Jane Bersch—Head Judge, Ocean City Flower Show
Our March meeting was yet ANOTHER fantastic session. Jane Bersch, newly appointed Head Judge for the Ocean City Flower Show, provided the attendees with valuable insight, tips, and sage advice on creating YOUR winning entry in the 44th Annual Ocean City Flower Show—Island Hopping!
When Jane asked for the Schedule, Joanne Romano told her she would go on at 12:30…No, not that…the Schedule. Huh? Well, after translation of Flower Judge language, Jane informed us the SCHEDULE is the name for what we may know as, *Pre-Program/Program. Now informed, we go forward and refer to the above* as, Schedule. At the end of this post, you will find the updated 2016 SCHEDULE! Strong words of advice from Jane—READ IT THOROUGHLY!
As invited/requested/coerced, several Garden Club members brought examples of Artistic Design entries based on Island Hopping, the 2016 Ocean City Flower Show theme. The intent was to have Jane critique these for exhibitors and for anyone interested in design. The experience was informative, educational, and fun for both the entrants and the attendees! Specific recommendations along with the entries appear below. Pictures of the designs can be found on our FLICKR page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/albums/72157665445653572
Jane began her presentation by reminding the attendees of the principles/elements one needs to employ as one creates Artistic Design entries.
- Balance—Does the entry look sturdy
- Dominance—Repeat something, but do not overwhelm
- Proportion—What is the relationship of the amounts of different flowers, foliage
- Scale—Size, very important especially in miniature entries
- Rhythm—Look at the flow of the design
- Repetition—repeat the flowers, etc. adhering to all above
- Depth—Is the design 3 dimensional—height, width, depth are very important
- Less is best
- Do a dry run
- Create, walk away and then re-think
- Squint to see what stands out…Ask yourself, “Is that the effect you want?”
Overall, the judges are looking at how the designer put it all together to create the entry!
Water Viewing Examples
- Accessories and bases must help the design
- For water viewing balance, make sure the container is low-sided with water visible
- Use anything, even plastic as long as there is rhythm, space
- FOR ALL PLANTS/FLOWERS: Condition material. Bring home and re-cut
Note Balance—Jane suggested as one looks at the arrangement, the eye travels to the top Gerbera daisy, which makes the design feel top-heavy. Another note: Gerbera Daisies are hard to work with. They need to be tubed and are unreliable.
We all loved the lilies…we loved the smell—even those who have allergies! As we learned from the other water viewing arrangements and the general principles, these lilies overwhelmed the container.
So, Rae Jaffe asked Jane how she would suggest improving this arrangement…
Well, we had the privilege of watching Jane, along with Kay, remove & rearrange the design.
As Jane was re-designing, she emphasized the need to…get rid of pollen inside lilies IMMEDIATELY…They stain!
The design is simple, yet elegant, balanced and surely a Winner!
- Mass design—Rule container should be 1/3 the size of the arrangement
- Make sure you look at all sides and fill the back—Dimension
- Various green flowers and foliage make this a winner!
- Pay attention to the size—5″
- Proportion is important—more flowers needed in the blue bird container
Unfortunately, there is no picture of the Nantucket Basket arrangement generously submitted by Joan Ferko. Jane cautioned—height should be one and one-half (1 1/2) times the container. Since the basket had a seashell on the one-side, Jane stated, “…no need to have that.” The Nantucket Basket without embellishment conveys the theme—As in the Tea Tray critique—no cutesy!
- Make sure your arrangement creates harmony and everything belongs together.
- Coordinate your arrangement with color of container
- DON’T STUFF
Tea Tray—General Reminder: Do NOT overcrowd the Tea Tray
What’s wrong with this Tea Tray?
- Napkin holders are a BIG No-No!
- Instead—Consider tying the napkin with a ribbon
- Close eyes, then open, what is the first thing you see: dark flower. This takes away from the overall design. All yellow is enough.
- Coordinate everything—while tea cup had blue design, it was a different pattern than the teapot. Color alone is not the deciding factor.
- The sand-filled item flowing from the teapot spout was…well, cutesy—BIG no-no…
- RHYTHM move items closer together to create a line…the end result was a triangle with the napkin angled right, the tea cup in the middle, the teapot moved closer and angled more to the left.
Flowers are the FOCUS—Anything and everything must work with design!
Jane noted not only Artistic Design but Horticulture entries need special attention.
- Look at the mechanics that holds up or support material. It should be hidden.
- Can use colored wire, oasis
- Fruits/vegetables must be sealed
- Cut specimens in morning or late in evening and re-cut on an angle. Don’t forget to wipe scissors with alcohol
- Nothing with any bugs, bug damage
- Use judicious pruning
- Cut roses and hydrangeas under water.
- Rose buds are NOT acceptable entry
- Hybrid tea roses should be 1/2 to 3/4 open NOT exploded out
- Rose spray should form a circle
- Ivy and hosta should be submerged in water to keep fresh
- Make sure there is symmetry in African Violets & lots of flowers in bloom
- Fresh herbs—Cut specimens must be identified
- Turgid must stand up and be noticed
- Must be fresh
- Container plant material must be clean
- Terrariums—may contain 1 or more accessories
- Fairy Gardens—miniature landscape in open container
- Planter/Window Box—is NOT a landscape
- Should be planted 3 months in advance so plants get to know one another
- Straight standing
- Colors must work and meld together
As you think, dream, & create your winning design or horticulture entry, please consider placing a Patron Ad. The form is in the Schedule below (can be downloaded) or click on the link to download a copy: PATRON2016
Thanks, in advance, for your support!
The SCHEDULE—2016 OCEAN CITY FLOWER SHOW
Here it is! You have 2 ways to view:
Download a copy here: SCHEDULE2016
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