1. All classes will be judged according to Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards publication for Horticulture, known as OJES Publication 2019.
2. All exhibitors must be members of the Society.
3. Each exhibitor may enter up to three entries per horticulture class provided each entry is of a different cultivar - except in 'Any Other' category - where there is no restriction on the number of entries, but each entry must be a different cultivar.
4. The exhibitor MUST grow all horticultural entries. Potted plants must be in the possession of the exhibitor for at least two months prior to the show. Annuals must be either grown from seed or in the possession of the exhibitor for more than 6 weeks.
5. The use of scarce, protected or endangered native plants, such as trilliums etc. requires that the exhibit be disqualified. See pages 138-139 in OJES for further details.
6. Exhibits must be entered at the times listed in the show schedule. TIMES FOR ACCEPTANCE OF ENTRIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED.
7. All entries must remain in place until the end of the show for viewing by spectators. Exhibitors are responsible for removing all their exhibited material.
8. Entrants may place their own horticultural specimen in a class. However, only show committee members may move another person’s horticultural entry.
9. Entries must conform to the show schedule or they will be disqualified. When a specific number of blooms, stems, etc. is designated, NO MORE OR LESS may be exhibited.
10. A Bud is also an undeveloped growing point which may become a shoot, leaf, or flower. OJES page 132.
11. Bloom - an individual flower, one to a stem. Specimen blooms should be disbudded for exhibition purposes. OJES page 132.
12. Spray - the terminal flowering growth of an herbaceous or woody plant carried on one stem. Ideally it would show all stages of development, e.g., flowers in blooms, buds showing colour, green buds and leaves. OJES page 152.
13. Stalk - the stem or main axis of a plant; any supporting or connecting part of a plant, as the petiole of a leaf, the penduncle of the flower, or the funicle of an ovule. OJES page 152.
14. Stem - a main plant structure that supports flowers, leaves, buds, or fruit (see Stalk). OJES page 152.
15. In 'Any Other' categories, exhibitors are not allowed to enter a flower for which a specific category already exists. For example, in the Spring Show you would not be able to enter a Primula in an 'any other perennial' class because classes for Primulas are contained in the schedule.
16. Show Chairs have the option to subdivide classes at their discretion and all the decisions of the Show Chair and judges are final.
17. Entries should be correctly named on the entry card: botanical names are encouraged. The judge may regard correctness and clarity of naming in favour of an exhibit in a close competition.
18. If 'with foliage' is listed, specimens must be shown with their own foliage.
19. When entering more than one specimen of a cultivar (e.g. Narcissus any type - three stems, same variety), uniformity of shape and size is very important. The quality or condition of the exhibit at the time of judging is an important factor. Try to make sure the exhibit is fresh and free of blemishes and bruises, whether due to insects, disease or mechanical causes. Containers supplied at the show MUST be used for horticultural classes. However, for large specimens - such as tall iris, gladiolas, peonies, large multiple stemmed entries, or heavy headed specimens, the exhibitor is best advised to bring their own containers.