Helpful Show Tips & ~Entry Form

 The Royal Horticultural Society Show Handbook has all you need to know about showing vegetables, fruit and flowers.  If you have any queries, please consult this publication but here are a few hints.

 Flowers

·      Check the schedule carefully for the type of cultivar, colour, size and number of blooms required.  In some classes extra foliage is allowed, otherwise use only the flowers’ own foliage.

·      Flowers should be fresh, fully developed, good quality blooms.  They should be true to type, of good colour, well angled and evenly spaced on strong stems.  Flowers and foliage should be free of blemishes.

·      Choose a vase (supplied by the Society on show day, unless   otherwise stated in the schedule) which is in proportion to the number and height of stems, and display each bloom to its best advantage.  Don’t forget to put water in the vase and remember that the judge will pick up every vase.

·      When exhibiting sweet peas, roses, dahlias and gladioli, the variety should be displayed if known.

 Vegetables

·      Uniformity of size and shape is very important; the biggest may not be the best.

·      All entries should be clean; root vegetables should be washed but never scraped or brushed.

·      Beetroot and carrots should have the roots left on and tops trimmed to 7cm.  Rhubarb should have    7cm of leaf remaining.

·      Runner beans and dwarf beans should be exhibited with stalk   attached. 

·      Tomatoes and courgettes should be shown with calyx attached.

·      Onions should be ripe, firm and uniform with roots cut off, tops cut back and bound with raffia.

·      Potatoes should be medium sized for the cultivar and equally matched with no scab, pests, diseases or deep eyes.

·      Cabbages should have solid heads of even size - leave 7cm of stalk.

 Fruit

·      Hard fruit should be exhibited with its natural bloom, not polished.

·      Apples should be displayed with their stalks uppermost.

·      Soft fruit should be exhibited with a stalk.

 Floral Art - judged in accordance with NAFAS Competition Manual 2015, third edition

·      When exhibiting floral art, do not exceed the size allowed.  If the dimension is as overall (as with a miniature or petite exhibit), the height, depth and width are all taken into account.

·      Exhibit - an exhibit is plant material with or without accessories.

·      Natural plant material - this is any vegetable material.  It includes fresh, dried, garden, wild or made up plant materials, flowers, foliage, fruit, vegetables and seaweed.  All may be additionally coloured.

·      No artificial plant material should be used unless specifically listed in the show schedule.

·      Novice - a competitor who has never won first prize in the floral art section of a flower show.

 Industrial - judged on WI rules

·     Wine should be shown in a straight-sided clear glass bottle with a       T-cork, either all cork or cork/plastic.  Labels should be small and near the bottom of the bottle.

·      Preserves - use plain glass jars, state the type of preserve and date of

        manufacture.

 Jams, marmalades and jellies should have a twist top or pliablepress-on cover only, or a waxed disc covered with a cellophane top when cold.

 Vinegar preserves should have a twist top with plastic lining or pliable press-on top.  Must be at least 2 months old before exhibiting.

   Lemon curd should have a waxed disc and cellophane cover.  Must   not be more than 4 weeks old.

   Chutney must have a new twist top without a wax disc.

·   No packet mixes should be used and no item to be displayed in the container in which it was cooked.

·   All food must be covered in cling film.

 

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COWFOLD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

SUMMER SHOW

Saturday 1st July 2017

                                                                                    ENTRY FORM

 

Name of Exhibitor …………………………………………………………………………… 

If a child, please give age ………………………………………………………………….. 

Address ………………………………………………………………………………………. 

…………………………………………………………………………………………………. 

Telephone ……………………………………………………………………………………. 

Email ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 

Please complete your entry form and hand to Patzi Skinner , 6 Barleycroft, Cowfold  

by 5pm on Thursday 29th June, or bring your form to the Smithy, Bolney Road between 6pm and 9pm on Thursday 29th June. 

NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON. 

I hereby agree to abide by the rules of the Show and wish to exhibit in the classes marked below: 

Mark the Number of the Class you wish to enter - only one entry per class.

 

 

Entry fee to be paid …………………………………………………………………………………….. 

Entry fee for classes 1 to 104:  30p per class

Children FREE for classes 105 to 112