The Garden Club of Mount Desert, Northeast Harbor, Maine
mount desert island, maine

Sample Schedule

  • Horticulture, Flower Arranging and Photography
  • Horticulture Rules
  • One specimen, per person, per class.
  • One stem or branch per single specimen.
  • Entries to be clean and insect free.
  • Horticulture entry card can be downloaded and printed from home. Fill in all necessary information on entry card including species and cultivar, and any propagation information. Additional information may be required on a key card for collections.
  • Specimens are to be in place on the exhibit tables 15 minutes before the meeting begins. Late entries will be exhibited but not judged.
  • Judging System
  • Entries are judged for awards using the following system:
  • 1 point per entry
  • 5 points – First Place
  • 3 points – Second Place
  • 2 points – Third Place
  • 1 point – Honorable Mention
  • Accumulated points are tallied for awards presented at the annual meeting. Provisionals may receive ribbons but do not receive points.
  • Flower Arrangements
  • Please follow the schedules for flower arranging for the June, July and Annual Meeting shows. Classes will be divided into Novice and Pro. A novice arranger is one who has not yet won a blue ribbon from The Garden Club of Mount Desert. Garden grown flowers are strongly encouraged. Plant material must be identified on the entry card. Arrangements should be in place on the exhibit table 15 minutes before the meeting begins. The judges need to start on time, so late entries will be exhibited but not judged.

  • July 11
  • Flower Arranging and Horticulture Show
  • Music of the Season
  • Summer Arrangements
  • Class 1: “Fascinating Rhythm” — Unlimited size
  • A creative arrangement demonstrating rhythm in the design: the dominant visual path through a design, usually achieved by repetition, gradation, and line direction.
  • Class 2: “Mountain Greenery”
  • A miniature design using all green material: a diminutive arrangement, which, with all its components, is not more than 5 inches in height width, and depth.
  • Class 3: “My Favorite Things” — Provisional class
  • An arrangement of fresh garden flowers in a favorite vase or container.
  • Horticulture Classes
  • To be exhibited in a green glass bottle unless otherwise noted:
  • Class 1: Annual “Duet”
  • Flowering stems exhibited together in a clear glass vase, not to exceed 24" — two different cultivars.
  • Class 2: Perennial Solos — Size not to exceed 28"
  • 2a. Single blooming stem of a perennial native to Maine
  • 2b. Single blooming stem of a Delphinium
  • 2c. Other non-native perennial
  • Class 3: Solo Rose with Attached Foliage
  • Class 4: Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes, Tubers — Solos, size not to exceed 28"
  • 4a. Lily
  • 4b. Dahlia
  • 4c. Begonia
  • 4d. Other
  • Class 5: Vine Solos
  • 5a. Annual vine
  • 5b. Perennial vine
  • Class 6: Solo Branch of a Flowering Shrub or Tree — Not to exceed 24"
  • 6a. Native shrub
  • 6b. Native tree
  • 6c. Non-native shrub
  • 6d. Non-native tree
  • Class 7: Cut Herb Combo
  • 3-5 fragrant herbs arranged in a container of the exhibitor’s choice.
  • Multiple stems of different cultivars allowed. Key card required.
  • Class 8: Par
  • An entry in the par class is an exhibit of exceptional horticultural merit, which does not qualify for entry elsewhere in the Horticulture Division. Cut specimens are discouraged. Entries are judged individually against perfection.
  • Class 9: Pro Display — Container not to exceed 16"
  • August 8
  • Photography Show
  • Music of the Season – Photo Lyrics
  • Class 1: “Summertime” — Color
  • A summer landscape with a man-made structure.
  • Class 2: “Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree With Anyone Else But Me” — Color
  • 2a. Apples any which way — On a tree, in a basket or bowl, in a pie; whatever turns you on!
  • 2b. Apples creatively manipulated.
  • Class 3: “Rock of Ages Cleft for Me” — Color
  • Self-Explanatory.
  • Class 4: “Like a Bridge Over Troubled Waters” — Black and White
  • A study of spans.
  • No plant material required for this class.
  • Photos to be judged must be delivered no later than August 3.

We would like everyone in the club to bring in a mini arrangement (no more than 5" in any direction) suitable for a tray — fresh and/or dried material. The arrangements will be delivered the MDI Hospital, Beth Straus Center and possibly other senior centers.

  • August 21
  • Flower Arranging and Horticulture Show
  • Music of the Season
  • Summer Arrangements
  • Class 1: “Cheek to Cheek”
  • A two-sided design: an arrangement organized in one or more containers (joined to appear as one). Opposing sides present a composition usually thematically linked; judged as one unit.
  • Horticulture
  • Class 1: Annual Challenge Class — Stachys Hildago, exhibited in a terracotta pot no larger than 10". Seedling plants to be distributed at the June meeting by the Horticulture Committee.
  • Class 2: Perennial Trio — Cut stems not to exceed 26", exhibited in a clear glass vase
  • 1a. Trio of three stems of the same cultivar
  • 1b. Trio of three stems of different cultivars
  • Class 3: Solo Lily — Cut stem not to exceed 26" (Do not remove pollen anthers)
  • Class 4: Dahlia Solo Challenge — Cut stem of assigned dahlia with attached foliage. (Horticulture Committee will supply tubers to members in March)
  • Class 5: Solo Vine
  • 5a. Annual Vine
  • 5b. Perennial Vine
  • Class 6: Herb Combo — (Gray/Silver and Other) Non Green Leaf Herb
  • Cut herb display that can include silver, gray, variegated, and foliage herbs (no solid green) arranged in a container of the exhibitor’s choice. Multiple stems of different cultivars allowed. Key card required.
  • Class 7: Par Class
  • 7a. Container Trough Class
  • 7b. Other