Flower show set at festival

“A Traditional Festival of Fun with New Beginnings,” a standard flower show, will be presented by the Fred Brooks Garden Club of Buckhannon during the West Virginia Strawberry Festival.

The Fred Brooks Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc., South Atlantic Region, West Virginia Garden Club Inc. and Tygart Valley


A variety of creative floral displays, both traditional and contemporary, will be entered by various garden club members. Come and enjoy a visual feast for the eyes in a display of local flower enthusiast’s talents.

The show will be held at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts, West Virginia Wesleyan College at 70 College Ave. in Buckhannon. The show is free and open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 15 and from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. May 16.

General rules:

1. This is a standard flower show that meets the requirements of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

2. Entries will be received from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on May 14, and from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. May 15. The exhibition floor must be cleared for judging by 9:45 a.m. with judging beginning at l0 a.m. Only required personnel may be present during judging.

3. Entries cannot be removed until 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. May 16.

4. The Standard System of Judging will be used. Ribbons or seals: Only one of each of the following may be awarded to exhibits in a class or subclass: first place, (blue) which must score 90 or above; second place (red) which must score 85 or above; and third place (yellow) which must score 80 or above. One or more honorable mentions (white) may be awarded to exhibits scoring 75 or above. All decisions of the judges will be final and they may withhold an award at their discretion. Judges will be required to consider non-blue ribbon winners for 90+ recognition in designated classes.

5. The flower show committee will exercise all care, but cannot be responsible for loss or breakage of exhibits. The exhibitors must keep their exhibits in good condition for the duration of the show.

6. There must be an emphasis on fresh plant


7. No artificial plant material is permitted in any


8. Plant material on the West Virginia Conservation “Let Live” list may not be used unless grown by the exhibitor. (Refer to WVGC handbook for conservation list (pgs. 74-77 ).

Officials send a special invitation to the FFA, 4-H, Scouts, and anyone else in the area who grows a garden of any kind, to participate in the horticulture division of the show. Listed below are all the classes you may enter.

Division I. Horticulture “New Beginnings”

Horticulture Consultant: Ina Jean Cutright Phone 304-472-4513

Horticulture Rules

1. Classes are open to all amateur gardeners.

2. All entries must be fresh and must have been grown by the exhibitor.

3. Cut annuals, biennials, perennials, bulbous blooms, container grown plants etc., must have been in the exhibitor’s possession for at least 90 days.

4. An exhibitor is allowed one entry in each class or subclass. Classes may be subdivided by form, color, etc.

5. All entries should be correctly labeled with binomial (genus & species) or currently accepted scientific designation. To be eligible for any top exhibitor award, a specimen must be correctly named.

6. Exhibits must be checked by the Classification Chairman and placed by the Placement Committee.

7. Judging will be based on the scale of points on pages 298 through 304 in the revised 2007 Flower Show Handbook.

8. Containers will be provided by the show committee.

9. Cellophane wrap may be used to wedge the


10. Multiple and combination plants must be grown together for at least 6 weeks.

11. No foliage permitted below water line.

Horticulture awards:

Award of Horticulture Excellence: (Rosette of green, orange and blue ribbons) may be awarded to a correctly NAMED exhibit scoring 95 or above, judged to be the finest in the Horticulture Division.

Elfin Award: (Small rosette of chartreuse and purple ribbons) may be awarded to a correctly NAMED exhibit scoring 95 or above in Section A.

Award of Merit: (Rosette of orange ribbons) may be awarded to a correctly named blue ribbon winner scoring 95 or more in Sections B and C.

Arboreal Award: (Rosette of green ribbons) may be awarded to a correctly named blue ribbon winner scoring 95 or above in Sections D and E.

Grower’s Choice Award: (Rosette of dark green ribbons) may be awarded to a correctly named blue ribbon winner scoring 95 or above in classes of flowering container grown plants, foliage container grown plants and combination plantings in Sections F, G, and H.

Horticulture Classes “New Beginnings”

Section A. “Baby Growth” (Eligible for Elfin Award)

All Plant material must be designated as dwarf or miniature varieties or cultivars by nurseries or plant societies, and/or plants with naturally small growth.

Class 1. Hosta: a. Container grown b. Cut specimen (3 leaves)

Class 2. Conifers: a. Container grown b. Cut specimen (not to exceed 8″)

Class 3. Miniature Roses (Rosa): a. Container grown b. Cut specimen (1 spray)

Class 4. Any other dwarf or miniature specimens: a. Container grown b. Cut specimen

Section B. “Perennial Growth” (Eligible for Award of Merit)

Class 5. A. Bleeding Heart (Dicentra) Single Stem

Class 6. Poppy (Papaver) Single Stem

Class 7. Columbine (Aquilegia) Single Stem

Class 8. Viola (3 blooms): a. Pansy b. Johnnie-Jump-Up c. Any other

Class 9. Hellebores Single Stem: a. Pink b. White c. Any other

Class 10. Any other perennial

Section C. “Bulb Growth” single stem (Eligible for Award of Merit)

Class 11. Tulip (Tulipa) with 2 attached leaves: a. White b. Pink c. Red d. Any other color

Class 12. Daffodil (Narcissus) with no foliage: a. Trumpet b. Large cupped c. Small cupped d. Any other

Class 13. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria): a. White b. Pink c. Any other

Class 14. Any other Spring Bulb

Section D. Flowering Shrubs “Spreading Growth” (Eligible for Arboreal Award)

Class 15. Azalea (Rhodendron) one spray in bloom not to exceed 30″: a. Pink b. White c. Red d. Any other

Class 16. Lilac (Syringea) one truss in bloom not to exceed 30 “: a. Blue, Violet, Purple b. Pink, Red, Red-violet c. White

Class 17. Spirea (Spiraea) one branch in bloom not to exceed 30″:

Class 18. Any other flowering shrub

Section E. Trees “Upright Growth” (Eligible for Arboreal Award)

Class 19. Needled evergreen one branch 18-24″

Class 20. Broadleaf evergreen one branch 18-24″

Class 21. Dogwood (Cornus Florida): a. White b. Pink c. Red

Class 22. Any other tree

Section F. Flowering Container Grown Plants (Eligible for Grower’s Choice Award)

Single plant grown in a container with a diameter not to exceed 10″. Classes may be subdivided.

Class 23. African violet (Saintpaulia)

Class 24. Orchids

Class 25. Any other

Section G. Foliage Container Grown Plants (Eligible for Grower’s Choice Award)

Either a single plant or a group of different plants of the same genera growing together in one container for artistic effect; no accessories permitted; diameter not to exceed 24′.

Class 26. Ferns

Class 27. Succulents

Class 28. Any other

Section H. Combination Plantings (Eligible for Grower’s Choice Award)

A grouping of at least 3 plants of mixed genera, growing together in a container; diameter not to exceed 24″.

Class 29. a Dish Gardens-accessories permitted b. Fairy Gardensaccessories permitted

Class 30. Terrariums accessories permitted

Class 31. Troughs naturalistic additions such as weathered wood and rock appropriate to the specific type of landscape may be included.

Officials encourage you to attend and to participate. For more information regarding the general show, please contact Helen Heater, Flower Show chairman, 304-924-5773.