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GCFM Floral Design

The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. Presents

CELEBRATE THE SEASON

An NGC Design Specialty Flower Show
as part of MassHort at the Flower Show
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"Savor Spring!" at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

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March 14-18, 2018
Seaport World Trade Center

 

 Admission included with Boston Garden and Flower Show Ticket
GCFM is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc

 

General Rules

1. This Flower Show conforms to the standards established by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC). The Handbook for Flower Shows, 2017 Edition, with revisions printed in The National Gardener magazine (TNG), is the authority for all issues not covered by the Schedule, which is the Law of the Show

2. Entries are open to members and affiliates of NGC, members and affiliates of GCA, or any amateur floral designer.

3. Entries require advanced registration by Wednesday, January 24, 2018.

4. All entries with the appropriate entry tag information must be sent to the Entries Chair, two days prior to exhibiting, in order to be computerized.

5. Entries will be accepted at the Seaport World Trade Center,1 Seaport Lane, Boston, MA.

6. Day One entries will be accepted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 8:30 am to 11 AM. Day Two entries will be accepted Friday, March 16, 2018 at 5:30 am to 8:00 am.

7. Day One judging will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 11:30 pm. Day Two judging will be Friday, March 16, 2018 at 8:30 am.

8. Day One entries will be removed on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm. Day Two entries will be removed on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

9. The Classification Chair for each division checks exhibit for conformity to the schedule prior to judging. Final determination for conformance is the judges’ responsibility.

10. The General Chair and Classification Chair for each division are available during judging for possible consultations. They, along with the judges and clerks, are the only personnel allowed on the floor during judging.

11. The decisions of the judges are final. Awards may be withheld if not merited.

12. There must be an emphasis on FRESH plant material. No artificial plant materia is permitted.

13. Each exhibitor is limited to one entry per class.

14. GCFM will strive to assure the safety of all items after arrival and placement, but is not responsible for any loss or damage to exhibits.

15. Wild collected plants of species listed by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage Program may not be used. Cultivated plant material may be used if the exhibitor produces a typed card stating that it has not been wild collected. Plants listed on the Massachusetts Prohibited Plant List are not permitted. List is available at www.mass.gov/agr.

16. In accordance with Massachusetts Horticultural Society (MassHort) policy, businesses, non-profit organizations, and commercial products may not be promoted in a design. Logos, corporate images, catalogs, circulars and business cards are prohibited.

Awards

1. The NGC Standard System of Awarding is used in all divisions:

a. Only one (1) first-place (blue) ribbon per class; must score 90 points or more.

b. Only one (1) second-place (red) ribbon per class; must score 85 points or more. c. Only one (1) third-place (yellow) ribbon per class; must score 80 points or more. d. one or more Honorable Mention (white) ribbon per class; must score 75 points or more.

2. Top Awards will be presented at an Awards Reception, April 12, 2018, at 7pm, at Elm Bank, Hunnewell Building, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA.

Design Division I Awards

1. NGC Design Awards. These awards are given, if merited, on each entry day.

a. The Award of Design Excellence is offered to the highest scoring 95 point or more, blue ribbon winner in the Design Division entered by an individual. It is a rosette of gold ribbons. Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eligible.

b. The Club Competition Award is offered to the highest scoring 95 point or more, blue ribbon winner in Section A. It is a rosette of light blue ribbons. Class 101 is eligible.

c. The Petite Award is offered to the highest scoring 95 point or more, blue ribbon winner in Section B. It is a small rosette of blue and white ribbons. Classes 2,3, and 4 are eligible.

d. The Table Artistry Award is offered to the highest scoring 95 point or more, blue ribbon winner in Section C. It is a rosette of burgundy ribbons. Classes 5, 6, and 7 are eligible.

e. The Designer’s Choice Award is eligible for the highest scoring 95 point or more, blue-ribbon winner in Section D. Plant material used in the exhibit may be dried, treated dry, and/or fresh. It is a rosette of purple ribbons. Classes 9, 10, and 11, and 12 are eligible.

