Flower Shows

The purpose of the flower show is five-fold:

  • To educate club members and the public;
  • To stimulate interest in horticulture and floral design;
  • To provide an outlet for creative expression;
  • To encourage community participation;
  • To have a project in which all members can participate.

Anyone can win; all you have to do is enter…GOOD LUCK!

To print out a copy of the Flower Show categories, click June 2024 Flower Show Schedule

To print out a sheet of the Flower Show entry form tags, click Flower Show Entry Tags

Flower Show Schedule – June 11, 2024

Entries will be received between 6:30 and 7:15. No entries will be accepted after 7:15 p.m. Entry forms are available above.  Please print and complete your entry forms at home for faster registration. Entry forms will be available at the show if needed.      

Division 1 – Horticulture

(1 entry permitted per exhibitor per class unless otherwise stated)

* All cultural exhibits must be grown by the entrant and been in their position for 90 days.

Section A – Flowering Perennials & Biennials

Class 1             Achillea (yarrow)                                            1 stems

Class 2             Digitalis (foxglove)                                          1 stem

Class 3             Geranium (cranesbill)                                     1 stem

Class 4             Hemerocallis (daylily)                                     1 scape

Class 5             Iris (bearded iris)                                            1 stalk (stem)

Class 6             Iris siberica (Siberian iris)                               1 stalk (stem)

Class 7             Lavandula angustifolia (lavender)                  3 stems

Class 8             Lupinus (lupin)                                                1 stem

Class 9             Monarda (bee balm)                                       1 stem

Class 10           Paeonia lactiflora (herbaceous peony)           1 bloom (disbudded)

Class 11           Papaver orientale (oriental poppy)                 1 stem

Class 12           Phlox paniculata (garden phlox)                     1 stem

Class 13           Any other perennial in bloom                         1 stem, spike or spray

Section B – Foliage Perennials

Class 14           Fern                                                                 3 fronds, same species / cultivar

Class 15           Heuchera, Heucherella or Tiarella                 3 leaves, same cultivar

(coral bells, foamy bells or foamflower)

Class 16           Hosta – solid colour                                        3 leaves, same cultivar

Class 17           Hosta – variegated                                         3 leaves, same cultivar

Section C – Flowering Shrubs & Vines

Class 18           Clematis                                                                      1 bloom

Class 19           Rosa (rose) – hybrid tea or grandiflora                       1 specimen bloom

Class 20           Rosa (rose) – floribunda, old garden or shrub            1 spray

Class 21           Rosa (rose) – miniature                                              1 specimen bloom or spray

Division II – Design     Theme: Summer at Last

1 entry permitted per exhibitor per class.

Class 22           Reach for the sun                    – a design

Class 23           A Garden Party                        – a design that incorporates a hat

Class 24           Celebrating Summer               – a design

Class 25           Canada Day                             – a design

Please note there is a Novice Category for any member who has not previously submitted a flower show entry, or who has never won a ribbon (either 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or honourable mention).

1. Judging will be in accordance with the “Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards
for Horticulture and Floral Design” (OJES), 2019 edition.
2. The decision of the judge(s) is final. Awards may be withheld if in the opinion of the
judge(s) no exhibit is worthy
even though it may be the only entry in the class.
3. Competition is open to all members in good standing of Streetsville Horticulture
4. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry tag, tags are available on the website. If possible, state species and cultivar names of the entry to enhance the educational value of the show.
5. All entries will be received between 6:30 and 7:15 p.m. No entries will be accepted after 7:15 p.m. at which time exhibitors must leave the show area. Exhibits must remain on the show table until the show convener releases the entries. Only the show committee members, clerks and the judge(s) may remain in the show area once entries are closed until judging is completed.
6. The placing of entries is the responsibility of the exhibitor. The Show Committee will be available to assist exhibitors if unsure of the correct placement. Only the Show Committee is authorized to move cultural exhibits for subdividing and spacing purposes. Only the exhibitor may move his/her entry in the Design Division. Exhibitors are not permitted to touch or alter any entry once entries are closed.
7. Space allotted for exhibits is given in metric. Imperial measurements (inches) are approximate.
8. Entries of or including endangered, protected or scarce species are not permitted. The Species at Risk Public Registry is the authority for determining this designation of any plant at this show. See www.registrelep-sararegistry.gc.ca.
9. Entries of or including specimens from the genus Cannabis are not permitted, however, hemp fiber products are permitted.
10. While reasonable precautions will be taken to protect the exhibitors’ property, Streetsville Horticulture Society will not be held responsible for any loss or damage.
11. The Show Committee may subdivide classes in the Horticulture Division when/if deemed necessary.
12. Complaints must be made in writing, signed and presented to the Show Chair before the close of the show.

