45th Ocean City Flower Show—Pre-Schedule

Get Your 2017 Ocean City Pre-Schedule HERE!

Calling all Flower and Gardening aficianados…It’s your year to exhibit in the Ocean City Flower Show—the 45th Flower Show: SPORTS IN BLOOM…

Collect your ideas and creativity and make this YOUR year to put your creativity and green thumb on display.

Download the 2017 Pre-Schedule here…PreSchedule2017


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May 2, 2017 Bag Lunch & Meeting!

Join us for our upcoming Meeting and Bag Lunch…
MAY 2, 2017
12 Noon
Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Ave., OCNJ
Tom DeSimone—Bonsai Society Of South Jersey—will tell us everything we ever wanted to know about Bonsai. 
Please note: This program will last approximately 2 hours. 
Desserts: Officers will bring desserts.
Voting for Officers
We will be voting on the Officers nominated for the upcoming term.
If you have not already paid your $25,00 dues for 2017-2018, please bring your cash or check. 
We will also be collecting for the $30.00 June luncheon at Vittorio’s, 10th & Asbury, OC.
The 2017 Flower Show Schedule
The 2017 Flower Show Schedule and entry cards will be available. Kay Reilly is still looking for artistic design exhibitors. Also, there will be Sign-up Sheets for Hostessing, Show set-up and Show take-down.
Patrons for the Ocean City Flower Show
Again, this year,  we are asking for patrons in support of the Show, there are two tiers –
Golden – $25.00 and Classic – $10.00. Sign-ups forms will be on hand and are included in the 2017 Flower Show Schedule.

Flower Show Tips—March Meeting Re-Cap!

Jane Bersch—Head Judge, Ocean City Flower Show 

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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 ShowIsland 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:

Jane began her presentation by reminding the attendees of the principles/elements one needs to employ as one creates Artistic Design entries.

  • BalanceDoes the entry look sturdy
  • ContrastColors
  • DominanceRepeat something, but do not overwhelm
  • ProportionWhat is the relationship of the amounts of different flowers, foliage
  • ScaleSize, very important especially in miniature entries
  • RhythmLook at the flow of the design
  • Repetitionrepeat the flowers, etc. adhering to all above
  • DepthIs 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

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  • 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

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.52.39 AM.pngNote 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.




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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…

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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!


Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.53.23 AMThe design is simple, yet elegant, balanced and surely a Winner!

Everything Green

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  • 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″
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  • 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!

Shadow Boxes/Niches

  • Make sure your arrangement creates harmony and everything belongs together.
  • Coordinate your arrangement with color of container

Tea Tray—General Reminder: Do NOT overcrowd the Tea Tray

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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, cutesyBIG 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
    • Trim any damage
  • 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
    • Well-spaced
    • 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!



Here it is! You have 2 ways to view:

Download a copy here: SCHEDULE2016


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March 1, 2016 Meeting!

As we mentioned at our February meeting, we will have the once-in-an-almost-lifetime opportunity for an esteemed Flower Show judge, Jane Bersch, who will offer tips for your (winning) entries! Bring your designs related to the following:


  • Tea Tray
  • Water Viewing
  • Miniature
  • Suspended

We would like to have multiple entries in each category, so if your friend has mentioned she would be willing to bring something and you would like to bring something in the same category…go right ahead. That said we would like to have at LEAST one for each category.

Info from our Garden Club booklet for our March Meeting appears below.

Using the Artistic displays listed (Volunteers needed), Jane will provide tips for successful entries!


GREETER: Angel Smith


Tea Tray, Water Viewing, Miniature, & Suspended

See 2016 SCHEDULE Pre-program for next Flower Show Artistic Entry Guidelines—PreProgram2016final

Or, See 2015 OC Flower Show Booklet for details or go to June 2 post:

For past ideas, click on the link below to see our FLICKR album:


Hot off the presses! The Ocean City Flower Show will be held on June 3rd, 4th, and 5th, 2016. Get your creative juices going with the announcement of the 2016 Ocean City Flower Show Theme…


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The pre-program booklet with guidelines and rules will be posted soon. In the meantime, the Artistic Design Categories below hopefully will inspire your creativity!

  • NoviceKauai—Hawaii’s Garden Isle
  • SuspendedNantucket Island
  • ExpressiveIreland—All Green
  • Oriental—Japan
  • Tea TrayBermuda
  • MiniaturesSanibel Island
  • Shadow BoxesCuba/Manhattan
  • Water ViewingBali Hai—Mythical Interpretation
  • Arts & CraftsIsland Hopping Interpretation
  • JuniorsGalapagos

Special Exhibits

Table Exhibits:  Ocean City, NJOur Island

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2015 Ocean City Flower Show…A Show to Remember!

Chic to Chic—Flowers and Fashion, the 2015 Ocean City Flower Show—is now a delightful memory. It was a collaboration among many—Garden Club and community members who loaned designer clothing, shoes, handbags, the Ocean City Historical Museum through the loan of a display case and dress forms, mannequins, the Garden Club and community members who set up, volunteered to clerk, hostess, break down the show; and, the many exhibitors whose interpretations of the show theme was pure inspiration…and, of course, the city administration, staff, Music Pier workers who helped make the show run smoothly!


All the winners of the show can be found on this site. To view, click the links below:

2015 Ocean City Flower Show Special Awards

Artistic Design and Horticulture Winners

or click on the pages in the navigation bar at the top of this page.

2015 Ocean City Flower Show Pictures!

The show is a memory, but you can relive it and share it with your friends and family by scrolling through our FLICKR page…To view over 142 pictures from the 2015 Flower Show, visit:

Want to know the requirements for entering?…click through the program booklet…


2015 Ocean City Flower Show & The Garden Club OCNJ Wants You!

THEME—Chic to Chic, Flowers and Fashion

Do you enjoy looking at beautiful plants and flowers? Do you marvel at the creativity of the designers who enter The Ocean City Flower Show? Well, the Designers are amateurs—plant and flower lovers just like you. You do NOT need to belong to a Garden Club. There is NO exhibitor fee. No Entrance fee!

You, too, can let your inspiration and creativity show by entering the 2015 Ocean City Flower Show! Need an idea, some inspiration, some encouragement?

So, get started. Step out of your comfort zone. Your winning idea and entry is only a few clicks, some flowers, or plants away!