Bouquets of New Jersey

 The Flower Show Committee would like to thank you for attending the 2018 Ocean City Flower Show celebrating its 46th year.  We hope you enjoyed viewing our Artistic Division with its floral interpretations of our State.  In the Horticulture Division nature’s beauty was experienced in each flower, foliage, grouping, or plant. The show could not happen without the creativity, the dedication, and the work of our Flower Show Committee and volunteers.  Our deepest appreciation to everyone for creating Paradise! Below are the Special Awards’ winners.

                           SPECIAL AWARDS 

Grand Award-Artistic Design – Colleen Calderone

Sweepstakes-Artistic Design – Ellen Brown

Novice Award                            – Kathy Cleary

Best Table Award                     – Colleen Calderone

Special Class (Wreath)            – Angel Smith

Walter Off Award                    – Ellen Brown

Best Arts & Crafts Award       – Ed Mauthe

Legacy Award                            – Carol Dillenberger

People’s Choice Award           – Joanne Collins

Junior Awards                           – R. Bickings, C. Bickings & A. Burns

Grand Award-Horticulture     – Val Vinal

Sweepstakes-Horticulture      – Lynne Kranich

Best Rose Specimen                 – Joan Shaw

Best Plant Specimen                – Hope Riley

Best Orchid                                 – John Rogan

Best Orchid Collection             – Ursula Russo






September 5, 2017 WELCOME BACK MEETING!

Welcome Back!

Join us for another exciting year! Our Bag Lunch & meeting will be held at The Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 30th & Bay Ave., OCNJ at 12 Noon!



  • Receive 2017-2018 Yearbook.
  • Review of the upcoming year’s programs.

Horticulture                                               Artistic
Fall Roses                                            Fruits of your garden

SALAD LUNCHEONBring a salad to serve 5

DESSERTS: Officers will bring desserts.

November 2016 Meeting!

WHEN: NOVEMBER 1, 2016—12 Noon
WHERE: Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Ave., OCNJ

Don’t forget to bring a bag lunch!

Joe Neidinger—My Secret Garden, Linwood, NJ

Evergreen clipping

Designs using evergreens


Please bring children’s books, coloring books and crayons for gift to Shore Medical Center’s Children’s Unit.

Please note: Anyone who has dried hydrangeas for the Library Christmas Tree decorating, please bring them to the meeting.

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


Click through the online Issuu below…

January 5, 2016 Meeting!


Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy New Year. Please join us for our, as always, fun, inspirational, and informative Meeting…Weather Forecast predicts sunny & cold! What does “cold” feel like <grin>?

WHEN & WHERE: JANUARY 5, 2016, 12 Noon, Holy Trinity Church, 30th & Bay, OCNJ

Joe Alvarez—Rea’s Farm Market
Always informative, Joe will discuss everything you want to know about houseplants!


Artistic—2015 Novice
Reflections of Fashion—See 2015 OC Flower Show Booklet for details…

OR, click:

OR, Search for Pre-Program


November Meeting!

The weather is turning cooler and our flowers are fading, but we will meet to learn, share, and catch up. Please bring your dried flowers for the Library Christmas tree we will decorate. Kay suggests wrapping them in tissue paper for transport. Kay has generously agreed to store them until decorating day!

We look forward to seeing everyone at Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay at 12 Noon on…

NOVEMBER 3, 2015

George Butrus—Lang’s Garden Center

Greeter: Georgi Herninko

Horticulture            Artistic
Evergreen clipping    Arrangement using evergreens


Please bring children’s books, coloring books and crayons for gift to Shore Medical Center’s Children’s Unit.