Flowers, Dept. 16
2023 Entry Instructions
ONLINE ENTRY IS PREFERRED. To enter online, click on the Online Entry link and follow the instructions. If you prefer, you may print out the offline entry form, fill it out, and mail it in according to the deadline outlined on the form and on the Entry Deadlines and Delivery Schedule page. (Please contact your Department if you are unable to print the entry form.)
PLEASE READ ALL RULES CAREFULLY TO PREVENT DELAYS AT THE TIME OF ENTRY.
- Please pre-register in all categories you anticipate entering.
- Entries must be completely finished and ready for placement before they are brought to the Flower Department.
- All entries must be brought to the Flower Department between 3 PM and 8 PM on Wednesday, the day before the start of the Fair.
- All entry changes must be made by 8 PM on Wednesday, the day before the start of the Fair. NO CHANGES will be accepted after that time.
- All entries must be show quality, with no sign of disease or insect damage/infestation.
- Each exhibitor is allowed only ONE entry in each class.
- Where there is no competition in a class, the entry will be judged and placed according to its own merit.
- Where required by the variety of entries, a class may be created or divided at the discretion of the judges.
- All judges’ decisions are final.
- Any entry using material on the State Conservation List as published by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., will be disqualified.
- Collections (C02 & C03 only) must include a list of all plant and flower varieties used.
- Exhibits must remain in place until 6 PM on Sun., the last day of the Fair. Committee members will be on hand until 8 PM Sun. and on Mon. following the Fair from 5 – 7 PM to assist exhibitors in collecting their entries. After 7 PM Mon., remaining exhibits will be placed outside the exhibit area and the doors will be closed.
Best of Show
One Best-of-Show rosette will be awarded in each of the following categories: Arrangements, Artistic Vases, Collections, Single Specimens, Potted Houseplants and Container Gardens.
Betty Ackerman Memorial Award
This award was established in 1994 in memory of Betty Ackerman, who was an assistant superintendent of the Durham Fair for many years. The award is given to the entry judged to be best in a class, or classes, of flower, as chosen by the Flower Committee. This year’s class is Salvia: annual (Class V28). The winner will receive a special award of $20, given by Jeff and Carol Feldmann in memory of Betty Ackerman.
George Matyas Memorial Award
George Matyas was an exhibitor in the Potted Houseplant category of the Flower Department from 1997 to 2005. When he received the Exhibitors Guide each year, he took time to carefully pick his entries. All of his houseplants and flowers were grown from seed or plant cuttings. A special award of $20 is given by his daughter Patti Kemish in memory of her father. This year the award will go to the best entry in Oxalis (NEW CLASS P07).
Harriet Duval Special Award
This award was established in 2013 to honor Harriet Duval, who joined the Flower Committee in 1962 and chaired the committee from 1982 to 2012. The award is a rosette for the first-place winner of a designated class of flower arrangement. This year’s class is Miss Scarlet (Class A03).
TABLE OF CATEGORIES
|Class Code & Name||$ Prize Amount|
2023 Theme: Who Dunnit? The Game of CLUE.
|Please Note: 1) No artificial flowers, foliage or fruit may be used. 2) No coloring of fresh or dried plant material is allowed. 3) Flowers must be garden grown. 4) Arrangements must be movable at the discretion of the committee and/or judges. 5) Containers must be lined to prevent leakage. 6) Accessories are to be used only when specified.|
|A01||Professor Plum. Shades of purple flowers; include a magnifying glass.||20||15||10|
|A02||Mr. Green. An all-foliage arrangement in a rustic container.||20||15||10|
|A03||Miss Scarlet. An elegant arrangement in a red container. Use accessories. (Harriet Duval Special Award)||20||15||10|
|A04||Col. Mustard. An arrangement in shades of yellow in a blue container.||20||15||10|
|A05||Mrs. Peacock. A flamboyant arrangement; use feathers.||20||15||10|
|A06||The Library. A multi-colored arrangement; use accessories.||20||15||10|
|A07||The Kitchen. An all-zinnia arrangement in a kitchen container.||20||15||10|
|A08||The Ballroom. A predominantly white arrangement in a glass or crystal container.||20||15||10|
|A09||The Pewter Candlestick. Use shades of pink; incorporate a pewter candlestick.||20||15||10|
|A10||The Rope. A dried arrangement; incorporate a bit of rope or twine. (Miniature Arrangement, not to exceed 4½" in any direction.)||20||15||10|
|C01||Gourds: Judged by number of varieties and artistic
arrangement in a container or basket.
|C02||Annual Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (a printed list of varieties must be provided).
|C03||Perennial Flowers: Judged by number of varieties and
arrangement (a printed list of varieties must be provided).
