Design Exhibit Schedule

The Theme for this year’s Design Exhibits is WRITTEN IN THE STARS”, inspired by the 9 Zodiac signs that the sun passes through during our Garden Club meeting season. Zodiac signs represent astrological constellations associated with ancient gods, goddesses, myths and legends passed down through the ages. Each sign possesses individual personality traits (those of the mythical person or being), various characteristics (mutable, fixed or cardinal), is influenced by one of four elements (Fire, Air, Earth, Water) and is ruled by a celestial body.

During this year the monthly exhibits Challenge Class will often require “Creative” designs, the Intermediate class will call for both “Creative” and “Traditional” designs, and the Novice class will usually call for “Traditional” designs. The definitions of all these design styles can be found in the 2017 revised NGC Handbook for Flower Shows. Rules of exhibition for both Design and Horticulture classes can be found in the MGC Yearbook on pages 10 through 14. Please familiarize yourself with these before staging your exhibit.

Every member is encouraged to enter an exhibit, whether Design or Horticulture. The purpose is to share our knowledge and appreciation of the elements and principles of design through floral arrangements, and to share our knowledge and love of gardening through the horticulture exhibits we have dedicated ourselves to nourish and grow.

If you have any questions about exhibiting or would like to order the Handbook for Flower Shows, contact Kathy Kohlman, 973-761-1688.

For proper judging, design and horticultural displays should be brought to the meeting site by 7:15 p.m. This allows time to properly fill out the exhibit card and place it with the item to be judged. Judging will begin at 7:30 p.m. and results announced before the beginning of the program.

Please take a moment to read the rules for exhibiting.  Every member, whether novice or experienced, is encouraged to participate!

GARDEN CLUB EXHIBITS 2018-2019

September 17, 2018

Virgo: Virgin / perfectionist, goddess of the harvest

Our September meeting is held during the sign of Virgo, the Virgin/Maiden, goddess of the harvest, who holds a palm branch and an ear of wheat. Virgo is a mutable earth sign ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication. People born under this sign are said to be perfectionists, but flexible and comfortable with change. Their role is to prepare everyone for the change in the season. Virgo’s colors are natural brown, which represents stability (the careful, methodical approach Virgo takes to life) and green, the color of growth (Virgo’s lifelong quest toward self-improvement).

Challenge: Creative Crescent Line Design

Intermediate: Traditional Mass Design incorporating wheat.
Novice: Traditional Round Design in autumn colors.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Fruit or vegetable (maximum 3 varieties per member)
Dahlia bloom under 3” diameter
Annual three of one variety in single container
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

October 1, 2018

Libra: Scales / justice, harmony and balance

Our theme continues in October with the sign of Libra, the golden scales, symbol of justice, harmony and balance. The only abstract symbol amongst the zodiac of living beings, this sign dates back to around 2000 BC when Babylonians related this season with the weighing of souls and with the judgement of the living and the dead. Day and night are equal at the autumn equinox and so men’s souls are in the balance.

Governed by Venus, the goddess of love, the main concerns of those born under Libra, are believed to be inner balance and harmonious relationships with others, achieved by their love of beauty and romance, and their charm and sense of justice. As a cardinal air sign, Libras begin the fall season and prize originality, but bring the winds of change in such a mild and moderate way that you barely even notice that you’ve been swept somewhere new. Libra’s colors are airy pink, which invokes Libra’s sweet and loving nature, and light blue symbolizing a cool subtle breeze that increases clarity and balance.

Challenge: Creative Duo Design (presented on a turntable or must be easily turned).

