Design Exhibit Schedule

Design ExhibitThe Maplewood Garden Club is dedicated to the achievement of excellence and understanding in all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and design. We hope this year’s exhibits will bring a better understanding of how important horticulture is to our world.

For proper judging, design and horticultural displays should be brought to the meeting site by 7:15 p.m. This allows time to properly fill out the exhibit card and place it with the item to be judged. Judging will begin at 7:30 p.m. and results announced before the beginning of the program.

Since National Garden Club Accredited Judges may be judging the exhibits, please take a moment to read the rules for exhibiting. Every member, whether novice or experienced, is encouraged to participate!

GARDEN CLUB EXHIBITS 2016-2017

The theme of this year’s exhibit schedule is Maplewood Garden Club – 90 Years of Education, Community and Beauty. The exhibit schedule was designed by Nancy Cook, Judy Cronin, Liz Demkin, Karen Donovan, Kathy Kohlman, and Mary Lou Phifer. The Maplewood Garden Club is dedicated to the achievement of excellence and understanding in all aspects of gardening, horticulture, and design. We hope this year’s exhibits will bring a better understanding of how important horticulture is to our world.

September 12, 2016
Theme: Garden at DeHart Center (Mary Lou Phifer)
The Maplewood Recreation Department requested help with the inner courtyard of the DeHart Community Center. Our club planted the bench boxes to make the area more attractive and added upright frames for climbing vegetables.

Challenge:  An abstract arrangement staged before a back panel using fall colors.
Intermediate: Arrangement incorporating sports equipment that could be used at DeHart Park.
Novice:  An arrangement using vegetables that are grown at DeHart Park.
Open: Designer’s choice.

Horticultural Exhibits
Combination planting: in a container
Vegetables: a) tomatoes, b) green beans, c) squash, d) herbs
Dahlia: 1 cut stalk with a set of leaves; a) dinner plate size, b) average size, c) small size
Heuchera: cut foliage
Sedum: 2 cut stems
Specimen grass: 5 leaves or 3 flowering stems
Open /Collection

October 5, 2016
Theme: Maplewood Food Garden (Nancy Cook)
The Maplefood Garden is creating the next generation of gardeners who care about the less fortunate. Our youth are learning the scientific aspects of planting and growing; are getting to taste new and exciting vegetables, fruits and herbs; and are learning how wonderful it is to help others through food donations to the local food pantries.

Challenge: An autumn floral arrangement in a cornucopia container including edible plant material.
Intermediate: An autumn floral arrangement incorporating fall leaves in a fresh squash or vegetable container.
Novice: A fall arrangement in a 28-ounce tomato can. Herbs and other edible plant material should be incorporated into the design.
Open: Designer’s choice.

Horticultural Exhibits
Dahlia hortensis (Dahlia): cut specimen; a) over 3 inches, b) 3 inches or less
Aster: cut specimen
Helianthus (sunflower): 1 variety
Fruit or vegetable 
Fall foliage hedge: with or without berries, not to exceed 24″
Perennial: in bloom, potted
Open/Collection

November 7, 2016
Theme: Rahner Greenhouse (Kathy Kohlman)

The Rahner Greenhouse was donated to the Township of Maplewood by The Maplewood Garden Club in 1974 and has been maintained by the club ever since. A greenhouse is defined as “a building made mainly of glass (or translucent material), in which the temperature and humidity can be regulated for the cultivation of delicate or out-of-season plants.” 

Challenge: A panel design using clear or transparent panels.
Intermediate: A vertical arrangement using tropical greens and autumn-colored flowers, incorporating translucent elements.
Novice: A fresh-flower design using out-of-season flowers and a pumpkin or gourd as a container.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Terrarium
Chrysanthemum: 1 sprig

Begonia rex-cultorum (Rex Begonia): potted
Leafed branch with fall color: not to exceed 24″
Herbs: 3 varieties
Open/Collection

December 5, 2016
Theme: MGC’s Victorian Era Conservatory in Maplewood’s Dickens Village (Karen Donovan)
In 2001, MGC added the Conservatory to Maplewood’s Dickens Village. Since then, it has delighted adults and children alike with its period plantings and decor. MGC decorates it yearly and provides maintenance for the structure.

Challenge: A Victorian topiary design of your choice using period-appropriate fresh flowers. Because the Victorian era is one of elegance and opulence, pinecones, fruit, ribbon, and accessories may be used.
Intermediate: A ring design to be used as a centerpiece on a holiday dinner table incorporating fresh flowers and one or more candles. Accessories may be used.
Novice: A tea cup design using fresh flowers and no taller than 8”, to be used as a place-card holder at an afternoon holiday tea. Accessories may be used.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Ilex (holly): branch not to exceed 24″
Pinecones: 3 varieties
Schlumbergera (Christmas cactus): plant
Citrus tree: potted, not to exceed 3 feet
Rhizomatous Begonia, potted: a) Lainie’s (Begonia hybrida ‘Tiger Kitten’); b) other varieties
Open/Collection

January 9, 2017
Theme: Durand-Hedden Herb Garden (Liz Demkin)
An exquisite herb garden can be found on the grounds of the Durand-Hedden House. It was installed by the Club in 1979 and is lovingly tended by a dedicated team of our members.  It’s the site of much beauty and education about the care and use of herbs. Smells great too! 

