2016 LGC Flower Show

LGC Flower Show

Enjoy the horticulture and educational exhibits and designs from the flower show.


Holiday Times Garden Show a Success

The Luray Garden Club’s  Holiday Times Flower show held at the Luray Comer VFW was a great success according to Susan Phillips, club president and co-chair of the committee.

There were over 93 different entries in the combined horticulture and design exhibits. Judges from the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs from around the state praised the show.

The Horticulture Awards were presented to:

  • Gretchen Mulligan received the overall Horticulture Excellence Award.
  • Two Award of Merit ribbons were presented to Lesley Mack.
  • Arboreal Awards went to both Gretchen Mulligan and Lesley Mack

Design Exhibit Awards presented.

  • The top award of Holiday Excellence was given to Lesley Mack for her lovely parallel design called Christmas Parade.
  • The Designer’s Choice Award was presented to Lesley Mack and Lyn Neviaser.

The Educational Award

  • Award was presented to Eleanor Ames, for her exhibit on Decking the Doors.

Holiday Times- A Standard Flower Show

Presented by Luray Garden Club
A Member of
National Garden Clubs, Inc. / South Atlantic Region
Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. / Shenandoah District

General Rules for Flower Show – All Divisions

  1. This is a Standard Flower Show which meets the requirements of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Handbook for Flower Shows, 2007 edition, will be used as the authority of the show.

Handbook shall be referred to as “HB”.

  1. Entries will be received at the Comer Jones VFW on Friday November 4 from 8:00 – 10:00 am. No late entries accepted.  Judging will begin at 10:30 A.M.  All exhibits are to be removed by 5:00 PM.
  2. Only required personnel (judges, show chairman and clerks) will be present during judging.  Judges decisions are final.
  3. The NGC Standard System of Awards will be used per (HBp5-7). 1st place is 90 or above (blue), 2nd place is 85 or above (red), 3rd place is 80 or above (yellow) and Honorable Mention is 75 or above (white).
  4. Judges to write comments on entry cards not receiving a blue ribbon. Judge’s decisions are final Awards may be withheld if not merited.  An Accredited Judge will sign and date all blue ribbons and entry cards.
  5. Emphasis is on FRESH Plant Material.  No artificial plant material may be used in any division.
  6. Use of Virginia Conservation plants are permitted as long as they are grown by the exhibitor and so stated on an index card.  “The conservation plant list is defined on (HBp66-67) of the current V.F.G.C.  yearbook (contact club president) or refer to the state website for a full list (www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage).
  7. Flower Show Committee will exercise all care, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
  8. All classes are open to Luray Garden Club members until September 30, 2016.  After September 30, classes will be open to all garden clubs in VFGC. All entries must be the work of one exhibitor.
  9. “Tables and off-white table covers will be provided by the committee for exhibits in all the divisions”.
  10. All entries must be passed by the classification Committee and will be checked for conformity to the Schedule and handbook (2007 HB)

AWARDS

Division I – Horticulture Rules – “Magic of the Season

The Award of Horticultural Excellence may be awarded to a named blue ribbon winner of fresh plant material, scoring 95 or above, judged the finest in the entire Horticulture Division (Rosette of green, orange, and blue ribbon). (HBp43)

An Award of Merit may be given to (2) named blue ribbon winner of each fresh plant material scoring 95 or above in Section A and B (Rosette of orange ribbon). (HBp43)

The Arboreal Award may be given to (2) named blue ribbon winner of fresh plant material scoring 95 or above in Section C and D (Rosette of two shades of green ribbon). (HBp43)

The Grower’s Choice Award may be awarded to a named blue ribbon winner of fresh plant material scoring 95 or above for container grown plants in Section E (Rosette of dark green ribbons).(HBp45)

Division II – Design – “Home for the Holidays”

Holiday Excellence Award:  Awarded to the highest scoring exhibit in the entire Design Division. (HBp46)

Designer’s Choice Award:  Awarded to the (2) highest scoring Blue Ribbon exhibit in Section A and Section B (Rosette of purple ribbons). All Top Exhibitor Awards MUST have scored 95 or above to receive an award. (HBp47)

Division III –  Special Exhibits -“The Sweetest Things”