1. All cultural exhibits must have been grown/owned by the exhibitor for a minimum of three (3) months prior to the show.
2. Exhibitors may enter any number of classes but may have only one (1) entry per class unless otherwise stated. If two or more exhibitors share the same garden and wish to complete in the same class, they must enter different cultivars.
3. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to ensure their entries are placed into the correct class and named where possible. The Show Committee will provide assistance if required.
4. Containers will not be supplied.
5. Where a definite number or quantity is specified, no more or less may be exhibited. Any bud showing colour must be considered a bloom.
6. Staking, wiring or tying is not permitted in cut specimen classes but cut specimens may be discretely wedged.
7. Diseased or insect infested plant material will be refused entry or removed from the show.
8. Any foliage shown with cut specimens must be attached. Unattached foliage is not permitted.

1. Exhibitors may enter any number of classes but may have only one (1) entry per class.
2. All designs must be the work of the exhibitor.
3. A design may be with or without accessories. No soil is permitted in floral design.
4. Emphasis will be placed on the use of fresh plant material unless otherwise specified. However, a judicious use of painted and/or dyed dried plant material is acceptable. No artificial plant material is allowed. Plant material may be newly acquired and from any source.
5. Space allotted for each exhibit is 51 cm wide x 51cm deep (20” wide x 20” deep), height unlimited.
Questions regarding the schedule may be addressed to the Show Convener.
Awards will be for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each class as merited. Honorable Mentions may be awarded in each class as merited. Best in Show and Judges’ Choice will be awarded in the Horticulture Division. A Judges’ Choice will be awarded in the Design Division.
Design Division
Design: A combination of fresh and/or dried plant material with or without other objects arranged to create an artistic unit. The design may include container(s), base(s) and/or accessories. The designer uses the elements of design: space, line, form, colour, texture and pattern in the accepted principles of design: balance, rhythm, proportion, scale, contrast and dominance to interpret the theme and/or class and create a design of harmony and distinction.
Horticultural Division
Biennial A plant that requires 2 growing seasons to complete its life cycle. Leaves are formed during the 1st year, flowers and seeds the following season and then the plant dies away completely.
Bulb: A specialized, usually underground, structure consisting of a short dominant stem and bud surrounded by fleshy scales. i.e. Tulipa, Narcissus, Muscari (grape hyacinth), Allium, Lilium.
Corm: A modified, usually underground, stem, thickened, fleshy and solid. E.g. Crocus, Gladiolus
Cultivar: Cultivated variety. Varieties of plants originated and maintained only in cultivation, which when reproduced retain their distinguishing features.
Perennial: A plant that lives for more than two years. For flower show purposes, the term perennial does not refer to tender perennials which are treated as annuals in our climate or to trees, shrubs, conifers and hardy vines.
Rhizome: An underground or surface root-like stem that grows horizontally, usually thickened with stored food, and that bears leaves, flower stalks and roots. i.e. Polygonatum (Solomon’s Seal), Iris (bearded type).
Scape: A leafless flower stem arising from the ground. Each scape may carry a number of flower buds depending on the cultivar. i.e. Narcissus, (daffodil), Hemerocallis (daylily).
Species: A subdivision of a genus. The genus together with the specific epithet forms the species name. i.e. Mertensia is the genus. Mertensia virginana (Virginia bluebells) is the species.
Tuber: A fleshy underground stem for storage of moisture and nutrients that bears small eyes for asexual reproduction. i.e. Dicentra cucullaria (Dutchman’s breeches), Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite).

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