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Flowers (N)

Photo by Chase Anderson (2023) 


Kristy Briggs

Sandra Brame

Location: Main Exhibit Hall

Premium awards:
Blue $5
Red $4

Special Rosettes will be awarded for Best of Class and Best in Show if deemed worthy by the judges. San Juan Island Garden Club will donate $25 to the Best Youth entry.



1. Entries will be accepted from 9:00 am to 5:45 pm on entry day (Wednesday, 8/14/24). One entry per color (see color list) in each lot will be accepted.

2. The flower show committee will exercise care in handling and displaying entries but CANNOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR LOSS OR BREAKAGE. Plants or containers having special sentimental or monetary value should not be entered.

3. Judging will take place at 6 p.m.Wednesday 8/14/24 in the Flower Hall.

4. Garden Clubs are encouraged to enter an exhibit that will be judged separately from the flower show and will be included in the fair-wide competition in educational exhibits.

5. Entries must be grown in San Juan County by the exhibitor.


7. Entries must be made according to the classification described in the following sections. Use the correct number of blooms, stems, stalks, or sprays as listed in the schedule; otherwise, entries will be disqualified. Stalks or sprays should not include flowers that are past full bloom and are deteriorating; they should include unopened buds or buds showing color.

8. Buds showing color are defined as blooms (i.e. 3 stems of aster, one of which has an added bud showing color would be defined as four blooms, thus disqualifying the entry).


10. Containers for cut flowers will be furnished except for flower arrangements.

11. The following color list should be used when applicable in any of Section A.

a. Bicolor
b. Light Blends
c. Dark Blends
d. Blue
e. Bronze
f. Dark Red
g. Flame
h. Green
i. Lavender
j. Maroon
k. Mixed
l. Orange
m. Pink
n. Dark Pink
o. Purple
p. Red
q. Dark Red
r. Salmon
s. Variegated
t. White
u. Yellow

12. An entry tag must be completed for each exhibit. Exhibitors with 20 or more entries MUST OBTAIN AND COMPLETE ENTRY TAGS PRIOR TO PRESENTING ENTRIES FOR CHECK-IN AT THE FAIR. Green Flower show tags will be available at local libraries and at the Fair office, usually in a box at the main entrance. This will alleviate the backlog of entries and crowding of exhibitors during check-in.



Class l: Annuals and Biennials

One entry per lot only. Use color list.

a. Ageratum, 3 stems
b. Amaranthus (Love Lies Bleeding) 1 stalk
c. Aster (needle-like, fluffy, or crested) 3 blooms
d. Bachelor Buttons (Corn Flowers) 10 stems
e. Calendula (crested, double, or single) 5 stems
f. Celosia (Cockscomb) crested, 1 stalk
g. Campanula
h. Clarkia, 3 stems
i. Cleome, 3 stems
j. Cosmos, 1 spray
k. Dianthus, 3 stems
l. Gazania, 3 stems
m. Godetia, 3 stems
n. Gypsophilia, 1 spray
o. Impatiens (Balsam) 1 stem
p. Larkspur, 3 spikes
q. Mallow (Lavatera, Malope) 3 sm. or 1 lg. stem
r. Marigold (African, French, or Mexican) 3 stems
s. Moluccella (Bells of Ireland) 1 stalk
t. Nasturtium (single or double) (w/ three leaves) 10 stems
u. Nigella (Love In the Mist) 3 stems
v. Osteospermum (African Daisy) 3 stems
w. Panola (Pansy/Viola cross) 5 stems
x. Pansies, with foliage, 5 stems
y. Petunia (single, double, or ruffled) 3 stems
z. Phlox, 1 spray
aa. Rudbeckia, 3 stems
bb. Salpiglossis, 5 stems
cc. Salvia, 3 spikes
dd. Scabiosa, 5 stems
ee. Snapdragons (regular or butterfly) 3 spikes
ff. Stocks, 3 stems
gg. Sunflowers (ornamental, not mammoth heads) 3 stems
hh. Sweet Peas, 10 stems
ii. Verbena, 3 stems
jj. Viola, with foliage, 10 stems
kk. Zinnia (cactus, crested, dahlia, gem, or lilliput) 3 blooms
ll. Any other annual or biennial not listed, 3 small or 1 large stem, one entry per color, per variety.

