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Division III Class Consultant:
Delivery & Passing: Thursday, June 22, 8 am-1 pm
The back lawn at Marble House
Pre-registration is not required in Division III, Cut Specimens
Cut specimens must be properly conditioned to survive the entire (un-air-conditioned) run of The Newport Flower Show. For instructions on cut flower conditioning, please visit https://libguides.nybg.org/cuttingconditioningflowers
Cut stems may not exceed 40″ in length (unless otherwise specified) from the cut to the tip of the stem. Stems should include enough foliage to indicate the overall health and vigor of the plant; two full sets of attached leaves are recommended. Also, the length of the stem should be proportional to the flowerhead. All entries should be a single stem with foliage attached above the water line and must have been grown by the exhibitor.
Vases for staging your cut specimen will be provided by The Newport Flower Show. Please read the Horticulture Division Rules & Guidelines before entering your cut specimen. Cut specimen entries will not be passed after 1 pm.
Judging criteria for cut specimens include form, substance, condition, grooming and labeling. The Newport Flower Show reserves the right to remove specimens that have passed prime.
Class 44: Annual or Biennial in bloom
Class 45: Annual or Biennial grown for foliage
Class 46: Alchillea
Class 47: Alchemilla
Class 48: Aquilegia
Class 49: Astilbe
Class 50: Astrantia
Class 51: Campanula
Class 52: Coreopsis
Class 53: Delphinium
Class 54: Dianthus
Class 55: Digitalis
Class 56: Leucanthemum
Class 57: Paeonia
Class 58: Salvia
Class 59: Veronica
Class 60: Other perennial in bloom
Class 61: Other perennial grown for foliage
Class 62: Allium
Class 63: Lilium Asiatic
Class 64: Lilium Oriental
Class 65: Other
Class 66: Hydrangea arborescens
Class 67: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Endless Summer
Class 68: Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Nikko Blue’
Class 69: Hydrangea macrophylla lace caps
Class 70: Hydrangea macrophylla mopheads
Class 71: Hydrangea macrophylla other
Class 72: Hydrangea paniculate
Class 73: Hydrangea quercifolia
Class 74: Other Hydrangea
To measure leaf size, measure leaf length by leaf width to obtain the size in square inches. Do not include petiole (stem) in your calculations. (Hint: An undersized leaf of a variety listed as a large leaf may not be entered in the medium class.)
Class 75: Miniature less than 6”
Class 76: Small 6″ to 29″
Class 77: Medium 30″ to 63″
Class 78: Large 64″ to 119″
Class 79: Giant 120″ or greater
Class 80: Enter a collection of 3 different varieties. Plant list required.
Class 81: Fern – single frond
Class 82: Species (wild) Rose, one stem or spray
Old Garden Roses are those classes that existed before 1867 and include Alba, Avershire, Bourbon, Boursalt, Centifolia, Damask, Hybrid Bracteata, Hybrid China, Hybrid Eglanteria, Hybrid Foetida, Hybrid Gallica, Hybrid Multiflora, Hybrid Perpetual, Hybrid Sempervirens, Hybrid Setigera, Hybrid Spinosissima, Misc OGR’S Moss, Noisette, Portland Tea.
Class 83: Old Garden Rose (climbing & non-climbing) one stem or spray (class to be subdivided by type)
Modern Roses are those classes that came into existence after 1867.
Class 84: Floribunda, one stem or spray
Class 85: Grandiflora, one stem or spray
Class 86: Hybrid Kordesii, one stem or spray
Class 87: Hybrid Rugosa, one stem or spray
Class 88: Hybrid Tea, one stem or spray
Class 89: Large-Flowered Climber and Rambler, one stem or spray
Class 90: Miniature and Mini-Flora, one stem or spray
Class 91: Polyantha, one stem or spray
Class 92: Shrub Rose, one stem or spray
Class 93: Other modern rose
Class 94: Unidentified rose, one stem or spray of any rose whose name is not known
Class 95: Broadleaf evergreen in bloom
Class 96: Broadleaf evergreen not in bloom
Class 97*: Conifers – Cupressaceae Family (includes Calocedrus, Chaamaecyparis, Juniperus, Thuja)
Class 98*: Conifers – Pinaceae Family (includes Abies, Cedrus, Larix, Picea, Pinus, Tsuga)
Class 99*: Other conifers
Class 100: Woody vines – Clematis
Class 101: Other woody vines
Class 102: Deciduous woody plant in bloom – Cornus
Class 103: Deciduous woody plant in bloom – Spirea
Class 104: Other woody plant in bloom
Class 105: Deciduous wood plant not in bloom – Acer
Class 106: Other woody plant not in bloom
*Classes 97-99 will be displayed flat without water.
Class 107: Wildflowers in bloom
Class 108: Native flowering shrub or tree
Class 109: Enter three or more cut flowers and/or foliage specimens, of different varieties from your garden. To be displayed in the exhibitor’s clear glass vase. The bouquet is not to exceed 20” in height, including the vase. Plant list required. To be judged on horticultural excellence.
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