Monthly Flower Show Rules and Notes


  1. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Entries must be in place by 7:45 PM SHARP.
  3. No awards will be made for mediocre exhibits.
  4. Exhibitors must be members of the Brampton Horticultural Society.
  5. Exhibitors are responsible for the correctness of their entry cards.
  6. Once judging has commenced, no exhibitor may move his or her exhibit.  After judging, exhibits may be moved by officials to give a more pleasing aspect to the show.
  7. Horticultural specimens must be grown by the exhibitor.
  8. Horticultural specimens should be named if possible and must be shown with their own foliage (unless otherwise stated).
  9. Potted plants must be in the possession of the exhibitor for three months prior to the show.
  10. Flowerpots not to exceed 10″ in diameter, unless otherwise stated.
  11. Exhibitors are permitted up to two entries of different cultivars from one household in a class, unless otherwise stated.
  12. When a quantity of specimen or bloom is stated, no more or less may be exhibited.
  13. Vases for the Horticultural classes will be supplied and must be used unless otherwise stated.
  14. Wiring, tying or staking will disqualify cut bloom exhibits in the Horticultural classes but are permitted in all potted plants except African Violets.
  15. All decorative designs are to be the work of the exhibitor.
  16. Unless otherwise specified, some fresh plant material must be used in all decorative design classes, and may be obtained from any source (i.e. does not have to be grown by the exhibitor).  Natural materials such as decorative foliage, driftwood, rocks, moss and evergreens may be used; and painted branches and treated materials, used with discretion.  Accessories are permitted, but artificial plant material is not. Soil is not permitted in Decorative Design Classes.
  17. Any arrangement calling for fruits and/or vegetables must contain some flora/foliage material.
  18. The use of endangered or threatened plant material is forbidden.
  19. Points are awarded as follows: 1st place – 5 points, 2nd place – 3 points, 3rd place – 2 points, Honorable Mention – 1 point, Judge’s Choice, if awarded – 5 points, and 1 point for each show entry.


Note 1
Novice Definition – an exhibitor who has yet to win three first place ribbons in the Decorative Design division in Standard shows (i.e. our annual show, District 15 AGM and/or OHA convention)

Note 2
Parallel Design – a design in which three or more groupings are placed in a parallel manner with open spaces between the groupings. Parallel direction may be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Design is in one container or in containers combined so as to appear as one unit.

Note 3
Visible Use of Water – A design that must include water that is clearly visible.  Any design in which water is an important component. May be waterviewing, underwater, etc.

Note 4
Miniature – A design with maximum dimensions no more than 5” in height, width and depth including any container, base and/or accessories.

Note 5
Small Design – a design from 51/2” to 10” and which must not exceed 10” in height, width and depth, including any container, base, and/or accessories.

Note 6
Scape – A leafless flower stem arising from the ground. Each scape may carry a number of flower buds depending on the cultivar, eg. Narcissus