Design Exhibit Schedule

Design ExhibitThe Maplewood Garden Club is dedicated to the achievement of excellence and understanding in all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and design. We hope this year’s exhibits will bring a better understanding of how important horticulture is to our world.

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.

The members of this year’s Exhibit Schedule Committee are Nancy Cook, Judy Cronin, Liz Demkin, Karen Donovan, Donna Hall, Kathy Kohlman, and Mary Lou Phifer.  

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

GARDEN CLUB EXHIBITS 2017-2018

The theme of this year’s exhibit schedule is The Historical Murals of Maplewood.  The nine historic murals can be seen at the Maplewood Municipal Building. The artist Stephen Juharos was commissioned by the town to paint the murals. He began the final sketches in July 1958 and completed the nine murals in July 1959.

September 11, 2017
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1883 James Ricalton
This mural depicts James Ricalton with his students. Ricalton, a teacher – and later, school principal – was a dominant force in shaping the educational system of Maplewood for 20 years. The building in the background is the Central School that was found on Maplewood Avenue. Ricalton was a prolific photographer and an adventurous traveler, which gave him a breadth of vision to impart to his pupils.  The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  An abstract design, using a camera or camera accessory, displayed using a 22 x 28 inch background with a matching underlay, provided by exhibitor.  Background foam boards may be purchased for a minimal amount at stationary and drugstores. 
Intermediate:  A creative line mass design incorporating school supplies as part of or as your container.
Novice:  A mass design staged in a children’s school lunch box. 
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits
Tomato (maximum of 3 varieties per member)
Vegetable, other than tomato (maximum of 2 different entries per member)
Summer annual stem (maximum of 2 different entries per member)
Open (maximum of 2 different entries per member)

October 2, 2017
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1875 Pierson’s Mill This mural depicts the mill and family home, Vaux Hall, built by Lewis Pierson. Farmers brought crops of wheat, oats, barley and corn to be ground at the mill. Vaux Hall was fashioned in the Greek Revival style popular at the time. The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  Two American traditional triangular designs representing the two structures (the mill and Vaux Hall) rendered in the mural.  Fall colors and the colors teal or turquoise should be included in the design.  
Intermediate:  A wreath design incorporating flowers, wood (twigs or branches), stone, leaves with fall color, and harvest goods (such as wheat, oats, barley, and/or corn) for rustic mill aesthetic. 
Novice:  A vertical design in keeping with the four columns of Vaux Hall, to be displayed on a small table in the home’s entry. 
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits
Begonia, potted
Coleus, potted
Plant grown from your cutting or seed
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

November 6, 2017
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1160 Chief Tuscan
This mural depicts Chief Tuscan of the local Lenni-Lenape tribe returning to his family and home located in the small ravine that is now the location of Tuscan Elementary School after a successful hunt. Primarily hunters, the Lenni-Lenape also gathered nuts, wild fruit, and raised crops of corn and beans. The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  An underwater design using all natural or nature made materials in a clear glass container or containers. The mechanics can be non-nature made. 
Intermediate:  A simplistic monochromatic floral design in a pottery container using yellow as the dominant color.  Dried corn or cornhusk must be included in the design.
Novice:  A triangular American traditional design with fall colored flowers and plant material in a wooden or twig container. 
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits.
Herb plant
, potted
Aloe, potted
Root vegetable
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

December 4, 2017
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1860 Seth Boyden This mural depicts inventor Seth Boyden addressing a young boy holding strawberries, with the steam locomotives he built in the background. Boyden developed many talents throughout his long life. Among other things, he was credited with improving the patent leather manufacturing process.  Upon his “retirement” Boyden plunged into botany and created the finest hybrid strawberry of the day, “Boyden’s No. 30.” The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A train-themed design of your choice.
Intermediate:  An abstract design in a patent leather shoe or other patent leather container.
Novice:  A floral mass design in a strawberry basket or small square basket with red as the dominant color. 
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits
Pinecones, 3 different varieties
Schlumbergera syn. Zygocactus (Christmas Cactus) plant, potted
An evergreen branch, no longer than 24 inches
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

