The Garden Workers

"Sun, shadows, passing hours,

Gardens, garden workers, flowers"

Established 1930

Flower Show Rules



  • Exhibitors are encouraged to refer to The Philadelphia Committee  booklet ‘Tips for Exhibiting in Flower Shows”

  • Entries are due during the time noted at the top of each schedule.

  • Exhibitor should remain in the exhibit area until all her entries are passed. She may not touch an entry once it is passed.

  • Entries must remain in place until the end of the show and must be picked up at the designated time, usually between 4 and 4:30 PM.

  • Entry cards (provided by the committee) should show the botanical and common names for plant material used in all artistic and horticulture entries.

  • All containers are to be provided by exhibitor unless otherwise specified.

  • Classes may be subdivided at the discretion of the committee.

  • Every member is encouraged to enter each show.

  • Dogwood, Ground Pine and Arbutus have been placed on the flower show restricted list and may not be used, unless grown by exhibitor and thus stated.
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Flower Arrangement Classes

  • Members may enter as a pair and split the points.

  • Fresh plant material must predominate unless otherwise specified. Live material must be in water, or conditioned so that it remains in excellent form for the duration of the show, but discuss with class consultant ahead of time.

  • Artificial plant material is not permitted.

  • Arrangements must conform to the dimensions stated in the schedule.

  • Mechanics must not show.

  • Stands, mats and accessories are permitted, unless otherwise stated.

  • No bird’s nests or threatened/endangered species are permitted. Cut fruit and/or vegetables are permitted if properly treated to prevent spoilage. Check with consultant for advice.

  • Once committed to an entry, exhibitor must find a substitute and call the consultant.

Horticultural Classes

  • All container entries must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least three months. Any cut specimens should come from the exhibitor’s property only.

  • Two entries may be made by an exhibitor in the same class if they are of different cultivars.

  • Cut specimens are to be displayed in green glass bottles only and can be wedged using oasis (wet is best).

  • A specified pot size refers to the top interior diameter.

  • Dimensions stated for a cut specimen refer to that of specimen itself and do not include the container.