Erin Garden Club and Horticultural Society


FLOWER SHOW CONVENER:Margaret Barnstaple, 519-833-9578.

  1. The exhibitor must be a member of the Erin Horticultural Society and Garden Club. Group or joint entries are not allowed. Exhibitors under the age of 18 are not required to pay a membership fee to exhibit in non-Junior classes.
  2. Entries will be accepted at the show place ONLY at the times specified for each show. ENTRIES NOT PLACED BY THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED.
  3. Entry tags and exhibitor numbers should be obtained from the Convener prior to the day of the show, if possible. Entry tags and numbers will also be available on the day of the show, but exhibitors needing to fill in tags should arrive well in advance of the deadline for entries.
  4. Fully completed entry tags must be fastened securely to exhibits; failure to do so may result in disqualification.
  5. Each exhibitor may make only ONE entry in each class, unless otherwise indicated in the schedule.
  6. Flowers used in the DESIGN CLASS entries need not be grown by the exhibitor, BUT MUST BE HOME GROWN.
  7. Design Class entries must be arranged by the exhibitor, and may include ornaments or accessories.
  8. Cultural Class entries MUST be grown by the exhibitor.
  9. House plants and hanging baskets must have been owned by the exhibitor for at least 3 months.
  10. A NOVICE is an exhibitor who has not shown in the Design Division in any Horticultural Society show prior to this year. A novice may show in both novice and regular classes.
  11. The exhibitor is responsible for placing his/her exhibits in the correct section and class. The Committee is not responsible for incorrectly placed entries.
  12. Only a Flower Show Committee member is allowed to touch or move an exhibit other than his/her own.
  13. Any Exhibit which the Judge deems unworthy of a prize shall not be awarded one.
  14. Unless otherwise stated in the schedule, Ontario Judging Standards apply. Some examples are:

PLEASE NOTE: A limited number of containers for cultural entries will be available at the show place. To avoid disappointment, please bring your own containers if possible. However, the Erin Garden Club cannot be responsible for loss or damage of your personl containers or exhibits. Please leave valuable antiques at home.

Glossary of Terms

BLOOM - Individual flower, one to a stem. Specimen blooms should be disbudded for exhibition purposes.

BOWL - A container whose height is less than, or same as, its width at the widest point.

FOLIAGE - Leaves or needles of trees, shrubs and other plants. When the term own foliage is used, it means the kind produced by the species or cultivar of plant exhibited.

SPRAY - A spray is the terminal flowering gowth of a herbaceous or woody plant carried on one stem. Ideally it would show all forms, e.g. flowers in bloom, buds showing colours, green buds and leaves.

Spike - An upright stem carrying several flowers which are nearly stemless, e.g. Gladiolus.

Spur - A short flower or fruit-bearing branch.

SOIL - No soil is permitted in floral design. Sand, pebbles and chips etc., are permissible.

STEM or STALK - A main plant structure which supports flowers, buds, leaves or coloured fruit.

VASE - A container whose height is greater than its width at its widest part.

Bi-coloured - Having two colours on the same structure.

Rhubarb - Stalks should be pulled out, not cut, and be on good length. The base of the stalk should not be trimmed. Leaves should be trimmed to a fan shape to approx. 5cm (2").

WATER VIEWING DESIGN - Usually a line design in a shallow container with one-half to two-thirds of the container surface showing water.

MASS DESIGN - A design with a large quantity of plant material arranged in a closed silhouette with few or no voids.

Novice Designer - Those members that have limited experience and knowledge of floral design.

Underwater Design - Design with parts placed above and below the water line, but still visible through the container.

Foliage Design - Design with interest in foliage. Foliage is to predominate. Flowers and/or fruit may be present but must be inconspicuous.

Source: Publication 34/2003 - Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards for Horticulture and Floral Design.
Last updated January 23, 2016