Flower Arrangement
Flower Arrangement

Floral Design

Twin City Garden Club floral arranging classes for 2021-2022 will be an exciting year for our flower arrangers as they learn new design types and learn more about staging panels and underlays. Everyone is welcome to attend these classes.

Participants in flower arranging classes will provide their own plant material, container, other components, staging panel and underlays as specified in each class.  Bring your completed design to each class. Designs will be discussed using the principles of design. Since we are learning new designs types this year, each class will end with an explanation of the following month’s design type.

2021-2022 Floral Design Classes

Note: While we hope to hold our meetings in-person this year, classes may be held via Zoom if COVID restrictions dictate such change.


Underlay: Any material placed under the design (usually with dimensions equal to the width and depth of design area as specified in class description.  Should coordinate with Staging Panel if used. Having underlay same color/material/texture as Staging Panel may provide greater rhythm and uniformity to overall design.


Staging Panel: A two-dimensional or three-dimensional upright surface placed behind or around a design in order to enhance it. Design size must be in proportion to the Staging Panel.



September 21, 2021

Class: “Teahouse of the August Moon” (design type is designers choice)
Design in a teacup with saucer (no mugs allowed ), staged on standard table (30” high) covered in black. Underlay required. Space allowed 14 inch square.


October 19, 2021

Class: “Harvest Moon”
Reflective Design. Staging Panel required and must be supplied by the exhibitor. Underlay optional. Staged on standard table (30” high) covered in black. Space allowed 24” wide x 24” deep x 36” high.


Reflective Design: A creative design containing reflective materials giving back images of light to the viewer. The reflective materials are an integral part of the overall design. Staging in front of or on a mirror is not acceptable.


November 16, 2021

Class: “It’s Only a Paper Moon”
Still Life Design. Staged on standard table (30” high) covered in black. Underlay optional. Space allowed 30” wide x 30” deep.


Still Life Design: A traditional or creative grouping of functional and realistic objects and plant material with a theme. Objects are more dominant and more important to the theme than the plant material.  Plants may or may not represent a floral design.


January 18, 2022

Class: “Man in the Moon”
Spatial Thrust Design. Staging panel and underlay optional. Staged on standard table (30” high) covered in black. Space allowed 30” wide x 24” deep.


Spatial Thrust Design: A creative design consisting of two parallel placements of similar components. Emphasis is on two thrusting lines and the space between them. Thrust may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Place materials and other components may be added to only the outer edges of thrusting lines.


February 15, 2022

Class: “Once in a Blue Moon”

Creative Mass Design. Underlay required. Staged on standard table (30” high) covered in white. Space allowed 14” wide x 14” deep.


Creative Mass: A creative design emphasizing a greater proportion of plant material and components other than space. Silhouette of the design is visually closed.


March 15, 2022

Class: “Moonbeams”
Creative Line-Mass Design. Staged in a shadow box not to exceed 8” wide x 12” high (a shoe box will work for this) placed on standard table (30” high) covered in white.


Creative Line-Mass Design: A creative design emphasizing line with additional plant material to add strength and depth to overall design.


May 17, 2022

Class: “Shoot for the Moon”
Parallel Design.  Staging panel and underlay required. Staged on standard table (30” high) covered in black. Space allowed 24” wide x 24” deep x 36” high


Parallel Design: A design consisting of three or more groupings of plant material and optional components with a strong parallel placement in a single container or base. Multiple containers can be used if combined to appear as one unit. Parallel direction may be vertical, horizontal, or diagonal. Overall effect must appear parallel. Groupings need not be equidistant from each other.

Twin City Garden Club is committed to holding National Garden Clubs, Inc. Standard Flower Shows.  Below is a list of flower shows held since 1990.

June 8, 1990 – SALUTE TO AMANDA (First Presbyterian Church, Urbana)

May 9, 1992 – HOME SWEET HOME  (a housewalk, Champaign-Urbana)


April 17, 1993 – JOYS OF CHILDHOOD  (Heritage House,  Champaign)


Oct. 9, 1994 – TIMES REMEMBERED  (PACA house and other homes)


May 25, 1996 – PARADE OF MEMORIES – PATRIOTIC SHOW (Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana)


Dec 4, 1999 – A WINTER SONG, A WINTER TALE (Champaign Public Library)


Sept. 7, 2002  – FALLING INTO AUTUMN (Illinois Terminal Building, Champaign)


Sept. 3, 2005 – DIAMOND JUBILEE – 75 YEARS  (Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana)


July 12, 2008 – PRAIRIE HOME (Lincoln Square Mall, Urbana)


July 9, 2010 – THE ELEMENTS – EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER (Lincoln Square Mall, U rbana)


June 4, 2016 – ME AND MY MONET (Clark Lindsey Village, Urbana)


Sept. 7-8, 2019  – WASTE NOT, WANT NOT (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Champaign)

Flower Shows