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    The Gesneriad Society New England Chapter Show Schedule

    Gesneriads Through the Seasons

    September 21 & 22, 2013
    Entries accepted Friday, 9/20, 12:00 to 4:00 pm and Saturday, 9/21, 8:00 to 9:00 am
    Late entries will be accepted for exhibit only.
    Division I – HORTICULTURE


    SECTION A - New World Gesneriads in Flower - Tuberous

    Class    1      Sinningia speciosa species or hybrids (upright or pendent flowers)

    Class    2      Other Sinningia species with rosette growth pattern

    Class    3      Other Sinningia species with upright growth pattern

    Class    4      Other Sinningia hybrids with rosette growth pattern

    Class    5      Other Sinningia hybrids with upright growth pattern

    Class    6      Other Sinningia species or hybrids (largest leaf less than 1" long)

    Class    7      Other tuberous gesneriads


    SECTION B - New World Gesneriads in Flower - Rhizomatous

    Class    8      Achimenes, xAchimenantha

    Class    9      Kohleria

    Class  10      Seemannia and its intergeneric hybrids

    Class  11      Smithiantha

    Class  12      Other rhizomatous gesneriads less than 5" in all dimensions, including the container.

    Class  13      Other rhizomatous gesneriads


    SECTION C - New World Gesneriads in Flower – Fibrous-Rooted

    Class 14      Codonanthe, xCodonatanthus

    Class 15      Columnea, (Dalbergaria, Pentadenia, Trichantha)

    Class 16      Episcia, Alsobia

    Class 17      Gesneria

    Class 18      Nematanthus

    Class 19      Other fibrous-rooted gesneriads


    SECTION D - Old World Gesneriads in Flower

    Class 20      Aeschynanthus

    Class 21      Petrocosmea

    Class 22      Primulina species or named cultivars (former Chirita) with rosulate growth pattern

    Class 23      Primulina hybrids (former Chirita) with rosulate growth pattern

    Class 24      Saintpaulia species

    Class 25      Saintpaulia hybrids or cultivars classified as miniatures (max of 6" diameter)

    Class 26      Saintpaulia hybrids or cultivars classified as semiminiatures (max of 8" diameter)

    Class 27      Saintpaulia hybrids or cultivars classified as standards

    Class 28      Saintpaulia trailers

    Class 29      Streptocarpus, subgenus Streptocarpella

    Class 30      Streptocarpus, subgenus Streptocarpus, species

    Class 31      Streptocarpus, subgenus Streptocarpus, hybrids

    Class 32      Streptocarpus, subgenus Streptocarpus, hybrids with variegated foliage

    Class 33      Other Old World gesneriads 


    SECTION E - Gesneriads Grown for Ornamental Characteristics Other Than Bloom

    Decorative fruit and calyces are permitted, but no flowers or buds showing color. A plant should have some special quality of color, texture or growth habit to be entered in this section.

    Class 34      Episcia

    Class 35      Episcia with pink-and-white leaf variegation

    Class 36      Primulina (former Chirita) species, named cultivars or hybirds

    Class 37      Other gesneriads with green-and-white leaf variegation

    Class 38      Other New World Gesneriads, species or hybrids

    Class 39      Other Old World Gesneriads, species or hybrids



    SECTION F - New Gesneriads

    This section is for introductions made within the last five years, but not previously entered in this section of a New England Gesneriad Society show. Exhibitor must provide a white card, not to exceed 8.5"x5.5", giving educational information such as name of hybridizer, collector, place of origin, special cultural requirements.

    Class 40      Species in flower

    Class 41      Species not in flower

    Class 42      Hybrids or named cultivars in flower

    Class 43      Hybrids or named cultivars not in flower


    SECTION G - Lesser-Known Gesneriads Seldom Grown or Seen in Shows

    Exhibitor must provide a white card, not to exceed 8.5"x5.5", giving educational information such as habitat, source, cultural requirements.

    Class 44      In flower

    Class 45      Not in flower


    SECTION H - Collections of Gesneriads

    A grouping of 3 to 5 different plants in flower or grown for ornamental qualities, or in combination (Saintpaulia must be in flower). Exhibitor must provide a card, not to exceed 8.5"x5.5", with identification of plants. In Class 46, exhibitor is encouraged to reflect variety as this is a consideration in judging.  In Class 47, educational information must also be provided.

    Class  46      Plants of a single genus, either species, cultivars or hybrids

    Class  47      Kinship group – interspecific or intergeneric hybrid/hybrids with one or more parents


    SECTION I - Trained or Sculptured Gesneriads

    An educational 8.5"x5.5" white card is suggested stating what training the exhibit received and how the exhibit is to be viewed (all sides or from the front).

    Class  48      Bonsai, topiary, espaliered, or other style


    SECTION J - Gesneriads Grown by a Novice

    A Novice is anyone who has never won a blue ribbon in the horticulture division of a gesneriad (including AV) flower show. Exhibitors wishing Novice status for the Horticulture Division may not enter other Horticulture classes.

