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September Member Meeting

September 19, 2023 @ 5:15 pm - 7:15 pm

5:15 Bench Show Submissions in Place

Entry cards may be found here: Entry Cards

Floral Design theme  – “Last Vestiges of Summer”.

    • Forage for what is in your garden – be creative and use whatever you can find in your own backyard!
    • Using a recyclable container, create an arrangement for an outdoor gathering.
    • Check your roadsides to see what you can find.
    • Can also use whole vegetables or fruit.

Horticulture Schedule – “Wine is the divine juice of September.” Voltaire

  • Class 1: A collection of 3-5 cut single-stem specimens, each a different species and/or cultivar cut from exhibitor’s garden using all or a mix of annuals, perennials, biennials, rhizomes, bulb, etc. Each stem to be a different variety. To be shown in a clear glass container of exhibitor’s choice. Not to exceed 16” in diameter. Arrange in a pleasing manner.

“Where crooknecks are coiling and yellow fruit shines,
And the sun of September melts down on the vines ….”
John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Pumpkin”

  • Class 2: Harvest: Three small vegetables of the same variety grown by exhibitor. (for example – 3 Sungold cherry tomatoes; not 1 of Sungold, red grape & black cherry tomato) Other examples of small vegetables would be beans, radishes, peas. To be exhibited on a white paper plate provided by the Horticulture Committee.
  • Class 3: Harvest: One large vegetable grown by exhibitor (eggplant, squash, pumpkin, tomato, cucumber, pepper, carrot, etc) To be exhibited on a white paper plate provided by the Horticulture Committee.

“There is a time in late September when the leaves are still green, and the days are still warm, but somehow you know that it is all about to end.”
Sharyn McCrumb, ‘King’s Mountain’

Houseplants – must have been owned and grown by exhibitor for a minimum of 6 months. Containers may not exceed 14”. Provide a saucer if the pot has a drainage hole.

  • Class 4:  Houseplants grown for foliage
  • Class 5:  Houseplants grown for flowers

Photography schedule:  A whimsical still-life representing late summer.

  • Have fun with your camera!
  • Bring in an 8×10 to share –A new assignment each month!  A prompt to encourage you to take a photo!
  • Bring it in to share – no judging – just an opportunity to give it a try. Mats will be available.

5:15 Judging & Social Time

5:30 – 6:00  Walkabout in the Arboretum with a Master Gardener “Putting Your Garden to Bed”

6:00  Meeting begins

6:45-7:15  How do I enter a Bench Show?  Floral Design and Horticulture Chairs will walk us through the process.




September 19, 2023
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm


Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens