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April 25 – 26, 2017

Garden Club of America Awards and 

Florescence Awards 

 

 

Division I: FLORAL DESIGN

(1) The Carol Coffey Swift Medal of Excellence

This medal may be awarded to members of GCA clubs.  It is offered in recognition of an arrangement of great distinction in an competitive class at a GCA Major Flower Show. Either and individual or joint entries are eligible.  The entry must have placed first, second, or third. An entry in any challenge class is  not eligible to receive this award.


Carol Coffey Swift Medal of Excellence (GCA)

Winner:  Mary Moretz

Club:  Sand Hill Garden Club

Zone:  VIII

Class:  5.  Sirens of the Sea, Green

Judges Citation:  

A swift sketch for Mr. Scaasi.

Judges Comments: 

The flowing rhythm and color harmony exceptionally express this masterfully tailored design!

Statement of Intent: A Sketch

(2) The Fenwick Medal

This medal may be awarded to members of GCA clubs in competitive floral design classes at a GCA Major Flower Show.  It is offered in recognition of creative work of outstanding beauty using predominantly fresh plant material.  The awarding of the Fenwick Medal lies in the clear interpretation by the judges of the intent of the medal.  A standard of creativity and quality in a highly competitive show rather thant Best in Show is required.  the design must have placed first, second, or third.  An entry in a challenge class is not eligible to receive this award. 


Fenwick Medal (GCA)

Winner:  Stephanie Fox

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class: 8.  The Calm before the Storm

Judges Citation:  

Storm clouds are lifting with Captain Fenwick at the helm.

Statement of Intent: In time the clouds will lift.

(3) The Margaret Clover Symonds Medal 

This medal may be awarded to members of GCA clubs in a competitive floral design class at a GCA Major Flower Show. The design must be an innovative, modern design, creatively combining man-made material(s) with fresh and/or dried plant material (as the schedule permits). Either individual or joint entries are eligible. The entry must have placed first, second, or third. An entry in a challenge class is not eligible to receive this award.

Margaret Clover Symonds Medal (GCA)

Winner:  Ingrid Kelly

Club:  The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  10.  By the Sea

Judges Citation:  

In this fresh design hangs a balance of whimsy and innovation.

Judges Comments: 

Congratulations!  A colorful daring balancing act.

Statement of Intent: Eclectic Color Stack

(4) The Sandra Baylor Novice Award 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to an exhibitor who is a member of a GCA club and who has never won first place or a GCA Special Award in the Floral Design Division of a GCA Major Flower Show or Sanctioned Non-GCA Major Flower Show. It shall be awarded to an individual novice exhibitor for a unique and skillful response to the schedule. Novice entries placing first, second, or third in any competitive class, including challenge classes, are eligible for this award.

Sandra Baylor Novice Award (GCA)

Winner:  Jana Dowds

Club:  Glenview Garden Club

Zone:  VII

Class:  5.  Sirens of the Sea, Red

Judges Citation:  In a sea of red, this siren is irresistible!

Statement of Intent: Like Homer lashed to the mast, hands create safety from the lure of the strong whirlwinds of the sea amidst the wreckage.

Best in Show – Floral Design (GCA)

Winner:  Amelia Crumbley and Polly Glotzbach

Club:  Laurel Garden Club and Little Rock Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  2.  Uncharted Waters

Judges Citation:  

Feel the heat from this Best in Show

Judges Comments:

Dominant visual path through design achieved with clever use of space and components.

Statement of Intent: It's so cold my toes are curling.

Floral Design Best Use of Color (Flo)

Winner:  Lee Easterly

Club:  Garden Club of Lookout Mountain

Zone:  IX

Class:  4.  Sea Goddess

Judges Citation:  The iridescent use of color captures the sea’s beauty.

Floral Design Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Donna Maddox

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  3.  Freestyle

Judges Citation:  The floral design has a lyrical relationship to the painting – almost rhythmic.  The use of black mimics Kline’s bold black areas of the painting, and the painted black palms also resonate with his brushwork.

Statement of Intent: Chaos Erupts

Best in Class Provisional Floral Design (Flo)

Winner:  Kay House

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  7.  Tidal Pools, Driftwood

Judges Citation:  This dynamic design has drifted into best in class.

Division II A: HORTICULTURE

(1) The Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to GCA clubs or club members, nonmembers, or other organizations for an exhibit of great distinction in a competitive horticulture class. The entry must have placed first, second, or third.

Certificate of Excellence in Horticulture (GCA)

Winner:  Kay Rice

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  52.  Miniatures, Grown primarily for foliage

Judges Citation:  Perfection in Miniature

(2) The Elizabeth Platt Corning Medal 

This medal may be awarded only to members of GCA clubs only in a competitive horticulture class in a GCA Major Flower Show. The medal is to be awarded to an entry presented with distinction and originality notable for its cultural difficulty. It must have achieved an exceptional standard of horticultural excellence. Extra consideration will be given to an entry propagated by the exhibitor; full propagation details must be listed on a card accompanying the entry. The exhibitor must have been owned and grown the exhibit for at least six months. The medal may be awarded for a single plant, collection of plants, container garden, or cut specimen(s). Individual, joint, or club entries are eligible. The entry must have placed first, second, or third. The medal may not be awarded more than once to the same exhibit.


Elizabeth Platt Corning Medal (GCA)

Winner:  Marilyn Gregg

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  47a.  Plants Grown Primarily for Foliage, Non-variegated

Judges Citation:  Remarkable achievement

(3) The Louise Agee Wrinkle Horticulture Propagation Award 
This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to a GCA member for skill in plant propagation. The exhibit must have been propagated and grown by its exhibitor for at least six months and should be distinguished by its prime condition, cultural perfection, attractive presentation and flawless grooming. It is for rooted plants propagated by seed, cuttings or other traditional methods. It can be a single specimen, source plant and its offspring, or a collection. Propagation methods must be detailed on an accompanying card. The medal may not be awarded more than once to the same exhibit. 

Louise Agee Wrinkle Horticulture Propagation Award (GCA)

Winner:  Dodie Jackson

Club:  The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  62.  Propagation, Single plant from other propagation method

Judges Citation:  Notable for difficulty of propagation.  Outstanding achievement

(4) The GCA Novice Award

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show in Horticulture to an exhibitor who is a member of a GCA club and who has never won first place or a GCA Special Award in the division entered, of a GCA Major Flower Show, or a Sanctioned Non-GCA Major Flower Show.  It shall be awarded to an individual novice exhibitor for an outstanding exhibit.  Novice entries placing first, second, or third are eligible for this award.

GCA Novice Award in Horticulture (GCA)

Winner:  Hope Lum

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  59.  Plants of the World, Native to North America (including Mexico)

Judges Citation:  Exceptionally well grown

Horticulture Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Hebe Splane

Club:  Greenville Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  21.  Climbers and Vines, Single stem, Flowering

Judges Citation:  I love Clematis and the bell shaped flowers are beautiful.

Best  Cut Specimen (Flo)

Winner:  Lise Bohannon

Club:  Garden Club of Nashville

Zone:  IX

Class:  15.  Trees, Single branch, Flowering

Judges Citation:  Stunning

Best Container Plant (Flo)

Winner:  Marilyn Gregg

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  47a.  Plants Grown Primarily for Foliage, Non-variegated

Judges Citation:  Exceptionally well grown

Best Plant(s) Grown for Foliage (Flo)

Winner:  Kackie Dunwoody

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  48b.  Plants Grown Primarily for Foliage, Variegated

Judges Citation:  A show stopper! (Plectranthus)

Best Plant(s) Grown for Flowers (Flo)

Winner:  Verlinde Doubleday

Club:  The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  51. Miniatures, Grown primarily for flowers

Judges Citation:  Charming

Best in Class Provisional Horticulture (Flo)

Winner:  Amy Greenwood

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  65b.  Provisional Challenge, Three species of the genus Asplenium

Judges Citation:  Exceptionally well grown.  You rose to the Challenge!

Division II B: 

HORTICULTURE DESIGN

Best in Division Horticulture Design (Flo)

Winner:  Meredith Cocke

Club:  River Oaks Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  2.  Discoveries of the Deep

Horticulture Design Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Margaret Pierce and Marianna Brewster

Club: The Garden Club of Houston and The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  4.  Fleur de Mer

Judges Citation:  Flowering waves – gifts from the sea.  Great use of texture and flow.  Impressive use of monochromatic scheme.

Division III: PHOTOGRAPHY

(1) The Certificate of Excellence in Photography 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to GCA clubs, individual club member, individual non-member, or other organizations for an exhibit of great distinction in a competitive photography class. The entry must have placed first, second or third.

