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Division I and Division II Registration Forms
HORTICULTURE DIVISION CLASSES
Horticulture Exhibitor’s Reception
Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 p.m.
The Breakers Greenhouses -- Corner of Coggeshall & Bateman Avenues, Newport
Horticulture entrants are cordially invited to a reception hosted by the Flower Show 2019 Horticulture Committee at the Preservation Society’s Breakers greenhouses. Learn more about the horticulture competitions. Enjoy good food, good conversation and begin planning your winning entries!
Please RSVP by Thursday, March 14, 2019
E-mail: Events@NewportMansions.org or Telephone: (401) 847.1000 ext. 169
Division I: Invitational Garden Design
Garden installations are scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019 between 8:00 am - noon
Division I Class Consultant: Jim Donahue
(401) 847-1000, ext 154
Class 1: Birds of a Feather 2019 Garden Club Challenge
Ten regional garden clubs will be invited to create a 6’wide, circular garden incorporating either a pair of sculptural pink flamingos or blue cranes. (Please see photos below) The gardens will be arranged at the entrance of the 2019 Newport Flower Show, Audubon – Artistic Adventures, to create the impression of two flocks of birds.
Each flock will inhabit a different color scheme, creating two class sub-divisions. The flamingo gardens will be planted in hot colors, and the blue crane gardens in cool colors. This will be an on-site installation temporarily staged in mulch, provided by The Newport Flower Show. Garden clubs will be offered a re-imbursement of up to $200 for plant material (receipts must be provided). All types of plant material may be used: annuals, perennials, tropicals, woody, etc. Accessories are not permitted. A keyed planting diagram on an 8.5 x 11 sheet is required. A statement of intent is optional. If your garden club has not received an invitation to participate, but would like to compete, please contact the class consultant listed above.
Circular kickboards, 8”deep, will be provided. There will be an example of the kickboards available for viewing at the “Get Growing” reception on Thursday, March 21, 2019, 5:30 p.m. at The Breakers Greenhouses, located on Bateman Avenue, Newport. Flamingo and crane sculptures will be randomly assigned and distributed at the “Get Growing” reception.
Class 2: Audubon Grove 2019 Professional Gardeners’ Challenge
Six professionals will be invited to create gardens inspired by one of the songbirds represented in John James Audubon’s, The Birds of America. The Newport Flower Show Committee will provide each gardener with one multi-stemmed Cornus kousa on which to center an 8’wide circular garden, in full sun on Rosecliff’s front lawn. Plant material should coordinate with the songbird chosen, taking inspiration from the bird’s habitat, plumage and the Audubon image, which will be provided and must be included in the installation. All types of plant material can be used and accessories are permitted. This class requires pre-registration. If you have not received an invitation to participate, but would like to compete, please contact the class consultant listed above. A keyed planting diagram on an 8.5 x 11 sheet is required. A statement of intent is required, linking the chosen songbird to the garden’s design.
Entrants must choose one of the following songbirds: Eastern Bluebird, Northern Cardinal, Purple Finch, Baltimore Oriole, Nashville Warbler or Red-winged Blackbird. Songbirds will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Audubon images can be found here
Profiles of each bird can be viewed here
Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers
Division II Class Consultant: Jim Donahue
(401) 847-1000, ext 154
Passing & Registration for entries in Division II
NEW Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NEW Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
All Creative Outdoor Containers, Classes 3 to 7, will be passed in the passing tent behind Rosecliff and staged in the horticulture tent, unless otherwise stated.
Class 3: Succulent Birdbath Special Class for 2019!
Six amateur gardeners are invited to plant a miniature succulent garden containing a minimum of three different species, varieties, or cultivars of hardy and/or non-hardy succulents, in a pedestal birdbath provided by The Newport Flower Show Committee. Accessories are not permitted. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. The birdbaths will be staged on the rear terrace steps of Rosecliff in full sun. The birdbaths will be distributed at The Get Growing reception on March 21, 2019. The winning succulent birdbath will be awarded a $100 premium at The Newport Flower Show Awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Contestant may keep the birdbath. Pre-registration is required.
Class 4: Birdcage Hanging Planter Special Class for 2019!
Six amateur gardeners are invited to plant a birdcage planter with a mix of annual flowers and foliage in a color scheme of their own choosing. Accessories are not permitted. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. The birdcage planters will be staged in full sun on 5’ tall, ‘bo-peep’ wrought iron stakes, installed around the fountain on the rear terrace area of Rosecliff. The birdcage planters will be distributed at the Get Growing reception on March 21, 2019. The winning birdcage hanging planter will be awarded a $100 premium at The Newport Flower Show Awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Contestant may keep the birdcage planter. Pre-registration is required.
