About the Judges' Council
The Garden Clubs of Ontario Judges’ Council is responsible for training and accrediting flower show judges and ensuring a standard of excellence in judging.
Both Floral Design and Horticulture Judging Schools are held periodically. Please check the Judging Schools tab for further information about pre-requisites, courses and upcoming Judging Schools.
The Judges’ Council consists of Floral Design and Horticulture Judges accredited by the Garden Clubs of Ontario and the Royal Botanical Gardens. The Council maintains a registry of judges. Two Seminars are held per year to assure a high caliber of judging and provide a forum to discuss issues around judging. Please check out the News tab for upcoming Seminars.
Flower Shows at Garden Clubs and Horticultural Societies in Ontario are judged according to the ‘Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design’, 2003. This publication is currently being revised.
Beyond judging at flower shows in Ontario, many of our judges have travelled internationally to judge in Europe, New Zealand, Japan, South Africa, Bermuda, and the U.S. Similarly, many have presented educational programs or demos across Ontario and internationally.