Many club members particularly enjoy demonstrations, but for others one of the delights of flower arranging is working with others to display designs in public spaces, from your local church and village show to area or national shows.


Taking part in competitive shows is an opportunity to be creative and make new friends.  Competitions at local horticultural shows are community events which often have relaxed rules for competitors. However within NAFAS there are guidelines for competitors in the NAFAS Competitions Manual which can be purchased from the NAFAS Shop for £5.
Plant-Material-in-all-its-forms-July-2016 is a supplement to the Competitions Manual which describes the way in which plant material may be used in competitive exhibits.

NAFAS Aims of Competitive work are:

  • To encourage the artistic and creative use of natural plant material in all its forms within the framework of a show schedule and the current edition of the manual
  • To promote a spirit of fair and friendly competition
  • To uphold the principles of conservation as stated in the Wild Life and Countryside Act 1981 by not using rare and protected wild plant material, preserved animals, birds, insects, coral, sea fans and pernicious/invasive plants, e.g. Japanese Knotweed and Giant Hogweed.

Flower Festivals and Events

The Putting on a Show  publication can be ordered from NAFAS.

The area has staging materials which may be borrowed by clubs wishing to stage their own shows and competitions.  For more information see Area Staging.

NAFAS Guidelines

When staging a public event appropriate consideration should be given to health and safety.  The following NAFAS guidelines were mostly produced some time ago, so are not guaranteed to be up to date.  Club administrators may find it more useful to search for appropriate information on the internet.