Special exhibits in a flower show provide an opportunity to educate and provide extra interest to all participants – attendees and exhibitors. Special exhibits fall into several main categories – some judged and others for informational purposes only.
The purpose of educational exhibits is to instruct and inform the public on goals and objectives of National Garden Clubs. The Flower Show Schedule provides all necessary information for size allowed, theme, etc. To be considered for a top award, educational exhibits require 18 square feet of surface area for a Standard Flower Show and 6 square feet for a Petite Flower Show.
- Aid in protection and conservation of natural resources, promote civic beauty, encourage improvement of roadsides and parks
- Encourage and assist in establishing and maintaining botanical gardens and other horticultural centers
- Study and advance the arts of gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design and environmental sciences
- Cooperate with other organizations in the above mentioned objectives
Anyone under the age of 18 may exhibit in a youth section. Exhibits can include floral design, horticulture or educational exhibits. Youth entries are not judged against adult entries.
Gardens may or may not be judged in a flower show. They may be permanent or temporary installations. Gardens may be located at a member’s home or in a public location. Temporary gardens are created at the site of the flower show.
Artistic crafts are exhibits using plant materials to combine horticulture, design and craft work to add interest and beauty to a show. They may or may not be judged. Possible artistic crafts include wreaths, trees, ornaments, dried flower cards, decorated hats, etc.
These exhibits are not judged. They may include commercial exhibits, Ikebana designs and plant exchanges. The flower show committee determines what type of invitational exhibits will best enhance the beauty of their show.