Botanical Arts Division
Rules and Guidelines
Janice Panoff, Chair
Robyn Spagnolo, Vice Chair
Botanical Arts Entries
Kathy Michie, Chair
1. Please carefully read the Floral Design Division Rules and Guidelines.
2. Registration Form must be received by the Entries Chair no later than Friday, March 31, 2017 and will be accepted in the order received. Exhibitors should complete the on-line registration form
or e-mail a scan of your completed registration form from the booklet to Kathy Michie.
*Please indicate NFS Entries in e-mail subject line.
Upon receipt of the registration form, exhibitors will receive confirmation of receipt by e-mail. An exhibitor’s information packet will be mailed. The packet will include your entry number, exhibitor name badge, an entry card, a plant list form, a copy of the floor plan at Rosecliff, plant identification key cards, a card for a statement of intent (optional) and, where applicable, a paint/fabric sample.
If an exhibitor has requested a Show badge for a helper in advance, this will also be included. Show badges must be worn at all times while on the grounds of Rosecliff. Only those possessing a badge will be allowed on the Show grounds during set-up.
Entry numbers will be pre-assigned by the Entries Chair on a first-come, first-served basis.
3. Exhibitors are permitted one entry per class in the Botanical Arts Division. However, exhibitors may enter more than one class in the Botanical Arts Division. If forced to withdraw, the exhibitor must notify the Entries Chair, the Class Consultant and find a substitute unless there is a waiting list for the class. It is strongly suggested that exhibitors contact their Class Consultant for valuable and updated information.
4. All plant material used must be dried. This includes flowers, foliage, seeds, pods, nuts (in or out of shells), vegetables, twigs, vines, reeds, etc. Artificial, endangered, and locally invasive plant material may not be used.
5. Figural forms must be assembled or judiciously carved. Any plant material may be cut, incised or shaped to enhance artistic effect.
6. Non-plant material (i.e. cardboard, metal, twine, string, cording, etc.) may be used only for construction. Mechanics may not show.
7. All exhibits must appear to be functional.
8. Surface treatment of plant material may be painted, varnished, waxed, or nail polished. Exhibitors are strongly advised to use discretion if using glitter, resin epoxy finishes, or nail polishes containing glitter. Man-made crystals, gem stones, shells, feathers and pasta are not permitted.
9. A 5” x 8" typed key card is required for all exhibits and will be supplied by the Committee. It must show the plant material in its natural form, along with both botanical and common name. The exhibitor's name should be written in pencil on the back of the card. Lettering must be typed. The entry form and key cards will be mailed in the exhibitor’s packet (see rule #2) and must be included with entry when submitted to the Show.
10. If an exhibitor intends to mail their entry, this should be noted on the registration form when they register.
Mail-in entries must be delivered no later than Tuesday, May 23, 2017, via US Postal Service or commercial carrier, with tracking, to Robyn Spagnolo, 181 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. Passing of the exhibit will be conducted by the Committee upon arrival.
Note: Following the Show, mail-in entries will only be returned if the exhibitor provides appropriate pre-paid and labeled shipping materials.
11. Exhibitors may deliver their entry in person to the Salon at Rosecliff on Thursday, June 22, 2017, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Passing will take place in the Salon and will close promptly at 2 p.m. Judging will begin at 3 p.m.
12. Installation of the mail-in exhibits will be the responsibility of the Committee. Each entry will be handled with care and respect. Detailed photos of entry, taken from all sides, must be sent with the entry. The exhibitor should indicate top and bottom of the exhibit. Explicit directions as to how the entry is to be displayed are required. If an exhibit arrives damaged, the exhibitor will be notified. The exhibitor will have the option to have the entry returned for repair, if time permits, or the exhibitor can give permission for the Committee to make the repair. It is strongly suggested that a repair kit be included with the entry.
13. While the Botanical Arts Division Committee and The Preservation Society of Newport County will afford the best possible protection to all exhibits, they distinctly disclaim all liability for loss or damage to exhibits and personal property belonging to exhibitors.
14. An exhibit previously entered in any competition must be significantly altered before being submitted to The Newport Flower Show Botanical Arts Division.
15. A typed Statement of Intent is optional and may not exceed 25 words. Statements of Intent for all entries must be sent (hard copy or email) to Robyn Spagnolo, 181 Coggeshall Avenue, Newport, RI 02840, by Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
16. Class 1 - Two doll forms (one for display and a backup) will be provided to each designer. Doll forms may be picked up at The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI upon confirmation of registration. Forms may be altered but not enlarged. An optional wooded plaque will be provided to help stabilize doll form. A Statement of Intent noting the “Haute Couture” designer is required for this class.
17. Class 2 - Scarf design will be presented in a frame which may be enhanced. The frame may be picked up at The Preservation Society of Newport County, 424 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI upon confirmation of registration. Frame may be altered but not enlarged and should not include glass or plexiglass. At time of registration designer should select an inspiration color on a first come basis from those available.
18. If forms or staging must be shipped to exhibitor, exhibitor must pay shipping charges. A credit card number will need to be provided when request for shipping is made.
19. Novice and new exhibitors will be eligible for specific awards. Please designate on the Registration Form if you belong in one of these categories.
a. A Novice is an exhibitor/s who has never won a blue ribbon in The Newport Flower Show in the Botanical Arts Division.
b. A New Exhibitor is a person or group who is entering The Newport Flower Show for the first time in the Botanical Arts Division.
20. Scale of points:
Interpretation of theme 15
Botanical Arts & Floral Design Division Glossary
Bridge Design: Design comprised of multiple parts linked together so that connected elements appear as one design. Length and strength of connecting elements should be appropriate in scale and proportion to bridged components.
Contemporary Design: Floral design not following traditional styles, using imagination and creativity to devise new approaches to the selection and organization of plant material and other components according to principles and elements of design.
Key Card: (BA Div. only) A typed list of botanical and common names accompanying an exhibit. Corresponding numbers are placed with each individual sample of untreated plant material. Card to be supplied in exhibitor’s packet.
Mass Design: Profusion of flowers of various forms and sizes arranged in an oval, triangular or fan-shaped design, a closed silhouette having more solids than voids. (Traditional)
Mobile Design: A suspended design consisting of individual parts which can be moved by air currents.
New Exhibitor: A person or group who is entering that particular division of The Newport Flower Show for the first time.
Novice: An exhibitor/s who has never won a blue ribbon in that particular division of The Newport Flower Show.
Parallel Design: A design in which plant material (and other components) are placed in strongly parallel groupings with open space between; may be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Multiple containers may be used but must appear as a single unit.
Statement of Intent: A brief typed paragraph (no more than 25 words) offering explanation of the exhibitor’s creation. (See Rules and Guidelines for divisional details - Botanical Arts #15 and Floral Design #23)
Underwater Design: A creative design where all or part of the design is submerged under visible water.