Long Hill Garden Club of Trumbull, Connecticut

Design Exhibits and Rules

Artistic Design
• Descriptions for the design & horticulture exhibits for each month can be found in your yearbook.
• Members are limited to one exhibit for artistic design & one for horticulture per meeting. 
• Refer to Guidelines for Exhibiting & Judging at LHGC Meetings in your yearbook, a helpful guide written & illustrated by LHGC member & National Garden Club Master Judge, Terry Stoleson.
• Refer to Handbook for Flower Shows – Growing & Designing Staging & Exhibiting Judging – National Garden Club, Inc.

• Have your exhibit in place by 11:30 before the meeting begins. 
• Use the tables on the right side of the room.
• Exhibit entry forms are included in your yearbook, and extras will be available at meetings.
• Include your name, date, description of design & materials used.

• Given by LHGC members Terry Stoleson, Evelyn Shapiro or Cathy Ritch (only for designers who wish to be critiqued) 
• Take place after the meeting at 2:00pm

• One point for participation will be given for each of the following:
• Exhibit at a monthly meeting
• Centerpiece for the Holiday Party
• Floral design provided by a meeting hostess for the refreshment table 
• Awards are presented at the installation luncheon to those achieving the most points.
Floral Design Classes
•Classes will be given periodically by Cathy Ritch. Notification of classes will be at the meeting or through the club's email.
The opportunity to exhibit, and to take classes, is open to all members!
Flower arranging is defined (in the Handbook for Flower Shows published by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.) as the art of organizing the Elements of Design of plant materials and other components, according to the Principles of Design, to attain beauty, harmony, distinction and expression.
The Elements of Design are the visual characteristics of the components of a design (most simply the plant material and container): light, space, line, form, size, pattern, texture, and color.
The Principles of Design are balance, proportion , rhythm, contrast, dominance and scale. As the Elements of Design are the tangible ingredients of a design and most of us already have an understanding of them, we will not further define these terms here.
The Principles of Design are the intangible basic art standards that are common to all visual art forms. As such, they are less understood and defined below.
Designs do not have to be large and expensive. Flowers, branches and leaves can be cut from your yard or purchased. Cut
flowers from the supermarket can be supplemented with greens from the yard. You can dry flowers and seed pods in the summer to use in winter designs. Vegetables can be used for color and form. The only limit is your creativity.
The LHGC yearbook lists the design title and requirements. You can also see these requirements on the meeting page for each 
for each monthly meeting.
Complete an exhibit form (found in the LHGC yearbook), then write your name on the back of the card.