Looking At The SHOW Schedule
We have been focusing
on 'what the schedule says'. Of course, we have been using
a 'growing to show' PLANT or CULTURE schedule: counting the
weeks from the date of show entry, and following a pre-set list
of cultural instructions to encourage maximum growth of our
Now, we have yet one more
schedule to understand!
Every African violet (or Garden Clubs show) has
a schdule of classes that will accept entries. If you have attended
a local county/state fair, you will have noticed they also have various
classes and they also publish a schedule.
It is simple!
The show schedule will
give time and place of the show. You will find contact information
if you have questions. There will be a page or two of rules and
guidelines explaining how the entries will be judged and what type of
entries will be accepted. Again, the purpose of this schedule, like
the growing schedule, is to make things easy!
You will notice several 'sections' in the
listing of classes. Again, this is a similar format as a
garden/flower show. There are two main divisions of classes:
horticultural and design. The horticultural classes will be judged
on how the plant is grown and accepts exhibits for the various sizes and
types of plants, usually including other gesneriads besides African
violets. The design classes are for 'arrangements' and other
exhibits such as dish gardens.
Many shows will have a few other types of classes,
such as educational booths, commercial displays, or new cultivars.
Read the schedule, and then look at your plants.
Section II: Standard Plants – Single, Semi-double, and
Double Blossoms Green Foliage
Class 9. Blue, purple, lavender, mauve, and orchid
You could enter: any blue flowering standard sized plant
with green foliage. If your plant has variegated foliage you would
enter a different class:
Section III: Standard Plants – Single or Double
Blossoms, Variegated Foliage
Class 18. Blue, purple, lavender, orchid, wine, red, plum, and fuchsia
If your plant is a blue flowering minature sized plant
with variegated foliage, you will have to look closer at the schedule!
Section IV: Miniature Plants – Single or Double
22. Blue, purple, lavender, orchid, wine, red, plum, and fuchsia
23. White, cream, blush, pink, and coral
24. Yellow, green, chimera, and multicolor
25. Fantasy, and all edged
26. Variegated foliage
You would enter your plant in Class 26. Class 22
is for blue flowering miniature sized plants with green foliage.
Most show schedules require that any plants you
enter in the Horticultural classes have been in your possession for at
least three months. This 'owner-ship' requirement is NOT for any of
the plant material you use for the Design class entries.
You may enter more than one plant in each
Horticulural classes, but you may only enter one plant of a
variety. In other words, you may enter a plant of Sanctuary, and
another plant of Fresh Air. Both are blue blooming standards with
green foliage. But you cannot enter two plants of Fresh Air in that
Most design classes allow only one entry per
person, unless specified. Sometimes, a mini arrangement class
allows more than one entry per person.
couldn't say it better!
Review: Arranging African-Violets
interesting, and re-assuring! Please read!
It's time to get to work! Read the
information on the Reading Lists and begin work on the Assignments!