Read the Horticulture Division rules & guidelines
Division I: Invitational Garden Design
For 2018, In place of individual themed gardens, the Horticulture Division will produce a tiny house village on the front lawn of Rosecliff!
Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers
Passing & Registration for entries in Division II: Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Classes 1-7 Require Pre-Registration
Classes 8 Does Not Require Pre-Registration
Division II Registration Form
All Creative Outdoor Containers, Classes 1 to 6, will be passed in the passing tent behind Rosecliff and staged in the horticulture tent. Classes 7 & 8 will be passed in front of Rosecliff opposite the Cour d’amour.
Class Consultant: Jim Donahue
(401) 847-1000, ext 154
Class 1: Cottage Garden
The traditional cottage garden employs informal design, and a mixture of ornamental and edible plants to create grace and charm rather than grandeur or formality. Grow a mixed container in classic cottage garden style, featuring at least three different vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers, in a pot not to exceed 24” in any dimension, including diagonal. Accessories are permitted. Pre-registration is required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Class 2: Up-cycled Shabby Chic
Transform a found object into a planter worthy of a stylish cottage and fill it with plants of your choice: annuals, perennials, edibles, succulents – whatever suits the character of your creation. Accessories are not permitted. Completed planter may be large, but must be easily moved by hand. Pre-registration is required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Class 3: Mixed Succulents
Plant a succulent garden containing a minimum of three different species, varieties, or cultivars of hardy and/or non-hardy succulents, in a container not to exceed 24" in any dimension, including diagonal. All plants must be rooted. Pre-registration is required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Class 4: Cottage Fairy Garden
Design a fairy garden with cottage appeal. The plantings must include a minimum of three different species, varieties, or cultivars in a shallow, open container not to exceed 24" in any dimension, including diagonal. The plant material must be culturally compatible and in scale. All plants must be rooted. Accessories are encouraged. Pre-registration is required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Class 5: Perennial Container
The latest trend in container gardening is fully hardy, perennial planters. The mixed container may include herbaceous perennials and woody plants. Judging will be based on four-season appeal. Accessories are not permitted. Pre-registration is required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Class 6: Picket Fences Garden Club Challenge
The white picket fence is classic ‘cottage garden.
Twelve regional garden clubs will be invited to install cottage gardens in 8x3’ picket fence planters on the front lawn of Rosecliff. The planters will create an integral part of the streetscape for the planned tiny house village. This class will be sub-divided, into two competitions of six entrants, one set planting in cool colors and the other in warm colors. This is an on-site installation of plants temporarily staged in mulch. Mulch will be provided as well as re-imbursement of up to $200 for materials (receipts must be provided.) Cottage garden accessories are encouraged. The plantings should be planned for full sun. Detailed plans for the picket fence planters will be distributed at the ‘Get Growing’ reception on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018, 5:30 p.m. The Breakers Greenhouse, Bateman Avenue, Newport.
Class 7: Cottages…for the birds The 2018 Professional Gardeners’ Challenge
Six professional gardeners will create bird-friendly plantings in large pots at the entrance to the Newport Flower Show. The 30”x30” rolled rim planters will host six different cottage-style birdhouses on 8’-tall posts. The professional gardeners are encouraged to create a ‘cottagey’ mix of annuals, perennials, vines and woody plants that are inviting to our feathered friends. Pots and their birdhouses will be reserved on a first-come-first serve basis, on Thursday morning June 21, 2018. The display may be extended on the ground to fill a 6’x6’ square, centered on the pot. Accessories are encouraged.
Class 8: Par Class
Enter a container of three or more different species or varieties of plant material that does not qualify for entry elsewhere in Division II. To be judged individually on design and horticultural merit. Accessories are not permitted. Registration NOT required. To be displayed outdoors in full sun.
Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers
Division Consultant: Dan Christina, Preservation Society Chief Horticulturist firstname.lastname@example.org
Passing and Registration for Entries in Division III: Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Division III entries will be passed in the passing tent, behind Rosecliff.
Remember: One plant per pot unless otherwise stated. Containers must be able to be staged with ease.
SPECIAL CLASS for Cottages: Smart & Small
Class 9 Pelargonium! Any fancy-leaf Pelargonium.
A fancy-leaf Pelargonium is any whose leaves are not normal solid green.
Entry may contain more than one plant per pot.