    Class  49      Gesneriads in flower

    Class  50      Gesneriads grown for ornamental qualities other than flowers (no flowers or buds showing color allowed)


    Division II – ARTISTIC


    Gesneriads must predominate.  No artificial plant material allowed.  Other live and dried material permitted.  Accessories are optional unless specifically required.  Plant material used is to be identified and supplementary titles or descriptions listed on an accompanying 3” x 5” card.  Niches and table coverings will be white.  All niche sizes are in inches.  Exhibitor may provide additional backing/draping. 

    Reservations:  Mary Bozoian, 404 South St., Avon, MA 02322-1525   Tel: 508-583-0814, 

                                  Email:   Please reserve by 9/17/2013.


    SECTION K - Arrangement of Fresh Cut, Dried and/or Growing Plant Material


    Revisiting the Briar Patch


    Thornton W. Burgess, author of many classic children’s books and stories, lived in Sandwich, MA.  His delightful nature stories with special animal friends and unique places enriched many a child’s reading.  Here are a few selected titles to interpret. Classes 51-54 are some of many stories.

    Class 51      Grandfather Frog’s Common Sense  6 x 6 x 6 niche        

    Class  52      Peter Rabbit’s Rolling Egg         6 x 6 x 6 niche

    Class 53      Buster Bear Goes Fishing           8 x 8 x 8 niche                               

    Class 54      Blacky, the Crow, Tells His Plan        8 x 8 x 8 niche

    Class 55      At the Smiling Pool - An arrangement completely submerged in a clear container

             not to exceed 15 inches in any direction

    Class 56       Old Mother West Wind - The title of one of a series of books – A kinetic design

                          20H x 15W x 12D niche

    Class 57       Green Meadow – The title of another series of books –                An all green arrangement on a pedestal

                          with a 12 x 12 inch top – No restriction to size 


    SECTION L - Planting of Growing Material

    Class  58    Terrarium, straight-sided, not to exceed 24" in any dimension.

    Class  59    Terrarium, curved, not to exceed 24" in any dimension.

    Class  60    Tray Landscape, not to exceed 12" in any dimension.

    Class  61    Tray Landscape, exceeds 12" in at least one dimension and not to exceed 24" in any dimension.

    Class  62    Natural Garden – planted on rock or wood and not to exceed 24" in any dimension.


    SECTION M - Artistic Entry by a Novice

    A Novice is anyone who has never won a blue ribbon in the Artistic Division of a gesneriad (including AV) flower show.  Exhibitors wishing Novice status for the Artistic Division may not enter other Division II classes.

    Class  63    Artistic entry suitable for any of the classes in Sections K or L.  Exhibitor must identify, on a 3" × 5" white card, the name of the class chosen and the plant material used.


    Division III - THE ARTS


    All entries must feature gesneriads in some form and have been made by the exhibitor. Limit, one entry per exhibitor per class, and not previously exhibited in a New England Gesneriad Society Show.


    SECTION N - Photography — The subject must be identified on the entry card. Prints should not exceed 8"×10";  mats should not exceed 11" × 14".  Exhibitors must provide an easel for prints 5"×7" or over. 

    Class  64    Color print of parts of a gesneriad (flowers, fruit, foliage, etc.)

    Class  65    Color print of a whole gesneriad plant

    Class  66    Color print of gesneriads growing in a natural habitat. The subject must be portrayed growing wild in an area of the world considered by botanists to be its natural range, not cultivated in pots, gardens or greenhouses. A white card (maximum 8.5" x 5.5") must be provided detailing location, climate, month/year photo was taken, how the site was accessed and any other pertinent information. 

    Class  67    Monochrome print


    SECTION O - Arts and Crafts Representing Gesneriads

    Class  68    Painting or drawing (easel must be provided by exhibitor)

    Class  69    Needlework or textile (exhibitor must provide a 3" × 5" white card giving the source of the design)

    Class  70    Other arts and crafts




    SECTION P - Commercial

    Class  71    Display table with a grouping of gesneriads (10 or more plants)

    Class  72    Display table with a grouping of gesneriads (fewer than 10 plants)


    SECTION Q - Educational

    Class  73    Exhibit illustrating phases of scientific or historical research or gesneriad promotion

    Class  74    Exhibit of plant material with educational information

    Class  75    Exhibit of photographs of gesneriad plant material that because of its seasonal nature or rarity in cultivation is not often exhibited live.  A white card (not to exceed 8.5" × 5.5") must be provided outlining source, natural habitat, cultural information, and reason for suitability in this class.

    Class  76    Exhibit of photographs of gesneriads growing outdoors as bedding, accent, or container plants.  Gesneriads must be identified and additional information included about climate, growing medium, culture, etc.



    General Rules and Exhibitors Information


      1.     Each exhibitor may prepare a list of plants and other exhibits with the appropriate Section and Class numbers to facilitate the work of the Entries Committee.  The Flower Show Committee will assist in identifying material unknown to the exhibitor.

