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Re: Fwd: Hofstra show

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fwd: Hofstra show
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2005 18:00:06 -0600
  • References: <9752985.1114023973999.JavaMail.root@sniper17>

Auralie, forgive my complete lack of knowledge of competition -  but if
there are subdivisions "by genus, species, variety/cultivar, size, color,
manner of  growth, or whatever else you can think of.", well, it seems to me
you could have 349 first place winners in 349 entries.  Maybe I'm not
understanding it correctly.  An entry of Geranium 'Rozanne' would only
compete against another entry of Geranium 'Rozanne'?  An entry of Gernaium
cinereum 'Ballerina' would not compete against one of Geranium cinereum
'Carol'?  If this is the case how would you ever have "six or seven
specimens in any one class"?

Or...are classes developed after all entries are in, so you'd create the
classes so they'd work out to "a maximum of six or seven specimens in any
one class"? Seven entries of Geranium 'Rozanne' would be a class, but if
there were a complete total of six of any kind of Geranium,  then that would
be a class?   If that were the case, I could see where it might cause sore
feelings on where the lines are drawn.

I have no interest in competing in anything, maybe that's why I can't figure
it out.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2005 1:02 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Fwd: Hofstra show

> You're quite right, Kitty.  I always try to have something a bit unusual.
> But sometimes it backfires, because the judges don't always know
> what they are looking at, and thus don't appreciate it.  (That's why
> we have Horticulture Schools - to try to educate judges.  Pardon my
> soapbox.)
> There were not very many herbaceous perennials in the show.  A
> couple of pulmonarias, a few hellebores, and not much more.
> Unfortunately they had put in some pansies, which are biennials, so
> we had to ask them to make a separate class.  Of course you can't
> judge daffodils and lungwort in the same class - all of the classes are
> subdivided by genus, species, variety/cultivar, size, color, manner of
> growth, or whatever else you can think of.  We try not to have more
> than a maximum of six or seven specimens in any one class, just to
> avoid that problem.
> I am, reluctantly, going to mark the show down on their scheduling.
> The classes were not well defined or organized.  The presentation
> was quite attractive, and there was an impressive display of
> daffodils, but generally I thought it was thin.  I feel that a large
> District like Long Island could have produced more than the
> 329 entires in Horticulture.  My small club of 12 members produced
> 149 entries for our show last year.  In fact, this Hofstra show last
> year had much more horticulture.
> Long Island is a zone warmer than I am, and is usually a good
> two weeks ahead of me, but my daffodils are really out full today.
> They can grow things that won't survive here - Aucuba is a standard
> foundation planting shrub there and won't survive a winter here.
> Auralie
> In a message dated 04/20/2005 11:38:28 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> 4042N15@nationalhearing.com writes:
> Let us know what you decide, Auralie.
> RE: > The person who wrote this said there wouldn't be much in the way of
> > herbaceous perennials at this time of the year,
> I don't compete in shows, but it seems to me that those who would, would
> angle for a less populated category - better chance of winning.  They
> therefore concentrate on the many herbaceous plants that would be ready
> time of year.  Hellebores - perennial plant of the year.  Pulmonarias -
> ablaze with bloom right now in Zone 5 (I thought you were in 5 or 6 )  How
> about Mertensias - or are they considered a geophyte?  Epimediums.
> Anemones.  And that's just my yard.  I know there are many other plants.
> And as  far as competition goes, how can you compare daffodils to
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