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Society National Convention 2009
Please Read These Rules Completely
Before Entering a Plant for Judging.
Competition is open to all. There is no
1. The Show Chair shall have complete charge
of all exhibits from the opening to the
closing of the show. No entries may be
removed before the end of the show without
permission of the Show Chair
2. No unauthorized persons will be allowed
in the show area prior to the show opening
3. Entries shall be made on Thursday,
April 30th, 2009, from 9:00 A.M
to 7:00 P.M. Entries for Division Z –
will be accepted ONLY on Friday, May
1st, 2009, between 7:00 A.M. to
8:30 A.M. Completion of entry forms is the
responsibility of the exhibitor. For those
wishing to complete entry forms in advance,
please send a self-addressed, stamped legal
size envelope to Charles Jaros, 106 Pine
Valley Court, DeBary, FL. 32713.
4. All plant entries except in Division P -
Seedling, must be mature plants. For show
purposes, they must be of adequate size and
development to make a suitable
representation of their potential for the
purposes of judging and for the viewing
5. All entries in competitive classes must
have been grown by the exhibitor and in the
possession of the exhibitor for at least
three (3) months prior to the show.
6. No artificial plant material will be
allowed in any class or division.
7. An exhibitor may enter more than one
plant in any one division or class,
providing that each plant is of a different
variety. Plants in hanging containers may be
entered in any begonia division (hangers
must be removed), or entered in Division L
- Hanging Container, Division M – Novice
and/or Division S - Commercial. Decorative
containers are permitted only in Division O
– Novel Grown.
8. NO WHITE POTS OR BLACK NURSERY POTS ARE
ALLOWED. Containers and plants must be clean
and neat. All labels must be removed or
pushed down into soil out of sight. The Show
Classification and Entries Chair shall have
the right to exclude, refuse, or remove any
diseased, infected or unsightly exhibit.
Consideration will be given to obvious signs
of travel damage. No grooming will be
allowed in the show room. Touch-up grooming
due to travel damage must be done outside
the show room prior to entering.
9. All entries must be checked with the
Classification and Entries Committee at the
time of registration, and entered according
to the published schedule, or be
disqualified. Additional classes may be
added at the discretion of the Show Chair
and/or the Classification and Entries Chair,
whose decisions are final.
10. The Classification and Entries Committee
will provide assistance in determining plant
identity, division, and class if requested.
11. All plants shall be placed by or under
the direction of the Placement Chairperson.
12. The Judging Chairperson shall assume
complete Charge at the start of the judging,
and no one will be allowed to interfere with
13. No exhibitor or judge may change the
class of any entry without the consent of
the Show Classification and Entries
14. Entry tags must remain sealed until the
Judging Chairperson declares all judging
15. Plants will be judged by their
appearance above the soil line and not by
parentage or cultural needs alone.
16. Judges shall make awards according to
merit only. If the entry is without merit
judges shall make no award regardless of the
number of entries in a division.
17. Judges may only use the point scoring
system as approved by the American Begonia
Society. Judges are to follow ABS judging
procedure as prescribe by the Judging
18. Each class will be judged for first
(blue ribbon), second (red ribbon), third
(white ribbon) on merit only. All blue
ribbon winners in a division will be judged
for division trophies.
19. Only entries receiving first place in
their class may be considered for division
20. All begonias must receive 93 points to
be eligible for division trophies. Entries
must receive 95 points or more to be
eligible for cultural awards.
21. A Sweepstakes trophy will be awarded to
the exhibitor with the most blue ribbons in
all begonia divisions.
22. The Showing is Sharing trophy is awarded
to the exhibitor with the most total
23. The People’s Choice Award is awarded
to the Plant and exhibitor receiving the
most votes from the public and convention
attendees. This award will be presented
at the Banquet.
24. Best In Show is awarded to the Plant
and exhibitor scoring the highest number of
points by all ABS Judges judging the show.
25. Class Commendation Ribbons will be
awarded to all entries in a Class deemed of
exceptional quality by the Judges.
26. Only divisions A thru M, N & O are
eligible to compete for the Best in Show
27. Judges’ decisions are final. If the
Judging Chairperson determines that
according to common judging practices, a
gross injustice has occurred, the Judging
Chairperson shall select a new team of
judges to review the exhibit.
28. Division I and II, Classes 95 thru
108: Contained atmosphere begonias must
be planted in a medium in the terrarium and
not in separate pots; this rule will also
apply in those Contained Atmosphere classes
in Division M – Novice, Division MM-
Juniors and Division S – Commercial.
29. Division V-Artistic Photographs of
Begonias and Division VV – Photographs –
Computer Enhanced is to be judged for
photographic content and artistic merit not
horticulturally. Label each photo with the
name of the plant and the name of the
exhibitor on the back.
30. Division P-Seedlings: All entries
must have been grown from seed by the
31. Divisions W - Arts and WW - Crafts:
Entries will be judged for the artistic
merit and quality of work. Entries must
feature begonias and be the original work of
the exhibitor. Artwork must be matted,
framed , or presented in a suitable display
32. Only an exhibitor entering an ABS Show
for the first time may enter Division M
33. In Divisions T and U -New
Introduction, Commercial Growers, and New
Introduction, Hobby Growers. Entries
must be mature plants and not eligible for
entry in any other division. They may not
have been in competition in any prior show,
and are not eligible if released for other
than testing. The hybridizer need not have
grown the plant; the grower may enter the
plant with the hybridizer’s permission. If
not in bloom, a description of the plants
bloom and time of bloom, if known, must
accompany the entry.
34. Divisions S and T - Commercial
Growers, and New Introduction, Commercial
Growers: A commercial grower for the
purpose of this show is defined as follows:
“person(s) who sells plants and derives the
majority of his/her income from the sale of
these plants, and/or has one or more
employees who assists in growing his/her
35. Division Q- Traveling Begonias is
open to anyone outside a 300 mile radius of
the show. Plant must be in pots no larger
than 4 inches.. Exhibitors may enter as many
classes in this division as they wish as
long as each is a different variety
36. ABS will exercise due caution in
safeguarding exhibits, but will not be
responsible for loss or damage to the
property of the exhibitor. Exhibitors are
responsible for the care of their own
entries. The Show will close Sunday, May
3rd, 2009 at 2 P.M. Entries must be removed
by 5:00 P.M. Sunday, May 3rd,
37. Exhibitors must register the class
they wish to enter with the Show Chairman by
April 1st, 2009. Sandra Arlund –
phone (561) 582-0051 e-mail
38. Entry cards must be properly filled
out. Plant Materials used are to be listed
on a 3 x 5 card.
39. Begonias must be featured in all
designs, choice of other plant material
40. Landscape or scenes are not
41. Artificial plant material not
42. Fresh plant material may not be
treated or embellished, dried plant material
may be treated or embellished.
43. Classes are limited to four (4)
entries. An exhibitor may enter as many
classes as desired, but only one entry per
44. Accessories which add interest may be
45. Entries must be placed Thursday,
April 30th between 9:00 A.M. –
7:00 P.M or Friday May 1st, 2009
between 7:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.
46. All Pedestals may be incorporated
into the design.
47. Designs are to be removed on Sunday
May 3rd, 2009, between 2-5 P.M.
48. Judging is based on the elements and
principles of Design. A Trophy, Frances A.
Hunter Award, will be given to the Best
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