Tray Landscape by Lee Linett at the 2010 Show.
Just what do you need to qualify?
Well, to enter a plant into our show, you need:
- a live gesneriad plant
- that has been in your care for at least the past 3 months
- and is free of pests or disease.
That's the basics - you can check out the full rules in the show schedule. Your plant will have to be placed into one of the show classes: the classes are explained in the show schedule too.
There are also classes for photographs, dish gardens, terrariums, and arrangements (all featuring gesneriads).*
The entries are scored by judges, and we have prizes. Yes, prizes!**
My first show? Well, umm.... I don't remember it at all, actually. My miniature African Violet (and maybe there was another plant?) was picked up and delivered to the show by a friend. It came back with a ribbon and an award - an out-of-print book on gesneriads. (I'm sure they were very generous in scoring my novice entry! There classes reserved for novices - people who have never won a blue ribbon.)
So... do you grow plants? Got any gesneriads?
*Entries in the arrangements classes require pre-registration, and I'm sorry to say the deadline has passed.
**The Best Gesneriad in Show award is limited to members of either The Gesneriad Society or our local Chapter.