Challenge: A creative design of flowers, vegetables and other edible plant material to be used as a centerpiece for an Italian-themed dinner.
Intermediate: A tussie-mussie comprised of fresh herbs and flowers tied with a satin ribbon. A list of the plant material with the attendant emotion each component conveys should accompany the arrangement. (NOTE: A tussie-mussie is an endearing term from the early 1400’s for a small, round bouquet of herbs and flowers. Each component conveys a symbolic meaning. For example: rosemary signifies remembrance, ivy – fidelity, basil – best wishes.
Novice: A mass design of fresh herbs and flowers in a small teapot.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Hydrangea acrophylla (hydrangea): dried
Pressed dried flower: in a frame
Houseplant with brightly colored leaves
Crassula ovata (Jade plant)
Major forced bulb
Open/Collection

Special Exhibit
Amaryllis Exhibit (judged exhibit)
a) Amaryllis plant from a bulb purchased at the garden club meeting
b) Other amaryllis plant grown from a bulb you planted

February 6, 2017
Theme: Maplewood Memorial Library—Library Donations (Judy Cronin)
The Maplewood Memorial Library has become the hub of our club as we use this building for our monthly meetings and for various workshops. We have recently refurbished the outdoor plantings as well as donated many garden and environmental related books (236 since 2003) and materials for the adults and children in our community to enjoy.

Challenge: A floral design of your choice, using any book from the library as your inspiration   Display the book with your arrangement. Accessories may be used.
Intermediate: Using a floral-design book of your choice donated by the MGC, design an arrangement using that book as a guide. Display the book with your arrangement.
Novice: A floral triangular design that can be used on the checkout desk at the Maplewood Memorial Library.
Open: Designer’s choice.

Horticultural Exhibits
Saintpaulia (African violet): potted, a) single b) double
Vining plant: potted
Aloe vera
(aloe plant): potted
Epipremnum aureum
(golden pothos): potted
Sansevieria trifasciata
(mother-in-law’s tongue): potted
Flowering house plant:
 potted
Open/Collection


Special Amaryllis Exhibit – A judged exhibit
a) Amaryllis plant from a bulb purchased at the garden club meeting.
b) Other amaryllis plant grown from a bulb you planted.

March 6, 2017
Theme: Brook Path, a Woodland Home for Fairies (Karen Donovan/Nancy Cook)
Brook Path is a pathway connecting Woodland Road, Brook Lane and Jefferson School. MGC helped in cleaning up this previously unsightly area and to design “a woodland garden” incorporating many New Jersey native plants.

Challenge: A parallel design, in a low container, incorporating fresh flowers and branches suitable for a fairy gathering.
Intermediate: A round floral fairy crown with a diameter of 6 to 8 inches. Ribbons may be used.
Novice: A design incorporating spring flowers in a basket with a handle, appropriate to take along a woodland path.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Oxalis: potted
Euphorbia milii (crown of thorns): potted
Nephrolepis exaltata (Boston fern): potted
Helleborus (hellebore): flowering specimen
Clivia miniata (clivia): potted
Collection of Narcissus (daffodils)
Open/Collection

April 12, 2017
Theme: Hilton Rain Garden (Kathy Kohlman)
A rain garden is created to gather storm water runoff. This runoff carries chemical and organic pollution, which enters our streams and rivers if left to flow into storm drains. Capturing runoff in a rain garden allows the pollutants to be removed as the water percolates through the garden soil. Native plants are used in rain gardens because, once established, they need little maintenance and provide food and protection for local pollinators and wildlife.

Challenge: A creative line design incorporating driftwood.
Intermediate: An underwater design.
Novice: A round arrangement using flowers and plants native to New Jersey, not more than 10” in diameter.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Narcissus (daffodil): 1 specimen per division
Crocus (crocus): 3 flowers of the same variety
Primula vulgaris (primrose): potted
Succulent: potted
Forced flowering branch: not to exceed 24 inches
Open/Collection

May 1, 2017
Theme: The 80th Anniversary of the MGC Plant Sale. (Karen Donovan/Judy Cronin)
The MGC Plant Sale is our only fundraiser with all proceeds funding community projects from library book donation to scholarships, and everything in between. The process of getting our plant material ready for the sale teaches us to be better gardeners by learning proper techniques such as: propagating, transplanting, growing, watering, pruning, and treating diseases and pests. This year we hit a milestone, our 80th plant sale, and it’s time to celebrate!

Challenge: An abstract creative design. The number “80” and leaf manipulation must be incorporated in the design.
Intermediate: A floral arrangement “celebrating 80” and using a recycled container disguised by using vegetable or plant material.  Accessories may be used.
Novice: An Asymmetrical Triangular Design in a terracotta container celebrating the 80th anniversary of the MGC Plant Sale. Accessories may be used.
Open: Designer’s choice

Horticultural Exhibits
Solenostemons scutellarioides (coleus): obtained from a previous MGC Plant Sale, 1 stem
Tomato seedling: any variety, started by exhibitor from seed
Pelargonium (geranium): potted, bought at a previous MGC Plant Sale
Perennial flower cutting: from a previous MGC Plant Sale, 1 specimen
Succulent: potted, one variety, purchased at a previous MGC Plant Sale
Open/Collection