Events and Programs in September 2023

Fri, Sept 8, 2023

Program: “Landscaping for 
Beauty & Lower Maintenance 
Using Native Plants”

See "Update" below: Design
(updated from the Yearbook)

Location: Cambridge Yacht Club
1 Mill Street
Cambridge, MD 21613

Agenda: 9:30 am - 10:30 am Entries Accepted
10:30 am - 11:15 am Judging/Social Time
11:15 am – 12:00 pm Business Meeting
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch/View Exhibits
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm Program

Speaker: Christina Pax
     Owner – Annapolis Native Landscape 
Chris studied sustainable landscape design at George Washington University, and served for 3 years on the board of the Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council. She has led her own landscape design business since 2006. Three of her clients’ landscapes were featured in the 2018 Eastern Shore garden tour, “Celebrating Natives: A Fall Garden Tour.” Chris was Lead Designer at the Native Landscape Design Center at Adkins Arboretum for 6 years. She has collaborated with numerous homeowners to design beautiful, intriguing solutions to landscape problems. Spring brings fresh optimism to gardeners every year…but then often by September we feel we’ve lost the war to the weeds! Chris will share ideas for keeping a better garden-life balance. She’ll demonstrate how to utilize pro design techniques to help a garden look better even when you can’t get out there to tidy it up. And she will share ideas about thoughtful plant selection—particularly by using beautiful native plants well suited for the conditions in our landscapes. Learn more about landscaping with natives and sign up for her free newsletter at

Program Chair: Judy Slaughter
Horticulture: Patti Hopkins, Karen Collins
Design: Billie Norton, Barbara Massetti
Consultant: Judy Slaughter
Clerk: Pat Jones

Division I – Horticulture

Class 1. Rosa (Roses)
a. Miniature single
b. Miniature spray
c. Hybrid Tea, Grandiflora
d. Floribunda, Polyantha, Carpet, Climber – one spray
e. Shrub, Old Garden rose

Class 2. Conifers – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)
a. With cones or berries
b. Without cones or berries

Class 3. Broadleaf Evergreen Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/
maximum length 24”)
a. Flowering
b. Foliage
c. Fruited

Class 4. Deciduous Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/
maximum length 24”)
a. Flowering
b. Foliage
c. Fruited

Class 5. Ilex (Holly) – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 18”)
a. Foliage
b. Fruited

Class 6. Container Grown Plants (maximum pot diameter 8”)
a. Flowering
b. Foliage

Class 7. Open Class
a. Annual
b. Perennial
c. Biennial
d. Bulb, corm, rhizome, tuber
e. Vines

Class 8. Ornamental Grasses – single cut grass culm (stem) measuring 24” – 30” from cut end to tip of flower head (spike, raceme or panicle)
a. Muhlenberia capillaris (pink muhly grass)
b. Pennisetum (fountain grass)
c. Chasmanthium latifolium (northern sea oats), 3 stems required
d. Any other cut grass with spike, raceme or panicle.

Division II – Design –

Class 1. “Fall is Abound” – Cascade Design - HB Pg. 73 – 1-3.
May be entered as a Companion Design as described in HB Pg. 79 – X – A – b.

Class 2. “Last Pickings…” Table/tray for One – HB Pg. 76 – P – d. – v.
Must include a decorative unit.
UPDATE (added March 27, 2023)
    Functional Table/Tray for One. (HB page 76, section P 1 (d) (v))

A Functional Table/Tray for One staged on table space 22” wide by 30” deep covered to the floor with a white tablecloth provided by DGC. 
For a TABLE design, designer may provide additional table coverings if desired      (but NOT for TRAY Design !). 
All components of a TRAY design must be contained within the Tray; no additional table coverings permitted. - (updated May 22, 2023)
All components of the Tray design must be contained within the Tray. 
 Must include a Decorative Unit. 
All plant material used must be fresh.

Class 3. “Recycle, Reuse, Renew” – Artistic Crafts - Photography – HB Pg. 95
B/W or Color 8.5 x 11” photo. Matting only – no framing, designer’s choice of mat
color and photo surface finish. The committee will supply an 8” black wood easel for
each entry.
A composed still life depicting a sustainable garden practice honoring FGCMD, Inc.
President Susie Middleton’s theme.

HB = HandBook
THE HANDBOOK FOR FLOWER SHOWS - 2020 and 2017 Editions
published by National Council Of State Garden Clubs
the Jan 2022 revision is available for download free of charge


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