How to Enter the Horticulture Division
Entering is easy and everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a member of a garden club or a horticultural organization. There are horticulture classes for all levels of gardener – from the weekend dabbler to the experienced horticulturist. So, bring your favorite plant, your prettiest cut specimen or plant something completely new, inspired by this year’s flower show theme.
When & How to Enter
Horticulture Division I: Invitational Garden Design
Garden installations will begin on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 and must be complete by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Horticulture Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
All creative outdoor container entries must be brought to the Passing Tent on the back lawn of Rosecliff, adjacent to the parking lot. Exhibitors must allow sufficient time to complete registration and entry cards as well as for the passing process for each entry. Exhibitors with multiple entries should allow an hour or more to complete the process. Passing for Division II closes promptly at 11:00 a.m. No entries will be passed after this time. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Horticulture Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown In Containers
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Registration and Passing takes place in the Passing Tent on the back lawn of Rosecliff, adjacent to the parking lot. Exhibitors must allow sufficient time for complete the registration and entry cards as well as for the passing process for each entry. Exhibitors with multiple entries should allow an hour or more to complete the process. Passing for Division III closes promptly at 11:00 a.m. No entries will be passed after that time. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Horticulture Division IV: Cut Specimens
Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
All cut specimens must be brought to the Passing Tent on the back lawn of Rosecliff, adjacent to the parking lot. Registration closes promptly @ 3:15 p.m. Exhibitors with multiple entries should arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. Cut specimen passing closes promptly at 3:30 p.m. No entries will be passed after this time. Cut specimens must be properly conditioned in order to survive the entire (un-air conditioned) run of the Show. The Newport Flower Show reserves the right to remove wilted cut specimens.
The Passing Process – Registration & Entry Cards
Each person entering the Horticulture Division must complete one horticulture registration card and an entry card for each container or cut specimen entered. Cards are available in advance at the reception desk at The Preservation Society of Newport County’s Office at 424 Bellevue Avenue, or by calling the Special Events Office at 401 847-1000 ext. 140 before Friday, June 15, 2018. On Thursday, June 21, 2018, cards will be available in the Passing Tent at the Show. We encourage you to complete registration and entry cards in advance.
All completed cards should be taken to the Registration Desk in the Rosecliff parking lot opposite the Passing Tent, where horticulture registration cards will be collected, and entry cards will be reviewed, marked with an “R” and returned to the exhibitor.
When registered, please visit the grooming station, and for cut specimens choose an appropriate vase provided by The Newport Flower Show. Be sure to give each cut specimen or container entry one last thorough inspection before proceeding to the appropriate passing table for your class number. Here your entry card and entry will be reviewed and each entry card will be marked with a “P”. All entries will be given to runners to be staged in the Show.
Amateurs and professionals are eligible to enter any class; however, entries may not be entered under a commercial or business name. This rule does not apply to Division I or Division II, Class 8, which are designed to be promotional opportunities. Entries may be made under an estate name.
Amateur: An exhibitor who does not derive any income from horticulture.
Professional: An exhibitor who derives income from horticulture.
Novice: An exhibitor who has never won a blue ribbon at The Newport Flower Show.*
Newcomer: A first-time exhibitor who has never entered the Horticulture Divisions of The Newport Flower Show.
*Exhibitor must elect to be considered for this award.
Horticulture Division Rules and Information
1. Entries in Divisions III & IV must have been owned and/or grown by the exhibitor for a minimum of three months prior to The Newport Flower Show and must be of show quality and free of all pests and diseases.
2. Entries in Division II will be judged on horticultural and artistic merit, as well as interpretation of the stated theme. Entries in Divisions III & IV will be judged on horticultural excellence, except where stated.
3. The standard ribbons will be: 1 blue awarded for first place, 1 red awarded for second place and 1 yellow awarded for third place. White will be awarded for honorable mention. In classes where entries are exceptionally competitive, more than 1 red and/or yellow ribbon may be awarded, at the discretion of the judges.
4. There is no limit as to how many different classes each exhibitor may enter. Multiple entries by the same exhibitor must not be duplicates and should represent different species, varieties or planting combinations (except where noted).
5. Exhibitors are responsible for identifying entries with correct botanical and common names. The American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and The New Royal Horticultural Society Index of Garden Plants are two recommended resources.
6. A Photo Key Card is required when entering Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers, with the exception of Class 8, which is planted on-site, in which case a diagram must be provided. The exhibitor must provide a white card, no larger than 5” x 8”, with a numbered listing of the botanical and common names for each plant corresponding to a numbered photograph of the planting.
7. Once your entry is passed, maintenance of the entry becomes the responsibility of The Newport Flower Show Committee. You may groom and/or water your entries only before they have been passed, not after.
8. Wild-collected plants of endangered species are strictly forbidden.
9. Entries must be well-balanced, sturdy and able to withstand inclement weather conditions.
10. Entries that exceed 100 lbs. or cannot be lifted easily by two people will not be accepted.
11. Containers must be clean, compatible and proportionate to the planting within. In Division III, Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers, clay or clay colored pots are preferred, but not required.
12. Pot size is measured as the longest inside dimension across the top of the pot; rectangular pots will be measured on the diagonal.
13. Disguised, double-potting is permitted. The interior pot is the one that will be measured, if necessary.
14. No dried, treated or artificial plant material is permitted (with the exception of dried moss used to disguise double-potting).
