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: Voices in the Garden.
WHEN and HOW TO ENTER
Horticulture Division I: Invitational Garden Design
On-site installations on Rosecliff’s front lawn will take place from 12 pm - 4 pm on Wednesday, June 16th and 8 am – 12 pm on Thursday, June 17th. Both classes 1 and 2 require pre-registration.
Horticulture Division II: Creative Outdoor Containers and
Horticulture Division III: Ornamental Plants Grown In Containers
Bring entries on Wednesday, June 16th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and Thursday, June 17th from 8:00 am – 10:00 am.
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 the times stated - no entries will be passed after this time. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Horticulture Division IV: Cut Specimens
Thursday, June 17th from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
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 1:30 pm, so exhibitors with multiple entries should arrive no later than 1:00 pm, as cut specimen passing ends promptly at 2:00 pm. 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 an un-air-conditioned tent. The Newport Flower Show 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. 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 Department at 401 847-1000 ext. 140 before Friday, June 11th.
On entry days, cards will be available in the Passing Tent behind Rosecliff. 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.
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.
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, 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 Class 1, Voices of Change and Class 2, Sylvan Voices. 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, 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 III, 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. The Newport Flower Show Committee 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 20th. 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 III: Ornamental Plants Grown in Containers, if your entry will require watering during the course of the Show, please provide a compatible saucer.
20. Hanging planters are not allowed.
21. In Division IV: Cut Specimens, your entry should be a single stem per vase, with attached foliage above the water line. No loose, accessory foliage is permitted.
23. Statements of Intent are required in Class 1, Voices of Change.
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.