Class 2: Gladiolus
All entries must be single, unbranched spikes with good proportion and with all blooms left on. Cut spikes no more than 20 inches below the flower head. Leave on any attached leaves to the main stem. Use color list. Please provide an appropriate proportioned container.

a. Gladiolus, all large types, 1 spike
b. Gladiolus, butterfly types, 1 spike
c. Gladiolus, miniature, 1 spike
d. Gladiolus, any one type, 3 spikes

Class 3: Dahlias
A stem should have at least 1 or 2 leaves. The stem should be disbudded, except for pompons. The length should be in proportion to the flower size. Use color list.
a. Incurve Cactus (tips curve to center) 1 bloom
b. Straight Cactus (rays straight) 1 bloom
c. Semi-Cactus (rays broad and 1/2 or less the length) 1 bloom
d. Formal Decorative (rays in regular manner or arrangement) 1 bloom
e. Informal Decorative (rays in disarray) 1 bloom
f. Ball (4 inches or more in diameter) 1 bloom
g. Miniature Ball (same as ball dahlias but differing in size, 2 to 3.5) 3 blooms
h. Pompon (ball-shaped, up to 2 inches in diameter) 3 blooms
i. Single (open centered with 1 row of ray florets) 3 blooms
j. Mignon single (same as single but less than 2 inches) 3 blooms
k. Collerette (open centered with 1 row of ray florets and with additional rows of petaloid forming a collar around the disc) 3 blooms
l. Water Lily (close centered with multiple ray florets which are broad and flat or slightly incurved) single, triple, or 5 blooms.
m. Peony (daisy-like petals surrounding the center of disc florets) 3 blooms.
n. Anemone (1 or more rows of ray florets surrounding the center of elongated disc florets) 3 blooms.
o. Laciniated (florets split on ends) 3 blooms
p. Orchid Dahlia (open centered with 1 row of 8 florets – ray florets involute for 2/3rds or more of length) 1 bloom
q. Novelty Dahlia (any dahlia with characteristics differing from the present classifications) 1 bloom

Class 4: Roses
At the time of judging, most roses (hybrid tea, floribunda, climber, miniature) should be at least half open with many petals showing circular outlines; not just one outer row of petals, and a well-formed center with no center stamens showing. Each entry must have a sturdy stem with two or more sets of leaves that are in balance with the blossom. Some roses (old fashioned, shrub, others) may only have a single row of petals and stamens become part of the rose’s beauty. These differences in characteristics will be accommodated in the judging. One entry for each named variety in each lot, or one entry per color for each unnamed variety.
Use color list.

a. Hybrid tea, 1 bloom
b. Hybrid tea, 3 blooms, mixed colors
c. Floribunda, 1 spray
d. Grandiflora, 1 spray
e. Climber, hybrid tea, 1 bloom; floribunda type, 1 spray
f. Polyantha, 1 spray
g. Miniature, 1 spray
h. Old-fashioned rose
i. New bush rose variety
j. Others

Class 5: Perennials (Use color list.)

a. Aconitum (Monkshood) 3 spikes
b. Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) 1 stalk
c. Agastache, 3 stems
d. Alium, 3 stems
e. Alstroemeria, 3 stems
f. Aster x frikartii (Michaelmas Daisy) 1 spray
g. Astilbe (False Spirea, Meadowsweet) 3 stems
h. Astrantia, 3 stems
i. Campanula (Bellflower) 3 stems
j. Catananche (Cupid’s Dart) 5 stems
k. Chrysanthemum (large, spider, or spray) 1 stem
l. Coreopsis, 3 stems
m. Delphinium, 1 stalk
n. Dianthus (Carnation) (single, small, or spray) 3 stems
o. Digitalis (Foxglove) 1 stalk
p. Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) 3 stems
q. Fuchsia (hardy, 3 stems
r. Gaillardia, (Blanket Flower) 3 stems
s. Geranium, 3 stems
t. Gerbera Daisy (Transvaal Daisy) 3 stems
u. Geum, 3 stems
v. Gypsophila, (Baby’s Breath) 1 spray
w. Heliopsis, 3 blooms
x. Hemerocallis (Daylily) 1 stalk
y. Hollyhocks (single or double) 1 stalk
z. Japanese Anemone (single or double) 3 stems
aa. Leucanthemum (Daisy) Esther Reed, 3 stems
bb. Leucanthemum (Shasta) (single or double)3 stems
cc. Liatris, 3 stems
dd. Lobelia, (Cardinal Flower) 3 stems
ee. Lupine, 3 stems
ff. Lythrum, 3 stems
gg. Monarda, (Bee Balm) 3 stems
hh. Montbretia (Crocosmia) 3 stems
ii. Penstemon (Beard Tongue) 3 stems
jj. Perovskia (Russian Sage) 3 stems
kk. Phlox, Garden Phlox, tall 1 stalk
ll. Poppy, 3 stems
mm. Rudbeckia (Black-Eyed Susan, Gloriosa Daisy) 3 stems
nn. Scabiosa, (Pincushion Flower) 5 stems
oo. Verbascum, (Mullein) 3 small or 1 large
pp. Veronica, (Speedwell) 3 stems
qq. Any other Perennial not listed.
One entry per color, per variety.