Artistic Crafts Award: Awarded to the highest scoring exhibit in Section A. Rosette of navy ribbons with gold lettering) All Top Exhibitor Awards MUST have scored 95 or above to receive an award. (HBp53)

Educational Award:  Awarded to the highest scoring exhibit in Section B. (Rosette of brown and white ribbons) All Top Exhibitor Awards MUST have scored 95 or above to receive an award. (HBp49)

Division I Horticulture Rules – “Magic of the Season

  1. All entries must have been grown by the exhibitor. All plant material exhibits must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for no less than 90 days. Exception: plants grown from seed, seedlings, cuttings or immature (young) transplants, bulbs, tubers, corms, or rhizomes.
  2. All entries must be labeled by the exhibitor with the correct botanical name (genus and species), variety or cultivar. The common name may also be given.
  3. Exhibitor may have more than one entry per class or sub-class, provided each is of a different genus, species, variety, cultivar, type, size or color.
  4. A specimen is one bloom, spray, truss, spike, stalk, or shrub branch not to exceed 30” from the cut end to the tip end.
  5. No oiling, dressing, or other surface treatment of plant material is acceptable.
  6. A cut specimen should be exhibited in a clean, clear, colorless bottle which supports the stem firmly and is in good proportion to the size of the specimen. Exhibitor shall provide their own bottle or container.    It should be possible to see the stem and not have any foliage below the water line.
  7. Wedging to support stems of specimens is permitted. The exhibitor is to provide wedging material using plugs of plastic wrap or bubble wrap.
  8. All entry cards are to be filled out in advance by pencil or waterproof ink. Entry cards may be obtained from Classification Chairman.
  9. All entries must be approved and initialed first by the Classification Committee, then entered by the Entries Committee before being placed under the direction of the Placement Committee.
  10. A limit of 10 specimens may be entered by the exhibitor.
  11. The Classification Committee may subdivide classes if warranted. Classes maybe divided by cultivar, type, or color.
  12. For Scale of Points for Judging, see the (HBp297-302)

Division I – Horticulture   – “The Magic of the Season”

  Eligible for Award of Horticulture Excellence (HBp46)

Section A.      Herbs – “Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice”

Eligible for Award of Merit  (HBp43)

Cut specimens of herbs (HBp138)

Class 1.           Salvia officinalis                      (Sage)

Class 2.           Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Class 3.           Petroselinum crispum             (Parsley)

Class 4.           Laurus nobilis                         (Bay)

Class 5.           Any other named herb

Section B.      Perennials – “A Fall Harvest”

Eligible for Award of Merit (HBp43)

Cut specimens, varieties – one stem: Maximum length 12” (HBp104-105)

Class 6.           Chrysantheum x morifolium   (Hardy Mum)

Class 7.           Asteraceae                               (Aster)

Class 8.           Tagetes                                    (Marigold)

Class 9.           Any other named perennial

Section C:     Needled Evergreens – “A Winter Woodland”

Eligible for Arboreal Award   (HBp106-107)

1 branch; Maximum 30” specimen from cut end to tip and have several nodes and apical tip.

Class 10.         Pinus   insularis                      (Pine)

Class 11.         Cedrus deodara                      (Cedar)

Class 12.         Picea abies                               (Spruce)

Class 13.         Any other named Needled Evergreen

Section D:     Evergreen Shrub – “Jolly Holly”

Eligible for Arboreal Award (HBp106-107)

Limit of 30” maximum from cut end to tip and have several nodes and apical tip.

Class 14.         Llex opaca                   (American Holly)

Class 15.         Nancina domestica      (Nandina)

Class 16.         Acuba japonica           (Acuba)

Class 17.         Buxus                          (Boxwood)

Class 18.         Any other named evergreen shrub

Section E:      Container Grown Plants – “Do You See What I See”

Eligible for Grower’s Choice Award (HBp45)

Container size not to exceed 12 inches in diameter and height

Class 19.         Blooming plants

a          Saintpaulia                   (Africian Violet)

  1.     Orchidaceae                 (Orchid)
  2. Begoniaceae (Begonia)
  3. Any other named blooming plants not listed

Class 20.         Foliage Plants

a          Maranta                      (Prayer Plant)

  1.       Spathiphylium Wallisii            (Peace Lily)
  2.       Hevera                         (Ivy)
  3. Any other named foliage plants not listed

