Glossary of Terms

  • Line Design A design in which a linear pattern is dominant.
  • Mechanics are devices holding or supporting plant material such as pin holders, chicken wire, aqua pics, tape, oasis, etc. Mechanics must not be obvious.
  • Miniature A small scale design with maximum dimensions of 12.7cm (5”) in any direction (height, width, depth and diagonal). For good proportion, the container should not exceed 3.5 cm (1-1/2”) in height. Plant material (and container) should be chosen for its delicate scale.
  • Nosegay A tight cluster of fragrant flowers designed to be hand-held. May have a doily attached.
  • Parallel Design A design in which three or more groupings are placed in a parallel manner with open spaces between the groupings. Parallel direction may be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Design is in one container or containers combined so as to appear as one unit.
  • Small Design From 5 1/2’’ (13.9 cm) – must not exceed 10” (25.4 cm) in any direction, including the container, base and accessories.
  • Spike An upright stem carrying several flowers, usually with short pedicels, such as gladiolus and snapdragon.
  • Spray A portion of a plant with a number of flowers, e.g. petunia, chrysanthemum, climbing and floribunda roses.
  • Stem or Stalk A plant structure carrying one or more flowers and/or buds. It may be branched.
  • Succulent Any plant with fleshy stems and/or leaves including cactus, crassula, sedum,etc.
  • Swag Plant material with/without accessories assembled without visible mechanics. Designed to hang against a vertical surface. Should be 3-dimensional.
  • Tussie-Mussie A bouquet of concentric circles of small fragrant flow-ers arranged around a large central flower, designed to be hand held.
  • Varieties Named variations of plant species, e.g. trillium erectum var. album, the white variety of trillium.
  • Water Viewing Design Usually a line design in a shallow container with one half to two thirds of the container surface showing water.