay Austin | container-grown herbs, allied topic: subdividing horticulture

April | 
4/3
 - 
4/5
, 2016 | 
Estero, 
FL
Registrar: Glenda Dawson | Phone: (863) 816-4618
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | multi-rhythmic and creative abstract
Horticulture: David Robson | philodendrons & arboreals
Allied Topic Kathleen Hawryluk | the all purpose palm
April | 
4/29
 - 
5/1
, 2016 | 
Auburn, 
CA
Registrar: Shane Looper | Phone: (916) 632-0220
Instructors:
Design: Claudia Bates | duo design; "Op art"; allied topic: artistic craft
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | succulents and cactus; allied topic: miniature horticulture

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

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

Resources

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