2. GCFM awards given once for the entire show:

a. All classes are eligible for:

i. The GCFM Clare L Richards Award (1979):

This award, a plaque, may be given for the entry that best exemplifies the sensitive use of color. The recipient need not necessarily be a blue ribbon winner.

Scale of Points

Color selection 40 points
Color balance 10 points
Color proportion 10 points
Color rhythm 10 points
Color scale 10 points
Color dominance 10 points
Color contrast 10 points

TOTAL 100 points

ii. The GCFM Jeanne-Marie Parkes Creativity Award (1986):

This award, a silver bowl, is given to the design judged by the evaluation panel to be the most creative interpretation of the Class 10title. The recipient need not necessarily be a blue ribbon winner.

Scale of Points

Design 25 points
Interpretation 30 points
Creativity 30 points
Distinction 15 points
TOTAL 100 points

iii. The GCFM Diane Bullock Award (2002):

This award, a silver trophy, is given to the entry that is the most original interpretation of the Class 10theme, and uses an adventurous combination of plant material and components. Entry must score 85 or above. Blue ribbon winner not eligible.

Scale of Points

Interpretation 40 points
Creativity 30 points
Design 20 points
Distinction 10 points
TOTAL 100 points

b. Classes 9, 10, 11 and 12 are eligible for the GCFM Barbara D. May Award of Design Excellence (2002, rev. 2012):

A traveling trophy given once during the show, if merited, to a blue ribbon winner in the Design Division (GCFM) of the New England Spring Flower Show, scoring the highest number of points in a designer’s choice class.

Scale of Points

Design 48 points
Conformance 18 points
Distinction 14 points
Artistic concept 14 points
Expression 6 points
TOTAL 100 points

c. Class 104 is eligible for the GCFM Marie Hancock Cook Award (1963, rev.2013):

This certificate is given by the GCFM to the blue ribbon entry, receiving the highest number of points in Class 10or classes of Traditional Designs. Traditional design type or period must be stated in the schedule.

Scale of Points

Appropriateness to design type or period 45 points
Design 30 points
Expression 15 points
Distinction 10 points
TOTAL 100 points

3. MassHort awards given once for the entire show:

a. All classes except 1 and 8 are eligible for:

i. The Susan Scheel Thomas Novice Award:

Awarded to the most distinctive design by a novice in any design class. The recipient need not be a blue ribbon winner.

ii. The Ruth A. Wallack Design Award:

Recognizes a design of outstanding beauty and creativity in the expression of one designer's imagination. Open to all competitive entries in the Design Division. The recipient need not be a blue ribbon winner.

b. All classes are eligible for:

i. The John Taylor Arms Award:

Awarded to the blue ribbon entry receiving the highest number of points.

4. Garden Club of America (GCA) Zone 1 Bowl:

Presented by member clubs in Northern New England, is awarded, if merited, only once during the show for distinction in the aesthetic arrangement of plant material. The exhibit shall be judged with no reference to a point scale or any previous award.

Youth Division II Exhibits Awards

The NGC Award of Appreciation is offered to exhibits in Section A. It is a rosette of orchid ribbons. Classes 1 and 2 are eligible.

 

Design Division I - Signs of Spring

Design Rules

1. An Exhibitors’ Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 (snow date,

Monday, January 29, 2018) at 10:30 am at Elm Bank, Hunnewell Building, 900 Washington St., Wellesley, MA.

2. The NGC Exhibit Policies are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, 2017

Revised Edition, Chapter 7, Exhibiting in the Design Division, NGC Policies and Guidelines.

3. Design entries require advanced registration by Wednesday, January 24, 2018:

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4. Plant material and non-plant material permitted and not permitted are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 7.

5. All plant material used in the design must be identified on a card, provided by the exhibitor and included in the entry tag.

6. The exhibitor is required to conform to the stated description and limitations of the Design Type if named in a class.

