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Re: miniatures

In a message dated 08/08/2003 9:41:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:

> Auralie,
> I've really delighted in the comments you make on occasion about your 
> miniatures.  Could you refresh me on your guidelines?  Do you have a maximum 
> height for all plants, or do you allow for plants that are, while not 
> necessarily diminutive, short in proportion to others in their genus?

Kitty, the rule says "All horticulture specimens must be fresh plant material 
grown by the exhibitor, and of naturally small growth or designated as a 
dwarf or miniature variety by nurseries or plant societies."  There is a 
size-restriction on container-grown materials - usually 4-inch maximum container, 
measured inside the lip, and branches of trees or shrubs are not to exceed 10 
inches from cut end to tip and must include several nodes.
This sort of flower show presents a real challenge to growers, but we have 
produced some beautiful stuff.  For one thing, a tiny plant might be overlooked, 
and would often seem insignificant in a standard-size flower show with huge 
showy specimens.  When all the horticulture is small you can focus on the 
beauty of the tiny individual specimen.
Our small show in April produced over 100 entries (we are a small club - only 
12 active members).  There were eight different Epimediums, for instance.  
But an Epimedium would be hardly noticed in a standard show.  One member, an 
orchid specialist, brought in a specimen with literally hundreds of tiny blooms, 
and a large magnifying glass so people could apprecciate the beauty of each 
tiny bloom.
OK, we're oddballs, but we have a lot of fun - like this group.    Auralie

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