Gardeners take part in competitions to show-off their best flowers, bulbs, alpines, vegetables, pot plants, ever-popular succulents and photography and these are exhibited in the Grow to Show area in Avon Hall.
There are over 100 competitive classes, and the entries are judged by experts in their specific fields, including judges from the National Plant Societies. Winning exhibitors display their place cards and everyone is hoping to be awarded the prestigious trophies for Best in Show or for Best in the Photography section.
ENTRIES CLOSE THURSDAY 4th MAY 2023 - NO LATE ENTRIES ACCEPTED
1. All exhibits must be of the Exhibitor's own growing. The Committee reserves the right to inspect the premises of Exhibitors and to disqualify for infringement of this rule.
Exhibits in class A1 entered in the Societies/Groups/Club name must similarly have been grown by the Society/Groups/Club members.
2. Entry forms and fees must reach the Show Secretary by Thursday 4th May 2023. No late entries will be accepted.
3. Only one entry from each address per class allowed.
4. The Grow to Show section will be open from 10am on Wednesday 10th May until 6.45am on Thursday 11th May for exhibitors to stage. The marquee will be electrically illuminated throughout the night and security staff will be in attendance throughout the night. However, stewards will only be on duty during the following times to give advice and issue exhibit cards:-
Wednesday 10th May – 10.00am to 10.00pm
Thursday 11th May - 6.00am to 6.45am
All exhibitors must leave the section by 6.45am. Judging will commence at 7am prompt.
5. Exhibits should be named where possible for the interest and education of visitors. All exhibits in Alpine Classes must be named. Variety cards will be available from the Stewards.
6. VASES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR CUT FLOWERS, but exhibitors may supply their own. Please see rule 20 FLORAL FOAM
7. The Society and Committee will take every reasonable care but will not be responsible for any loss or damage.
8. Please place exhibits in a saucer, if you wish your entry to be watered during the Show.
9. The decision of the Judges is final. They have the power to withhold any award if the exhibits are deemed to be unworthy.
10. Exhibits and prize cards must not be removed until after 4.45pm on Sunday 14th May 2023. Failure to comply will forfeit prize money. The Society and Committee will try to ensure the safety of all exhibits, but no responsibility will be taken for any loss or damage. Stewards will be in attendance until 6pm.
11. IF EXHIBITORS ARE UNABLE TO STAGE THEIR EXHIBIT/S, WOULD THEY PLEASE INFORM THE SHOW OFFICE BY TUESDAY 9TH MAY 2023.
12. Any objection must be made in writing to the Secretary before 3.00pm on the first day of the show, together with a deposit of £5.00, which will be retained if the objection is not upheld by the Committee.
13. Prize money will be paid after the Show.
14. The Show is open to all exhibitors who need not be resident within the three counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
15. One pass per exhibitor for not fewer than 5 entries.
16. One-vehicle pass will be issued to exhibitors to enable them to deliver and collect their exhibits. Once delivery has been completed, all vehicles must be removed from the showground to the car parks.
The appropriate wristbands will be given to exhibitors when they collect their class cards.
17. The Society's general show regulations will apply to this section. Copies are available from the main office.
18. All classes to be judged in accordance with the Royal Horticultural Society Rules, 8th Edition, 2016, except where stated otherwise in the schedule.
19. Collection of trophy: please liaise with the Main Office Reception.
20. RHS and Three Counties Society statement for Floral Foam – 2023 Show Season. As part of our efforts to improve sustainability and to make environmentally-minded choices when planning our events, we will go ahead with the decision to ban ALL plastic containing foam at all shows in 2023. Many current flora foams on the market are non-biodegradable and use micro-plastics and due to the nature of its use is very easy for these to get into the water supplies. We have taken the decision in consultation with exhibitors, competitors, venues, and site managers.
What are the alternatives? There are several great floristry resources online proposing alternatives.
Some to consider include:
Chicken Wire or Metal Pins (kenzan)
Tubes and Water
Pebbles, Sand, Gravel, Clay
If you are using a degradable alternative to floral foam such as
Agra-wool please contact the relevant show manager to confirm the product is suitable.