Updated 4/6/2013

'Growing and Exhibiting African Violet Show Plants'
Lesson Three


Reading List


Entry in 2004 VV
Virtual Show
by Laurie

Entry in 2004 VV
Virtual Show
by Nancy

Thanks to Laurie and Nancy for the above photos.

Horticultural and Design

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 plants.

     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 Blossoms
Class 22. Blue, purple, lavender, orchid, wine, red, plum, and fuchsia
Class 23. White, cream, blush, pink, and coral
Class 24. Yellow, green, chimera, and multicolor
Class 25. Fantasy, and all edged
Class 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 class.
     Most design classes allow only one entry per person, unless specified.  Sometimes, a mini arrangement class allows more than one entry per person.

BOOK Excerpt:

I couldn't say it better!
Read it here:  Book Review: Arranging African-Violets
Very 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!