Design Exhibit Schedule

GARDEN CLUB EXHIBITS THEME 2021-2022

THEME: JOURNEYS

GARDEN CLUB EXHIBITS 2021-2022

September
Theme: Adirondack Park, New York

Mountains and Evergreen Forests, as found in Planting Zone 3 in Old Forge, NY in the high elevations of the Adirondack Mountains.

The Adirondack Park, created in 1892 as one of the first Forever Wild Forest Preserves in the nation, is a unique wilderness area. At 6 million acres, it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States, and it is the largest National Historic Landmark, covering an area larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and the Great Smokies National Parks combined. Travelling to the Zone 3 hardiness zone you will experience pristine waterways, boreal forests and towering mountains home to spruce, hemlock, beech and pine, with alpine meadows, fields and forests bursting into bloom during the spring and summer months.

Artistic Design Theme – Old Forge, New York: Adirondack Park
Challenge: Tapestry Design, see Handbook, p.79.
Intermediate: Creative Vertical Line Design, see Handbook, p. 74.
Novice: Traditional Mass Design, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Fruit or Vegetable (maximum 3 varieties per member)
2. Annual Collection
3. Perennial
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

October
Theme: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

We are traveling to Hardiness Zone 5 where it is processed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Iowa is the only state bordered by two navigable rivers: the Missouri and Mississippi. It is known as the Hawkeye State, after the main character in James Cooper’s book “The Last of the Mohicans”. But when I think if Iowa I think of CORN! Cedar Rapids is the largest corn-processing city in the world! And it is known as “The City of Five Seasons” because it is claimed that Cedar Rapids offers the perfect work/life balance, which results in a bit of extra time to appreciate the everyday wonders of its beautiful changing seasons. This ‘extra time’ is what has been designated the ‘fifth season’.

Artistic Design Theme – Cedar Rapids, Iowa: Corn
Challenge: Mono botanic Design using plant material from the Maize family, see Handbook, p. 79
Intermediate: Still Life Design, see Handbook, p. 76.
Novice: Traditional Mass Design in a Cornucopia, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Polypodiopsida Frond (Fern)
2. Coleus
3. Ornamental Grass
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

November
Theme: Fairbanks, Alaska

We’re visiting Zones 1&2 in Fairbanks, Alaska this month to see the Aurora Borealis.

One of the highlights of a visit to the northern state of Alaska is viewing the Aurora Borealis dancing overhead. Caused by supercharged solar particles colliding with the earth’s atmosphere, these ethereal streamers of green, white, purple, blue and even red light draw awestruck travelers from all over the world. The best time to see them is from late August through April.

Artistic Design Theme – Fairbanks, Alaska: Aurora Borealis
Challenge: Reflective Design, see Handbook, p. 75.
Intermediate: Creative Line-Mass Design, see Handbook, p. 74.
Novice: Traditional Line Crescent Design, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Flowering, berried, fruited or coned branch (not to exceed 24″)
2. Tricyrtis hirta (Japanese Toad Lily)
3. Container grown flowering plant (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

December
Theme: Cleveland, Ohio

For this cool weather trip we will visit Cleveland, Ohio in Zone 6 and our theme this month is Art. Located along the southern shore of Lake Erie, Cleveland is designated as a “Gamma” city – named as such buy the Globalization and World Cities Research Network because of the city’s many major cultural institutions, including the Cleveland Museum of Artt, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Orchestra, Playhouse Square and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Artistic Design Theme- Cleveland, Ohio: A painting from the Cleveland Museum
Challenge: Exhibition Table, see Handbook, p. 76. (Please provide an image of the painting selected)
Intermediate: Functional Breakfast Tray for One, see Handbook, p. 76. Tray to be provided by the Designer. (Please provide an image of the painting selected)
Novice: Traditional Vertical Line-Mass Design, see Handbook p. 71(Please provide an image of the painting selected)
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Container grown Begonia (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
2. Container grown Polypodiopsida (Fern) (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
3. Container grown cacti or succulent (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

January
Theme:  Joshua Tree National Park, California

The Middle of winter is a great time to visit Joshua Tree National Park in Twenty Nine Palms, California located in hardiness Zone 10. The stunning landscapes of this National Park, located in the Southern California desert, look almost alien in comparison to our lush green coastal environment. Joshua Tree National Park is characterized by rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. Named for the region’s twisted, bristled Joshua trees, the park straddles the cactus-dotted Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert, which is higher and cooler. Keys View looks out over the Coachella Valley.

