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First Show: September 5 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Second Show: September 11 from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Total Premiums Offered by NCMSF $14,020.00

Superintendent: Gail R. Banner

Sponsored by: Extension Master GardenersSM of Buncombe County

Entry Deadline: August 24, 2018 ONLINE ENTRIES ONLY, NO entries accepted after August 24, 2018, 11:55pm.

** Department M Pre-Entry REQUIRED for any entries in the Flower & Garden Show. **

**Class Form is accepted on check-in days only.**

Exhibits received:1st Show - Wednesday, September 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2nd Show - Tuesday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Gate 1, Expo Building

Exhibit pick up: **Claim checks are required at pick up.**

1st Show - Tuesday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

2nd Show - Monday, September 17 starting at 9 a.m.

RULES AND REGULATIONS - Please read important information in the front section of this book.

Before Entering either Flower Show consider -

• Flower and Garden is for amateur gardeners only. Amateur means any person who is involved in gardening or floriculture for pleasure only. This person does not derive income from his or her gardening or floriculture activities.

• You are required to pre-register.

• Class Forms are only accepted on Entry Day.

• All plant material in horticultural specimen classes must be grown by the exhibitor, from seed or transplants. Container grown must have been established in their container for at least 3 months. Flowers for Design may be purchased.

• Artificial flowers and silk flowers are not permitted. Dry materials may be treated. Fresh plant material may not be treated, or in any way artificially altered by paint, dye, stain, etc.

• No endangered species or extremely invasive plants or plant material allowed, including Oriental Bittersweet, Miscanthus, etc.

• Suggestions on conditioning flowers for exhibit: Cut flowers in the morning and place in tepid water; or the night before, put in warm water, and leave in a cool place. Do not strip all leaves from the stem. Cut stems longer than required so there is enough to trim during the entry process.

When Entering at the Fair -

• When entering either show, please come early enough to allow time to get all your flowers entered and tagged before the 6:00pm deadline. Work tables are provided. Please allow yourself one or two hours as a minimum time.

Each exhibitor is allowed one (1) class form for first show and second show. Exhibitor must have registered online prior to entry deadline.

All cut horticultural specimens must be exhibited in clear glass containers. Exhibitors must supply their own clear glass container, preferably with a small neck. Containers must be clean and debris free. Horticultural entries displayed in any container other than clear colorless glass may be disqualified.

• Wedging with green floral styrofoam is permitted for specimens. Entrants provide their own wedging material.

• Plants and containers weighing more than 30 pounds may be disqualified, if staging becomes too difficult.

• Most specimens have a height limit. Unless otherwise stated, 24" height is maximum. Cut stem at an angle and place in container until it touches the bottom. Measure specimen from top of plant to cut end.

• Remove any leaves below water line in the container.

• Any class that does not specify a color will mean "any color."

• A spray consists of at least one open flower with one or more buds.

• Entry tags are created after the Class Form is completed and returned to the Registration Table. The Entry Department will print the entry tags for your exhibits. To ensure you receive the maximum points from the judges, all horticultural specimens must be correctly labeled with botanical name and common name of plant (ex. Sedum - Autumn Joy). Correct labeling may be a deciding factor for judges in case of a tie. If entry tag does not match the exhibit, the entry will not be judged.

• Exhibitors are responsible for knowing what flowers and what class to enter. Upon request, Master Gardener volunteers will assist in identifying correct botanical names for your flower entries, and the CORRECT class to enter. When the exhibitor leaves the Entry Area, all entries with a tag will be placed on the risers by EMGs. Entry tags will not be corrected after Exhibitor leaves the building.

• An Exhibit shown in the 1st show may not be re-entered in the 2nd show.

• Exhibitors are responsible for retaining claim checks. ENTRIES AND RIBBONS WILL BE RELEASED ONLY WITH MATCHING CLAIM CHECKS.

• Superintendant may remove and disqualify unsightly, diseased, or insect infested exhibits. The Superintendent may display designs on props.

Judging & Awards for HORTICULTURE (Note the different criteria for design sub-department.)

For all exhibits, whether cut specimens or container grown: Plant Identification (with correct Botanical name and common name of specimen) = 5, Cultural Perfection = 60, Condition & Grooming = 25, Overall Superiority = 10, TOTAL = 100

NOTE: Three entries are allowed per class by each entrant, but only 2 ribbons can be awarded, per class, to each entrant.


Blue Ribbon $10.00 First place within a particular class. 90 points minimum

Red Ribbon $6.00 Second place within a particular class. 85 points minimum

White Ribbon $4.00 Third place within a particular class. 80 points minimum

Pink Ribbon None Fourth place within a particular class. 75 points minimum

Best of Show Rosette This award represents the best entry within all of horticulture that has placed "First" in any given class within this department.

Judge’s Choice Rosette This award represents the "judge’s choice" within each category as worthy of special recognition.

MA-1st Show Entries Received September 5, 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

MB-2nd Show Entries Received September 11, 10 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

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