Class 5: Miniature Bird Garden
Design a fairy garden for the birds. 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. The plant material must be culturally compatible and in scale. All plants must be rooted. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. Bird accessories are encouraged. Pre-registration is not required.
Class 6: Edibles Planter
Grow a mixed edibles container featuring at least three different vegetables, fruits, herbs or edible flowers, in a pot not to exceed 24” in any dimension. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. Accessories are not permitted. Pre-registration is not required.
Class 7: Perennial Favorites
Create a mixed container of your favorite hardy perennials. The plantings must include a minimum of three different species, varieties, or cultivars in a container not to exceed 24" in any dimension. All the plant material must be culturally compatible. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. Accessories are not permitted. Pre-registration is not required.
Class 8: Par
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. An 8.5 x 11” photo key card must be submitted with the entry for display. Accessories are not permitted. Pre-registration is not required.
Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown In Containers
Division III Class Consultant: Kate Lucey
Passing & Registration for entries in Division III
Two Days for Passing Containers
NEW Wednesday, June 19, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NEW Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Division III entries will be passed in the passing tent, behind Rosecliff.
Reminder: One plant per pot unless otherwise stated. Containers must be able to be staged with ease.
(Entries must have been trained by the exhibitor - multiple plants of same variety per pot permitted in 9, 10 & 11)
Class 9: Trained on a frame
Class 10: Trained on a stuffed form
Class 11: Standard pruned to tree form
Class 12: Trained in the Bonsai manner, container 6” and under
Class 13: Trained in the Bonsai manner, container over 6”
Annual, Perennial or Biennial
Class 14: Grown for flower
Class 15: Grown for foliage
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber or Corm
(Multiple bulbs of same variety per pot permitted in 17 & 18)
Class 16: Grown for flower
Class 17: Grown for foliage
Class 18: Any species or cultivar grown primarily for flower
Class 19: Any species or cultivar grown primarily for foliage
Class 20: Container 6” and under
Class 21: Container over 6”
Miniature or Dwarf Plant
Class 22: 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 23: Novice Orchid Class (open to exhibitors who have not won a blue ribbon in the orchid class at The Newport Flower Show)
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
Class 42: Three or more different species from one plant family (e.g., Apiaceae, Petroselinum (parsley), Illicium (anise), Anthenum (dill). In separate containers 6” or under, staged on a base or tray provided by the exhibitor. Photo Key Card required.
Species and/or Cultivars
Class 43: 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 6” or under, staged on a base or tray provided by the exhibitor. Photo Key Card required.
Class 44: 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.
Class 45: 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
Class 46: 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.
Class 47: 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-form
Class 53: Enter an individual plant, owned by the exhibitor for a minimum of three 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 IV Class Consultant: Kate Lucey
Passing and Registration for Entries in Division IV
NEW Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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 94, 97 and 125 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 12:30 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: Enter a 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: Enter 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.
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.
Photo Key Card: 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. In 2019, this pertains to all classes in Divisions I & II. 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.
Horticulture Plant Classification and Labeling Resources
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/types.html
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
The 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 plant material to remove unsightly parts, dirt and/or spray residue. 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 flowers: Cut plants outside in the early morning or late afternoon/evening – not in the heat of midday. Give the stem a fresh, angled, cut under water with a clean instrument and place it in room temperature water in a cool, shady area for 2 to 12 hours. Optional: Use a water-soluble cut flower preservative in the conditioning solution.
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 (does not ‘winter over.’) Such a plant is termed ‘non-hardy.’
Perennial Plant (Herbaceous): A plant with non-woody stems that lives for more than 2 years, flowering over many seasons. Such a plant is termed ‘hardy.’
Biennial Plant: A plant that takes between 12 to 24 months to complete its life cycle. Can self-seed (i.e.: Foxglove).
Native Plant: A plant naturally occurring in its given environment. Native plants vary by geographic area.
Deciduous Trees and Shrubs: Shed their leaves at the same time annually.
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.
Cultivar: A plant that is a distinct variant of its species.
Cultural Perfection: A plant exhibiting vigorous healthy growth, with an excellent, general appearance resulting from growing in the correct environment.
Form: The shape that is the true or characteristic form of a flower or plant.
Symmetry: Beauty due to a balanced proportion of parts on a flower or plant.