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Advanced Study For Flower Show Judges

Symposium is an in-depth course of design, horticulture and allied subjects pertaining to flower shows that is more advanced than presented in Flower Show Schools. These courses are primarily intended for Flower Show Judges to maintain their credentials, but all garden club members interested in learning more about flower shows, floral design and horticulture are encouraged to attend.

All NGC Accredited Flower Show Judges are required to attend NGC Symposiums in order to remain in Good Standing. Good Standing is necessary if a judge wishes to continue judging and evaluating flower shows. By attending and passing all Point Scoring Examinations, a judge advances from Accredited Judge to Accredited Life Judge and finally Accredited Master Judge.

2014 Symposium Schedule

September 12-13, 2014 | West Salem, WI
Local Registrar: Carol Catlin | (920) 739-1983
Design: Lynn Fronk | kinetic design, allied topic: collages
Horticulture: Gay Austin | heuchera and dahlias

October 21-23, 2014 | Burlington, VT
Local Registrar: Jane Murphy | (802) 862-6067
Design: Julia Clevett | creativity: new trends & techniques, allied topic: those maddening mechanics
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | cacti: don't be spineless and fat and sassy succulents, allied topic: wheel of hortulana

October 23-26, 2014 | Elkins, W VA
Local Registrar: Brenda Moore | (304) 465-3647
Design: Lynn Fronk | creativity: armatures and alfresco designs, allied topic: topiaries
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | chrysanthemums, allied topic: conifers

October 26-28, 2014 | Altamonte Springs, FL
Local Registrar: Maureen Tuber | (407) 909-1461
Design: Penny Decker | explosion of color
Horticulture: David Robson | orchids, ferns, allied topic: so you think you know the handbook?

November 6-7, 2014 | Cranberry, PA
Local Registrar: Barbara Lotito | (724) 327-0501
Design: Penny Decker | "color, make it exciting!, allied topic: "three sides to judging"
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | "ferns older than dirt" & succulents, allied topic: "wheel of hortulana"

2015 Symposium Schedule

February 12-13, 2015 | Hernando, MS
Local Registrar: Pat Young | (662) 429-3060
Design: Julia Clevett | "with a spin of the wheel - color," allied topic: "what type judge are you?"
Horticulture: Dot Yard | allied topic: the handbook - where are we going?

March 16-17, 2015 | St. Augustine, FL
Local Registrar: Lois Hannabary-Dena | (904) 461-5448
Design: Julia Clevett | creativity, new trends and techniques
Horticulture: Tina Tuttle | cacti and succulents; allied topic: arboreal

April 28-29, 2015 | Bowie, MD
Local Registrar: Susan Middleton | (410) 238-5758
Design: Barbara May | abstract creative, color & light
Horticulture: Darlene Newell | flowering arboreal branches & ferns, allied topic: "wheel of hortulana"

April 30 & May 1, 2015 | Columbia, SC
Local Registrar: Jerry Weise | (843) 884-8998
Design: Gina Jorgan | transparency and panel designs, allied topic: terms and techniques
Horticulture: Tina Tuttle | herbs / mint and cacti, allied topic: collections and displays

For more information about a symposium near you, contact the chairman listed or:
Dot Yard, NGC Symposium Chairman