Members are privileged to have NGC schools available to encourage our personal life long passion and learning endeavors. NGC schools include Gardening Studies, Environmental Studies, Landscape Design and Flower Show.
NGC schools offer challenging and rigorous curriculum to their students. Each school consists of four courses, with expert instructors and speakers addressing topics and key areas of each subject category. Completion of the four courses for a particular course, plus testing, lead to NGC Consultant certification or accredition as a Flower Show Judge. So, why am I telling you this?
|Arlene Stewart weighing the qualities of her needled specimen|
|Students evaluating specimens. Robin Hammer examines evergreen foliage|
|Instruction included judging the condition, grooming and staging of plant material|
In addition to our wonderful instructors, a host of National Capital Area Garden Club (NCAGC) judges joined our activities and provided designs to simulate a flower show, for student evaluation, practice and test judging. Their designs varied - from NGC Traditional designs to Creative design styles.
|Babs McClendon, NCAGC FS Judge, giving students design advice|
|Note how lighting, background and underlayemphasize different aspects of the designs|
|The dynamic balance of Creative designs challenge your imagination|
|Unique Creative designs using unusual dried plant materials such as gourds|
|Accredited Master Judges Poss Tarpley, FSS Course Registrar (l) and |
(r) Sandi Smith Piccirillo, State Flower Show Chairman for National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc.
If you are interested in more information about joining a garden club or attending an NGC school, leave us a comment or please click here--> National Garden Clubs, Inc. website
National Garden Clubs continues to set the direction for American floral designing and raise the bar for both exhibitors and judges. May we use the information presented to us in this book as we continue to educate both our members and the public in floral design, horticulture and NGC objectives. "Embrace Gardening's Tapestry" Kitty Larkin, President, 2005-2007, National Garden Clubs, Inc. - from the Handbook for Flower Shows 2007 Revised Edition
Photography by Thea McGinnis