Judging the Botany Belles & Beaus "Reaping the Harvest Flower Show"
The Wisconsin Judges Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges (WJC) meets each year at the Wisconsin Garden Club Federation Annual Convention to share changes, successes and topics of general interest. Membership is open to all National Garden Club (NGC) Accredited Judges, including Emeritus, Master, Life, Accredited and Student Judges.
The purpose of the organization is five-fold:
To provided current information for judging flower shows as apprised by NGC.
To promote sound ethics in judging.
To promote advanced study in horticulture, the art of floral design and flower show procedure.
To assist and inform garden clubs in the promotion of Standard, Advanced and Small Flower Shows upon request.
Helen Surridge- Vice President
Lynne Ehnert- Secretary
The Northeast Judges Council is open to flower show judges accredited by National Garden Clubs, Inc., who live in northeastern Wisconsin – Menasha, Oshkosh, Wisconsin Rapids, New London, & Hortonville, to name a few. The members meet twice a year – in May and August – to bring, study and judge creative designs and horticultural specimens. The Council sponsors a flower show in area communities annually. This year’s show will be held on September 12th at the Ellington Fire Department Fireman’s Picnic – a Small Standard Flower Show, “Fire Fest”. There are currently six members in this Council.
The Northwest Judges Council was organized in 1983 to provide educational opportunities for a group of newly accredited flower show judges in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin – mainly Indianhead and St. Croix Districts. The Council promotes the advanced study of horticulture, flower arranging, & flower show procedure, and sound ethics in judging among its members. It is also available to help garden clubs with the planning of Standard Flower Shows, if requested.
Programs have featured plant society specialists, design workshops led by talented NGC & WGCF designers, pottery workshops, Flower Show Symposiums, and many study days with members bringing advanced designs and horticultural specimens to evaluate. Recently, the Council toured the vast Winter Greenhouses and demonstration gardens, north of Winter, WI, to become familiar with some of the newest cultivars on the market. Emphasis was on new perennials and miniature garden plants, with experts from the greenhouse pointing out and discussing the merits of many.
The Northwest Judges Council meets twice a year, with meeting dates arranged to accommodate the members’ schedules. There are seven members, four of whom are now Emeritus.
The Southern Wisconsin Judges Council serves the greater Milwaukee area and extends south to Kenosha, and west to Madison. Meetings are held three to four times a year, with the location alternating among areas served. A top priority is to find dates when the majority of the members can attend. Programs often feature the study and critique of horticultural specimens and advanced designs, which members have brought, plus business & social time.
The Southern Wisconsin Judges Council currently has thirteen active members and three Emeritus judges. Many serve WGCF, NGC & Central Region in leadership positions.
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.