2019 LGC Flower Show

Printable Luray Garden Club 2019 Flower Show

“September in the Valley”

Sept in the Valley LGC Garden Club Flower Show

Saturday September 7, 2019

Admission Free and Open to the Public

1-4 P.M.

Comer Jones VFW
State Route 211 East
Luray, Virginia 22835

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

A Very Special Thank You to The Comer Jones VFW Post #621 for hosting the Luray Garden Club! 

General Rules for all Divisions

  1. The Classification Chairmen for each division check exhibits for conformity to the schedule prior to judging. Final determination for conformance is the judges’ responsibility.
  2. The General Chairman and the Classification Chairmen for each division are available during judging for possible consultations. They, along with the judges and clerks, are the only personnel allowed on the floor during judging.
  3. The decisions of the judges are final. Awards may be withheld if not merited.
  4. There must be an emphasis on FRESH plant material. No artificial plant material is permitted in any exhibit in any division.
  5. Each exhibitor is limited to one entry per class, except in the Horticulture Division.
  6. The Luray Garden Club flower show committee will strive to assure the safety of all items after arrival and placement, but is not responsible for any loss or damage to exhibits.
  7. “Advance registration with the Design Entries Chairman/Consultant is required by August 7th, 2019.
  8. “All plant material used in the design must be identified on a card, provided by the exhibitor and included with the entry tag.”
  9. “The Scale of Points for Design is listed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 14.”
  10. Entry cards are available from the Entries Chairman (Patty Comstock, 540-661-9062 or Susan Zorn, 410-507-3237), or from the General Chairman Gretchen Mulligan, 703-303-8163).  Entry cards are to be filled out in advance if possible using pencil or waterproof ink.
  11. Educational Exhibits must be registered by June 7th, 2019
  12. Entries will be received at the Comer Jones FVW on Saturday September 7th from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. No late entries accepted.  No exhibits may be removed before 4:00 p.m.   All exhibits are to be removed by 5:00 p.m.
  13. Nationally accredited flower show judges will judge the show. The decisions of the judges are final.  Awards may be withheld if not merited.  An accredited judge must sign and date all blue ribbons, 90+ and Top Exhibitor Award ribbons.
  14. Judging will begin at 10:30 am, Saturday, September 7, 2019.
  15. Use of Virginia Conservation Plants is permitted as long as they are grown by the exhibitor and so stated on an index card. The conservation plant list is defined on (p 67-68) of the current VFGC yearbook (contact club president) or refer to the state website for a full list (dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage).
  16. All classes are open to Luray Garden Club members only.
  17. Tables and off-white table cover’s will be provided by the Flower Show Committee for exhibits in all the divisions.
  18. All entries must be passed by the Classification Committee and will be checked for conformity to the Schedule and Handbook prior to the judging.  (2017 HB).

Statement of Awards

The NGC Standard System of Awarding is used in all Divisions

  1. Only one (1) first place (blue) ribbon per class or subclass; must score 90 points or more
  2. Only one (1) second place (red) ribbon per class or subclass; must score 85 points or more
  3. Only one (1) third place (yellow) ribbon per class or subclass; must score 80 points or more
  4. One (1) or more Honorable Mention (white) ribbons as merited; must score 75 points or more

Division I – Horticulture Awards

A minimum of twenty (20) exhibits are required in this division for these awards to be offered.  There is no minimum number of exhibits per class required.

The Award of Horticultural Excellence is offered to the highest scoring blue ribbon winner and correctly named exhibit in the entire Horticulture Division.  It is a rosette of green, orange and blue ribbons.

The Award of Merit may be given a correctly named blue ribbon winner scoring 95 or above in Section A, Classes 1-8; Section B, Classes 9-13; Section C, Classes 14-18 and Section D, Classes 19-23, (Rosette of orange ribbon. (HBp41)

The Arboreal Award may be given to (2) named blue ribbon winner of scoring 95 or above in Section E Classes 24-28 (Rosette of two shades of green ribbon). (HBp40)

The Grower’s Choice Award may be awarded to a named blue ribbon winner scoring 95 or above for container grown plants in Section F and Section G. Rosette of dark green ribbon). (HBp41)

Division II – Design Awards

There must be at least three (3) classes in each section for these awards to be placed.  Each class is required to contain at least four (4) exhibits.

The Award of Design Excellence: One may be awarded to highest scoring blue ribbon design in the entire Design Division entered by an individual.  Rosette of gold ribbons.  (HBp42)

The Petite Design Award:  May be awarded to the highest scoring blue ribbon petite design of 95 points or more in Section A, Classes 1-3. Small rosette of blue and white ribbons.  (HBp43)

The Designer’s Choice Award:  Awarded to the highest scoring Blue Ribbon exhibit of 95 points or more in Section B, Classes 4-6.   (Rosette of purple ribbons).  (HBp42)

Division III – Educational Award

A minimum of two (2) educational exhibits are required in this division for this award to be placed.

