February 2021

A Virtual Conservation, Floral Design and Horticulture Bench Show

GCA Photography guide for exhibitors

February 10, 2021
10 am – 12 pm


Milkweed Project

Presentation: Learn all about Milkweed! Why is it important in our garden? How can I grow milkweed at home? Starting a Pollinator Pathway in your own home garden, patio, window or terrace.

Floral Design


While it remains a cold and dreary February in New England, it’s anything but in Venice, Italy and New Orleans. Pageantry, parades, and musical celebrations dominate the landscape in these amazing cities until it all ends the day before Ash Wednesday. Get in the spirit with a floral arrangement that celebrates one of these colorful festivals. 

Floral Design Entry Rules and Guidelines

  1. Four photographs per entry are due by email from now until 9 am on Thursday, February 4. Entries must be passed by 9am on Friday, February 5. Please refer to “Passing Rules for Photographs” below to ensure they transfer and conform. 
  2. Members may submit up to three arrangements, one per Class.
  3. Entrants should notify their intent to submit by February 3.
  4. Artificial elements, for example glitter or jewelry, or floral paint may be incorporated into the design. 
  5. No artificial plant material may be used.
  6. Underlays and accessories are permitted but not required.
  7. Two members may submit an entry as a team.
  8. Use of oasis is prohibited.
  9. GCA entry cards will be filled out for you. In an email, type your full name, the class number and list both the common and botanical names for all plant materials.
  10. Submit each entry in a separate email. Label each entry class # in the subject line. 
  11. For questions about this schedule, help with photography and to submit photos contact annabellmclanahan@mac.com

Passing Rules for photographs of Floral Design Entries

  1. Contact Anna Bell to make an appointment if you would like to have your arrangement photographed on February 3. 
  2. Members may submit up to three arrangements, one entry per Class.
  3. Send four photographs per entry: #1 Front, #2 Side, #3 Overhead and #4 Ruler (or object that demonstrates the dimensions) for Classes one and two.
  4. Entries should be photographed from a distance that properly fills the frame with no distracting elements. Use a neutral background, such as white for a dark arrangement, you can also use a dark background for a pale arrangement.
  5. Photos should be .jpeg format, size 1-5 MB
  6. Label photos: name, class, viewpoint eg. ddodds.1.front.jpeg. 
  7. Be sure the entry is well lit but not overexposed. Keep the light behind you.
  8. Click HERE for a GCA handbook of photography tips for virtual flower shows.


Class I – Carnevali di Venezia 

This centuries old carnival is known for its elegant costumes and beautiful medieval masks.

Create a miniature or small arrangement in a container of your choice. Design must not exceed 14″ in height or width. To be viewed from all sides.

Class II – Mardi Gras in NOLA 

Let the good times roll” – Traditional New Orleans jazz is heard non-stop as dozens of decorated floats roll through the French Quarter. “Krewes” on the floats are draped with purple and gold beads which they toss to the cheering crowds.

Design a floral Mardi Gras float using a container of your choice. Design cannot exceed 16″ tall x 24″ wide. To be viewed from all sides.

Class III – A Muse

The nine muses of Greek mythology are the universal guides to the arts. Calliope (epic poetry), Clio (history), Euterpe (flutes and lyric poetry), Thalia (comedy and pastoral poetry), Melpomene (tragedy), Terpsichore (dance), Erato (love poetry), Polyhymnia (sacred poetry), Urania (astronomy), often inspire the themes, festivities and costumes at Carnevale celebrations. 

Design an arrangement in a compote or urn as offering to one of the muses who inspires you. Finished arrangement may be any size. 


Turning Over a New Leaf

Horticulture Entry Rules for February Bench Show

  1. Entrants must give notice of their intent to submit by February 1, 2021 to Dori Singer.
  2. There is no limit to the number of entries per class.
  3. When submitting your entry please provide all data that is asked on the GCA entry cards. (Or fill out the entry card and take a photo of it) Listing plant name by common and botanical name must be submitted with the entry. Templates for entry cards can be found on the GCA and SGC website.
  4. All entrants must send three photos (left, right, and front sides) to Dori Singer by February 3, 5:00 pm. Use a plain background, with nothing else in the photo- just the plant.
  5. Label each photo as follows: Name of Plant name of entrant view side: Bostonferndoriesingerleftside.jpg
  6. For any questions about this schedule, please contact the Committee Chairs.
    Click to contact Dori Singer
    , 860-912-2996
    Click to contact Diana Beck
    , 608-469-5278


A. The entrant must have owned the house plant for 2 months. (purchase by December 10, 2020)

B. Any size pot.

C. Orchids allowed.

D. The plant can be grown for foliage or flowers.


WORKSHOPS to help members enter Bench Shows

GCA handbook of photography tips for virtual flower shows

GCA Entry Cards

Stonington Garden Club
P.O. Box 385
Stonington, CT, 06378
The Stonington Garden Club's objective is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.