The HOS Plant Show is held annually during the HOS Spring Meeting. Pictures of winning plants are usually published in the HOS Journal and on the HOS web site.
The HOS “Best in Show” Trophy is awarded to the best exhibit in the show. The trophy may he held for one year, and must then be returned for engraving. An RHS Banksian Medal is awarded to the most successful exhibitor each year.
In addition to the competitive entries, members are encouraged to bring other interesting plants for non-competitive display.
SCHEDULE OF CLASSES
Guidelines for Exhibitors and Judges at Plant Shows
General Considerations. Note that plants will be judged as they appear on the show bench; no allowance will be made for past glories or future potential.
· the suitability of the plant, and particularly whether it is “hardy”;
· the overall appearance of the plant, and particularly if its character is that of a mature plant in the wild;
· the condition of the flowers;
· the condition of the foliage;
· in multi-pot classes, all plants will be considered equally;
· all other things being equal, the difficulty of cultivating the plant(s) may be considered;
· the rarity of a plant, either in the wild or in cultivation, shall not be considered;
· where a hybrid or variety is exhibited that does not occur in the wild, it will be judged where possible with reference to similar naturally occurring plants.
· a plant that has the form and stature of a mature plant in the wild;
· flowers that are of good size, shape and colour, fully out, and well-presented on sturdy stalks; with multiflowered spikes, a good proportion of the flowers should be fully open;
· foliage that is clean, of good colour and undamaged (note, in those varieties whose foliage is normally withered at flowering time in the wild, due allowance should be made);
· a plant that is free from pests and diseases;
· pots that are clean and undamaged, and of a diameter and depth apropriate for the plant(s) contained;
· where a pot contains more than one plant, similar form and flowering of the individual plants is desirable.
· a plant that is immature, forced, or unnaturally dwarf;
· flowers that are atypically small or few in number, distorted, of poor colour, not fully open, going over, or held on weak stalks;
· flower spikes that contain a high proportion of unopened buds, dead or dying flowers, or from which much material has been removed;
· foliage that is dirty, damaged, of poor colour or prematurely withered;
· plants that have pests or diseases (if a transferable pest or disease is detected, the stewards will remove the plant from the show bench);
· where a pot contains more than one plant, non-uniformity between the individual plants is undesirable;
· weeds, algae or undesirable moss on the surface of the compost;
· pots that are dirty or damaged, or which are an inappropriate diameter or depth for the plants contained.