Floriculture Exhibits


1. All entries must follow exhibiting rules and regulations.

2. Please identify each Horticulture entry, either by a temporary label on the container or with a list, to be read out as the entries are handed in. Don’t enter an unknown plant. Any entry wrongly identified will not be judged.

3. Horticulture entries will be exhibited as a specimen, only one spike, stem or stalk (which may carry multiple flowers.) Leaves which will be under water must be removed. You may not exhibit dried material.

4. Judges need to see the stem, so use a colorless, label-free container. If necessary, wrap the stem with enough paper or plastic to hold the flower head above the rim of the container.

5. Please use appropriate containers; a small flower in a small container, for example, heavy sunflowers in big jars weighted with stones so as not to tip over.

6. A $10 Award of Merit will be given for the Best Horticultural Exhibit to Adult, Senior Youth and Junior Youth exhibitors.

7. Ribbons/Prize- Blue $3, Red $2, and White $1 for all ages

8. The more entries the better! A $5 Sweepstakes award will be given to the Adult, Senior Youth and Junior Youth exhibitor winning the most money in combined Horticulture and Artistic classes.

Exhibiting Rules & Regulations


Division I: Horticulture

Section 1: Adults, 18 and Older


Tall Flowers
1. Amaranthus
2. Calendula
3. Celosia
4. Cleome
5. Dahlia

a. Large-more than 5” diameter
b. small-less than 5” diameter
c. Cactus
d. Pompom

6. Gladiolus
7. Sunflower


All Other Flowers
8. Aster
9. Black-eyed Susan
10. Chrysanthemum
11. Cone Flower (Echinacea)
12. Coreopsis
13. Cosmos
14. False Dragonhead
15. Gaillardia
16. Marigold

a. African (smaller, two colors)
b. French (larger, one color)

17. Petunia

a. Single
b. Double

18. Roses

a. Floribunda Tea
b. Miniature
c. Any other variety

19. Sedum
20. Snapdragon
21. Viola (Pansy)
22. Yarrow
23. Zinnia


24. Basil
25. Oregano/Marjoram
26. Sage
27. Thyme


Flowering Shrubs
28. Butterfly Bush
29. Hydrangea
30. Rose of Sharon


31. Any Annual not listed (2 specimen ONLY)
32. Any Perennial not listed (2 specimen ONLY)


Section 2: Senior Youth, ages 13-17

33. Aster
34. Black-eyed Susan
35. Chrysanthemum
36. Cosmos
37. Dahlia

a. Large-more than 5” diameter
b. small-less than 5” diameter

38. Gladiolus
39. Marigold
40. Nasturtium
41. Petunia
42. Snapdragon
43. Sunflower
44. Viola (Pansy)
45. Zinnia
46. Any Herb (2 specimen only)
47. Any Flowering Shrub (2 specimen only)
48. Any Annual not listed (2 specimen only)
49. Any Perennial not listed (2 specimen only)


Section 3: Junior Youth, ages 6-12

50. Aster
51. Black-eyed Susan
52. Chrysanthemum
53. Cosmos
54. Dahlia
55. Gladiolus
56. Marigold
57. Nasturtium
58. Petunia
59. Snapdragon
60. Sunflower
61. Viola (Pansy)
62. Zinnia
63. Any Herb (2 specimen only)
64. Any Flowering Shrub (2 specimen only)
65. Any Annual not listed (2 specimen only)
66. Any Perennial not listed (2 specimen only)


Section 4: Youth, Under 6 years

Must be Grown by Child
67. Any Annual (2 per child)
68. Any Perennial (2 per child)


Division II: Artistic

THEME: “Growing Traditions Together”

Link: Sketches of Flower Designs 


  • Oval: All the oval’s outer edges are light; the largest flowers and strongest colors are placed at the low center of the oval.
  • Crescent: The main line can be tipped or equally high on both sides. The focal area is low and contains the heaviest material.
  • Half Circle: Center line is low with downward curved lines stretched out over the side of the container. Focal point is in the center of the design.
  • Set Triangle: Must be a right triangle with high side on left or right; weight concentrated at base of vertical line; outer tips are light.
  • Perpendicular: Arrangement is very tall with tight mass of flowers near the mouth of container.
  • Hogarth Line: Gives a feeling of rhythm in its swing from its tall tip over the center of the container, forming a pleasant and graceful curve.

Not Permitted:

  • Artificial flowers, fruit, foliage, or any other form of artificial plant material.
  • Coloring of plant material.
  • Bases, mats, and accessories in any classes unless otherwise specified.
  • Flowers and foliage should not touch the tabletop.
  • No arrangement may exceed 24” tall or 20” wide, including the container.

Award of Distinction of $10 will be given for the best artistic arrangement in each of Adult, Senior Youth, and Junior Youth.


Section 5: Adults, 18 and Older

1. Dinner Party—White, ivory and pale-yellow flowers in a crescent
2. Traditional Bouquets—Multicolored flowers in an oval
3. Old-fashioned flowers—Mostly gladiolus in a perpendicular arrangement
4. Independence Day—Red and white flowers use blue vase for oval arrangement
5. Sunny Days—Variety of sunflowers in a set triangle
6. Not Traditional—Your choice of flowers in a Hogarth line


Section 6: Senior Youth, ages 13-17

7. Toeing the Line—Sunflowers and marigolds in an oval
8. NOT Traditional–Bright colored flowers in a crescent


Section 7: Junior Youth, ages 6-12

9. Fireworks–Red, yellow and orange flowers in an oval
10. Truck Pull—Colorful flowers in the bed of a truck
11. Farmyard Friends—Create a farm animal from a vegetable


Section 8: Youth, under 6 years

14. Grandma and I Made This—Multi-colored flowers in an oval
15. Start Your Engines—Yellow and red flowers in a toy truck


Section 9: Fairy Garden

(Open to all ages)