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Floral Art Design Example Page

While The RHS of NSW Inc. is primarily a horticultural-based Society, training is also given for accredited Floral Art judges.  These judges travel around the State giving lectures, training and workshops to teach the concepts of Floral Art.  They also judge floral art shows.  In an effort to assist budding floral artists, the Society is enclosing some photos on this page to give clearer examples of specific floral art designs.  More information can be obtained by purchasing the Society’s “Floral Art Show Guide” which sets out examples (pictorial and written) for specific designs. The Guide is available for $30 which includes a $10-valued colour wheel and postage.  Please see the membership page for more information.  The photos show here are for example purposes only.

The RHS of NSW Inc. wishes to thank the committee of the NSW Floral Art Association Inc. for granting permission for our website to link to a page on their website which refers specifically to floral art design standards. Please note, however, that the official descriptions may differ slightly from the RHS of NSW Floral Art Show Guide and where such differences apply, the RHS of NSW Floral Art Show Guide description will be the only official description recognised.

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We do ask that if you want to copy the images noted below, that you contact the webmistress, Mrs. Heather Pryor, to obtain appropriate written permission before you copy the images and certainly before they are used by you for any purpose.  Email: please.  If any of these images are used without permission the Society reserves the right to prosecute the user under the Copyright Act, so please just ask first!

The examples below will have both pictorial and written explanations.  These explanations are as per the Society’s “Floral Art Show Guide”.

LEFT: Contemporary Design examples.

EXPLANATION: This is a design which is currently in fashion, popular and representative of leading trends in creativity. This design should not be confused with “Modern”.

See RHS Show Guide page 22

ABOVE: Formal Symmetrical design examples.

EXPLANATION: A design which is evenly arranged from the axis around a central imaginary line. See RHS Show Guide page 24. Image example on page 47.

LEFT: Hogarth Curve design.

EXPLANATION: A design which follows the line of the “lazy S” which may vary from upright to reclining.

See RHS Show Guide page 25. Image example on page 48.

ABOVE: Modern Mass design.

EXPLANATION: A quantity of material used in a design of modern concept. It must have depth.  Planned space is an essential part of the design.  Materials are grouped according to type, colour etc. without the use of transition in the usual manner.  See RHS Show Guide page 27.

ABOVE: Traditional Horizontal design.

EXPLANATION: All material used to be in a reclining position and to converge from one point in the focal area. See RHS Show Guide page 26. Image example on page 49.

ABOVE: Modern, or Basic Modern design.

EXPLANATION: Arrangements should have clear lines and striking designs, using a minimum of material.  Mutilated, manipulated and/or artificial material and paint is allowed with discretion. See RHS Show Guide page 27.

This page was amended and uploaded on 25 February, 2017