Class 21.         Succulents and Cactus

  1.       Aloe vera                     (Aloe)
  2. Haworthia fasciata (Haworthia)
  3. Sempervivum (Hens and Chicks)
  4. Any other named succulent or cactus

 Division II – Rules for Design  – “Home for the Holidays”

  1. Advanced registration is required in all design sections.
  2. No artificial flowers, fruit or vegetables permitted.
  3. Fresh plant material may not be treated in any way.
  4. Some plant material must be used in all designs. Plant material may be obtained from any source.
  5. Plant material used must be neatly listed on a 2.5 in. x 3 in. index card.
  6. Each class will have a minimum of four designs.
  7. Landscapes and scenes are not permitted in the design division.
  8. Design must be the work of one exhibitor.
  9. An exhibitor may enter as many classes in the Design Division as desired but only one exhibit per class.
  10. If designer is unable to fulfill her assignment, it is the responsibility of the designer to provide a substitute and notify the show chairman of change.
  11. Fresh cut fruits or vegetables must be sealed with an unobtrusive sealer to discourage insects, odors, and discoloration. (HBp153)
  12. Designs will be staged on tables covered with an off white colored cloth that will be provided by committee.
  13. For Scale of Points for Judging, see the (HBp303-304).

Division II – Design – “Home for the Holidays”

“Eligible for Holiday Excellence Award”

SECTION A:   “A Time to Harvest – A Time to be Thankful”

“Designers Choice Award (HBp47)

Class 1.  “Harvest Time”

Designer has complete freedom to choose plant material and other components.  Designer has the freedom to choose “Traditional” or “Creative” style with any design type.  Space allowed 28” wide x 20” deep. Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer. (HBp181-185)

Class 2.  “We Give Thanks”

A traditional design suitable for a buffet or dining table.  May include nuts, gourds, pods, etc. Space allowed 28” wide x 20” deep. Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer. (HBp181-183)

Class 3.  “The Fairy’s Harvest ”

A small design not to exceed 8” in any direction. Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer. (HBp208)

SECTION B:   “All is Merry and Bright”

Designers Choice Award (HBp47)

Class 1.   “Christmas Parade”

A parallel design –   Space allowed 28” across and 20” deep.  Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer. (HBp206)

Class 2.   “Santa’s Elves”

A miniature design – Does not exceed 5” in any directions. .  Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer. (HBp203)

Class 3.   “The Christmas Waltz”

A multi-rhythmic design –   Space allowed 28” wide by 20” deep.  Backgrounds and underlays required and provided by designer.  (HBp205)

Holiday Times

Division IIIRules for Special Exhibits – “The Sweetest Gifts”

  1. Each exhibit must occupy a minimum of 18 sq. ft. (for educational exhibits only)
  2. Staging and tables will be provided by the committee for section A and B.
  3. Judged by Special Exhibit scale of points (HBp304)
  4. Plant material may be fresh dried or a combination (for artistic crafts only).
  5. Four exhibits in each class in Section A.

SECTION A:  “Deck the Halls” (4 Exhibits in Each Class)

Eligible for Artistic Crafts Award (HBp53)

Class 1. “ Under the Mistletoe ”

A Kissing Ball not to exceed 10”. Hanging space provided by Flower Show Committee.  Designers  choice of plant material.  Ball may be made using oasis, wire, foam or designers choice and should include some fresh material.

Class 2. “ Pretty Packages all Tied Up ”

Wrapped packages – Boxes provided by Flower Show Committee  and will be available no later than September 29th, 2016 and available for pick up at the next scheduled meeting which is October 11, 2016. Choice of fresh or dried plant material

Class 3. “ For My Tree ”

An Ornament for a Christmas Tree –  Hanging space provided by Flower Show Committee. May include fresh or dried plant material.  Ornament size should be suitable for hanging on a Christmas tree.

Section B:      Educational Exhibits   “Tis the Season”

Eligible for Educational Award (HBp49)

Exhibit I. “Decking the Doors”

Providing step by step instructions for making a fresh wreath. Depicting how a wreath is made from start to finish.

Exhibit 2. “Presents for Pollinators”

Creating a Monarch Butterfly Waystation. Examples of plants either live or through pictures that encourage the Monarch Butterfly to stop for nourishment. Show others how to prevent their extinction.