Flower Show School Design Styles

NGC American Traditional Design Styles

At the turn of the 20th century, when commercial flowers became available to the general public, the interest in flower arranging grew. With the garden club movement in America gaining momentum in the 1930's the use of floral designs in the home and public buildings brought about an interest in including designs in flower shows. From this interest, the National Garden Clubs (then known as the National Council of State Garden Clubs) developed three distinct types of design within the American Traditional Design Style. They are Line, Line-Mass, and Mass Design. They are considered American adaptations of the Oriental line design and the European Mass Design.

NGC Traditional Design Style elements continue to be the foundation of all present day American garden club floral designing.

  • Line Design
  • Line-Mass Design
  • Mass Design

NGC Creative Design Styles

NGC Creative Floral Design was first introduced in the late 1950's as flower shows flourished throughout the United States and as the garden club members' talents expanded. Many members were studying art and applying their knowledge of international art history and its creative movements to floral designing. Primary among those influences were: Impressionism, the effect of light on objects; Fauvism, simplified design in strong color; Art Nouveau, a highly decorative style with dedication to natural forms; Art Deco, an elegant style of decorative art characterized by angular symmetrical geometric forms; Cubism, geometrical forms and fragmentations; Surrealism, the psychological aspect in art; and Abstractionism, with emphasis of the non-realistic and unnatural.

  • Angular Design - a creative designs emphasizing strong angles that may be acute, obtuse, reflex, right angle or combination of angles.
  • Cascade - design with an emphasis on a downward rhythmic movement. The downward lines may be curved, straight, zigzag, interrupted or maybe a combination. The design is supported by a container or other device. A minimum of components may extend upward.
  • Construction
  • Creative Line
  • Creative Line-Mass
  • Featured Plant Material
  • Framed Spatial
  • Illuminary
  • Multi-Rhythmic
  • Panel
  • Parallel
  • Reflective
  • Spatial Thrust
  • Still Life
  • Table Designs (Functional, Exhibition)
  • Transparency
  • Tubular
  • Vignette

American Abstract Creative Design

Abstract Creative Designs share the same tangible characteristics as all other Creative Designs, but go a step further. They are designs with a dominance of abstraction. Abstraction in floral design is the act of separating the inherent physical qualities of plant material and other components from the associated or naturalistic concept of them. All Abstract Creative Designs are creative, but not all Creative Designs are Abstract.

  • Abstract Creative Design
  • Armature - a creative design featuring an Armature form (grid-like structure).
  • Assemblage
  • Challenge
  • Duo
  • Floor
  • Grouped Mass
  • Low-Profile
  • Mono-Botamic
  • Tapestry
  • Underwater

Exhibition Table Design

  • Exhibition Table Design Type I
  • Exhibition Table Design Type II
  • Functional Table Design