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Show Schedule

The Gesneriad Society
New England Chapter Show Schedule
September 18-20, 2015
Entries accepted Friday, 9/18, 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Saturday, 9/19, 8:00 to 9:00 am

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 (excluding container
Class 13 Other rhizomatous gesneriads

SECTION C - New World Gesneriads in Flower - Fibrous-Rooted
Class 14 Codonanthe, xCodonatanthus
Class 15 Columnea
Class 16 Episcia, Alsobia
Class 17 Gesneria
Class 18 Nematanthus
Class 19 Other New World fibrous-rooted gesneriads

SECTION D - Old World Gesneriads in Flower
Class 20 Aeschynanthus
Class 21 Petrocosmea
Class 22 Primulina species
Class 23 Primulina hybrids
Class 24 Saintpaulia species
Class 25 Saintpaulia hybrids classified as miniatures (maximum 6" diameter)
Class 26 Saintpaulia hybrids classified as semi-miniatures (maximum 8" diameter)
Class 27 Saintpaulia hybrids 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 Qualities Other Than Flowers Decorative fruit and calyces are permitted, but no flowers or buds showing color. A plant should have special qualities of color, texture, or growth habit to be entered in this section.
Class 34 Episcia
Class 35 Episcia with pink and/or cream leaf variegation
Class 36 Primulina
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: Introductions made within the last five years, but not previously entered in this section of the New England Chapter Show. A white card (not to exceed 8.5"x5.5") must be provided giving educational information such as name of hybridizer and/or collector, place of origin, any special cultural requirements, etc.
Class 40 Species in flower
Class 41 Species not in flower
Class 42 Hybrids in flower
Class 43 Hybrids not in flower

SECTION G - Lesser-Known Gesneriads Seldom Grown or Seen in Shows: A white card (not to exceed 8.5"x5.5") is required, giving educational information such as habitat, source, cultural requirements.
Class 44 In flower
Class 45 Not in flower

SECTION H -Trained or Sculptured Gesneriads
An educational 8.5"x5.5" white card is required, stating what training the exhibit has received and how the exhibit is to be viewed, (all sides or from the front).
Class 46 Bonsai, topiary, espaliered, or other style

SECTION I -Collections of Gesneriads - A grouping of 3 to 5 different plants in flower or grown for ornamental qualities, or in combination, (Saintpaulias must be in flower.) Exhibitor is encouraged to reflect variety, as this is a consideration in judging. In Class 48, exhibitor must provide a white card (not to exceed 8.5"x5.5") identifying the plants and providing educational information. Class 49 is a grouping of 3 to 5 plants, each from a different gesneriad genus. Exhibitor should depict a clearly developed theme (e.g., different root structures, miniature or compact gesneriads, ornamental qualities, a collection of genera from China, South America, etc.).
Class 47 Single genus
Class 48 Kinship group
Class 49 Multiple genera

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 50 Gesneriads in flower
Class 51 Gesneriads grown for ornamental qualities other than flowers (no flowers or buds showing color permitted)

Robert Frost's Poetry
Gesneriads must predominate. Saintpaulia may be used in all classes, but the use of diverse gesneriad material is encouraged. No artificial plant material allowed. Other live and dried material permitted. Plant material is to be identified and supplementary titles or descriptions listed on an accompanying white 3"x5"card. Reservations: Phyllis Savage, 7 Coach Road., North Billerica. MA 01862; 978 663 3987; phyllis.savage@verizon.net Please
reserve by 9/17/15.

SECTION K-Arrangements of Fresh-Cut, Dried, and/or Growing Gesneriad Material
Enjoy Robert Frost's Poetry and then create arrangements with the following poem titles.
Class 52 The Road Not Taken -niche size 6x6x6
Class 53 Nothing Gold Can Stay -niche size 8x8x8
Class 54 Acquainted with the Night -Niche size 8x8x8
Class 55 Stopping by the Woods On A Snowy Night--kinetic, mobile niche size 20Hx15Wx12D
Class 56 Fire and Ice --white pedestal with a 14" square top, any size arrangement
Class 57 A Cow At Apple Time-white pedestal with 14" square top, no taller than 12 inches.
Class 58 Going for Water-Underwater arrangement to be completely submerged.