(entries must have been trained by the exhibitor - multiple plants of same variety per pot permitted in 10 and 11)
Class 10 Trained on a frame
Class 11 Trained on a stuffed form
Class 12 Standard pruned to tree form
Class 13 Trained in the Bonsai manner, container 6” and under
Class 14 Trained in the Bonsai manner, container over 6”
Annual, Perennial or Biennial
Class 15 Grown for flower
Class 16 Grown for foliage
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber or Corm
(multiple bulbs of same variety per pot permitted in 16 & 17)
Class 17 Grown for flower
Class 18 Grown for foliage
Class 19 Any species or cultivar grown primarily for flower
Class 20 Any species or cultivar grown primarily for foliage
Class 21 Container 6” and under
Class 22 Container over 6”
Miniature or Dwarf Plant
Class 23 A mature example of a species or cultivar that is one of the naturally diminutive members of the genus.
(Must be in bloom. No hanging containers please)
Class 24 Cattleya
Class 25 Paphiopedilum
Class 26 Phalaenopsis
Class 27 Any small Orchid, in a pot 3” and under
Class 28 Other Orchid
Class 29 Agave, container 6” and under
Class 30 Agave, container over 6”
Class 31 Aloe, container 6" and under
Class 32 Aloe, container over 6”
Class 33 Crassula, container 6” and under
Class 34 Crassula, container over 6”
Class 35 Echeveria, container 6” and under
Class 36 Echeveria, container over 6”
Class 37 Euphorbia, container 6" and under
Class 38 Euphorbia, container over 6”
Class 39 Haworthia, container 6" and under
Class 40 Haworthia, container over 6”
Class 41 Other succulent
Three or more different species from one plant family (e.g., Apiaceae, Petroselinum (parsley), Illicium (anise), Anthenum (dill). In separate containers 8” or under, staged on a base or tray provided by the exhibitor. Photo Key Card required.
Species and/or Cultivars
Three or more different species and/or cultivars from one plant genus (e.g., Agave: A. “Blue Glow”, A. isthmensis, A. victoria-reginae). Separate containers 8” or under, staged on a base or tray provided by the exhibitor. Photo Key Card required.
There must be at least three different species and/or cultivars, separately potted, in an enclosed case that does not exceed 24” (diagonal inside measurement). To be judged for horticultural and artistic merit. Accessories are not permitted. Photo Key card required.
Unlike a Wardian case, which features separate potted specimens, a terrarium is here defined as at least three species grown in a capped container, creating a landscape under glass.
Parent and Child
A single plant exhibited along with the parent plant from which it was propagated, each in a separate container. Date and method of propagation must be specified on a 4” x 6” white index card (starting date, light source, medium used, repotting date, etc.) Both plants will be judged.
A single plant propagated by the exhibitor from seed, stem, leaf cutting or other method. Date and method of propagation must be specified on a 4” x 6” white index card (starting date, light source, medium used, repotting date, etc.)
(A plant noted for its age, owned by the exhibitor for at least 5 years)
Class 48 Grown primarily for flower
Class 49 Grown primarily for foliage
Class 50 Two matching plants, judged as a pair
Class 51 Standard Tree Rose
Class 52 Rose bush
An individual plant, owned by the exhibitor for a minimum of six months, which does not qualify for entry elsewhere in Division III. One entry per exhibitor, please. To be judged on horticultural excellence.
Division IV: Cut Specimens
Division Consultant: Lee Patterson (508) 785-8340 / email@example.com
Passing and Registration for Entries in Division IV : Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Division IV entries will be passed in the Passing tent behind Rosecliff.
Cut specimens must be properly conditioned in order to survive the entire (un-air conditioned) run of the Show.
Stems may not exceed 40" in length. All stems should include enough foliage to indicate the overall health and vigor of the plant; two full sets of attached leaves are recommended. Also, length of stem should be proportional. All entries should be a single stem with foliage attached above the water line and must have been grown by the exhibitor. Only classes 93, 96 and 124 allow for multiple stems, all others are single stem specimens
Vases for staging your cut specimen will be provided by The Newport Flower Show. Please read the Horticulture Rules before entering your cut specimen. No entries will be passed after 3:30 p.m.
Judging criteria for cut specimens include: form, substance, condition, grooming and labeling. The Newport Flower Show reserves the right to remove cut specimens that have wilted.
