Hints for Showing

Showing is fun!

The following hints are designed to help both the experienced exhibitor and the novice to prepare for any flower and vegetable show.

These hints are based on the recommendations of the affiliated societies. There are reference copies of the RHS and NVS handbooks in the Committee Room library on the allotment site.

Do ask if you need some help. If you would like further information, please contact:
Graham Cockram, the Show Secretary, 020 8240 7809 / gc_139@hotmail.com
or
Colin Alexander, Secretary of the Horticultural Society.

1. The Schedule:
Please read the schedule for the show you are entering carefully, and refer any queries you may have to the Show Secretary, Graham Cockram 020 8240 7809 / gc_139@hotmail.com. Please also make sure you have read the Rules

2. Dates and times:
Please use the entry forms on the centre pages of your Schedule and note the dates and times, especially the deadline date and time for the receipt of entries. Late entries will be charged double.

3 .The number of specimens required:
Please pay particular attention to the number and sizes (if given) of specimens required in the schedule, as an exhibit that consists of more or less will be disqualified and labelled ‘NAS’, (Not According to Schedule).

4. Presentation of produce:

  • All exhibits should show variety name, or if not known marked ‘name unknown’. Variety slips are available from the show registration desk on the day.
  • All exhibits should be staged as attractively as possible with consideration given to ‘condition’ and ‘uniformity’. An exhibit is ‘uniform’ when the items of which it consists are alike in age, size and form.
  • An exhibit in good condition should be fresh, clean and free from blemishes and diseases.
  • All exhibits should be clean and the outside of any pots should be washed.
  • The natural bloom on fruit enhances its’ appearance.
  • Soft fruit should be shown on the stalk.
  • All vegetables should be properly prepared for exhibition, with roots washed.
  • It is customary to display certain items on a plate, eg. Tomatoes. Plates are provided.
  • Sand can be used to display.
  • Carrots, beetroots, parsnips, etc must have the leaves removed, leaving at least 7.5cm tops.
  • Onions and shallots must be tied with raffia (unless otherwise stated).
  • With natural sprays, there should be no disbudding except for the crown bud and the spray should be shown with buds at all stages of development.
  • With exhibition sprays, only one bloom is allowed to flower on each pedicel and any secondary blooms or buds on secondary pedicels should be removed.
  • Vases are provided by the Society for all classes except those in which ‘any container’ or ‘bowl’ may be used.
  • A ‘dish’ in the schedule refers to a specified quantity of a fruit or vegetable, which may be displayed on a table or on a receptacle of any shape.
Polaroid crop
Polaroid crop
Polaroid crop

You are viewing the text version of this site.

To view the full version please install the Adobe Flash Player and ensure your web browser has JavaScript enabled.

Need help? check the requirements page.


Get Flash Player