SECTION L- Plantings of Growing Gesneriad Material: Not to exceed 24" in any dimension
Class 59 Terrarium - Straight-sided (mirrored back permitted)
Class 60 Terrarium - Curved
Class 61 Tray Landscape
Class 62 Natural Garden – planted on any naturally occurring material (e.g., rock, wood, shell)

SECTION M - Novice Artistic Entries: 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 Entries must be suitable for Sections K and L. The exhibitor must identify the name of the class chosen and the plant material used on a 3"x5" white card.


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

SECTION N - Photography: The subject must be identified on the entry card. Exhibitors must provide easels for prints 5"x7" and over. Prints including framing must not exceed 11” x 14" overall.
Class 64 Color print of parts of a gesneriad (flowers, fruit, foliage, etc.).
Class 65 Color print of a whole gesneriad plant. (Gesneriads growing in native habitats are not eligible.)
Class 66 Color print of gesneriad(s) growing in a native 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"x5.5") must be provided detailing location, climate, month/year photo was taken, how site was accessed and any other pertinent information.
Class 67 Monochrome print

SECTION O - Arts and Crafts Representing Gesneriads: Exhibitors must include a 3"x5" white card describing the selected medium, techniques and processes used in the creation of the entry. Manipulated photographs, (i.e., montages and other techniques in which manipulation is the principal element) are eligible for entry in Class 70. Exhibitor must respect the same easel requirement and overall print size limitation as stated for exhibits entered in Section N.
Class 68 Painting or drawing (an easel must be provided by the exhibitor)
Class 69 Needlework or textile
Class 70 Other arts and crafts


SECTION P - Commercial Displays
Class 71 Display table with a grouping of 5-10 gesneriads

SECTION Q - Educational Exhibits
Class 72 Exhibit illustrating phases of scientific or historical research
Class 73 Exhibit of plant material with educational information
Class 74 Exhibit of photograph(s) 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"x5.5") must be provided outlining source, natural habitat, cultural information and reason for suitability in this class.
Class 75 Gesneriad Promotion: An exhibit of photograph(s) of gesneriads growing outdoors as bedding, accent, or container plants. Gesneriad(s) must be identified and additional information included about climate, growing medium, culture, etc.

General Rules and Exhibitors Information
1. Each exhibitor should prepare (in pencil) the entry card for each exhibit with the appropriate Section and Class number 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. Exhibitors need not be members of The Gesneriad Society.
4. Entries shall be in accordance with the schedule and must be approved by the Classification Committee. Nonconformity to schedule may result in disqualification.
5. Entries will be accepted only during the hours specified. An exhibitor may request that an entry be accepted for exhibit only. Educational information should be provided where appropriate. 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.
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. Classes may be subdivided or consolidated at the discretion of the Show Committee after entries close.
8. No entries may be removed from the showroom until the show closes. All entries must be checked out through the Show Committee.
9. 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.
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 Gesneriad Society 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 Gesneriad Society 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 Gesneriad Society members of record at Show entries time.
15. Photographing entries while judging is in progress is not permitted.
16. The Gesneriad Society will endeavor to protect all entries, but assumes no responsibility for loss or damage.

Additional Horticulture Division Information

l. 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 are permitted to indicate the front of a horticulture entry.
5. An exhibitor may provide education information on a white 3"x5" card for any entry, if desired.
6. No particular type of container is specified; however, 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.
7. All exhibits in flowering classes must have at least one fully opened flower.
8. Seedpods 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 seedpods or fruit that some judges-could find them enhancements of, or detractions from, the plant's appearance.

Additional Artistic Division Information

l. 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. All plant material used is to be identified on an accompanying 3"x5" white card.
5. Accessories are optional unless specifically required.
6. Cut blossoms or plant material may be placed in artistic arrangements on
Saturday morning before 9:00 am.
7. Plant material used in the Artistic Division need not have been grown by the exhibitor.
8. Table covers and niches are white. Exhibitors may provide additional background.
9. All niches are the full size stated in the schedule.
10. "Dimension" refers to the linear measurements of height, width and depth only.
11. Straight-sided terrariums are composed of flat pieces of glass or plastic; curved terrariums have rounded pieces.

Additional Arts, Commercial and Educational Division Information

l. 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 Gesneriad Show.
3. Educational exhibits may be entered by institutions, chapters, study groups or individuals. In Class 72, any project relating to gesneriads may be presented with illustrative material that may or may not include live plant material.
4. 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.

Andrew Gage,
Aug 12, 2015, 5:36 PM