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History of Newport and the Mansions
Founded in 1639, Newport was an important port city, a center of the slave trade, a fashionable resort and the summer home of the Gilded Age rich.
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The Gilded Age was a period of unprecedented change in America. Fortunes were spent on luxuries such as the lavish "summer cottages" of Newport.
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Division II Class Consultant:
Delivery & Passing: Wednesday, June 21, 1pm-4 pm and Thursday, June 22, 8 am-10 am
The back lawn at Marble House
Complete the Registration Form with a list of classes in Division II that you plan to enter, or if the list is extensive, you can email it to email@example.com.
Your pre-registration allows our committee to plan appropriately for class placements and space needed for display at the Show. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. Non-registered entries are welcomed as well.
Reminder: One plant per pot unless otherwise stated. Containers must be able to be staged with ease.
New! – Time Sensitive – Limited Quantity!
An Allium schubertii bulb will be sent to anyone who is interested in growing this unique and intriguing allium (until we run out!) and entering this new challenge class.
One bulb per pot.
To be displayed in an appropriately sized terra cotta pot.
A propagation card detailing growing information is required.
Allium are spring-flowering bulbs that must be planted in the fall. They need cool soil to grow roots before the onset of winter.
To reserve your bulb, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put Allium Challenge in the subject line of your email.
If our supply has been exhausted, additional bulbs can be ordered through Colorblends.
Entries must have been trained by the exhibitor
Class 8: Trained on a frame
Class 9: Standard pruned to tree form
Class 10: Grown for flower
Class 11: Grown for foliage
Class 12: Any species or cultivar grown primarily for flower
Class 13: Any species or cultivar grown primarily for foliage
Class 14: Container not to exceed 12” in diameter
Class 15: 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.
Class 16: Novice Orchid Class (open to exhibitors who have not won a blue ribbon in the orchid class at The Newport Flower Show)
Class 17: Cattleya
Class 18: Paphiopedilum
Class 19: Phalaenopsis
Class 20: Agave, container 6” and under
Class 21: Agave, container over 6”
Class 22: Aloe, container 6″ and under
Class 23: Aloe, container over 6”
Class 24: Crassula, container 6” and under
Class 25: Crassula, container over 6”
Class 26: Echeveria, container 6” and under
Class 27: Echeveria, container over 6”
Class 28: Euphorbia, container 6″ and under
Class 29: Euphorbia, container over 6”
Class 30: Haworthia, container 6″ and under
Class 31: Haworthia, container over 6”
Class 32: Other succulent
Class 33: 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 is required (5” x 7”).
Class 34: 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 (5” x 7”)
Class 35: A single plant exhibited along with the parent plant from which it was propagated, each in a separate container. The date and method of propagation must be specified on a (5” x 7”) white index card (starting date, light source, the medium used, repotting date, etc.) Both plants will be judged.
Class 36: A single plant propagated by the exhibitor from seed, stem, leaf-cutting or other method. The date and method of propagation must be specified on a (5” x 7”) white index card (starting date, light source, the medium used, repotting date, etc.)
A plant noted for its age, owned by the exhibitor for at least 5 years.
Class 37-A: Grown for Flower
Class 37-B: Grown for Foliage
Class 38: A Terrarium is defined as at least three species grown in a capped container, creating a landscape under glass.
Photo Key Card is required.
Class 39: Two matching plants, judged as a pair.
Appropriate top dressing with NO under plantings.
Class 40: Standard Rose Tree
Class 41: Rose Bush
Entries are limited to 8. Please pre-register.
Class 42: Kokedama planting of the exhibitor’s choice. Size not to exceed 12” in width and 24” in height. The diameter of the Kokedama Ball should not exceed 7”. Accessories not permitted. No length of ownership is required. Must include a Statement of Intent (25 words or less). Extra string should accompany the entry for the purpose of staging. Note ownership rules below.
Kokedama is a centuries-old Japanese form of garden art that is closely tied to the practice of bonsai. This Japanese term can be translated like this: “Koke” means moss, and “dama” means ball. Kokedama involves using a moss ball as the supporting and the focal point for a tree, shrub, or plant. In other words, it consists of wrapping the plant’s roots in a ball of soil which you then cover with moss. The moss ball in this class will be suspended in the air with a string. Instructional videos can be found online (e.g. https://gardenbeast.com/kokedama/)
Class 43: An exhibit of exceptional horticultural merit, which does not qualify for entry elsewhere in the Horticulture Division. Entries in the Par Class must have been owned and grown by the exhibitor for a minimum of six months. Cut specimens, orchids and hanging baskets are not permitted. Containers may not exceed 18” in diameter.
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