7. Rules for Design Types, Advanced Design Types, Table Designs, and Table Appointments are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 7.

8. The Scale of Points for Design is listed in Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 14.

Design Classes

Section A: Getting Ready

Class 101: Potting Room, Club Competition – Vignette, judged from the front of the 5’ side, viewed 360 degrees. Staging: Exhibit to be staged on the floor, Committee to provide plastic sheet measuring 5’ wide x 3’ deep.

Section B: Little Ones:

Class 102: Make Way for Ducklings, Freedom of Style (5”). Eligible for Petite Award. Staging: All 4 Pedestals will be placed on a 12” riser. Each pedestal measures 42” high x 13” round so the final height will be 54” from the ground. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 103: Frog Pond, Creative Design (8”). Eligible for Petite Award. Staging: 40” high x 14” square. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 104: Swan Boats, American Traditional Mass Design (12”). Eligible for Petite Award. Staging: Pedestal 36” H with 14” square top on 12” square base. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Section C: Festivities

Class 105: St Patrick’s Day, Exhibition Table. Eligible for Table Artistry Award. Staging: Pedestal 36” H x 30” W x17” D, attached backboard 30” W x 40” H. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 106: Marathon Monday, Alfresco Casual Table for Two, Eligible for Table Artistry Award. Staging: Round table, 30” H x 30” Diameter, Committee to provided a white table cloth to the floor.

Class 107: Mother’s Day, Tray for One. Eligible for Table Artistry Award. Staging: Committee to provide tray measuring 18”L x 12” D and 4”H to be place on square Pedestal 37” high topped with a board measuring 36” W x 20” D.

Class 108: Wedding Shower, (Companion Design) – Buffet Table for Six. Staging: Table measuring 48” round. Committee to provide a cream colored table cloth to the floor.

Section D: Traditions

Class 109: Boston Flower and Garden Show, Featured Plant Material Design. Container must be subordinate to plant material. Eligible for Designer’s Choice Award. Staging: Pedestal 36” high with 18” square top. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 110: Boating on the Charles, Cascade Design, Eligible for Designer’s Choice Award. Staging: Round Pedestal 36” high with a 24” square top. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 111: Opening Day at Fenway Park, Freedom of Style. Eligible for Designer’s Choice Award. Staging: Square Pedestal 36” high with 18” square top. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

Class 112: Community Gardening, Grouped Mass Design, Eligible for Designer’s Choice Award. Staging: Pedestal 36” high x 18” round. (Pedestal color: Benjamin Moore “Sweet Spring” #1500)

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Youth Division II – Good-bye Winter

Youth Exhibits Rules

1.The NGC Exhibit Policies are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 9, exhibiting in the Youth and Sponsored Groups Division, NGC Policies and Guidelines.

2. Youth Exhibits are evaluated using the Design and Botanical Arts Scale of Points.

3. Youth entries require advanced registration by Wednesday, January 24, 2018 using Sign-up Genius: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508044da8ac2ca5fa7-bfsyouth and must be confirmed by Entries Chair This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Youth entries may be submitted in advance to any member of the Show Committee.

Section A: Spring Symbols in Song

Class 1 Let the Sun Shine In, Design - Reflective Design, Designer’s Choice. Exhibits will be staged on a 6’ buffet table with a white table cloth to the floor.

Class 2 Red, Red Robin, Botanical Arts – Decorated Birdhouse, Dried plant material. Exhibits will be staged on a 6’ buffet table with a white table cloth to the floor.  

Committee

Chairman: Lisa Pattinson 781-264-5015
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Schedule: Mariette Wooden 303-748-5505
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Staging: Megan McClure Koss
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Design Classification: TBD

Design Entries Administration: Kelly Murphy
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Judges: Linda Fraker 617-372-3725
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Clerks: Kathy Hawes
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Exhibit Refreshing: Suzanne Savage

Awards: Carla Morey
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