|Artistic Vases of Flowers||1st||2nd||3rd|
|Please Note: 1) A vase is a container that is taller than it is wide. 2) No additional support of the flowers is allowed. 3) No foliage is to be below the water line. 4) Entries must be multiple flower stems of ONLY ONE variety. 5) No accessories are allowed. 6) Entries will be judged ONLY in the appropriate class, i.e., pompom dahlias will not be accepted in any other dahlia class. 7) Quality of flowers, foliage and suitability of vase will be judged.|
|V13||Dahlias: large (over 8")||9||8||6|
|V14||Dahlias: medium (4" – 8")||9||8||6|
|V15||Dahlias: small (less than 4")||9||8||6|
|V20||Marigolds: large (over 2")||9||8||6|
|V21||Marigolds: small (up to 2")||9||8||6|
|V28||Salvia: annual (Betty Ackerman Memorial Award)||9||8||6|
|V35||Zinnias: large (over 3")||9||8||6|
|V36||Zinnias: medium (2" – 3")||9||8||6|
|V37||Zinnias: small (less than 2")||9||8||6|
|(Only flowers NOT listed elsewhere will be accepted in Classes V38 & V39)|
|V38||Other worthy entry: Annuals (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
|V39||Other worthy entry: Perennials (please identify)
(1 entry per exhibitor)
|Single Specimen in Vase||1st||2nd||3rd|
|Please note: 1) Only one specimen is allowed, with no buds attached. 2) No foliage is to be below the water line. 3) No additional support of the flower is allowed. 4) Entries will only be judged in the appropriate class, i.e., pompom dahlias will not be accepted in any other dahlia class. 5) Quality of flower, foliage, as well as suitability of vase, will be judged.|
|S02||Dahlia: large (over 8")||9||8||6|
|S03||Dahlia: medium (4 – 8")||9||8||6|
|S04||Dahlia: small (less than 4")||9||8||6|
|S07||Rose: hybrid tea||9||8||6|
|S08||Other worthy entry (cannot be flowers entered in Artistic Vases of Flowers)||9||8||6|
|Please note: 1) Plants must be disease-free and in clean containers. 2) Entries will be accepted as space permits. 3) No plant stands will be allowed. 4) Plants must be a reasonable size and weight; plants that cannot be accommodated may have to be moved. 5) Only one variety of plant per container. 6) Annual begonias, coleus, and impatiens will not be accepted.|
|P01||African violet (single crown only)||10||8||6|
|P03||Cactus (single variety only)||10||8||6|
|P07||Oxalis (George Matyas Memorial Award)||10||8||6|
|P08||Fern (no asparagus fern in this class)||10||8||6|
|P12||Other succulent (no dish gardens)||10||8||6|
|P16||Spider plant (hanging or pedestal)||10||8||6|
|P17||Other worthy entry (please identify; no hanging baskets in this class)||10||8||6|
|P18||Hanging basket: Foliage plant (hanging variety ONLY)||10||8||6|
|P19||Hanging basket: Begonia (hanging variety ONLY)||10||8||6|
|P20||Hanging basket: Geranium (hanging variety ONLY)||10||8||6|
|P21||Hanging basket: Other blooming plant (hanging variety ONLY)||10||8||6|
|P22||Other flowering Houseplant in bloom||10||8||6|
|Please note: 1) Plants should be grown in the container they are shown in. 2) Plants should be clean and contain no dead foliage or stems. 3) Plants should have no insects or insect damage or disease. 4) Plants should be labeled or tagged with either the botanical or common name. 5) No endangered or invasive species allowed. 6) A variety of plants is expected in all classes. 7) Exhibitors may submit 1 entry per class. Exhibitors may enter all classes.|
|CG01||Small Containers, any shape, up to 12" in width or diameter.||20||15||10|
|CG02||Large Containers, any shape, up to 20" in width or diameter.||20||15||10|
|CG03||Small Window Box, up to 12".||20||15||10|
|CG04||Large Window Box, up to 20".||20||15||10|
|CG05||Hanging basket (collection of plants).||20||15||10|
|CG06||Herb Garden, up to 20", containing medicinal, edible or decorative herbs.||20||15||10|
|CG07||Novelty Planter, up to 20", using plants, props, figurines, etc. to express the theme, “Who Dunnit? The Game of CLUE”.||20||15||10|
|CG08||Succulent Wreath or Container, up to 24" wide.||20||15||10|
|CG09||Fairy Garden, not to exceed 20" wide.||20||15||10|
|CG10||Terrarium in a glass container, up to 12" wide.||20||15||10|
|CG11||Single Variety Planter||10||8||6|
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