THE GARDEN CLUB FEDERATION OF MASSACHUSETTS, INC.  
FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL COURSE I
 

Growing, Staging, Exhibiting and Judging
 
October 16, 17 and 18, 2019
 

 

 

 

Bonnie Rosenthall, State President
 
LOCATION: Double Tree by Hilton 11 Beaver Street Milford, MA 01757
 
Accredited by:
National Garden Clubs, Inc. www.gardenclub.org 

 

 FSS Course I sponsored by

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.,

is held over a period of 3 days for the better education of

those who grow, stage, exhibit and judge.
 

REQUIRED READING LIST

FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL COURSE I
 
The National Gardener available online at www.gardenclub.org

Handbook for Flower Shows, (2017 revised edition)

Chapters 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14

Outlines of Period Floral Arrangement – Hanay

Horticulture Exhibiting and Judging
 
RECOMMENDED READING

Guide to the New Petite Floral Designs – Anna G. Burns

Hortulana the 21” Century Edition (Heber)

Plants and Their Respective Families – download from www.gardenclub.org

Designing by Types - Osborne

Table Settings for All Seasons – Wood & Smith

Plant Families Frequently used in Flower Shows – download from www.gardenclub.org
 
TO REGISTER FOR FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL COURSE I

Please contact Jill Malcolm

(508) 429-4395

Jillyjill07@comcast.net

33 Bonney Drive Holliston, MA  01746

Registration form deadline: September 27, 2019


 
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL

COURSE I


If you have never attended Flower Show School you MUST begin with COURSE I.

If you attended a part of a series, you only need four months between courses.

No more than two courses can be taken in a calendar year.
In order to receive full credit, you MUST attend the entire course.

(NO tardiness or early departures!)

 
 

PROGRAM

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019


8:00am                        Registration and Coffee

8:15 – 8:30                  Greeting and Announcements

8:30 – 9:30                  Procedure - Sandra Joyce, Instructor

A. Introduction to the Handbook of Flower Shows

B. Flower Show composition including Flower Show hierarchy including overview of divisions, sections, classes and subclasses.

1. Definition and purposes of all Standard Flower Shows and Specialty Shows.

2. Explanation of basic requirements of Standard Flower Shows and Specialty Shows.

3. Types and Categories of Standard Flower Shows.                                              

4. Standard System of Awarding.

C. Explanation of NGC non-Top Exhibitor Awards.            

1. Best in Show            

2. Sweepstakes Awards            

3. Award of Appreciation

D. Overview of the Flower Show Schedule

9:45 – 12:15pm           DESIGN - Mary Huntoon, Instructors 

A. Brief history of floral design including European and American designs including Mid-    20th Century Traditional Design.

B. Emphasis on the Elements and Principles of Design.

C. General Requirements for NGC Design Top Exhibitor Awards.

1. Section Award: Tricolor Award; Award of Distinction.

2. Division Awards; Award of Design Excellence; Holiday                                                            Excellence Award.                                   

D. Explanation of Judging qualities found on the Design Point Scoring Form.                              

E. Design Commenting Vocabulary  

F. Judging Procedures

G. Instructor's minimum of four (4) designs illustrate Principles of Design and include: Traditional Line, Traditional Line-Mass and (2) Traditional Mass (illustrating symmetrical and asymmetrical balance.

H. Practice point scoring:  Committee will provide (3) exhibits for each of the (2) classes, per instructor's specification

12:15 – 1:15                Lunch and Re-registration 1:00 – 3:00 Design Practice Point Scoring

3:00 – 3:15                  Break

3:15 – 3:45                  Design (continued)

3:45 – 4:00                  Break

4:00 – 5:00                  Point Score Exam 
 

 
PROGRAM

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2019
 

8:00am                        Registration and Coffee

8:15 – 8:30                  Greetings and Announcements

8:30 – 9:30                  Flower Show Procedure – cont’d

9:30 – 9:45                  Break

9:45 – 12:15                Horticulture – Sandi Joyce

A. Plant nomenclature  

B. Writing/Filling out Entry Tags

C. General Requirements for NGC Horticulture Top Exhibitor Awards         

1.Section Awards       

2.Division Award: Award of Horticultural Excellence

D. Explanation of Judging Qualities found on the Horticulture Point Scoring Form: Conformance, Plant Identification, Maturity, Color, Form, Condition/Blemishes, Grooming and Staging. 

E. Review of Horticulture Commenting Vocabulary.  

F. Judging Procedures

G. Discussion of growing and showing (2) Hort. Types with emphasis on exhibiting and judging. Local Flower Show Schools Comm. To provide adequate number of specimens in consultation with Instructor for the (2) types studied.  

H. Practice point scoring

12:15 – 1:00                Lunch and Re-registration

1:00 – 3:00                  Horticulture Practice Point Scoring

3:00 – 3:15                  Break

3:15 – 3:45                  Horticulture Practice Point Scoring

3:45 - 4:00                   Break

4:00 – 5:00                  Horticulture Point Scoring Exam


 
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

8:30am                        Registration

9:00 – 12:00                Written Exam
 
The Exam includes ten questions on each of the three subjects. 

The tenth question of each subject is taken from the books on the

Required Reading List and the Glossary for Design, pages 139-154

and will not be covered during the lectures. 

 
 

INSTRUCTORS


DESIGN

MARY HUNTOON
 
Mary Huntoon is an accredited Master Judge for NGC, Inc. and an NGC Flower Show School Instructor in Design and Symposium. She is also an accredited judge for The Garden club of America in both Design and Horticulture. She currently serves on the NGC Flower Show Accrediting Committee, as well as both the Regional and State levels. For MA, Mary serves at the State Flower Show Schools Chairman and the State Credentials Chairman.  She is a Life Member of GCFM, Inc. and NGC, Inc. and a 5-star recipient. She is active with the GCA, as Co-chairman of the 2019 Boston Annual Meeting Flower Show. Mary is past President of the Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club and a past Chairman of MA Judges’ Council. She is a member of North Shore Garden Club, Creative Flower Arrangers, National Flower Arrangers and North Shore Horticulture Society as well as other organization.
 
PROCEDURE AND HORTICULTURE

SANDRA JOYCE 

Sandi hails from Hudson, MA. She is an NGC Master Judges, an Accredited NGC Flower Show Procedure, Horticulture and Symposium Instructor. A former GCFM, Inc. State President (1999-2001) and served on the NGC Flower Show Committee as Symposium Chairman, Horticulture and FSP Chairman, on the Accrediting Committee. She is a member of the Hudson Garden Club, and holds an A.A. from Lasell College and a B.A. from Framingham University. She is a Landscape Design Master Consultant, a Garden Study Master Consultant; has chaired numerous flower shows, including the GCFM section of the New England Spring Flower Show. For over 40 years Sandi owned and operated a floral business and has lectured many groups on design and horticulture. She has taught Flower Show Schools and Symposia from MA to CA, and numerous states in between, throughout So America, spanning 1998 to current. 

 
 
FLOWER SHOW SCHOOL COURSE II

Please join us April 14, 15 & 16, 2020 for

Flower Show School Course II at the

Double Tree by Hilton, 11 Beaver Street,

Milford, MA  01757  (Instructors to be announced)

 
Bonnie Rosenthall

2019 - 2012 State President

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.
 
Mary Huntoon

State Flower Show School Credentials Chairman
 
Diane Bullock

Flower Show School Chairman

Dbull29441@aol.com
 
Jill Malcolm

Flower Show Registrar and Vice Chairman

Jillyjill07@comcast.net
 
 
COMMITTEE

Designers: Members of GCFM Judges Council

Yvonne Capella

Nancy Donaldson

Cathy Healy

Penni Jenkins

Suzanne McCance

Ann Webster
 
BOOKS

Available from NGC Inc. Member Services, www.gardenclub.org
 
PLEASE BE PUNCTUAL

Study outline, pencils, highlighters, notebooks,

clipboard(required), Handbook for Flower Shows, (2017 revised edition),

Corrections and agenda available on line www.gardenclub.org
 
SUGGESTED ACCOMMODATIONS

Double Tree by Hilton

11 Beaver Street Milford, MA  01757

(Exit 19 off Rte. 495) (508)282-4108

www.bostonmilford.doubletree.com

mention FSS - $129/night

All are welcome to attend, but only those who are members of National Garden Clubs, Inc

and are taking the full course with examination are eligible for credit. 

Reservations should be made early to guarantee sufficient study guides (sent in advance of the school) and lunches.  Remittance must accompany the application which should be received by the Registrar by September 27, 2019.

 

 


 

Registration for Flower Show School Course I

October 16, 17, 18, 2019  

 
Name: ________________________________________________

(Please Print)

Phone: _______________________________________________

Address: ______________________________________________

Email: ________________________________________________

Garden Club: __________________________________________
 

Full Course with Exam: Oct. 16, 17, 18, Box Lunch           $140.00        $______

Two-day instruction, NO exam: Oct. 16, 17. Box Lunch    $135.00        $______

Wednesday, October 16 ONLY

Design:  Design; Flower Show Procedure:                         $ 75.00         $______

Thursday, October 17 ONLY 

Flower Show Procedure; Horticulture                                 $ 75.00         $______
 
Wednesday, October 16, Box Lunch                                 $ 24.00         $______

Thursday, October 17, Box Lunch                                     $ 24.00         $______                         

Total Remittance                                                $______  

 

Food Allergies_______________________________________________
 
Do you require Vegetarian _____________________________________
 
Please make CHECK payable to GCFM Inc.

No refunds for canceled registrations will be made after August 1, 2019. 

Call Diane Bullock, FSS Chairman,  207-361-1818 or Dbull29441@aol.com with questions.  
 
Mail completed REGISTRATION with CHECK and The National Gardener label  

before September 27, 2019, to: 

Jill Malcolm 

33 Bonney Dr    

Holliston, 01746.   

jillyjill07@comcast.net

        

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