National Garden Club Flower Shows A flower show is a competitive exhibition of floral designs and horticulture and may include educational exhibits. The basic components of a flower show are a location and date, a chair of the show, a schedule stating the types of exhibits, staging for the exhibits and judges. Individual clubs, groups of clubs, districts or the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation (WGCF) hosts flower shows for the following reasons.
Educate club members and the viewing public
Stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design
Provide an outlet for creative expression
Convey to the community the objectives of NGC
A Standard Flower Show must be planned by NGC member clubs, emphasize fresh plant material, have a written schedule complying with NGC rules, must include horticulture, design +/-special exhibits and be judged by NGC Accredited Flower Show Judges and standard system of judging. The National Garden club offers a Stimulus Packagefor Small Standard Flower Shows to encourage clubs to host a show.
There are many categories of Standard Flower Shows 1. Small Standard Flower Show a. Minimum 20 horticulture exhibits in minimum 5 classes b. Minimum 12 design exhibits in minimum 3 classes with 4 designs/class c. May include special exhibits 2. Standard Flower show a. Minimum 20 horticulture exhibits in minimum 5 classes b. Minimum 20 design exhibits in minimum 5 classes with 4 designs/class c. May include special exhibits 3. Flower locations and types a. General show – held in any public location b. Placement show – held in home, store, museum, etc. – staged with existing furnishings c. Petite show – all small or miniature designs and horticulture d. Holiday or Patriotic Show – Christmas or patriotic theme e. Plant Society – specialized show co-sponsored with a plant society
In addition to ribbons for individual exhibitors, awards may be given to the flower show in general. Specific requirements must be followed to qualify a show for this distinction. These requirements are outlined in detail in the Handbook for Flower Shows, 2017 Edition.
Flower Show Judges, within the WGCF, welcome members to contact them as flower show advisors. See Wisconsin Judges’ Council for judges’ contact information.
The Wisconsin Garden Club Federation founded in 1928 is a charter member of the National Garden Club organization. As an organization, we are proud of our heritage of developing relationships with fellow gardeners, learning, and gardening for good in our communities.