NCAGC Judges’ Council presents: A Floral Design Workshop Series for Beginners
Linda Jane Holden will reveal the story of family—a family of gardeners—and the noblesse oblige and talents of Rachel Lambert Mellon, now known to many simply as “Bunny.”
The gardens and the gardeners range from the White House and the Lambert and Mellon homes in Virginia, Massachusetts, New York, Antigua, and le Potager du Roi, as well as Hubert de Givenchy’s chateau in France. Most of these lush and secluded gardens were carved from the soil, others from wood and stone. Yet all bear an alluring “nothing should be noticed” mystique, a singular aesthetic and Bunny’s signature style that is defined in The Gardens of Bunny Mellon.
The elegance and aesthetic harmony of ikebana—Japanese flower arranging—have inspired poets and artists for more than 500 years. Today, ikebana is evolving into a three-dimensional art form that adorns the interiors of Western homes and public spaces.
In this course for beginning and continuing students, participants learn some of the basic styles and variations of ikebana as taught by Japan’s Sogetsu School of Ikebana. Using spring flowers, branches, greens, and glass containers, they create beautiful and striking basic and free-style arrangements, including centerpieces.
If you have questions about this class or the instructor contact Alison Newman.
In this hands-on workshop you'll create a stunning flower arrangement of fragrant blooms which are increasingly rare in commercial growing environments.
All materials are included. The completed arrangement will be approximately twelve inches wide. The fragrant blooms selected for your use will depend on seasonal availability.
NCAGC will be holding Flower Show School, Course 1, at the US National Arboretum on February 1 & 2, 2019, with the exam scheduled for February 3. The US National Arboretum is truly a treasure and is located in one DC’s most exciting neighborhoods—come and take advantage of 446 acres of grounds at the Arboretum in the middle of DC and the fabulous Union Market, right nearby! We will keep you well-fed & well-focused--and busy—learning, laughing, and having a great time!
Our Judges Council is full of fantastic folks who will be there to help you and help our Instructors. Remember—everyone must now take Flower Show School Course 1 first, before taking the rest of the Flower Show School Courses. This is a great opportunity to begin the series before the busy garden club and flower show season begins. We have two top-notch, terrific instructors: Jackie Davies—Design, from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Sue Kirkman—Horticulture and Procedure, from the bluegrass ‘State’, the Commonwealth of Kentucky. You will be thoroughly educated and thoroughly entertained!
So, come join us for Flower Show School in DC and learn how to think like an NGC Judge! Bring a friend! ALL ARE WELCOME! Friends who are not yet garden club members can also take the Course, but ONLY members of NGC clubs may sit for the exam!
Our FSS Course 1 flyer is available online at the NCAGC website (ncagardenclubs.org). Alternatively, if you are interested, please let our Registrar, Poss Tarpley, email@example.com, know ASAP and we will save a seat for YOU! If you would like, we will help you make arrangements for a hotel near the Arboretum and help you make dinner plans. (Please note: Hotel accommodations and dinners are at student’s expense!) Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included in Course fee. Coffee, tea, & cocoa all day! (And NO charge for fun!)
The course will be fun and educational! We will have a Q & A Wine & Cheese in December and a Coffee in January so that all students feel prepared, can ask questions, and are ready to go on February 1.
Come, join your NCA friends & enjoy a great experience--
Flower Show School, US National Arboretum & DC!
Any questions, please contact Robin Hammer--RJLHammer@gmail.com.
Course materials with schedule and fees:
Are you interested in becoming a Master Gardener? Classes are offered once a year and start in late January 2019. Follow the link below for detailed information about the program. The registration deadline is December 28, 2018. Space is limited and is available on a first come first served basis.
Master Gardeners are trained in the following topics:
Did you know that several of our members are Master Gardeners? If you have questions please reach out to Margarita Egan, Anne Kiehl, Jody McGowan, Anne Brooks Rudzki or Sustaining member Lauren Greenberger.