Programs Open to Club Members and Guests
Advance Registration and Payment Required for All
Friday, November 8, 2019
NGC Goals & Objectives: Education, History, Floral & Landscape Design, Horticulture & Conservation

Program:“Christmas Decorating—Behind the Scenes at the White House Christmas”
Our speaker will share a video presentation depicting the ‘behind the scenes’ work required to transform the White House into a winter wonderland—from the selection process to the actual production involving climbing scaffolding, wiring ornaments and decorating the 19-foot official Blue Room tree. Attendees will enjoy a room-by-room walk-through of the “People’s House,” including rooms that aren’t on public tours, learning fun and fascinating historical anecdotes. Following the discussion about the White House, Claire will demonstrate the design of a large outdoor seasonal arrangement using foraged greens/berries/pods which will be auctioned to one lucky winner. 
Location:Eastern Shore Hospital Center
5262 Woods Road, Cambridge, MD, 410-221-2358

Agenda:9:30 am - 10:30 amEntries Accepted
10:30 am – 11:00 amJudging/Social time
11:00 am - 11:45 pmBusiness Meeting 
11:45 pm - 12:30 pmLunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pmProgram 
Speaker:Claire Jones, a certified horticulturalist and floral designer, was chosen to decorate the White House for Christmas in 2011, 2015 and 2017. Owner of Claire Jones Landscapes, LLC, the gardens she has designed and built have been featured in Chesapeake Home, Style Magazine, Garden Design and the Wall Street Journal. She draws inspiration from her home gardens in Baltimore, MD. A frequent speaker on a wide variety of gardening topics, Claire shares her horticultural and design knowledge at prestigious venues such as the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, WA and the Philadelphia Flower Show. She has won numerous awards in floral design competitions and serves on the Board of the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, is a Past Director of FGCMD District III and is a Master Judge. Claire is also a prolific garden writer, penning her popular gardening blog, The Garden Diaries, and publishing in Mother Earth News. In addition, Claire is a self-described expert on ‘sex in the garden’--pollination that is. The plight of the honeybee and other native pollinators is on everyone’s mind right now and she believes strongly that we need to get the word out about best practices for attracting the whole array of pollinators. With the loss of global habitat for wildlife, it is up to gardeners and stewards of the land to step in and provide eco habitats for all our endangered pollinators.
Program Chair: Linda Rossi
Hosts: Ellen Higgins & Joan P. Johnson
Horticulture: Deana Kozak & Linda Rossi
Design: Shirley Chatham & Sandy Lucas
Consultant: Susie Middleton
Clerk: Linda Easter


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”)

Class 4.Deciduous Tree or Shrub – 1 branch (minimum length 6”/maximum length 24”)

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

Class 6.Container Grown Plants (maximum pot diameter 8”)

Class 7.Open Class
d.Bulb, corm, rhizome, tuber

Division II – Design
Class 1. “Just Bee Natural” – Designer’s Choice using a black container, HB pg. 81
Class 2. “I De-CLAIRE” - Designer’s Choice using a yellow container, HB pg. 81