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Entering is easy and everyone is welcome! You do not have to be a member of a garden club or any 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 horticulture classes.
Deliver entries on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, 1-4 pm and Thursday, June 22, 2023, 8 am-10 am to the back lawn of Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Entrants, please 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 Divisions I & II closes promptly at the times stated; no entries will be passed after this time. Assistance will be available to move large containers.
Deliver entries on Thursday, June 22, 2023, 8 am-1 pm to the back lawn of Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Registration closes promptly at 1 pm, and exhibitors with multiple entries should arrive no later than noon. No entries will be passed after 1 pm Cut specimens must be properly conditioned to survive the entire run of the show, in an un-air-conditioned tented area. The Newport Flower Show reserves the right to remove wilted and damaged cut specimens.
Each entrant to the Horticulture Division must complete one horticulture registration card plus an entry card for each container or cut specimen entered. To arrange to pick up cards in advance of the show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org before June 10, 2023.
On entry days, registration and entry cards will be available at the passing tables at Marble House, 596 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. We encourage you to complete registration and entry cards in advance if possible. Completed cards should be taken to the Registration tables, where horticulture registration cards will be reviewed and marked with an “R” for “registered.”
After registering, please visit the grooming station in the passing area for a final review of your entry before proceeding to the appropriate passing table for your class number. For cut specimens, choose an appropriate vase provided by The Newport Flower Show. At the passing table, your entry will be reviewed and each entry card will be marked with a “P” for “passed.” And you’re done! Entries will then be staged in The Newport Flower Show.
Please note, entries may not be entered under a commercial or business name. Entries may be made under an estate name.
Exhibitor who does not derive any income from horticulture.
Exhibitor who derives income from horticulture.
Exhibitor who has never won a blue ribbon in a major flower show.
First-time exhibitor who has never entered the Horticulture Division of The Newport Flower Show.
Entries in Divisions II: Potted Plants must have been owned and/or grown by the exhibitor for a minimum of three months before The Newport Flower Show and must be of show quality and free of all pests and diseases.
Entries in Division I: Creative Mixed Planters will be judged on horticultural and artistic merit, as well as interpretation of the stated theme. Entries in Divisions ll & lll will be judged on horticultural excellence only, except where stated.
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.
There is no limit as to how many different classes each exhibitor may enter – only one entry per class.
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.
A photo key card is required for entries in Division I.
After 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.
Wild-collected plants of endangered species are strictly forbidden, as are invasive plants. For a list of Rhode Island invasive plants, please visit https://riwps.org/invasives-plants
Entries must be well-balanced, sturdy and able to withstand inclement weather conditions.
Entries that exceed 100 lbs., or that cannot be lifted easily by two people, will not be accepted.
Containers must be clean and proportionate to their planting. In Division II: Potted Plants, terracotta or clay-colored pots are preferred but not required.
Pot size is measured as the longest inside dimension across the top of the pot; rectangular pots will be measured on the diagonal.
Disguised, double-potting is permitted. The interior pot is the one that will be measured, if necessary.
No dried, color-treated or artificial plant material is permitted, except for dried moss used to disguise double-potting.
Cut stems are not allowed in container entries.
The Newport Flower Show Committee may divide, subdivide, remove or combine classes at its discretion.
Horticulture Division entries and ribbons must be picked up between 5 pm and 6 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2023. After this pick-up period, The Newport Flower Show Committee is not responsible for entries left unattended.
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.
Hanging planters are not allowed.
In Division III: Cut Specimens, your entry should be a single stem per vase, with attached foliage above the water line. No loose, accessory foliage is permitted.
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.
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.
American Rose Society: http://www.ars.org/about_roses/classification.html
Rhode Island Rose Society: http://www.rirs.org
American Hydrangea Society: http://www.americanhydrangeasociety.org
North American Lily Society: http://www.lilies.org/types.html
Rhode Island Wild Plant Society: http://www.riwps.org
Native Plant Trust: http://www.nativeplanttrust.org
Royal Horticulture Society: http://www.rhs.org.uk
American Horticulture Society: http://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
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.
Cleaning plant material to remove unsightly parts, dirt and/or spray residue. Grooming should not alter the typical features of the plants or flowers.
Identifying all flower and plant entries with correct botanical names. Include the common name, botanical name and species or variety.
Common Botanical Species/Variety
Lily Lilium “Casa Blanca”
Lavender Lavendula angustifolia “Hidcote”
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.
Designing the Show layout of horticulture exhibits.
A plant that usually germinates flowers and dies in one growing season (does not “winter over.”) Such a plant is termed “non-hardy.”
A plant that takes between 12 to 24 months to complete its life cycle. Can self-seed (i.e., Foxglove).
A group of one or more genera that share a set of underlying features. Family names end in -aceae
A plant that is a distinct variant of its species.
Shed their leaves at the same time annually.
Plants exhibited primarily for their foliage. A few flowers on the plants are acceptable unless noted.
Group of one or more plants that share a wide range of characteristics.
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.
The predominant roses of today in active development by hybridists after 1867.
A plant naturally occurring in its given environment. Native plants vary by geographic area.
The classes of roses that were established before 1867.
A plant with non-woody stems that lives for more than 2 years, flowering over many seasons. Such a plant is termed “hardy.”
Group of plants that are capable of producing offspring similar to themselves.
The classes of roses which include both the truly wild species and those garden forms associated with them.
A plant exhibiting vigorous, healthy growth, with an excellent general appearance resulting from growing in the correct environment.
The shape that is the true or characteristic form of a flower or plant.
Beauty due to a balanced proportion of parts on a flower or plant.
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