Educational Top Exhibitor Award: May be awarded to the highest scoring blue ribbon exhibit of 95 points or more in Section A.  (Rosette of brown and white ribbons).

“Division I – Horticulture

“Harvest Moon”   

Horticulture Rules

  1. “The NGC Exhibit Policies are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 6, Exhibiting in the Horticulture Division.”
  2. “The rules for a single species cut or container-grown specimen are listed in the Handbook for Flower Shows or its supplement Horticulture Exhibiting and Judging”.
  3. “In order to receive an NGC Top Exhibitor Award, the exhibitor must identify her/his entry by its binomial name or currently acceptable scientific designation.” (Consult Handbook for Flower Shows, Exhibiting in the Horticulture Division, Chapter 6.)
  4. “Entry cards are to be filled out in advance if possible.” Entry cards are to be printed in pencil or waterproof ink. “refer to the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 7 for a correctly filled out entry tag.”
  5. “Cut specimens should not have foliage below the water line, except for Gladiolus.”
  6. “If a plant is considered a flowering plant, it should be exhibited as a flowering specimen. Foliage plants may flower, but should be exhibited as foliage plant if they are grown for their leaves.”
  7. “Specimens with a class designation in the schedule may not be entered in the ‘Any Other Worthy’ class.”
  8. “The Horticulture Classification Committee Chairman and/or General Show Chairman are free to subdivide classes by color, form, size, cultivar, variety or other distinguishing characteristics.”
  9. “The Scales of Points for Horticulture are located in Chapter 14 of the Handbook for Flower Shows.”
  10. “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.  Wedging to support stems of specimens is permitted. (Exhibitor shall provide their own bottle, container and clear plastic wedging material).
  11. All specimens must have been in exhibitor’s possession 90 days prior to flower show.
  12. 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.
  13. No oiling, dressing, or other treatment of plant material is acceptable.
  14. A limit of 10 specimens may be entered by the exhibitor.
  15. Flower Show Committee will provide tables and off-white table covers.
  16. For Scale of Points for Judging see the (HBp129-138).

Horticulture Sections & Classes

Section A.       Herbs – “Thyme to Pick”

Eligible for The Award of Merit  

Cut specimens of herbs

Cut specimens are to be displayed in clear glass bottles. Wedging is permitted with clear plastic wrap.  (A specimen is one bloom, spray, truss, spike, stalk, or shrub branch not to exceed 30” from the cut end to the tip end).

Class 1.            Lavandula                               (Lavender)

Class 2.            Laurus nobilis                          (Bay)

Class 3.            Mentha                                   (Mint)

Class 4.            Petroselinum crispum             (Parsley)

Class 5.            Rosmarinus officinalis                        (Rosemary)

Class 6.            Salvia officinalis                      (Sage)

Class 7.            Thymus vulgaris                      (Thyme)

Class 8.            Any other worthy named herb

Section B.       Fruits, Vegetables – “Treasure Trove”

Eligible for The Award of Merit

Specimens are to be displayed on a white paper plate provided by the Flower Show Committee.

Class 9.            Cucurbita pepo                       (Pumpkins)

Class 10.          Cucurbita maxima                  (Squash)

Class 11.          Lagenaria siceraria                 (Gourds)

Class 12.          Zea mays                                 (Corn)

Class 13.          Any other worthy named fruit or vegetable 

Section C.       Perennials “September Song”

Eligible for The Award of Merit  

Cut specimens, varieties – one stem:   Cut specimens are to be displayed in clear glass bottles. Wedging is permitted with clear plastic wrap.  (A specimen is one bloom, spray, truss, spike, stalk, or shrub branch not to exceed 30” from the cut end to the tip end).

Class 14.          Aster                                        (Aster)

Class 15.          Chrysanthemum                      (Chrysanthemum)

Class 16.          Echinacea                                (Cone flower)

Class 17.          Gladiolus                                 (Gladiolus)

Class 18.          Any other worthy named perennial

Section D:   Annuals “September Rain”

             Eligible for The Award of Merit  

 Cut specimens, varieties – one stem:   Cut specimens are to be displayed in clear glass bottles. Wedging is permitted with clear plastic wrap.  (A specimen is one bloom, spray, truss, spike, stalk, or shrub branch not to exceed 30” from the cut end to the tip end).

Class 19.          Calendula officinalis               (Marigolds)

Class 20.          Dahlia                                      (Dahlia)

Class 21.          Helianthus annuus                 (Sunflower)

Class 22.          Zinnia elegans                         (Zinnia)

Class 23.          Any other worthy named annual

Section E: “September Sunset”

Eligible for The Arboreal Award  

Cut specimens, varieties – one stem:   Cut specimens are to be displayed in clear glass bottles. Wedging is permitted with clear plastic wrap.  (A specimen is one bloom, spray, truss, spike, stalk, or shrub branch not to exceed 30” from the cut end to the tip end have several nodes and apical tip.    