Intermediate: Traditional Mass design including pumpkin(s) or gourd(s).
Novice: Traditional Symmetrical Triangle Design
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Fruit or vegetable (maximum 3 varieties per member)
Coleus collection
Perennial three of one variety in single container
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

November 5, 2018

Scorpio: Scorpion / life, death and rebirth

November is Scorpio, the sign of life, death and resurrection. Scorpio energy embraces these life cycles and continually transforms and reinvents itself through its four incarnations: the venomous possessive Scorpion; the slippery charming-yet-deadly snake; the soaring eagle with piercing gaze; and the all-seeing phoenix that rises up from the ashes.  Those born between October 23rd and November 21st are considered passionate, intense, determined and loyal, but with the ruler of the underworld, Pluto, as their ruling planet they can be self-destructive, jealous and vindictive. The soaring eagle shows the heights Scorpios can attain once they have won this fight.

As a fixed water sign, Scorpio falls in the middle of the autumn season, stabilizing enthusiastic ideas into something real, and channeling intuitive tides into a forceful stream of psychic and healing energy. Scorpio’s color is Black, dark and mysterious black keeps Scorpio intensely inquisitive and focused on transformation. In western culture the color is associated with death and rebirth, enhancing Scorpio’s strength of letting go and its ability to transform itself.

Challenge: Traditional Vertical Line Design

Intermediate: Traditional Line-Mass Crescent Design incorporating dark colored flowers Novice: Traditional Horizontal Design
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Herb Collection
Chrysanthemum one spray or specimen
Flowering, berried, fruited or coned branch not to exceed 24”
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

December 3, 2018

Sagittarius: Archer / adventurer, dreamer, risk taker
Challenge: Creative Angled Parallel Design

Intermediate: Swag Design using only purple flowers and foliage
Novice: 10” foliage wreath
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Schlumbergera (Christmas or Thanksgiving Cactus) potted
Begonia potted
Maranta (Prayer Plant) potted
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

January 7, 2019

Capricorn: The goat-fish, Master planner, teaches the power of structure
Challenge: Creative Multi-Rhythmic design

Intermediate: A Design, Freedom of Style using materials evergreen foliage only.
Novice: Traditional 90-degree Line-Mass Design.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Flowering Houseplant Potted
Succulent Potted
Fern Potted
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

Special Exhibit
Maplewood Garden Club Forced Bulb Exhibit

  1. Plant grown from bulb purchased from MGC
    Amaryllis
    Paperwhite
  2. Plant grown from bulb of your choice.

February 4, 2019

Aquarius: Water Bearer / innovative, avant-garde.
Challenge: Creative Cascade Design

Intermediate: Traditional Zigzag Line design
Novice: A Design, Freedom of Style presented in a blue container
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Saintpaulia (African Violet) a. single flower, b. double flower
Ilex (Holly) Berried branch not to exceed 24”
Arum Itlaicum (Italian Arum)
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

Special Exhibit
Maplewood Garden Club Forced Bulb Exhibit

  1. Plant grown from bulb purchased from MGC
    Amaryllis
    Paperwhite
  2. Plant grown from bulb of your choice.

March 4, 2019

Pisces: Two fish bound by a cord / dreamer, healer, creative
Challenge: Creative Underwater Design

Intermediate: Traditional Hogarth Curve Line Design.
Novice: Traditional Line-Mass Crescent Design, no dimension larger than 14”.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Early flowering bulb
Forced flowering branch not to exceed 24”
Helleborus (Lenten Rose) maximum 2 entries per member
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

April 1, 2019

Aires: The Ram / pioneer, trailblazer, initiator
Challenge: Creative Spatial Thrust Design.

Intermediate: Functional Tray Design for one incorporating red roses.
Novice: A Design, Freedom of Choice, with red the dominant color.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Narcissus (Daffodil) Collection
Cercis canadensis (Redbud) flowering branch not to exceed 24”
Aquilegia canadensis (Columbine) 3 stems in a single container
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)

May 6, 2018

Taurus: The Garlanded Bull / power, the builder
Challenge: Creative Construction Design

Intermediate: A Design, Freedom of Style using white flowers.
Novice: Traditional Line-Mass Vertical Design.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member).

Horticulture:
Tulipa (Tulip) Collection
Myosotis (Forget Me Not)  
Primula (Primrose)
Open (maximum 2 entries per member)