Certificate of Excellence in Photography (GCA)

Winner:  Catherine Erb

Club:  The Little Garden Club of Memphis

Zone:  IX

Class:  12.  Cross Current

Judges Citation:  Dreamy moody image enhanced by creative technique

(2) The Photography Creativity Award 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to an exhibitor who is a member of a GCA club for creative and technical excellence in response to the theme of the schedule. The entry must have placed first, second or third.

Photography Creativity Award (GCA)

Winner:  Ryn Clarke

Club:  Shaker Lakes Garden Club

Zone:  X

Class:  12.  Cross Current

Judges Citation:  A special jewel that evokes a Haiku poem

(3) The GCA Novice Award 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show in Photography to an exhibitor who is a member of a GCA club and who has never won first place or a GCA Special Award in the division entered in a GCA Major Flower Show or Sanctioned Non-GCA Major Flower Show. It shall be awarded to an individual novice exhibitor for an outstanding exhibit. Novice entries placing first, second, or third are eligible for this award. 

GCA Novice Award in Photography (GCA)

Winner:  Helen Wagner

Club:  West Chester Garden Club

Zone:  V

Class:  9.  At the Aquarium

Judges Citation:  An out of this world underwater experience

Best in Show Photography (GCA)

Winner:  Karen McCormick

Club:  Magnolia Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  8.  Before the Wind

Judges Citation:  A fresh and creative point of view enhanced by exquisite lighting

Photography Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Mary Turner

Club:  Seattle Garden Club

Zone:  XII

Class:  4.  Reflections

Judges Citation:  (no comment)

Division IV A: BOTANICAL ARTS

(1) The Botanical Arts Creativity Award 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show to a member of a GCA club for excellent craftsmanship and creative response to the theme of the schedule. The entry must have placed first, second, or third.

Botanical Arts Creativity Award (GCA)

Winner:  Paige Andrews

Club:  Magnolia Garden Club

Zone:  IX

Class:  4.  Sea of Love

Judges Citation:  Rhythmical, luminous love!

(2) The GCA Novice Award 

This award may be given at a GCA Major Flower Show in Botanical Arts to an exhibitor who is a member of a GCA club and who has never won first place or a GCA Special Award in the division entered in a GCA Major Flower Show or Sanctioned Non-GCA Major Flower Show. It shall be awarded to an individual novice exhibitor for an outstanding exhibit. Novice entries placing first, second, or third are eligible for this award. 

GCA Novice Award in Botanical Arts (GCA)

Winner:  Debbie Oliver

Club:  Cincinnati Town & Country Garden Club

Zone:  X

Class:  5.  Neptune’s Ball

Judges Citation:  What a debut at Neptune’s Ball!

Statement of Intent: From the depths of the ocean, she surfaces gracefully...cloaked in her effervescent seaweed dress.

Best in Show Botanical Arts (GCA)

Winner:  Debbie Robinson

Club:  The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  1.  Jewels of Sea

Judges Citation:  The divine Miss O makes a splash at Florescence!

Botanical Arts Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Elizabeth Boss

Club:  The Garden Club of Houston

Zone:  IX

Class:  1.  Jewels of Sea

Judges Citation:  Simple but refined, elegant design deceptive metamorphosis of materials

Division IV B: NEEDLE ARTS

Best in Division Needle Arts (Flo)

Winner:  Jill Deterding Young

Club:  Perennial Garden Club

Zone:  VI

Class:  1.  Glass-Bottom Boat

Judges Citation:  Artistry and creative skill in an original design stands out with distinction!

Needle Arts Curator’s Award (Flo)

Winner:  Jill Deterding Young

Club:  Perennial Garden Club

Zone:  VI

Class:  1.  Glass-Bottom Boat

Judges Citation:  Accurately reveals perspective from a glass-bottom boat.  Beautiful and creative design.  It also incorporates the framework within the whole composition.  Wonderful balance of colors.

Division V: CONSERVATION and EDUCATION EXHIBITS 

(1) The Ann Lyon Crammond Award 

This award may be presented at a GCA Major Flower Show to an outstanding educational exhibit which best educates the public about gardens. Any educational exhibit that increases the appreciation of any aspect of plants, gardens, or landscape design may be considered for this award. The award may be given to GCA club members, member clubs, nonmembers, or other organizations.

(2) The Certificate of Excellence in Conservation

This certificate may be awarded at a GCA Major Flower Show to GCA clubs or club members, nonmembers, or other organizations for an exhibit of exceptional merit which educates the public on conservation issues and promotes respect for natural resources and responsibility for environmental stewardship.