15. No fresh-cut stems are allowed to supplement container entries.
16. The Newport Flower Show Committee may divide, subdivide, withdraw or combine classes at their discretion.
17. The Newport Flower Show, Garden Club of America and National Garden Club awards will be presented at The Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.
18. Horticulture Division entries and ribbons must be picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2018. Beyond this pick-up time, The Newport Flower Show Committee is not responsible for entries left behind. Note: cut specimen entries will be donated to a local charitable organization, unless collected by the entrant.
19. Exhibitors are required to present an Exhibitor’s Receipt to retrieve container entries in The Newport Flower Show. Exhibitors will receive a receipt for each container entry passed.
20. In Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers, Classes 1 to 9 will be passed and staged in front of Rosecliff by the steps to the courtyard. All entries in Divisions III and IV, Classes 10 to 125 will be passed in the Passing Tent on the back lawn.
21. Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers. If ornamental plant requires watering during the three day Show, please provide a compatible saucer.
22. No hanging containers, please.
23. Division IV: Cut Specimens. A single stem per vase with attached foliage above the water line. No loose foliage. Multiple stems allowed only in specified classes.
24. Statements of Intent are required in Division I only. Optional in Division II.
25. Division II, Creative Outdoor Containers requires three or more different varieties of plants.
26. Pre-registration forms must be received by Thursday, May 31, 2018 either on-line or a paper copy.
27. Accessories are non-essential decorative items, such as props. Necessary support structures and natural mulches are not considered accessories.
How to properly measure a container - Size is measured as the longest inside dimension across the top of the pot; rectangular pots are measured on the diagonal. Disguised double potting is permitted. The inside pot is the one to be measured.
Horticulture Plant Classification and Labeling Resources
Exhibitors are responsible for identifying every plant with the correct botanical and common names. Accepted references for nomenclature are:
The Plant List at www.theplantlist.org
International Plant Names Index at www.ipni.org or http://www.internationalplantnames.com
Royal Horticultural Society Plantfinder Database at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/rhsplantfinder.
Other Resources include:
American Rose Society www.ars.org/about_roses/classification.html
Rhode Island Rose Society www.rirs.org
American Hydrangea Society www.americanhydrangeasociety.org
North American Lily Society www.lilies.org/
Rhode Island Wild Plant Society www.riwps.org
New England Wild Flower Society www.newfs.org
Royal Horticulture Society www.rhs.org.uk
American Horticulture Society www.ahs.org
American Horticultural Society A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants – Christopher Brickell, Judith D. Zuk
The New Royal Horticultural Society Index of Garden Plants - Mark Griffiths
Native Trees, Shrubs and Vines - William Cullina
Herbaceous Perennial Plants - Allan M. Armitage
Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs – Michael A. Dirr
Flower Show “Lingo”
Passing: Passers check to make sure exhibits are of show quality, properly groomed, pest and disease free, are in appropriate containers, meet class specifications and are labeled correctly.
Grooming: Cleaning flowers and plants to remove dirt and spray residue as well as dead foliage or flowers. Grooming should not alter the typical features of the plants or flowers.
Staging: Designing the Show layout of horticulture exhibits.
Labeling: Identifying all flower and plant entries with correct botanical names. Include the common name, botanical name and species or variety.
Examples: Common Botanical Species/Variety
Lily Lilium ‘Casa Blanca’
Lavender Lavendula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’
Conditioning: Cut outside plants in early morning or late afternoon/evening – not in the middle of the day when it’s hot. Give specimen a fresh angle cut under water with a clean instrument, then place it in room temperature water in a cool, shady area for 2 to 12 hours. No leaves or flowers under the water. Optional: Use a plant preservative.
Foliage Plant: Plants exhibited primarily for their foliage. A few flowers on the plants are acceptable unless noted.
Annual Plant: A plant that usually germinates, flowers and dies in one growing season (cannot naturally winter over).
Perennial Plant (Herbaceous): A plant with non-woody stems that lives for more than 2 years, flowering over many seasons (hardy).
Biennial Plant: A plant that takes between 12 and 24 months to complete its life cycle. Can self-seed (i.e.: Foxglove).
Native Plant: A plant naturally occurring in an environment: essential to providing food and shelter for wildlife.
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs: Shed the majority of their leaves at the same time annually (i.e.: winter).
Modern Garden Roses: The predominant roses of today in active development by hybridists after 1867
Old Garden Roses: The classes of roses that were established prior to 1867.
Species Roses (Wild Roses): The classes of roses which include both the truly wild species and those garden forms associated with them.
Botanical Family: A group of one or more genera that share a set of underlying features. Family names end in -aceae.
Genus (Genera) (pl): Group of one or more plants that share a wide range of characteristics.
Species: Group of plants that are capable of producing offspring similar to themselves.
Cultivars: Group of plants selected or artificially raised, distinct variants of species.
Cultural Perfection: Vigorous healthy growth, general appearance resulting from growing in the correct environment.
Form: The shape that is the true or characteristic form of a flower or plant.
Substance: The material of which the flower is made. It should be strong, firm, crisp and fresh. The stem supporting the blooms should be strong and in proportion to the flower. The leaves should be in good condition and in proportional size to the bloom and stem.
Symmetry: Beauty due to a balanced proportion of parts on a flower or plant.
Distinctiveness: Form, design originality, aesthetic appeal, proportion and relationship to the container are all factors.
Maturity: Plants should exhibit mature characteristics as can reasonably be expected of growing conditions (e.g. greenhouse, under lights, outside).