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 2020-2021

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

September 22 - Theme: Falling...

Demonstration of several cascade arrangements with discussion of their design parameters, containers and materials appropriate for the design type.


October 27 - Theme: Go with the Flow

Class I - Cascade Design - A design with emphasis on downward rhythmic movement and supported by a container or other device. 

January 22 - Theme: Trash or Treasure?

Class I - Hanging Design - A traditional or creative botanical design incorporating "found objects" (not made or manufactured for creative purposes).   

February 23 - Theme: Excuse Me, Your Roots Are Showing

Class I - Mono-Botanic Design - A design using multiple parts of the plants of one family or genus. Plants may be stems, blooms, roots, fruit foliage, etc.

March 23 - Theme: Garden's Bounty

Class I - Parallel Design - A design consisting of three or more groupings of plant material and optional components with a strong parallel placement in a single container or base. 

April 27 - Theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers

Class I - Designer's Choice - Let your imagination go wild with a Spring-themed creative design of your choice using fresh and/or dried plant material.

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 "2019-2020 CBGC Yearbook")


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.