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Flower Show FAQ

Q.    What are the flower show hours?
A.    The flower show hours are from noon - 4 pm on Saturday, September 1st and from 9 am - 2 pm on Sunday, September 2nd.

Q.    Do I have to be a member of SCPS to enter the flower show?
A.    No.

Q.    What is the entry fee?
A.    Nothing. Entry is free.

Q.    What do I have to bring to enter?
A.    You need to bring plumeria blossoms or inflos. We provide the vases. 

Q.    If a bloom or inflo won Best in Show at a past flower show, can that variety win Best in Show again?
A.     Only the Best in Section in the Show classes (I through IX, excluding Display classes) are eligible for the Best in Show award, unless the Best in Section is the same variety that has won the Best in Show award already in the recorded history of the SCPS flower show.  

If the Best in Section happens to be the same variety as a previous Best in Show winner, the judges will not include it in the final judging for Best in Show.   A replacement entry will not be picked for the section, and the judges will choose from less categories. (for example, if there are two varieties of section winners who have won Best in Show in the past, there will only be 7 section winners that will be judged for Best in Show, rather than 9).

Please continue to enter your blooms, even though the variety of your bloom has won the Best in Show award in the past.  Best in Section blooms are all recognized and winners will receive our prestigious rosette awards and Certificates with a photo of your winning entry.  We will present the Best in Section awards at our annual luau!

Q.    What would I win?
A.    You may win a ribbon for placing in your class, a rosette if your bloom is the best in its section, and for the very best, the Jeanette Mattson Best in Show Award. Please note that the display classes are not eligible for the Jeanette Mattson Best in Show Award.

Q.    What do you do with all the entries at the end of the flower show?
A.    If they would like them back, exhibitors are expected to pick up their entries by 2PM on Sunday before the flower show closes; otherwise the entries become the property of the SCPS.

Q.    What's this I hear about blind judging for the flower show?
A.    The identities of all entrants are concealed from the judges to not bias them. You may have heard about our partnership for many years with the San Diego Center for the Blind. Our fragrance categories are judged by visually-impaired judges so that the look of the flower has no influence on the result.

Q.    Do I have to register in advance to enter the flower show?
A.    The only categories requiring advance registration are the educational presentation, the floral arrangement, the photography and the plumeria lei categories, since we need to make sure we have enough space for all the entries. Email us to let us know you're interested in photography or floral arrangements by August 30th.  Email us to let us know you're interested in leis by August 25th. 

Q.    How do I know what class to enter in?
A.    We have volunteers to help you sort through our classifications. But the basic questions are:
  • Is this an inflo or a bloom?
  • Are you entering it in the fragrance category or in the general categories?
  • Is it a plant that you grew from a seed yourself? Growing seedlings takes hard work and persistence and seedling developers get separate classes to recognize their hard work (Sections VI, VII, VIII, or IX).
Q.    What's an inflo?
A.    The whole bloom spike instead of the single floret.

Q.    How do I know if my bloom qualifies as a Spider?
A.    Last year, there was some confusion as to what blooms qualified for the Section V, Spiders. Sometimes it is obvious when a Plumeria bloom has a spider like shape. The general rule is the length of the petal should be greater than twice the width of the petal.

Q.    Who judges a flower show, anyway?
A.    We look for people who have many years of experience with their specific section or class who do not plan to enter our flower show (always the tough part!). Our fragrance category judges are from the San Diego Center for the Blind, so they judge on fragrance and not appearance.

Q.    What's the People's Choice Award?
A.    The People's Choice Award is determined by votes from the public to the show between 12PM and 3PM on Saturday, September 1st. Entry is limited to one per person.

Q.    How do I enter a plumeria photograph?
A.    You may enter one or two 5x7 glossy finish photos per exhibitor. We will mat the photos with  a standard mat for display. Photos must be previously unpublished, taken within the last year (2017 - 2018), and only contain flowers and plants, no people or animals (which includes no insects). Judging will be based on the physical print. If Photoshop is used to enhance the photograph, entrants must do their own Photoshop work and not hire someone else to do so.  No composite images are allowed. Entry grants SCPS the right to replicate the photo in newsletter or other SCPS publications without remuneration; exhibitor's copyright will be noted in any use. Exhibitors will not be allowed to keep the mats after the competition. If you would like to enter a photograph, you must pre-register by August 30th  by emailing Betsy and Jerry Markle at gemarkle@cox.net with Photo Registration listed on the subject line. The top 3 winners will be asked to submit the digital version of the winning photo to the flower show coordinators. 

Q.    How do I enter a plumeria floral arrangement?
A.     The arrangements must be multi-bloom, in a vase or container, made of natural, non-endangered materials.  There will be two classifications of arrangements. Large arrangement dimensions: 18" L x 18" W x 30" H. Small arrangement dimensions: 18"L x 18" W x 12" H. You must pre-register for this section. ** If you pre-register for this section you will be reserving a space.  If you DO NOT preregister,  we cannot guarantee a space for your entry because of table and room limitations. ** Limit two arrangements per person. Arrangements must be picked up by 2PM on Sunday or they will become property of the SCPS. If you would like to enter an arrangement, you must pre-register by August 30th  by emailing Betsy and Jerry Markle at gemarkle@cox.net with Arrangement Registration listed on the subject line. You must include the size of arrangement you will be entering. There will be ribbons for the top 3 winners of each classification with a Rosette ribbon awarded to the overall Best in Display Class that will be selected from the two classifications.

Q.    How do I enter a Plumeria Lei?
A.    The Lei must  contain plumeria  blooms as its common element.  All Lei shall be made with natural plant materials and limited to flowers, leaves, stems, roots, fruits, pods and seeds.  Lei using non-natural material, artificial treatment, or coloring of natural materials are not allowed.  String, thread, yarn or dental floss may be used in the construction of the Lei, but NO WIRE OR TAPE.  No endangered materials shall be used. There will be 4 classifications of leis so that they may be judged separately: Haku, Humupapa, Kui and Wili. See the July and August SCPS Journals for descriptions and samples. Each classification will have ribbons for the top 3 winners with a Rosette ribbon awarded for the overall Best in Display Class.

 All Lei must have a 2-inch (5.1cm) loop (for hanging) at the top; with a 2-inch (5.1cm) tail at the bottom end (this identifies the top and bottom of the lei). Lei need to be left untied. The length of the Lei must be a minimum of 30 inches (76.2cm) and maximum of 36 inches(91.4cm) long - does not include 2-inch (5.1cm) loop and 2-inch (5.1cm) tail. Measurement will be taken from the knot of the 2-inch loop to the knot at the end of the Lei.

If you are entering your Lei in this display class, you must notify Betsy and Jerry at gemarkle@cox.net via email starting August 1st, and no later than August 25th so that the display area can be prepared . There is a limit of 2 lei entries per person.

Each Lei  will be accompanied by an entry form and submitted by the exhibitor from 0800-1100 AM on Saturday, September 1st.  A listing of the plant/floral/natural material that is used in the lei will be placed on each entry form, as  well as the style, as listed above.  Then the lei will be handed to the Flower Show Coordinator or designee, to be positioned on the Display.
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