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Flower Show School

A Fresh Look at Flower Shows

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This is a club friendly mentoring program designed to promote flower shows with support for garden clubs who have not had a flower show in the last 5 years. The Judges Council provides a mentor judge who encourages clubs by providing information and organizational support on schedule writing, awards, and procedures and guides the club through the flower show process. Contact your state or district Judges Council Chairman for more information.


2020 Virtual Flower Show Winners

Congratulations to the 2020 Virtual Flower Show winners! 

See photos of the winning entries here!

A General Course of Study to Become a Flower Show Judge

Flower Show School is a comprehensive program that teaches all you need to know about judging, entering, competing and chairing a NGC flower show. There are four courses each with a specific curriculum that includes horticulture, design and flower show procedure. If you are considering becoming a flower show judge, planning to chair a flower show, or you are just curious, your first step is to attend Course I. Subjects are taught by qualified instructors and outlines are provided. Examples of horticulture and design are displayed and critiqued. Learn point scoring to evaluate how entries are judged and see what it takes to get the blue ribbon. Learn about awards, types of shows and what committees are needed to produce a show. We invite you to join this unique experience and become an active part of flower shows.

For more information on Flower Show Schools, please contact Jan Warshauer, Flower Show Schools Chairman

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  • Horticulture Curriculum  Although the definition of Horticulture is the art and science of cultivating plants, so much more is taught in Flower Show Schools. Discover how to select, groom and exhibit your plant while mastering the art of writing a flower show schedule. Be the envy of your neighborhood by using the knowledge gained in flower show school to enhance your flowers, trees, shrubs and vegetables.
  • Design  Instruction in the Design portion of a Flower Show School prepares the student to judges Flower Show exhibits, write Design Division Sections and Classes for a Flower Show Schedule, and to use the verbiage that pertains to the Principles and Elements of Design. Each course has a specific curriculum designed to give the student tools needed to effectively and equitably judge designs ranging from Traditional to Creative and from Tables to Exploration/Freedom of Expression. Garden Club members not interested in becoming judges are welcome to join us. Come learn what the judges will be looking for in your design entries.
  • Flower Show Procedure  Those interested in becoming a flower show judge or hosting a flower show gain knowledge of the procedures required for flower shows of all types. Attendees learn about flower show awards, show requisites and different types of shows.
Interested in attending a Flower Show School near you or across the country? See our Flower Show School Courses or Symposium Courses for upcoming events.

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Flower Show Resources and Awards

Looking for information on hosting a flower show, exhibiting in a show, becoming a flower show judge? Check out our FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL RESOURCE page to answer all your questions. Included are all flower school forms and course curricula, instructions, show scale of points and links to purchase the Handbook for Flower Shows, 2017. Interested in applying for a Flower Show related award? Review all the award information and requirements on the NGC AWARDS page.

Did you know Flower Shows may include a photography section under Botanical Arts? Want some photography tips? Want to see some great photos taken by NGC members? Jump over to our PHOTOGRAPHY page for great information.

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What People Are Saying About Flower Show School

"An organized and enthusiastic instructor sets the tone for the day. Sharing and learning with other garden club members made the experience special. Creating new friendships."

"The instructor provided well-organized outlines and answered numerous questions in a friendly manner. The designs created by the instructor were exceptional and the discussion led by the instructor was stimulating with a touch of humor added. There was a lot of material to cover in a short time period. Having the study materials in advance was helpful."

"Excellent designs and horticulture specimens were provided by the committee for the point scoring practice sessions. The extensive knowledge of the instructor in the horticulture topics taught was amazing. Sharing of knowledge was the best part of the whole school."