GENERAL RULES AND REQUIREMENTS
1. This will be a STANDARD FLOWER SHOW, conforming to the requirements of the “Handbook for Flower Shows”, 2007 edition with all updates, from National Garden Clubs, Inc. The show will be open to the public in Dean Hall at Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC on Friday, March 1, 2013 through Sunday, March 3, 2013 from 10 AM until 4 PM daily.
2. Design entries are open to all garden club members to enter. Horticulture entries are open to the public for plant material in bloom or with attractive and/or unusual foliage only. Special Exhibits Division entries are by invitation/individual interest and require reservation.
3. ENTRIES will be received at the kitchen entrance of Dean Hall on Thursday, February 28, 2013 from 8 AM to 11AM. No entries will be accepted after 11AM.
4. REMOVAL TIME WILL BE Sunday, March 3, 2013 between 4 PM to 5 PM or Monday, March 4, 2013 between 9 AM and 12 noon. After these appointed hours, the Dismantling Committee will dispose of all remaining materials.
5. EXHIBITS for HORTICULTURE must be registered with Entries and Classification committees located at the kitchen entrance of the Dean Hall Building.
6. A FULLY COMPLETED ENTRY CARD MUST accompany each entry. A plant must be identified by its binomial name or its currently accepted scientific identification to be eligible for a Top Exhibitor Award.
7. All cut flowers and cut plant material must be in water and conditioned to remain in 'show condition' for the entire three-day show.
8. DESIGN reservations are made in advance by contacting the Design Reservation Chairman responsible for that class.
9. The Horticulture and Design Classification Chairmen will check for conformity to the schedule.
10. JUDGING will begin on Thursday February 28, 2013 at 1 PM. The show will be closed to the public on this date.
11. JUDGING will be according to the National Garden Clubs, Inc. latest updates of the “Handbook for Flower Shows”, 2007 edition. Decisions of the Judges are
final. Only one blue, one red and one yellow ribbon will be awarded in each
class or sub-class. White ribbons may be awarded, if worthy. See the following pages for award descriptions and ribbon points. Awards may be withheld if not merited.
12. DURING JUDGING, only the following people may be present on the show floor: Judges, Judges Chairman, Clerks, Clerks Chairman, Show Chairman, Show Co-Chairman, Horticulture & Design Classification Chairman, and Hospitality personnel.
13. Neither the show committee nor Cypress Garden employees will be responsible for containers or other properties. Reasonable care will be exercised to protect all exhibits.
14. EMERGENCY SITUATIONS: If the Show Chairman is not available, the show Co-Chairman will be empowered to rule. If the Show Chairman or Show Co-Chairman is not available, then the Design or Horticulture Chairman will be empowered to rule the show.
15. After making Design reservation(s) it will be the exhibitor’s responsibility to furnish design(s) for those places. If the exhibitor is unable to do so, it will be his/her obligation to locate a substitute and notify the Design Reservation Chairman concerning the change.
16. HORTICULTURE, DESIGN and SPECIAL EXHIBITS RULES are at the beginning of each of these Divisions and should be read.
17. NGC, Inc. mandates that no taxidermy or national flags may be used in Design or Special Exhibits divisions. See Design rules for more information.
18. Fresh plant material is to be emphasized in all divisions and no artificial plant material is permitted in any division.
19. Exhibitors must submit only those entries that are clean, without dead leaves, spent blooms, or spray residue and are free of insects/disease (thrips, scale, fungus, mildews, etc.). NO WIRING, OILING, PLANT SHINE, OR ARTIFICIAL COLORING IS PERMITTED IN HORTICULTURE CLASSES. NO ARTIFICIAL PLANT MATERIAL IS ALLOWED IN ANY DIVISION. Camellias may be wired or pinned to their wood in Design Classes only.
20. No South Carolina conservation plant material may be exhibited as horticulture or used in any design. These plant materials may only be in Flower Shows for educational exhibits and should never be collected from the wild. Seek out reputable nursery sources that propagate these protected plants legally.
21. NOTE - The Judges of this flower show are eligible to enter both horticulture and design entries. Their judging assignment shall be for classes they have not entered.
22. NEW - For educational purposes, the designer must list plant material(s) used in their design on 3”x 5” index card and place the card by their design before leaving the floor. Card explaining interpretation may be placed by design as well.
23. NEW - Classification Committee shall have the authority to disqualify any entry not conforming to the schedule and/or not of flower show quality.