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Floral Design Information

All members are encouraged to enter Horticulture and Floral Exhibits at general meetings. All exhibits must be ENTERED, REGISTERED, and IN PLACE by 11:00 AM. Exhibits not in place by 11:00 AM will be placed on the display table and will not be judged.
Design Themes for 2022-2023

Class I design themes are listed below. Class II designs are any other design type described in the "2017 Handbook for Flower Shows​."

September 27 - Theme: From the Shore

Class I - Designer's Choice - A table centerpiece design with fresh and/or dried plant material, incorporating some object found on the shoreline.

January 24 - Theme: From Time Shared in the Garden

Class I - Alfresco Table - A functional picnic for two with a completed floral design and other accessories. Staged on the floor or table.

February 28 - Theme: From the Eastern Hemisphere

Class I - European Traditional Design - A traditional mass design in an oval form using fruit and/or fresh flowers.

March 28 - Theme: From Tubes to Treasures

Class I - Tubular Design - A creative design having dominant cylindrical forms of any material. Either fresh or dried plant material and other optional components.

April 25 - Theme: From Trial to Triumph

Class I - Any design from the Flower Show Schedule scheduled for May 20. Designs will be critiqued but not judged.

May 23 - Theme: From Farm to Table

Class I - Creative Line-Mass Design - Use fresh fruits and/or vegetables as well as other plant materials to add strength and depth.

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Exhibiting Floral Designs

  See the "2017 Handbook for Flower Shows," Chapter 7, Design, pages 63-83, for detailed information.

A summary of the yearbook information can be found at the following links: (or pages 21-24 of the "2022-2023 CBGC Yearbook")

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Flower Show School

Flower Show School is for prospective flower exhibitors and judges, as well as for garden club members and anyone interested in flower design.​ It is a series of four courses covering the principles of floral design and fundamentals of plant life.

Find information about the latest course offerings in Virginia on the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs website.  See the National Garden Clubs' website for detailed information about the curriculum and out of state course schedules.

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