Class 24.          Aucuba japonica                     (Aucuba)

Class 25.          Buxus                                       (Boxwood)

Class 26.          Callicarpa                                (Beauty Berry)

Class 27.          Ilex opaca                                (Holly)

Class 28.          Taxis brevifolia                       (Yew)

Class 29.          Any other worthy named tree or shrub

Section F:        “September Skyline”

Container Grown Plants    

Eligible for The Grower’s Choice Award  

Container size not to exceed 12 inches in diameter and height

Class 30.         Foliage Plants

  1. Sansevieria trifasciata (Snake Plant)
  2. Pteridophyta (Ferns)
  3. Spathiphylium Wallsii (Peace Lily)
  4. Any other worthy named foliage plants not listed

Section G:       “Come September”

            Container Grown Plants

            Eligible for The Grower’s Choice Award

Container size not to exceed 12 inches in diameter and height

Class 31.          Succulents and Cactus

Same Award and Instructions as listed above.

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

Division II –  Design

“Summer Memories”

Design Rules

  1. “The NGC Exhibit Policies are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 7, Exhibiting in the Design Division, NGC Policies and Guidelines.”
  2. “Advance registration with the Design Entries Chairman/Consultant is required by August 7, 2019.
  3. “Plant material and non-plant material permitted and not permitted in the Design Division are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 7.
  4. “All plant material used in the design must be identified on a card, provided by the exhibitor and included with the entry tag.”
  5. “The exhibitor is required to conform to the stated description and limitations of the Design Type if named in the class.”
  6. “Rules for Design Types, Advanced Design Types, Table Designs and Table Appointments are printed in the Handbook for Flower Shows. Chapter 7.”
  7. “The Scale of Point for Design is listed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter 14.”
  8. Plant material must be neatly listed on a 2.5“ x 3” index card either in pencil or water proof ink.
  9. Design must be the work of one exhibitor.
  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. (HBp34)
  12. Designs will be staged on tables covered with an off-white colored cloth that will be provided by the Flower Show Committee.
  13. Staging panels and underlays 30” wide or less by 20” deep with no height restriction to be provided by exhibitors for Standard Design. (HBp29)
  14. Staging panels and underlays are not to exceed 10” for Petite Designs. (HBp29)

Design Sections & Classes

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

Eligible for The Petite Award

Flower Show Committee will provide a tiered display stand that will be placed on the table covered with off-white cloth for petite designs.

Class 1.            “Secret Garden”

A Petite Design not to exceed 5” using fresh or dried plant material.  Staging panels and underlays required and provided by designer.  (HPp73)

Class 2.            “Summer Memories”

A Petite Design not to exceed 8” using fresh or dried plant material.  Staging panels and underlays required and provided by designer.  (HPp73)

Class 3.            “Treasures of the Season” Novice

A Petite Design not to exceed 10” using fresh or dried plant material.  Staging panels and underlays required and provided by designer.  (HPp73)   Novice designers only. (Novice means someone who has not won a blue ribbon in a flower show)

Section B:       “September Morn”

Eligible for The Designers Choice Award

 Flower Show Committee will provide off-white cloths to cover tables.  Floors are hardwood with walls painted light beige. 

 Class 4.           “Garden Party”

A Still Life Design – Plant material used in the exhibit may be dried, treated dried and/or fresh.   Space allowed 30” wide by 20” deep with no height restriction.  Staging panels and underlays required and provided by designer.   (HBp42,p76)

Class 5.            “Harvest Moon”

A Creative Design using fresh and/or dried fruit and/or vegetables.   Space allowed 30” wide by 20” deep with no height restriction.  Staging panels and underlays required and provided by designer.  (HBp71-72)

 Class 6.           “Oh Shenandoah”

A Creative Design.  Plant materials may be fresh and/or dried.  Space allowed: 30” wide by 20” deep with no height restriction.  Staging panels and underlay required and provided by designer. (HBp71-72)

Division III – Education

 “Treasure Garden”

Educational Rules

  1. “Education Exhibits may be the work of more than one individual or organization unless a Student Judge or an Accredited Judge is seeking exhibiting credit for preparing an education exhibit.”
  2. “An exhibit must occupy a minimum of eighteen (18) square feet surface area.”
  3. “Some plant material is required.”
  4. “Advanced registration with the Education Entries Chairman is required by June 7, 2019.”
  5. “The Scale of Points for Education Exhibits is listed in the Handbook for Flower Shows, Chapter

Educational Exhibits

 Section A:      Educational Exhibits – “September Harvest”

Eligible for Educational Top Exhibitor Award (HBp43)

Each exhibit must occupy a minimum of 18 square feet of surface area.  Flower Show Committee will provide off-white cloths to cover tables.  Floor surface is hardwood with light beige colored walls.

Exhibit 1.        “The Saved Seed”

            Life cycle of a pumpkin seed

Exhibit 2.        “Harvest Window”

            Creating a window box display for fall