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 theme: Voices in the Garden.
WHEN and HOW TO ENTER
Horticulture Division I: Creative Outdoor Containers and
Horticulture Division II: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers
Bring entries on Wednesday, June 16th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Due to limited display space, exhibitors are restricted to three entries per Division. Multiple entries by the same exhibitor must not be duplicates and should represent different species, varieties, or planting combinations (except where noted).
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the entry process has necessarily changed. All entries must be pre-registered, and the entrant must schedule a passing time at Rosecliff during regular business hours on Wednesday, June 16th. After pre-registering, the entrant will be contacted to schedule a passing time. All COVID-19 procedures, then in place will be followed at Rosecliff.
Container entries will be delivered by the entrant by vehicle to the front door of Rosecliff at the predetermined delivery time. Entrants must allow sufficient time at Rosecliff to complete registration and entry cards for each entry; 15 minutes per entry should be sufficient. Passing for Divisions I & II closes promptly at 5 pm - no entries will be passed after 5 pm. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Horticulture Division III: Cut Specimens
Thursday, June 17th from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
All cut specimens must be brought to the back lawn of Rosecliff, adjacent to the parking lot. Registration closes promptly at 11:30 am, so exhibitors with multiple entries should arrive no later than 11:00 am as cut specimen passing ends promptly at 11:30. No entries will be passed after this time. Cut specimens must be properly conditioned in order to survive the entire run of the show, in the un-air-conditioned ballroom. Back in Bloom reserves the right to remove wilted and damaged cut specimens.
THE PASSING PROCESS: REGISTRATION AND 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.
On entry days, cards will be available in the passing areas. We encourage you to complete registration and entry cards in advance. You may email a request to have a registration and entry cards mailed to you. Email Events@newportmansions.org before Friday, June 11, 2021. We will mail 1 registration card and please indicate number of entry cards needed. All completed cards should be taken to the registration tables where registration cards will be collected and entry cards will be reviewed, marked with an “R” for “registered” and returned to the exhibitor, before continuing to the passing tables.
When registered, please visit the grooming station in the Passing area, and for cut specimens choose an appropriate vase provided by Back in Bloom. 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. Entries may be made under an estate/property 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.
Horticulture Division Rules and Information
1. For 2021, due to limited display space, exhibitors are restricted to three entries per Division. Multiple entries by the same exhibitor must not be duplicates and should represent different species, varieties, or planting combinations (except where noted).
2. Entries in Division I, Creative Outdoor Containers, will be judged on horticultural and artistic merit, as well as interpretation of the stated theme. Entries in Divisions II & III 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 ribbons 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. Entries in Divisions I & II 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.
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 for all classes in Division I: 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. For a sample of a Photo Key Card, please see here: link.
7. Once your entry is passed, maintenance of the entry becomes the responsibility of Back in Bloom. 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, as are invasive plants. For a list of Rhode Island invasive plants, please visit: https://rhodeislandwoods.uri.edu/landowner-toolbox/invasive-species/
9. Entries must be well-balanced, sturdy, and able to withstand inclement weather conditions.
10. Entries that exceed 100 lbs., or that 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 II, Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers, terracotta, 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, color-treated, or artificial plant material is permitted, with the exception of dried moss used to disguise double-potting.
15. Fresh-cut stems are not allowed to supplement container entries.
16. Back in Bloom may divide, subdivide, withdraw, or combine classes at its discretion.
17. Horticulture Division entries and ribbons must be picked up between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, 2021. After this pick-up period, The Newport Flower Show Committee is not responsible for entries left unattended.
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. In Division II: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers, if your entry will require watering during the Show, please supply a compatible saucer.
20. Hanging planters are not allowed.
21. In Division III: Cut Specimens, your entry should be a single stem per vase, with any foliage above the water line. No loose, accessory foliage is permitted.
22. Accessories are classified by Back in Bloom as non-essential decorative items, such as props. Necessary support structures and natural mulches are not considered accessories.