Oshawa Garden Club keeping our community green


Flower Shows

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The Oshawa Garden Club is hosting Faux Flower Shows, meaning that they are not official flower shows, but a clear representation of what an official show would be like. We would like you to experience some of the fun and learning that showing flowers can bring. Although it may appear daunting at first, if you start slowly and use the information and ideas provided, you will find it easier than you think.

The classes follow the growing season so don’t expect to show daffodils in the fall 😊. Judges are looking for the “perfect” bloom not the most exotic. Entries should be clean and at their peak. Attention should be paid to how you display your specimen, or specimens, depending on the class, to show it off the best. In Horticultural classes this means choosing a clear container that supports the entry and shows off the bloom. Design classes allow you to use a variety of containers and show off your creativity.

Details and hints for preparing your entries can be found in the OGC Flower Show Rules and the Classes for the specific months. Of course, the Show Committee are always there to answer your questions and make suggestions. You can reach the show committee members here.

We do hope you will join us in the fun!

OGC Flower Show Rules
May 2020 Classes (Faux Show - will move to May 2021)
June 2020 Classes (Faux Show - will move to June 2021)
September 2020 Classes
October 2020 Classes

Flower Show Committee Members
Debi Foster
Greg Merlin

Debi and Greg have been attending an Ontario Horticultural Judging School since September 2018. We attend two day sessions 2 to 3 times a year to try and cover the different growing seasons. This gives us more experience in regard to the many different types of flora that all gardeners grow every year. We are tested each session and must achieve a grade of at least 80% to continue. Guest speakers that are expert judges in their field (eg. Roses, Orchids, Spring Bulbs, Dahlias, Grasses, Vegetables ) come to lecture and demonstrate to the class. We must also 'shadow' or student judge with other accredited judges for experience in addition to attending these sessions. When we are finished this course, we will be certified show judges. This will enable us to go to any OHA sanctioned show ( club, society or fair ) and judge show exhibits in Horticulture and Design.

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