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1.    All plant material must be fresh and have been grown by the exhibitor.


2.    Exhibits must have been in the possession of the exhibitor  for no fewer than 90 days.  Exception:  plants grown from seed, seedling, or immature transplants, bulbs, tubers, corms or rhizomes.  Combination plantings must have been grown together for no fewer than 6 weeks.


3.  Specimens must be show quality, clean, groomed and free of insects.  Containers must be clean.  Plant material may not be treated with “shine” or other products that artificially change the natural color and texture.


4.  Exhibitors are to provide information on the entry card.  All specimens should be correctly labeled with botanical name, giving genus and species, and/or variety.  Common name may also be added.



5.  An exhibitor may make more than one entry per class if each entry is a different species, variety, cultivar, type or color.


6.  Clear bottles will be provided for cut specimens.  Wedging will be provided if necessary.  Foliage should not be below the water level.


7.  The Classification Chairman has the authority to subdivide classes as necessary.


8.  Specimens are judged on cultural perfection, color, form, size and number, condition and grooming, name and labeling.

The Scales of Points for judging Horticulture is listed on pp. 129 of the Handbook, 2017.


“A Visit to the Chicago Botanic Garden” 

Eligible for the Horticulture Excellence Award

Section A.  “The Heritage Garden”               

Flowering Perennials

Cut specimens - one stem or spray.

Eligible for the Award of Merit

Class 1.   Aquilegia,  Columbine       

Class 2 .  Dicentra,  Bleeding Heart   

Class 3.   Iris     

Class 4.  Paeonia,  Peony

Class 5.  Rose,  Rose

Class 6.  Any other flowering perennials


Section B.  “The Sensory Garden”  

Perennials Grown for Foliage             

Cut specimen - one stem.

Eligible for the Award of Merit

Class 7.  Alchemilla,  (Lady’s Mantle)

Class 8.  Heuchera,  (Coral Bells)

Class 9.  Hosta

Class 10.  Any other foliage

Section C.  “The Crescent Garden”            

Cut Branches no more 30” in length                     

Eligible for the Arboreal Award

Class 11.  Branch of deciduous flowering tree or shrub

Class 12.  Branch of deciduous tree or shrub grown for its


Class 13.  Branch of a needled evergreen

Section D.  “The Green Houses”              

Container Grown PlantsEligible for the Grower’s Choice Award

Class  14.  African Violets

Class  15.  Orchids

Class  16.  Fern

Class  17.  Any other indoor container grown plant