The purpose of Flower Show School is to stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design, provide an outlet for creative expression, to educate club members and the viewing public and to convey to the community objectives of National Garden Clubs (NGC).
NGC approves and registers Flower Show Schools for garden club members to become recognized as an internationally accredited Flower Show Judge. The school is comprised of four courses that are 2-3 days each. Courses cover Principles and Elements of Design, design types, horticulture presentation, flower show procedure, how to apply the scale of points, awards and individual and overall show judging. Each course has an exam that must be completed with a minimum score of 70%. Courses need not be taken sequentially. However, all four courses and additional requirements must be completed within a four-year time period.
After successful completion of any three of the courses, a member is recognized as a student judge, allowing student to earn exhibiting credits in horticulture and design (5 blue ribbons in horticulture & design) and participate as a judge in five flower shows. After completion of fourth course, student needs to write a flower show schedule and take final exam (given twice yearly, simultaneously in each state). To maintain accreditation, judges must attend a symposium and file the appropriate NGC paperwork every 3 years. NGC's Handbook for Flower Shows provides the most current information on the rules and procedures for Flower Shows and their judges. Any corrections/additions/deletions made to the Handbook appear in The National Gardener.
On page 267 in our Handbook for Flower Shows you can see where attending Flower Show Schools #3 or #4 could count as a refresher credit for those holding an Accredited Judge Level 2 status.
• You must attend all sessions and have an attendance card signed by the events chair or the Flower Show School State Chair, if she is in attendance.
• You must also take and pass both point scoring examinations, horticulture, and design with a passing score of 70 points or
• An averaged combined score does not count as a passing grade.
• You do not have to take the written examinations.
This is a great way to qualify for advancement to Accredited Life status.