Flower Show School

Flower Show School—Not Just for Judges

Do you ever wonder “Why did that design or horticulture specimen win the Blue Ribbon?” Are you interested in learning about “growing and showing” horticulture or the elements and principles of floral design? If so, Flower Show School will be the answer!

The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. (FGCCT) is pleased to offer the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Flower Show School. The curriculum is divided into a series of four individual courses, and is open to any Garden Club member.  NGC provides the educational opportunity through its Flower Show Schools (FSS) Program whereby its members may become Accredited Flower Show Judges or attend sessions merely to enrich their knowledge of horticulture, design, and flower show procedure.

After completing two Flower Show Courses, Students are invited to participate in Judges Council activities and meetings, a valuable continuing education opportunity.


The courses, which may be taken in any order after Course I, are structured to meet the following goals and purpose:

  • To teach and accredit prospective flower show judges and to provide opportunities for Accredited Judges to expand their knowledge and remain in good standing.
  • To create increased interest and knowledge in horticulture and design for all garden club members whether or not they are seeking to become NGC Accredited Flower Show Judges
  • To provide greater understanding of standards of exhibiting and judging of a Standard Flower Show as clarified in the Handbook for Flower Shows.
  • To promote flower shows of highest quality and educational value

Images from the September, 2017 Flower Show School

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