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Rhododendron austrinum
Class 3 Flower Show Entry

Picture by S & J Perkins
Class 3 Species Entry at Rhododendron Flower Show


1998 FLOWER SHOW RULES

The following rules are correct as of this printing. The Judging committee reserves the right to make changes as necessary.

1.) A exhibitor must own the plant and have grown it at least one year (growth season) prior to the Show.

2.) Only one entry of a variety or species clone may be made in any one class by an exhibitor, but different varieties or species clones may be entered in the same class.

3.) Each elepidote rhododendron must be a single bud truss, except in class 1A. Each lepidote rhododendron, azaleadendron, and azalea shall be either a single or multiple bud truss, or a single spray measuring no more than 15 inches in width or height above the container.

4.) No entry will be accepted having severely damaged foliage or flowers. Acceptability of condition shall be determined by the Show Steward or Head Judge.

5.) No application of cosmetic materials is allowed.

6.) No more than ¼ of the flowers in a truss or spray shall be unopened. Entries of R. yakushimanum and its hybrids, in classes 1B and 12, shall not be penalized for unopened flowers, up to the ¼ limit.

7.) No removal of damaged members, dead pips, or faded flowers is allowed.

8.) All entries shall be accurately identified and conditioned prior to their receipt at the registration area.

9.) All species entries must be named. Hybrid entries may be named or unnamed, but should be identified as completely as possible by parentage, hybridizer's number, etc. Exhibits for which this information is unknown shall be entered in Class 24 or 25, as appropriate.

10.) Exhibitor information:

* Exhibitors must use cards provided at registration desk.

* Exhibitors must print information in capital letters using a waterproof ink. (Preprinted stickers are acceptable.)

* A Show official will assist in classification. The Show Steward and Head Judge shall have the right to reclassify entries which have been inappropriately assigned to a class.

* All entries must be registered by 8:45 AM on Show Date.

* All exhibitors and spectators will be barred from the Show area during the judging.

* No judge may judge a class or subclass in which he/she is an exhibitor.

* Special classes may be established, and classes may be subdivided by the Steward in consultation and agreement with the Head Judge.

* Each class or subclass shall be eligible for a full set of ribbons, except that the judges may decline to award a ribbon or ribbons in any class or subclass which, in their opinion, does not contain an entry of sufficient merit.

* In cases where the judges cannot agree on ribbon awards, the following scoring system shall be used:

SCORING SYSTEM
CUT TRUSSES
Color 20
Size 20
Form 15
Substance 15
Foliage 15
Condition 15
FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
Balance & Form 20
Rhododendron Use 20
Harmony of Color and Texture 20
Creativity 20
Condition 20
SPECIMEN PLANTS IN BLOOM
Plant Habit 30
Foliage Quality 30
Floriferousness 20
Quality & Substance of Flowers 20
SPECIMEN PLANTS NOT IN BLOOM
Plant Habit 40
Foliage Quality 60
BONSAI
Aesthetic Quality 60
Foliage Quality 40

* All entries must be left on display until the Show closes.

* At no time before, during, or after the Show, will the taking of pollen, leaves, or other parts of exhibits be permitted.

SPECIAL RULES FOR SPECIMEN PLANTS AND FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

* Root balls of specimen plants shall be properly wrapped or containerized.

* Flower arrangements must feature azaleas or rhododendrons. Only natural materials, fresh or dried, may be used. Containers must be chosen and flowers arranged so that the rhododendrons or azaleas are the dominant feature.


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