September 2019 Horticulture Classes


Entries accepted between 8:45 and 9:30 a.m. NO ENTRY WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 9:30 a.m.

There is no limit to the number of classes you may enter but there is a limit of 3 entries per member in any one class

Classes will be subdivided when three or more specimens of the same species, cultivars or varieties are entered.  




CLASS 1 - single stem grown primarily for foliage  

CLASS 2 - single stem grown primarily for flowers





CLASS 3- single stem grown primarily for foliage

CLASS 4- single stem grown primarily for flowers*

CLASS 5 - single stem NJ native

CLASS 6 - single stem NJ native cultivar

CLASS 7 – collection of 3-7 stems of different species, varieties or cultivars.

Must have accompanying key card or diagram which indicates name of each entry. 

Will be judged 70% horticultural merit, 20% artistic, 10% nomenclature


*Roses must be exhibited with two sets of leaves. 




CLASS 8 - single flowering branch

CLASS 9 - single berried branch

CLASS 10 - single branch NJ native

CLASS 11 – single branch NJ native cultivar 


Should be no longer than 24” from the lip of the container to the tip of the branch.



GEOPHYTES (Bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes)


CLASS 12 - single stem (may be a blooming or a foliage stem)


Geophytes are plants with underground storage – bulbs, corms, tubers, rhizomes.

For example, caladiums, re-blooming irises, dahlias, autumn crocus, gladioli, colocasias, calla lilies and canna lilies. 





CLASS 13 - collection of 2 to 6 home-grown vegetables and/or fruit species

One entry per exhibitor. 

Display may be on a plate or in a container of your choice, not exceeding 10“ in        diameter. May be grown from seedling or seed**

**If grown from seed, please complete the new GCA propagation entry card on the SBGC website, available at the help desk before the show.





CLASS 14 - collection of any 3 to 5 stems

One entry per exhibitor.

Not to exceed 36” in length from lip of container to tip of stem

Nograsses invasive in NJ will be permitted, see list of invasive species




CLASS 15 - single plant

Pots should be no larger than 6” in diameter, preferably terra cotta.

CLASS 16 - collection

Container may be no larger than 12” in diameter or longest side.  

Must have accompanying key card or diagram which indicates name of each entry. 

Will be judged 60% horticultural merit, 30% artistic, 10% nomenclature

If the entry was propagated by the owner, please complete a GCA propagation card found on SBGC website for each entry. 

Judged with par judging- See definition below under par class

Minimum ownership 2 months for this show.




CLASS 17 - An exhibit of outstanding horticultural merit which does not qualify for entry elsewhere in the horticulture division. Each exhibit is judged against perfection. Minimum ownership of six months is required.


Par judging: Each exhibit is judged individually using a scale of points. With this scoring it’s theoretically possible each entry could get a first!

Points Scale:

-90 -100 first; blue

-85 -89 second; red 

-80 -84 yellow; third 

-In par judging there are no HMs