Annuals and Biennials
Class 54 Annual or Biennial in bloom
Class 55 Annual or Biennial grown for foliage
Class 56 Achillea
Class 57 Alchemilla
Class 58 Aquilegia
Class 59 Astilbe
Class 60 Astrantia
Class 61 Campanula
Class 62 Coreopsis
Class 63 Delphinium
Class 64 Dianthus
Class 65 Digitalis
Class 66 Leucanthemum
Class 67 Paeonia
Class 68 Salvia
Class 69 Veronica
Class 70 Other perennial in bloom
Class 71 Other perennial grown for foliage
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber & Corm
Class 72 Allium
Class 73 Dahlia
Class 74 Iris
Class 75 Lilium Asiatic
Class 76 Lilium Oriental
Class 77 Lilium Other
Class 78 Other bulb, rhizome, tuber or corm in flower
Class 79 Hydrangea arborescens
Class 80 Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'
Class 81 Hydrangea macrophylla 'Nikko Blue'
Class 82 Hydrangea macrophylla lacecaps
Class 83 Hydrangea macrophylla mopheads
Class 84 Hydrangea macrophylla other
Class 85 Hydrangea paniculata
Class 86 Hydrangea quercifolia
Class 87 Other Hydrangea
To measure leaf size, measure leaf-length by leaf-width to obtain the size in square inches. Do not include petiole (stem) in your calculations. (Hint: An undersized leaf of a variety listed as a large leaf may not be entered in the medium class.)
Class 88 Miniature less than 6”
Class 89 Small 6" to 29"
Class 90 Medium 30" to 63"
Class 91 Large 64" to 119"
Class 92 Giant 120" or greater
Class 93 Collection of 3 different varieties. Plant list required.
Class 94 Fern native to North America - single frond
Class 95 Other fern - single frond
Class 96 Three fronds of different varieties. Plant list required.
Class 97 Species (wild) Rose, one stem or spray
Old Garden Rose
Old Garden Roses are those classes that existed prior to 1867 and include Alba, Avershire, Bourbon, Boursalt, Centifolia, Damask, Hybrid Bracteata, Hybrid China, Hybrid Eglanteria, Hybrid Foetida, Hybrid Gallica, Hybrid Multiflora, Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Sempervirens, Hybrid Setigera, Hybrid Spinosissima, Misc OGR’S Moss, Noisette, Portland Tea.
Class 98 Old Garden Rose (climbing & non-climbing) one stem or spray (class to be subdivided by type)
Modern Roses are those classes that came into existence after 1867.
Class 99 Floribunda, one stem or spray
Class 100 Grandiflora, one stem or spray
Class 101 Hybrid Kordesii, one stem or spray
Class 102 Hybrid Rugosa, one stem or spray
Class 103 Hybrid Tea, one stem or spray
Class 104 Large Flowered Climber and Rambler, one stem or spray
Class 105 Miniature and Mini-Flora, one stem or spray
Class 106 Polyantha, one stem or spray
Class 107 Shrub Rose, one stem or spray
Class 108 Other modern rose
Class 109 Unidentified Rose, one stem or spray of any rose whose name is not known
Class 110 Broad leaf evergreen, in bloom
Class 111 Broad leaf evergreen, not in bloom
Class 112 Conifers - Cupressaceae Family (includes Calocedrus, Chamaecyparis, Juniperus, Thuja)
Class 113 Conifers - Pinaceae Family (includes Abies, Cedrus, Larix, Picea, Pinus, Tsuga)
Class 114 Other Conifers
Class 115 Woody vines – Clematis
Class 116 Other woody vines
Class 117 Deciduous woody plant in bloom – Cornus
Class 118 Deciduous woody plant in bloom – Spirea
Class 119 Other woody plant in bloom
Class 120 Deciduous woody plant not in bloom – Acer
Class 121 Other deciduous woody plant not in bloom
Native Wildflowers and Woody Plants
Class 122 Native wildflower, in bloom
Class 123 Native flowering shrub or tree
Class 124 Three or more cut flowers and/or foliage specimens, of different varieties, from your garden. To be displayed in the exhibitor’s clear glass vase. The bouquet is not to exceed 20" in height, including vase. Plant list required. To be judged on horticultural excellence.
Sample Photo Key Card
1 Euphorbia ‘Firesticks’
2 Aloe vera
3 Sedum ‘Angelina’
4 Aeonium ‘Kiwi’
5 Crassula muscosa ‘Princess pine’
In an ongoing effort to improve the educational quality of exhibits at The Newport Flower Show, a Photo Key Card is required for all exhibits containing three or more rooted plants. A photo key card is a photo of your exhibit attached (or printed) on white card stock no larger than 5” x 8”. A numbered list of botanical and common names refers to the corresponding numbered plant in the photo. Please make an effort to complete your Photo Key Card prior to visiting the Passing Tent. For protection from the elements your Photo Key Card and Entry Card will be laminated to 8 ½” x 11” cardstock. Please do not use photo paper, which will blur in the laminating process.