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Symposium Courses


National Garden Club School courses are open to everyone. Garden Club members may take courses for credit to become an Environmental, Gardening or Landscape Design Consultant or a Flower Show Judge. Consultants and Judges may also refresh their accreditation with course attendance. Master Gardener Volunteers often take courses to gain needed continuing education credits. All are welcome to attend for the joy of learning.

Flower Show Symposiums

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. Visit the Symposiums page for more information. See the Flower Show School page for more information on becoming a Flower Show Judge.

date Oct 02 - Oct 04, 2022 San Antonio, TX
Register: Lisa Thurmond 210-865-0361
Design : Trece Chancellor

Topics: Table Designs

Allied Topic: Judging Etiquette & Handbook Updates

Horticulture : Jan Griffin

Topics: Butterfly and Pollinator Plants

date Oct 12 - Oct 13, 2022 East Windsor, NJ
Register: Jane Bersch 609-654-6580
Design : Julia Clevett

Topics: Abstract Creative Designs & Cascade

Allied Topic: Flower Show Evaluation

Horticulture : Jan Griffin

Topics: Ilex & Cactus

Allied Topic: Creative Staging for Horticulture

date Oct 17 - Oct 18, 2022 Murfreesboro, TN
Register: Kathy Rychen 615-406-5716
Design : Gina Jogan

Topics: Multi/ Rhythmic & Transparency Designs

Allied Topic: Judging Comments 

Horticulture : David Robson

Topics: Arboreal Branches & Container Grown Begonias

Allied Topic: Using Correct Names for Horticulture

date Oct 24 - Oct 26, 2022 Bowie, MD
Register: Marjorie Glennan 410-987-9028
Design : Julia Clevett

Topics: A Comparison between Traditional & Creative Designs

Allied Botanical Arts Design: Exploration

Horticulture : Darlene Newell

Topics: Fall Flowering Plants & Combination Plantings

Allied Topic: Every Plant has a Story

date Nov 01 - Nov 02, 2022 Meridian, MS
Register: Melinda Causey 601-681-9706
Design : Jo Krallman

Topic: Exhibition Tables

Allied Topic: Petite Designs (two hour topic)

Horticulture : Gay Austin

Topics: Ilex & Euphorbias

date Nov 06 - Nov 08, 2022 Parrish, FL
Register: Bessie Morse 727-215-6666
Design : Lynn Fronk

Topic: Cascade & Grouped Mass Designs

Allied Topic: Botanical Arts - Collage & Plaque

Horticulture : Jan Griffin

Topics: Araceae & Marantacae 

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date Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2023 Clemmons, NC
Register: Trish Sumners 336-945-4433
Design : Lynn Fronk

Topic: Design Types - Differences Between Mass Designs

Allied Topic: Ethics when Judging 

Horticulture : Jan Griffin

Topics: Conifers & Cactus

Allied Topic: Staging Horticulture


Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding Flower Show Symposiums.


Julia Clevett, NGC Symposiums Chairman