Show Guide for Novices:
Flower Classes


These interpretations are based on guidance within;
The RHS Horticultural Show Handbook and
The NFWI On With The Show publication.
Both can be referenced at the Show Recorder's table.
Be aware the HIHS Rules for Exhibitors take precedence.

Links to articles posted below:
Alpines Cacti/Succulents Chrysanth Classes
Cut Flowers Daffodil Classes Dahlia Classes
Gladiolus Classes Hanging Basket Pot Plants
Roses

Sweet pea Classes

Viola Classes

Alpines

alpine trough
Alpine "Any plant suitable for a rock garden or alpine house".

Judges of Alpines generally consider.

Suitability:
Size, mature plant typical of species at its best.
Hardy to survive average winter in frost free house.
Healthy growth with no deformities, damage, pest or disease. Rarity:
Recognition of difficulty to grow.
In Character:
Many open blooms in a plant grown for its flowers.
Tight fresh growth for a cushion type.
Bright leaves for a plant grown for colour of foliage.

With an alpine garden in addition to the plants
Judges are assessing overall appearance and naturalness.

Cacti and Succulents

cacti
Judges of cacti and succulents generally consider.

Condition:
Free from defects, spines all present and correct.

Maturity:
Age, and evidence of flowering.

Cultivation:
Free from pests, diseases or defective 'bloom'.

Species:
Difficulty in cultivation.
Presentation:
Well balanced plant and container.

With an cacti garden in addition to the plants
Judges are assessing overall appearance and naturalness.

Chrysanthemum Classes

chrysanthemum
The National Chrysanthemum Society classifications.

The major considerations when judging chrysanthemums are:
Form, Size, Freshness, Colour, Uniformity, Staging and Foliage.

These are the most common faults acting against an entry:
Form: Blooms lacking in depth, centres underdeveloped.
Size: Blooms undersized.
Freshness: Florets tired, blooms damaged, open (daisy) centers
Colour: Poor for cultivar or faded at the base.
Staging: Packing visible and untidy, poor bloom spacing.
Foliage: Diseased, damaged or absence of foliage.

Cut Flowers

daffs
Judges of cut flower entries generally consider these
elements, listed in descending order of importance:


Condition; Unblemished flowers on firm stems with proportionate foliage.
Form; Shape, size and development of flowers.
Colour.
Uniformity and size.
Neat and correct identification label.

Daffodil Classes

daffodils
Classes in the HIHS Spring Show Schedule,
stipulate various daffodil classifications.
Confused on what is what, then use this link?
The RHS illustrated guide to Daffodil classifications.

What are the Judges looking for?
The RHS Guidance for Daffodil Judges.

How To Grow Daffodils for Showing in pdf format.

Dahlia Classes

dahlia
Classes in the HIHS Summer Show Schedule,
stipulate various dahlia classifications.
Confused on what is what, then use this link?

The National Dahlia Society classifications.

What are the Judges looking for?
Blooms fresh and clean.
All florets intact, firm and without blemish or defect.
Colours clear and well defined.

Guidance on what judges look for as An ideal bloom.

Guidance on what judges Don't want to see.

Showing: Dahlia Bloom Size Classifications.

Gladiolus Classes

gladiolus
The major considerations when judging gladiolus are:
Erect spike.
Fresh unblemished blooms and foliage.
Strong stem, tapering base to top.
12 to 20 flowers and buds.
Flowers, evenly spaced, facing frontward, hiding stem.
One third each; full flower, buds in colour, green buds.

These are the most common faults acting against an entry:
Spike curved or with drooping tip.
Evidence of flower bract removal.
Spike short, ill-balanced or crowded.
Flowers of irregular form.
Flowers below size or not true to colour for cultivar.

Hanging Baskets

hanging
Judges of Hanging Baskets generally consider.

Initial Impact:
Sympathetic bright bold colours, textures and scent.
Harmonious Co-ordinated Presentation:
Balance, symmetry, complete cover and overflowing.

Quality:
Health, vigour, plants suitability and free of weather damage.

Longevity:
Potential for prolonged continuation of display.

Pot Plants

pot plants
Judges of flowering or fruiting pot plants
generally consider these elements,
listed in descending order of importance:


Shape, size and condition of plant and pot.
Quality and quantity of blooms or fruit.
Colour.
Condition and uniformity of Foliage.
Relative challenge to cultivate.
Neat and correct identification label.

Judges of foliage pot plants generally consider these
elements, listed in descending order of importance:


Shape, size and condition of plant and pot.
Decorative appeal.
Presentation.
Relative challenge to cultivate.
Neat and correct identification label.

Rose Classes

roses
Judges are looking for:

Appearance sparkling clean and fresh.
Blooms in perfect stage of good size for cultivar.
Outer petals regularly surrounding a central formation.
Petals firm, smooth and good texture.
True colour bright and glowing for cultivar.
Straight stem of thickness and length for bloom size.
Foliage fresh, clean, undamaged and good in colour.
Presentation balanced overall and to container.
A complete absence of defects.

Link to open pdf Tips For Cutting Roses to stay fresh.

Link to open pdf Tips for Exhibiting Roses.

Link to advice on Rose Classifications.

Sweet Pea Classes

sweet peas
Judges are looking for:

An abundance of well spaced blooms on a strong straight stem.
Large unblemished blooms each fully open and fresh.
Bloom with erect standards, rigid wings and keel closed.
Colour bold and true to cultivar with a silken sheen.
Display staged to best enhance and compliment exhibits.

Visit The National Sweet Pea Society website
for a wealth of advice and information.

On line growing advice from Sweet Pea Champion Roger Parsons.

Viola Classes

violas
Judges are looking for:

Equal unblemished blooms each fully open and fresh.
Well defined eye, even and bright in colour.
Clear and distinct self colour.
If margined flowers a contrasting edge colour.
If fancy, striped or suffuseda a pleasing/striking contrast.

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