      2.     All plant material must be free of insects and disease.  All entries will be inspected, including those for exhibit only.

      3.     Entries shall be in accordance with the schedule and must be approved by the Classification Committee.  Nonconformity to schedule may bring disqualification.

      4.     Exhibitors need not be members of the Gesneriad Society or the New England Chapter.

      5.     Entries will be accepted only during the hours specified.  An exhibitor may request that an entry be accepted for exhibit only.  These entries, and any arriving after the close of Entries, will be placed in a separate area of the showroom for exhibit only and will not be judged.  Educational information should be provided where appropriate.

      6.     All entries will be staged in the showroom by the Placement Committee.  Collections and artistic entries may be placed in the showroom by the exhibitor in the space designated and during the stated time for entries.

      7.     In fairness to amateur growers, institutions may not make more than two entries in each of the Horticulture, Artistic or Arts Divisions of the flower show.  The same restriction applies to commercial growers whose employees assist with the culture and grooming of potential entries.

      8.     Classes may be subdivided or consolidated at the discretion of the Show Committee after entries close.

      9.     No entries may be removed from the showroom until the show closes.  All entries must be checked out through the Show Committee.

    10.     Standard competitive judging, as established by The Gesneriad Society, will be used.

    11.     Awards will be made according to the following point scores: 1st, blue ribbon (90-100); 2nd, red ribbon (at least 80); 3rd, yellow ribbon (at least 70).  Honorable Mentions may also be awarded.

    12.     Special Awards (more than a class ribbon) are reserved for the Gesneriad Society or the New England Chapter members of record at the time of Flower Show entries, unless specifically offered to nonmembers.  An exhibit must score 90 or above to be considered.

    13.     Awards for Best and runner-up to Best Gesneriad in Show in Division I, (excluding Saintpaulia hybrids) are given for horticultural perfection. These awards and those for Best in Divisions II, III and IV are reserved for the Gesneriad Society or the New England Chapter members of record at the time of Flower Show entries.  Exhibits in all Divisions must score 95 points or higher to be considered for these awards.

    14.     Sweepstakes and Runners-up to Sweepstakes awards for any Division require a minimum of three blue ribbons in a Division to be eligible.  These awards are reserved for the Gesneriad Society or the New England Chapter members of record at the time of Flower Show entries.

    15.     The New England Chapter will endeavor to protect all entries, but assumes no responsibility for loss or damage.


    Additional Horticulture Division Rules and Information

      1.     All plants must be grown by the exhibitor and have been in the exhibitor's care for at least 3 months prior to the show.

      2.     An exhibitor is limited to one specimen of the same plant per class. An exhibitor may submit more than one entry per class, provided each entry is a different cultivar, unless otherwise prohibited.

      3.     Exhibitors of Saintpaulia hybrids are required to respect size limitations as defined by the hybridizer as registered in the AVSA Master Variety List.

      4.     Exhibitors will be permitted to indicate the front of a horticulture entry.

      5.     No particular type of container is specified.  All containers used must be clean.  A protective container or cover made of transparent material to shield delicate plant material from dry air or cold drafts may be used for any exhibit requiring it.  Such plants may be judged uncovered.

      6.     An exhibitor may provide educational information on a white 3"x5" card for any entry if desired.

      7.     All exhibits in flowering classes must have at least one fully opened flower.

      8.     Seed pods or fruit (not spent blossoms) are permitted on all gesneriads entered in the Horticulture Division. The exhibitor should realize when entering a blooming plant with seed pods or fruit that some judges could find them enhancements of, or detractions from, the plant's appearance.


    Additional Artistic Division Rules and Information

      1.     Gesneriads must predominate.

      2.     While Saintpaulias are permitted in all artistic classes, the use of other gesneriads is strongly encouraged.

      3.     Other live and dried plant material is permitted but no artificial plant material is allowed.

      4.     Plant material used in the Artistic Division need not have been grown by the exhibitor.

      5.     All plant material used is to be identified on an accompanying white 3"x5" card.  Supplemental titles or descriptions may be added but are not required.

      6.     Accessories are optional unless specifically required.

      7.     Table covers and niches will be neutral in color.  Exhibitors may provide additional background.

      8.     Cut blossoms or plant material may be placed in artistic arrangements on Saturday morning from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.

      9.     In Section L, "Dimension" refers to the linear measurements of height, width and depth only.

    10.     Straight-sided terrariums are composed of flat pieces of glass or plastic.  Curved terrariums have rounded pieces.

     Additional Arts, Commercial and Educational Division Rules and Information

      1.     All entries must have been made by the exhibitor and feature gesneriads in some form.

      2.     Entries must not have been exhibited before in any New England Chapter show.

      3.     Photography: The exhibit is being judged on the skill, technique and composition displayed, not on the quality of the plant material chosen as a subject, except for Class 65.

      4.     Educational exhibits may be entered by institutions, chapters, study groups or individuals. In Class 73, any project relating to gesneriads may be presented with illustrative material that may or may not include live plant material.