Competitive Flower and Plant Exhibit
The focal point of the Show is the Flower and Plant Exhibit where floral and plant displays are judged by accredited judges. Everyone from master gardeners to novices, children and families, are encouraged to enter in our many categories of arrangements, containers, bouquets, and cut flowers, including, of course, the ever popular roses.
Our theme this year is "Glorious Garden"
with 11 Classes of arrangements, including the new ones of Ikebana and Bouquet. We are including resource links below to help everyone with instructions on how to make spectacular arrangements just like a professional.
New this year is an expansion of our Youth Entries to include a category for families so everyone can join in the fun.
Download General Rules for Exhibitors HERE
Download Exhibitor Entry Cards HERE
Rules and Registration
General Rules for Exhibitors are available on-line and will be available in print at the Carmel Valley Library in early April. The rules describe the 5 categories ( Arrangements, Youth Entries, Container Plants, Cut flowers, and Roses ) and their classes and subclasses.
Exhibitors are allowed entries in as many classes as desired but only two entries in each class or sub-class.
Entry Cards for Exhibitors are available on-line and will be available in print at the Carmel Valley Library in early April. One must be completed for each Entry.
Registration for Exhibitors will be at Hidden Valley Music Seminars Friday, May 4, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
All exhibits and ribbons must be removed on Sunday, March 6 from 4:10 - 4:40 p.m.
Contact Dianne Woods at 831-277-2670 for more information.
Awards and Prizes
A first, second, third and honorable mention place ribbon will be awarded in each class or subclass at the judges' discretion. The exception to this is Class 90 Roses, where more than one ribbon may be awarded.
Our Judges this year are all professionally accredited by California Garden Clubs, Inc. They come from the San Francisco region. They are: Kiwi De Voy, Nancy Martin, Shirlene Shufelt, Bob Jones, Charlotte Mason, and Rose Gilardi.
A $20 Prize will be awarded to each of the Best in Category: Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Iris and Rose.
A $25 Prize will be awarded for the best Artistic Arrangement and Popular Choice.
Resources and Advice
1. A few helpful notes for all exhibitors:
a. Arrangements are judged for overall design, so spend time thinking about that and watch online videos
b. A bouquet is usually displayed in a vase and the flowers are generally gathered and look like they were
c. Roses must be labeled accurately; be sure to research the name of your Rose prior to the show
d. To prepare roses, do not remove the sepals, just remove any damaged guard petals
2. Excellent video on Creating a Beautiful Flower Arrangement on Youtube
3. The Fundamentals of Floristry Design Video on Youtube
4. See beautiful examples of Ikebana and some Italian Haiku on Youtube
5. On this page of Example Irises and Lillies you will find links to examples of Irises and Lillies from our
classification system, e.g., an example of Class 60 "Bearded Iris" to help explain the distinction between the
different types of Irises