Artistic Design Theme – Twenty Nine Palms, California: Joshua Tree National Park
Challenge: Pot-et-Fleur Design incorporating cactus or succulent plant material, see Handbook, p.94
Intermediate: Creative Line Design,see Handbook, p.74
Novice: Traditional Line-Mass Design using dried plant material, see Handbook, p.71
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Container grown Aloe Vera (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
2. Container grown Hedera (Ivy) (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
3. Container grown foliage plant (container not to exceed 10″ in diameter)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

February
Theme: Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Let’s take a ski trip this month to hardiness Zone 4 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, known as Ski Town USA. Colorado has 5 plant hardiness zones. Some areas drop to -40°F in winter and others rise up to over 90°F in summer. Its geography ranges from the flat grass-covered eastern plains – the High Plains of the Great Plains – to the high and numerous mountain ranges and plateaus in the western portion of the state that make up the southern Rocky Mountains. Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympic skiers than any other in town in North America, it has 3,000 skiable acres and 165 ski trails.

Artistic Design Theme – Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Ski Town USA
Challenge: CreativeParallel Design, see Handbook, p. 75.
Intermediate: Traditional Hogarth Curve Line Design, see Handbook, p. 71.
Novice: Traditional Mass Monochromatic Design, see Handbook p. 71
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Galanthus (Snowdrop)
2. Hamamelis (Witch Hazel)
3. Container grown Saintpaulia (African Violet)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

March
Theme: The Bayou

Time to travel south to Zone 9 Lake Charles, Louisiana and visit the Bayou. Though Lake Charles, Louisiana might be best known for its mention in the Band’s song “Up on Cripple Creek”, being located in the bayou in “The Bayou State”, as Louisiana is known, makes it an ideal location to experience the southern swamplands.  A bayou is made up of pockets of water that are located in low-lying depressions. They may be wetlands, marsh-like lakes, or even slow-moving rivers or streams. Louisiana’s bayous are home to some of the most unique ecosystems and societies on the planet. For centuries, native tribes, immigrants and ancient creatures have coexisted in these vast wetlands.

Artistic Design Theme – Lake Charles, Louisiana: The Bayou,
Challenge:  Cascade Design, see Handbook, p. 73.
Intermediate: Creative Horizontal Line Design, see Handbook, p. 74.
Novice: Traditional Mass Symmetrical Triangle Design, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Forced Forsythia (not to exceed 24″ in length)
2. Bromeliad
3. Iridaceae (Crocus)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

April
Theme: Key West, Florida

It’s time to get a jump on summer and visit Zone 11 in Key West, Florida where we will find Crystal Waters and Coral Reefs, pastels and roosters. Key West is Florida’s southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its Palm-lined streets, where gingerbread mansions and pastel-hued tin-roofed conch houses were home to Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Jimmy Buffett, a few of the famous people who discovered solace and inspiration in the island city.

Artistic Design Theme: Key West, Florida: Crystal Waters and Coral Reefs
Challenge: Underwater Design, see Handbook, p. 79.
Intermediate: Creative Transparency Design, see Handbook, p. 77.
Novice:  Traditional Mass Design, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Narcissus Collection (Daffodil)
2. Helleborus
3. Flowering Branch (not to exceed 24″ in length)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)

May
Theme: Kauai, Hawaii

Let’s take a trip to another tropical island and visit Zones 12 &13 in Kauai, Hawaii The Garden Isle. Kuai is called ‘The Garden Isle’ thanks to the tropical rainforest covering much of its surface. The east side of its Mount Wai’ale’ale is the wettest spot on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 450-470 inches. Kuai is also home to one of the most scenic canyons in the world, the 3,000 foot deep, 10 mile long Wiamea Canyon, dubbed by Mark Twain as ‘The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”.

Artistic Design Theme – Kauai, Hawaii: The Garden Isle
Challenge: Creative Grouped Mass Design, see Handbook, p. 78.
Intermediate: Creative Mass Design, see Handbook, p. 74.
Novice: TraditionalSwag Design incorporating tropical flowers, see Handbook, p. 70-71.
Open: Designer’s Choice (one entry per member)

Horticulture Exhibits
1. Tulipa (tulip)
2. Myosotis (Forget Me Not)
3. Primula (Primrose)
4. Open (maximum 2 entries per person)