Five Steps to Follow
When Exhibiting Horticulture
National Council of State Garden Clubs Handbook
(See pages 64-76, 78)Table of Contents:
Cutting And Conditioning
Grooming of Specimens
Basic Design and Arrangement Examples
Rules for Monthly Exhibits
· Cut early in morning or late afternoon (plant cells contain most moisture then and are turgid).
· Cut stems on long slant to increase moisture intake.
· The size of the flower dictates length of stem.
· Place in deep water in cool dark place to improve substance and to hold freshness.
· Cut when bloom is ¼ - 1/3 open.
· Carry in container of water.
· Protect from air and sunlight.
· Pack carrier tightly.
· Wash off any evidence of spray, residue and dust.
· Remove faded blooms.
· No wiring, oiling, spray or artificial coloring is permitted.
· Pot must be in scale with plant.
· Remove seedpods, spent and wilted blooms and damaged foliage.
· Clean both the foliage and the pot.
· Water and cultivate the soil.
· Flowers that grow with foliage attached naturally to the stem are exhibited with foliage.
· Accessory foliage is not permitted.
· Identify specimen by varietal or cultivar name, plus botanical name (genus and species). The purpose is to educate.
Flower Arrangement Pointers from the National Council of State Garden Clubs Handbook
Accessory: anything in an arrangement in addition to plant material; i.e. the container, base, background or mechanics; a subordinate in the design; schedule to govern use.
Creative Design: designs that result from the creative idea of the artist, using plant material and other components to organize the design elements within the limits of the principles of design. This type includes Abstract.
Exhibition Table: one in which design is not related to function. There are two types of Exhibition Tables:
1. With floral designs
2. Without floral designs, but must include plant material, which is used in a manner similar to a Still Life. (See chapter on Still Life).
Feature: something that is given prominence in an arrangement; i.e., a color or type of plant material.
Functional Table: a table exhibit arranged for the service of food, which includes dishes, linens, decorative units, with or without accessories. Schedule to specify requirements.
Interpretive Design: selection and organization of the design elements to suggest a give theme, idea occasion, mood or atmosphere (Synonymous with Expressive).
Rhythm: a dominant visual path through a design; a design principle. Visual motion created by the placement of design components and colors, with their value and intensity throughout the design.
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