Flower Show Handbook

New 2017 Handbook For Flower Shows Print and Digital

The newly revised 2017 edition of the Handbook For Flower Shows is now available in the NGC Store. You may purchase the printed or digital editions from our secure on-line shopping cart, or contact Emily Huck in Member Services at NGC Headquarters at (314) 776-7574 extension 218.

Point Scoring Sheets

Design Point Scoring Sheets

There is now one scale of points for all designs.

Horticulture Point Scoring Sheets

Handbook Curriculum Courses

Plants and Their Respective Families

While most people are familiar with the binomial plant classification system that involves the Genus and species, the use of Plant Families is generally of less importance. Plants are grouped into Families based on similar flower structures.  In most cases, the need to know which plant belongs in which Family is rare. However, the introduction of the Mono-botanic Design created an interest in this level of plant classification.

To aid gardeners and designers alike, two listings are made available here. The first Plants and Their Respective Family, can be used to determine what Family a plant belongs to. With this information, one can go to the Plant Families Frequently Used in Flower Shows, and see what other plants are related. Depending on the source and who is doing the classification, some plants will be listed in more than one Family. Note that these listings are neither meant to all-inclusive. Also keep in mind that classification changes constantly including which Genera or which Family a plant is placed in.

Plant Family Listings

Download PDF files as full page size (8.5" x 11") or handbook size (5.5" x 8.5") (Revised October, 2014):

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 Flower Show Handbook, please contact:
Jan Warshauer, NGC Flower Show Handbook Chairman