Passing of entries: 8:30 am- 9:30 am
Placement of Entries: 8:30 am-9:30 am
Judging begins 10 am
April 30, 2020
“I would never want to live anywhere but Baltimore. You can look far and wide, but you'll never discover a stranger city with such extreme style.” ― John Waters
Baltimore is home to many charming neighborhoods. Springtime in Baltimore is magical from the city to the county. Each neighborhood or community evokes a certain horticulture “feel” as expressed in the following class descriptions. Please read the schedule and the attached rules carefully.
Class 1: Roland Park- Flowering Shrubs and Vines, one branch not to exceed 18”
Roland Park is a Frederick Law Olmsted landscape designed neighborhood known for its village atmosphere. Victorian homes line the leafy streets and, in nearby Stony Run Park, joggers and cyclists follow a shady trail running alongside a stream.
G. Lonicera (Honeysuckle)
Class 2: Guilford - Flowering Bulbs
Sherwood Gardens was created in the 1920’s by John W. Sherwood, local petroleum pioneer and conservationist. Approximately 80,000 tulip bulbs are planted in Sherwood Gardens annually, along with other spring flowering bulbs.
F. Collection of three flowers of same specimen, key card required
G. Collection of three flowers of different specimens, key card required.
Class 3: Ruxton - Blooming Perennials—one stem, not to exceed 18” in length
Ruxton takes its name from Nicholas Ruxton Moore, a captain and commander of the Baltimore Light Dragoons during the American Revolutionary War. Ruxton is home to many lovely woodland gardens.
A. Aquilegia (Columbine)
C. Dicentra (Bleeding Heart)
D. Polemonium (Jacob’s Ladder)
E. Polygonatum (Soloman’s Seal)
F. Other Class
4: Cylburn Arboretum - Daffodils in Bloom
There are 100,000 daffodils planted at Cylburn Arboretum. The arboretum is home to over 27 ornamental gardens maintained by the non-profit, the Cylburn Arboretum Friends.
A. Single specimen
B. Miniature specimen
C. Clustered specimen (2 or more flowers to a stem)
D. Collection of three varieties of daffodils in one container, key card required.
Classes 5-6: Homeland- Hosta and Ferns
Located in northern Baltimore City, Homeland is a neighborhood rich in architecture and landscape design. A variety of building styles gives the neighborhood its special aesthetic appeal.
a. Large leafed- leaf size minimum of 8”
b. Small leafed-leaf size no larger than 8”
c. Collection of 3 to be shown in separate containers, key card required.
a. Single frond—under 6”
b. Single frond—6” and over
c. Single frond displaying prominent spores
d. Collection of 3 different varieties of ferns in one container, key card required.
Class 7: Greenspring Valley—Blooming trees—one branch not to exceed 24” in length, foliage permitted if attached to the stem.
Green Spring Valley Historic District is a national historic district near Stevenson in Baltimore County. Today, the Greenspring Valley retains much of its original charm through the dedicated and hard work of property owners and the Valley Planning Council.
A. Cornus (Dogwood)
B. Prunus (Fruit)
C. Chionanthus (Fringe)
D. Cercis (Redbud)
E. Amelanchier (Serviceberry)
F. Other Class
8: Hereford - Ephemerals
The Hereford community is popular with bicyclists and hikers. The term ephemeral refers to perennial plants that emerge quickly in the spring and die back to their underground parts after a short growth and reproduction phase.
A. Trillium (Trillium)
B. Sanguinaria (Bloodroot)
C. Arisaema (Jack-in-the Pulpit)
D. Dodecatheon (Shooting Star)
Horticulture Show Guidelines
• Please carefully read and follow the GCA General Rules as listed below.
• Entries must have been owned and grown by the Exhibitor for a minimum of three months unless otherwise stated in the schedule.
• An exhibitor may enter up to three entries per class provided each is a different species or cultivar.
• All entries propagated by the exhibitor must be identified with the method and relevant date(s) on the entry card.
• Classes may be subdivided, and entries moved and/or reclassified at the discretion of the Horticulture Committee and/or the Judges.
• Locally invasive plants are not permitted.
• Length of cut specimen is measured from the lip of the bottle to the tip of the specimen.
• Cut specimens will be displayed in exhibitors’ clear bottles with wedging material, and in water, unless otherwise noted. The Committee will have a limited number of extra bottles and wedging materials the day of the show.
• It is highly encouraged to have entry cards filled out prior to the show. Botanical and Common names are required. Extra cards will be available at the show and can be found on the SGGC website.
• A key card (diagram or plant list) where required must be a 4” x 6”, white, unlined card and completed in black waterproof ink or typed with collection classes.
• Inquiries concerning the Horticulture schedule should be directed to Horticulture Chairman, Nancy Hill: 410-339-3473 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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