A change has been made to the Parlour Show this year. There will still be a variety of classes to enter each month. The only classes that will be judged are those where a trophy is presented. We look forward to a grand array of entries in both non-judged and judged classes. Entries will be presented for the enjoyment of all and to give opportunity to share your garden successes without the pressure of all entries being judged.
Only one entry is accepted from each member per class. You may however enter each and every class if you wish and we hope you do. Entries must be from your own garden unless it is stated that flowers may be purchased. You must be in attendance at the meeting to qualify. Entries must be in place before 7:30pm;schedule for 2016 will appear in the April newsletter. However, please check the newsletter each month as changes sometimes need to happen depending on what is blooming when.
For trophy classes, your name will not be revealed until after the judging has been completed. The trophy classes will be judged and points will be recorded for first, second and third with 3, 2, and 1 point given. The aggregate trophy will be given to the winner of the most points accumulated in the twelve trophy classes during the year
For non-judged entries, you will write your name to be displayed with your entry. In that way members will know with whom to speak if they have any questions. Also your names will be gathered and recorded. The person making the most entries during the year will receive a prize.
Members are reminded that judges are not professionals and as in more formal shows, the decision of the judges is final. Club judges will be available at each meeting to act as a resource to the volunteer judges and help with the judging and answer any questions.
A minimum of two entries should be maintained for the trophy competitions. If there is only one entry, a winner may or may not be declared. Similarly, a single entry in a non-trophy class may or may not be a full point first place winner. A book of judging standards is in the garden club library and makes informative reading.
Points are awarded as follows:
Three (3) points for each first place
Two (2) points for each second place
One (1) point for each third place
At the end of the season all points are counted. The first, second and third place winners are announced at the December Christmas Party. The first place winner will receive a trophy as well as a prize.
Each month’s flower show classes will also be published in the preceding month’s newsletter and winners will be published in the next month’s newsletter. Additional classes may be added throughout
the year depending on the growing season. Please check the list in the newsletter each month.
There is a Specialty Table at each meeting. You may place plant related items of interest or information which you would like to share with members on this table. You may also wish to show an outstanding flower specimen that is not included in our classes of the month, or just some oddity that 'showed up' growing in your garden. A reminder to all trophy winners: please
bring trophies to relevant meetings, polished of course!
We look forward to another year of outstanding participation in showing the wonderful rewards of your love of gardening.
If you have questions, suggestions or comments you may direct them to Shirley Hathway 250-769-2842
Photos courtesy Jean Dangerfield.