Judges Council


“The objects of the Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges is to share information on topics relative to Flower Show Judging; to encourage study of information of current interest; to seek to improve both arrangement and horticulture judging in accordance with National Standards; to uphold the rules of National Council; to stress and encourage better Flower Show Procedure.”  (Bylaws, Article II)

“NGC Accredited Judges must exemplify the finest qualities of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Their responsibility is to serve with integrity and dignity at all times.  Judging is the thoughtful assessment of the work of others by qualified individuals.  Therefore, an NGC Accredited Judge’s obligation is to be knowledgeable of the Handbook, aware of any official changes to policy and rules, fiar and unbiased, gracious and helpful to those they serve.”  (Handbook, Chapter 14)

Flower Show Judge’s Silent Oath

“As an NGC Accredited Flower Show Judge, I will always evaluate the work of others fairly, based on knowledge and integrity.  When asked, I will share my knowledge with those who feel less informed and serve as an educator to the exhibitor by making clear and meaningful comments to improve the exhibitor’s skills in growing, designing and exhibiting.  I will show compassion to other judges on the panel, remain humble, refrain from anger, raising my voice or refusing to agree with others on my panel when a majority has been achieved.  I will never make fun of an exhibit or exhibitor; but be fair and honest with all of my decisions.  Finally, I will be appreciative of the honor and opportunity given me as a judge to evaluate the efforts of others.  (Author unkown)

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NGC Flower Show Symposium presented by the Kentucky Judges Council

~Contact: Susan Leo 941-321-9230 lundeenleo@yahoo.com | Flower Show Judges Council
~What: Symposium
~Where: McCracken County Cooperative Extension Campus Paducah Kentucky
~When: Tue 28 Jun 2022 – Thu 30 Jun 2022 (All Day Central Time)

The Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges is pleased to present an NGC approved Flower Show Symposium. Symposia are primarily intended for Flower Show Judges to maintain their credentials, but all garden club members interested in learning more about flower shows, floral design, and horticulture are encouraged to attend.

The Horticulture component, taught by Jan Griffin, will feature Hollies & Hydrangeas. The Design component, taught by Claudia Bates, will feature Multi-Rhythmic & Cascade Designs. Two Allied Topics will also be presented: (1) Pressed Flower Note Card (a Hands-On activity) and (2) Floral Design Mechanics.

Click here to download the brochure and registration form.

For the public, attending a Symposium offers a different view of flower  shows and more particularly, flower show judging—something that often  mystifies exhibitors.  When the doors to a flower show open, we see the  result of the judge’s work—the placement of ribbons—but we know little  about why a particular entry was judged blue ribbon worthy. Attendees  witness firsthand how judges train to evaluate both horticulture exhibits  and designs.  Plus, they gain valuable insight into what makes a blue ribbon  winner.

Situated in Western Kentucky, halfway between Nashville and St. Louis,  Paducah was founded in 1827 by William Clark of Lewis & Clark fame.  Its  origin and prosperity are attributed to its strategic location at the  confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers.  A national heritage  destination, Paducah is vibrant and sophisticated, culturally rich and full of  flavor.  Known as Quilt City USA®, Paducah is home to The National Quilt  Museum and serves as an incubator for the fiber arts community.   Thousands from around the world flock to Paducah each spring for the  annual quilt show.  Recognizing Paducah’s importance to the arts  community, in 1913, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural  Organization (UNESCO) designated Paducah as the world’s seventh Creative  City of Crafts and Folk Art.

Calling Paducah “home” are Hancock’s (internationally-known fabric  store); riverfront floodwall murals painted by Robert Dafford; antique  stores; Freight House—where Paducah Chef Sara Bradley of “Top Chef”  fame—offers Farm to Table Southern Cuisine; and Plant Oddities,  worldwide shipper of Tillandsia (air plants).

The Kentucky Council of Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judges  cordially invites you to join us for its Symposium June 28-30, 2022.

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