Guidance for Exhibitors: Section 1 – Flowers


Classes

1Ashtead Park Garden Centre Premier Vase.  Mixed Garden Flowers, 5 kinds, maximum 4 stems of each (see information below).
2Sweet Peas, 2 vases, distinct variety in each, 5 sprays of each with own foliage.
3Sweet Peas, vase of 12 mixed sprays with own foliage.
4Sweet Peas, 3 sprays, any variety or varieties with own foliage.
5Hydrangea, 3 blooms, 1 vase.
6Orchid, 1 pot.
7Roses, 3 blooms, 1 vase, 1 or more varieties.
8Roses, cluster, 1 vase, not more than 5 stems.
9Roses, 5 blooms. Exhibited in a bowl.
10Climber, Rambler or Shrub roses, 3 stems, 1 vase.
11Rose, 1 bloom. To be shown in frame supplied at the show by the Society. 
12Patio pot or container with 1 or more flowers planted by exhibitor.
13Antirrhinums, 5 stems, 1 vase.
14Pansies or Violas, 6 blooms.  Exhibited on a card supplied by the Society.
15Phlox, perennial, 3 spikes, 1 vase.
16Flowering Pot Plant (excluding Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and Orchids), pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter (see information below).
17Foliage Pot Plant, pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter (see information below).
18Garden Flowers, 1 vase, 1 kind, 5 stems.
19Dahlias, 3 blooms, 1 vase.
20Mixed annuals, 1 vase, not more than 3 kinds, maximum 4 stems of each.
21Bush Fuchsia, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter. Up to 3 plants of the same variety may be included in the pot. (No standards.)
22Bush Fuchsias, 3 different varieties in separate pots up to 200mm/ 8″ diameter. Up to 3 plants of the same variety may be included in each pot. (No standards.)
23Fuchsias, 6 blooms. Exhibited on a card supplied by the Society.
24Saintpaulia, (African Violet), 1 pot.
25Pelargonium (1), Zonal, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter.
26Pelargonium, (1), Bi or Tri coloured leaf, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter.
27Pelargonium (1), Regal, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter.
28Pelargonium (1), Ivy Leaf, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter.
29Pelargonium (1) , Scented Leaf, in pot not exceeding 200mm/ 8″ diameter.
30Spike or Spray, with or without laterals.
31Mixed Flowers, 1 stem of each of 5 different kinds in 1 vase.
32Hanging Basket in flower. Basket not exceeding 350mm/ 14″ diameter.
33Streptocarpus, 1 pot.

Additional information

1Ashtead Park Garden Centre sponsors Class 1 (Premier Vase Class for mixed garden flowers) and will donate vouchers valued at £15, £10 and £5 to exhibitors placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd. They will also donate a £10 voucher to the exhibitor gaining most marks in Section 1 – Flowers.
16/17Excluding Fuchsias, Pelargoniums and Orchids.

Guidance for Flower Exhibitors

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The term ‘kind’ is intended to cover all varieties of a genus. For example, all gladioli or all lilium, whatever their colour, are considered to be one kind.

Pot sizes given are internal dimensions.

Blooms are best cut in the early morning, and put straight into a bucket of water at least 12 hours before they are intended for exhibition, during which time they should be kept in deep water in a cool place.

Always try to show a fully developed flower, remembering it is better to show one that has not quite reached its best, rather than one that is just past its best, beginning to fade and showing the centre disk.

Select blooms that have freshness and that are uniform, not only in size but also in colour.

Practise staging at home. Try setting up 5 blooms in a vase with 3 blooms at the back fairly high up and the two at the front with slightly shorter stems. Aim for a well-balanced effect overall, with blooms set slightly apart.

Some flowers are not good at taking up water when cut and it is advisable to crush or scrape the ends of all ‘woody’ stems so that a good supply of water is assured.