Class 6: Lilies (Lilium)
The best specimens have a healthy vigorous appearance, free from disease or insect damage. The foliage should be free of pollen stains. Each stalk should have the maximum number of blooms and buds. They should be of good color and well-spaced. Note: (Judges may take points off for removing stamens) Lots follow the North American Lily Society classification.

a. Asiatic Hybrids (not fragrant)
b. Martagon Hybrids (flocked or freckled sepals)
c. American Hybrids
d. Trumpet and Aurelian Hybrids
e. Oriental Hybrids (fragrant)
f. Species

Class 7: Everlasting Flowers and Ornamental Grasses
May be in a fresh or dry state, no more than 9 months old. (ALL PLANTS MUST BE GROWN BY EXHIBITOR.)

a. Acacia, 3 stems
b. Achillea (Yarrow), 3 stems
c. Cortaderia (Pampas Grass), 3 stems
d. Goldenrod, 3 stems
e. Gomphrena (Globe Amaranth), 5 stems
f. Helichrysum (Straw Flower), 5 stems
g. Lavendar, 10 spikes
h. Limonium (Statice), 3 stems
i. Lunaria (Money Plant, Honesty) 3 stems
j. Pearly Everlasting, 5 stems
k. Physalis alkekengi (Chinese Lantern) 3 stems
l. Rhodanthe (Immortelle) 3 stems
m. Xeranthemum (Acroclinium) 3 stems
n. Any other everlasting or ornamental grasses not listed, 3 stems.
(1 entry per color, per variety.)

Class 8: Flowering Shrubs and Vines

a. Buddleia, 3 stems
b. Clematis (single or double) 3 stems
c. Heather, 3 spikes
d. Hydrangea (single, double, or lace cap) 1 bloom
e. Lonicera (Honeysuckle), 3 stems
f. Other flowering shrub or vine



A plant may only be entered once (one year). Containers must be within specified size limits for each class. The total weight of an entry, including pot, soil, and plant, shall not exceed 25 pounds.

Class 1: Indoor Potted Blooming, Foliage, Cacti, and Succulents

Any Named Variety

Class 2: Outdoor Potted Plants (Use color list when applicable.)
a. Bonsai Deciduous
b. Bonsai Evergreen
c. Cyclamen hardy
d. Fuchsia (upright single or double flower)
e. Pelargonium (Zonal)
f. Pelargonium (Ivy type)
g. Pelargonium (Martha Washington)
h. Petunia
i. Impatiens
k. Any other variety
l. Mixed plants
m. Any variety in an usual container

Class 3: Hanging Baskets - Outdoors

a. Fuchsia (single or double flower)
b. Geranium (Pelargonium)
c. Petunia
d. Mixed Plants
e. Any other variety



1. Plant material does not have to be grown by exhibitor.

2. All flower arrangement containers and/or accessories must be labeled inconspicuously to identify the owner.


4. No design can exceed an open space of 12” deep x 18” wide x 36” high.

Class 1: Design with No Title

a. Dining table centerpiece, round or oval; must be finished on all sides
b. Suitable for hall table or buffet
c. Monochromatic design, all one color
d. Old fashioned
e. Using a basket
f. Using candles with flowers
g. Using driftwood with fresh flowers
h. Dry material in container
i. Using native plant material
j. Vegetable and/or fruits

Class 2: Interpretive Design (Must Be Titled)

a. Suggesting a song title
b. Suggesting a holiday
c. Suggesting country life
d. Suggesting a place or thing
e. Interpreting this year’s Fair Theme

Class 3: Small Designs

a. Miniature, 5 inches or less in any dimension
b. Using a toy
c. Using cup and saucer
d. Interpreting Fair Theme

Class 4: Miscellaneous Creations

a. Wreaths
b. Plaques
c. Hats
d. Living plant material
e. Others not listed
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