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The Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs sponsors the following National Garden Clubs accredited courses:

Flower Show Schools
These courses are not only for prospective flower show exhibitors and judges, but also for all garden club members and all persons interested in flower design and horticulture.

Design instruction covers traditional floral arrangements through contemporary styles and even designs incorporating lights and motors. Many attendees are particularly interested in table setting designs showing coordination of floral centerpiece, linens and dishes. Vignettes, small segments of rooms, also give ideas on interior decorating.

The horticulture curriculum consists of basic general information on proper gardening techniques from seed/plant selection to plant culture and control of problems. Information is also presented on cultural needs of specific perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, as well as fruits, vegetables and nuts and how to grow superior container plants.

While the primary purpose of these courses is to train those wishing to become flower show judges, many people attend for information only and those people do not have to take the examinations!

Flower Show School is a series of four courses that covers the principles of floral design as well as fundamentals of plant life. Training is given in judging design and horticulture.  Courses may be taken in any order and may be attended by any garden club member.

After successful completion of the four courses and after passing the reading exam, a member may become an accredited judge.

FSS is open to all. You may attend a single session or entire course.

Flower Show School Registration Form

Flower Show Symposium
Symposium is an in-depth three-day course on various aspects of Flower Shows. This is primarily intended for Flower Show Judges to maintain their credentials, but anyone interested in learning more about Flower Shows or Floral Arranging is very much welcome. Information offered at symposia is more advanced than that presented in the flower show schools. 

Did you know you can attend Symposium even if you aren’t a flower show judge?

Any garden club member is eligible to attend.  Information offered at Symposium is more advanced than that presented in flower show schools.

Date:  October 6 – 7, 2020
Symposium Brochure Oct 6-7, 2020

Four Points by Sheraton 
4700 S. Laburnum Avenue,
Henrico, Virginia  23231


Tuesday, October 6
8:00 am – 9:15 am Announcements & Horticulture Allied
9:30 – 12:00 Horticulture
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Horticulture
3:00 – 5:00 pm Point Scoring Test

Wednesday, October 7
8:00 am – 9:15 am Announcements & Horticulture Allied
9:30 am – 12:00 Design
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Design
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Point Scoring Test

Download complete schedule and registration form – WORD or PDF
Click HERE to access 2017 NGC Judge’s Credentials and Flower Show School Forms


Contact the Four Points by Sheraton at 804-226-4300 for room reservations.  Room rates are guaranteed through Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at $95 per night either single or double occupancy plus applicable taxes until the block is filled.  Ask for the Symposium/Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs block.

Questions – Contact Frances Thrash ( or 757-481-3484)

Landscape Design Schools

All interested gardeners are invited to attend Landscape Design School, whose purpose is to develop an appreciation of the environment, both natural and built. 

The curriculum, in a series of four courses, covers a wide range of subjects: from landscape design history to landscape architecture in the year 2000 and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, professional instructors have maintained the high standards originally incorporated in the study program. Also offered are many optional programs, such as conferences, symposia and tours. Students acquire the tools for making their own gardens more beautiful and easier to maintain. Many students have been motivated to serve in political decision-making areas where awareness of the impact of a well-designed landscape can enhance the beauty and enjoyment of life in the public arena. 

All interested gardeners are invited to attend Landscape Design School, whose purpose is to develop an appreciation of the environment, both natural and built. 

Course 3, Series 28
September 28, 29, 2020 has been CANCELED
September LDS will be held at
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Education Building
1800 Lakeside Drive
Richmond VA

Full schedule, list of speakers and registration form – available in online Old Dominion Gardener 

LDS Registration Form Course 3 Sept. 28-29, 2020 – PDF Canceled
LDS Registration Form Course 3 Sept. 28-29, 2020 – Word
For more information, contact Glenda Knowles