- Flower show general rules apply. To offer NGC Top Exhibitor Awards, there must be a minimum of three (3) classes in each designated section. Classes will be judged by NGC Accredited and student NGC Flower Show Judges and Society Judges.
- Exhibitors may submit more than one entry per class or subclass if each entry is a different genus, species, variety, cultivar, type, or color. Classes may be subdivided at the discretion of the division chairs and/or judges.
- Each entry must have a completed official entry card and should include the correct botanical name (genus & species), variety, or cultivar. Entry cards may be filled out in advance and should be in pencil or waterproof ink. To be eligible for NGC Top Exhibitor Awards, entries must include this information. All entries must be registered and given entry numbers before being placed. The same plant may not win the Award of Horticultural Excellence two consecutive years.
- All plant material must be fresh and must have been grown by the exhibitor. Exhibits must have been grown by the exhibitor for no fewer than 90 days. Combination plantings must have been grown together for no fewer than 6 weeks. Pots and plants must be watered, clean and pest free. No substance (spray, oil, dye, etc.) may be applied to enhance the plant’s natural shine or color.
- Double potting and top dressing is permitted in all classes. Containers are not to exceed 14″ inside diameter unless otherwise specified in the class.
- Clear glass containers will be provided for cut specimens. Use of exhibitor’s own clear container is optional. Exhibitor may provide wedging material such as celery or bubble wrap for the container to hold a specimen upright but it should not protrude above the lip of the vase and must allow for the addition of water to the exhibit. Exhibits must not have any foliage below the water line, except Roses & Gladiolus.
- Cut flowers are not returned and will be sold at the end of the show.
- The judging scale of points for Flowering Specimens and Specimens with Colorful Bracts (Handbook for Flower Shows, pgs. 129-131) will be used
- No container over 20 pounds. No specimen over 5 feet in height or 30 inches wide.