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. Bring your favorite plant, your prettiest cut specimen or plant something completely new, inspired by this year’s flower show theme: Audubon – Artistic Adventures
WHEN AND HOW TO ENTER
Horticulture Division I: Invitational Garden Design
Garden installations will take place from 8 am - noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Both garden installations, Class I & II, require pre-registration.
Horticulture Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers
Horticulture Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown In Containers
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.
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. No entries for Division II & III will be accepted after 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. No entries will be passed after this time. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Horticulture Division IV: Cut Specimens
NEW Thursday, June 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 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 at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Exhibitors with multiple entries should arrive by noon on Thursday, June 20, 2019. No entries for Division IV will be accepted after 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Cut specimens must be properly conditioned in order to survive the entire run of the Show. Please note the specimen must be able to last in un-air-conditioned conditions. 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 plus 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 14, 2019.
On passing days, Wednesday, June 19, 2019 and Thursday, June 20, 2019, 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 tables 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” for “registered” and returned to the exhibitor, before continuing on to the passing tent.
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.
When registered, please visit the grooming station in the Passing Tent 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” for “passed.” And you’re done! Entries will then be given to runners to be staged in the Show.
Please note, entries may not be entered under a commercial or business name; this rule does not apply to Division I. 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 in a major flower show.
Newcomer: A first-time exhibitor who has never entered the Horticulture Divisions of The Newport Flower Show.
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, Creative Outdoor Containers 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 only, 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 planting diagram is required for Division I, Invitational Garden Design. A Photo Key Card is required when entering Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers. The exhibitor must provide an 8.5 x 11” sheet 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. Horticulture Division entries and ribbons must be picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23, 2019. 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.
18. 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.
19. Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers. If ornamental plant requires watering during the three day Show, please provide a compatible saucer.
20. Hanging planters are not allowed, except in Class 5.
21. Division IV: Cut Specimens. A single stem per vase with attached foliage above the water line. No loose foliage. Classes 94, 97 and 125 only, allow for multiple stems.
23. Statements of Intent are required in Division I, Class 2, Professional Gardener’s Challenge only. Statements of Intent are optional in Division I, Class 1, The Garden Club Challenge.
24. Accessories are classified by The Newport Flower Show as non-essential decorative items, such as props. Necessary support structures and natural mulches are not considered accessories.