Pot-et-Fleur Design

The Woodlands Garden Club
The Woodlands Garden Club
The Old Welwyn Florist, UK
The Old Welwyn Florist, UK

NGC Handbook For Flower Shows 2007 p. 207

  1. A Creative Design consisting of a combination of two or more rooted plants, growing in soil or other medium, cut plant material and other (optional) components in a container/s. All components are to be artistically arrangd together as a design, and are to be judged by the Design Scale of Points. They are not to be organized as a landscape or a combination planting (dish garden, planter or terrarium).
  2. Growing plant are to be emphasized and may be of the same or different varieties. If varied, they should be chosen for pleasing variations in color, texture and leaf-form.
    • Plants may be all foliage, all flowering, or a combination.
    • Plants may be kept in their pots, placed in small plastic bags with soil, or planted in a potting medium.
    • All plants must have compatible growth requirements as this is a semi-permanent design. However, there is no minimum time that plants must be together.
      • Flowering plants and/or cut fresh flowers must included. Any other plant material may be added for embellishment, e.g., fruits, vegetables, nuts, leaves, and/or branches. Fresh materials needing water may be inserted in small botttles, floreal tubes, or floral foam and hidden among the plants.
      • Branches, with or without attached foliage, and/or decorative wood may be used for a dominant line direction if in keeping with the class requirements and Top Exhibitor Award being offered.
      • Container/s must be sturdy, large enough to hold all materials and deep enough for roots to be below container rim for watering. Yet, containers should not imply "dish garden" or "planter", but rather "design". They may be ceramic, basket, plastic, etc., with lining when necessary.
      • Moss and other dressings may be used to cover planting medium or plastic bags, but their use should never result in the appearance of a "landscape".
      • Pot-et-Fleur Designs are not suitable in a section offering the Designer's Choice Award since the design type makes specific plant material demands on the exhibitor.
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Jean Gilstrap at Bayou Vista Garden Club
Tropical Paradise Thelma Shoneman
Left: Dann Dunst of the Redlands Horticultural and Improvement Society Floral Design Group created the design "Tropical Paradise," a pot-et-fleur floral design with both rooted and cut materials.
Right: 2011 Boston Flower and Garden Show. Class I - 'Green Thumb'; First Place and a Tricolor Award for the all fresh plant material section. The schedule called for a Pot-et-Fleur, a creative design of all fresh plant material in which plants are dominant but cut plant material and flowers or flowering plants must be used.
3 Dracaena plants. Cut plant material included green Anthurium and Equisetum wired to create the angled line.


Pot-et-Fleur Step-by-Step

A Flower Arranger's essay with photo at WAFA 2011

Worcester Garden Club: Class 1: Innovation, a pot-et-fleur design