January 8, 2018
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1779 The Timothy Ball House.   This mural depicts Timothy Ball who – with his wife Esther – was a strong supporter of the Revolutionary cause, welcoming his frequent visitor General George Washington. The home was built of local red sandstone and hewed timbers and was under construction for over a year.  The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A festive mantelpiece design using potted plants in rich ruby tones, foliage and moss making sure to hide the design base structure. Not to exceed 36 inches. 
Intermediate:  A ring design for a dining room table using fresh flowers in warm tones in a variety of textures and foliage.  A taper candle in a hurricane lamp glass should be used in the center of the design.   Not to exceed 20 inches.
Novice:  A traditional posy for the hostess, Esther Ball. A hand-tied round floral design using a variety of flowers including roses and foliage in pretty jewel tones and tied with a satin ribbon.
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits 
Sansevieria (Snake plant), potted, one variety
Scindapsus (Pothos plant), potted, any variety
Codiaeum variegatum (Croton plant), potted
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

Special Amaryllis Exhibit – A judged exhibit
a) Amaryllis plant from a bulb purchased at the garden club meeting.
b) Other amaryllis plant grown from a bulb you planted.          

February 5, 2018
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1920 The Period of Expansion.   This mural depicts the construction boom Maplewood experienced between 1920 and 1930, when the population grew 420% – from 5,000 to 21,000 people. Many houses, schools, churches and municipal buildings were constructed during this time period. The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A construction design incorporating wood that embraces the building frenzy of the 1920’s.
Intermediate:  A horizontal design using fresh flowers and incorporating tools and/or building materials that celebrate the building trade.
Novice:  A round design using fresh flowers in a stone, concrete, hypertufa or wooden container.
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits 
A succulent dish garden with at least three different varieties of plants
Saintpaulia (African violet), potted: single flower; double flower
Galanthus (Snow Drop), one specimen
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

Special Amaryllis Exhibit – A judged exhibit
a) Amaryllis plant from a bulb purchased at the garden club meeting.
b) Other amaryllis plant grown from a bulb you planted.

March 5, 2018
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1840 Asher B. Durand.  This mural depicts Maplewood native son Asher B.  Durand in his element:  nature. Trained as an engraver, he achieved early success with the piece “The Signing of the Declaration of Independence,” but he later focused on painting.  In his paintings, Durand continually chose the theme of unspoiled nature. The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A creative mass design (Handbook page 74) with emphasis on depth.
Intermediate:  A creative line design incorporating materials of forest origin (Handbook page 74) and artists’ brushes. 
Novice:  A traditional line-mass design arranged in a 90-degree left angle (Handbook page 71) using primarily yellow/gold floral colors in a blue container.
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits 
Clivia Miniata (Clivia), potted
Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston Fern), potted
Orchid plant
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

April 2, 2018
Theme:  Maplewood Mural – 1959 Maplewood.  This mural depicts Maplewood in the spring of 1959 from the vantage point of the South Mountain Reservation on the crest of the first Orange Mountain.  See if you can spot the shopping district of Maplewood Village, the railroad, the green expanses of Memorial Park, the Maplewood Country Club, and the Municipal Building! The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A cascade design using a palette of spring colors in a container at least 10 inches high.
Intermediate:  A petite design using pastel colors with the height, width and depth no larger than 12 inches.  The container is excluded from the measurements of the design.
Novice:  An oval American traditional design in a low basket to be used on an outdoor spring breakfast table.
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits 
Helleborus (Hellebore), 3 cut flowers per container of one variety
Narcissus (Daffodil), 1 specimen per division
Pelargonium (Geranium), flowering plant, potted
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)

May 7, 2018
Theme:  Maplewood Mural — Fourth of July Celebration  This mural depicts the range of Fourth of July festivities enjoyed by residents each year. The day typically begins with a parade and then a rush to Memorial Park for children’s sports events, including races. Afternoon brings the circus. In the evening, residents are awed by a fantastic display of fireworks.   The Mural website link is www.twp.maplewood.nj.us under Activities.

Challenge:  A creative design of your choice representing something you would see at a circus.
Intermediate:  A mass design in a metallic container giving the illusion of fireworks.
Novice:  A design of your choice in a child’s athletic shoe using red, white and/or blue floral material.
Open: Designer’s choice (one entry per member).

Horticultural Exhibits 
Viola tricolor var. hortensis (Pansy), 3 of one variety
Tulipa (Tulip), one specimen (maximum of 2 varieties per member)
Dicentra (Bleeding Heart), one specimen (maximum of 2 varieties per member)
Open (maximum of 2 entries per member)