Horticulture and Design

What’s Happening in Tournament?

Each tournament month BGC designers and horticulturalists present a mini-flower show judged by accredited National Garden Club Flower Show Judges.

The purpose of a tournament is education and enjoyment for the exhibitors, members of the club and visitors. The scheduled monthly tournaments are open to all members. Entries must conform the monthly Yearbook schedule.

Get in touch with your creative side with Trish Mowen’s design previews. Yes, there are beginner classes too.


Horticulture Tournament

Tournaments are held five times throughout the year at Garden Club General Meetings. You may enter for consideration any (or all!) of the plant material specified in the yearbook.  All specimens entered must have been grown in your own gardens or homes.  First place, Second place, Third place and Honorable Mention stickers are awarded.



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Fresh plant material may never be treated in any matter. Some plant material must be used in every exhibit. Design classes are written for Novice,  Intermediate, Post-Intermediate and Advanced arrangers. An exhibitor may enter as many classes as desired at her/his level. Upon receiving four blue ribbons, the designer advances to the next higher level.

Challenge classes are open to all exhibitors at all levels. Call Trish Mowen or Connie Doklan.


Ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement, is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Ikebana often emphasizes other areas of the plant than the bloom, such as its stems and leaves, and draws emphasis towards shape, line and form.  An arrangement may consist of only a minimal number of blooms interspersed among stalks and leaves.

Call Rosie Ebersole to join our fun classes.