Friday, August 23, 2013

How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.

How Flower Exhibitions are Judged.

Unless you have real passion, participating in a FloralCompetition is about as exciting as golf, the thought occurred that knowing how the event is judged may lend some excitement and understanding to the first timer or laymen.  Now as to the competitive merits of flowers or plants upon which the judge’s decision and evaluation is based, it should be pointed out that they are about six in number, namely, (1) Form, (2) Color, (3) Size, (4) Condition, (5) Substance. And the (6th) in the case of some flowers fragrance is often considered of great importance. In addition to these areas there are also questions of uniformity, as well as setup or arrangement.

So that I’m clear as to what is meant by the conventions mentioned above, I will briefly define them below.

Form—Perfect form is that which most closely approximates the specific levels which the panel has in mind of a ideal specimen of the type of flower that is being judged. For example, a perfect Gladioli in form will have Balance, positive harmony in the arrangement of petals, along with both width of bloom and length of bloom, according to the class that it belongs to, and other discriminating characteristics.

Color—Particular flowers have distinctive colors, and any entry that doesn’t show true will be excluded by the judge.  The perfect color is defined as one which lasts for a long time without fading and which is rich and attractive rather than dull. Some red flowers in particular have a habit of fading out, very soon after they are full bloomed, to a very displeasing shade of magenta. It is necessary, therefore, that flowers which are too full bloomed should not be selected.

Size—As a rule, size indicates a certain amount of cultural skill and successful care on the part of the exhibitor. Size, however, in some cases may not be a desirable characteristic. This statement, however, may be truer in connection with fruits than with flowers. Large-sized flowers, other things being equal, stand a better chance of winning the prize. With fruits, the reverse may be the case, as those of large size may be too poor in quality.

Condition—Condition may be briefly described as relating to the vigor and freshness of the flower. It must not be too open and must be free from blemishes, which point has already been referred to.

Substance—Substance is very often an important quality in a flower. For instance, a Rose of good substance is always favored by a judge in preference to one which has thin petals and consequently becomes flabby and shapeless. The same remark is also true with regard to many others.

Fragrance—Fragrance is a point which the judge only considers in connection with certain fragrant kinds of flowers. For instance, fragrance would not be a point considered in Asters and Gladioli. It may, however, be of considerable importance in an exhibit of Roses.

Uniformity and setting up—Uniformity with flowers, as with fruits or vegetables, is something that no exhibitor can afford to overlook. He must in all cases choose specimens which are uniform in all respects. It is of little use for an exhibitor to think that by putting two or three abnormally large specimens in with the others, the exhibit will be benefited by so doing. On the contrary, the fact that the five or six

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