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American Begonia Society National Convention 2008
Begonias The Great Adventure


Please Read These Rules Completely Before Entering a Plant for Judging.

Competition is open to all. There is no exhibitor’s fee.

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, May 15, 2008 from 8:00 A.M to 6:30 P.M. No entries will be accepted on Friday, May 16, 2008. 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 Tom Keepin, 4513 Randwick Drive, Houston, TX 77092-8343.

4. All plant entries except in the Seedling Division, 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 public.

5. All entries in competitive classes must have been grown by the exhibitor and in the possession of the exhibitor for at least six (6) 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. Decorative containers are permitted only in Division O.

8. NO WHITE 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, who’s 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 the judges.

13. No exhibitor or judge may change the class of any entry without the consent of the Show Classification and Entries Chairperson.

14. Entry tags must remain sealed until the Judging Chairperson declares all judging complete.

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 Chairperson.


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 trophies.

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 entries.

23. Kay Tucker Award, will be awarded to the best cane in the show.

24. Best Species in Show will be awarded to the best species .

25. Best SWR Hybrid Award, shall be awarded to the best hybrid created by a Southwest Region member.

26.. Only divisions A thru N are eligible to compete for the Best in Show award.

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.

Special Divisions:

28. Division I and S, Classes 135 and 175: Contained atmosphere begonias must be planted in a medium in the terrarium and not in separate pots.

29. Division W-Artistic Photographs of Begonias 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 exhibitor.

31. Divisions Y and Z-Begonia Arts and 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 form

32. Only an exhibitor entering an ABS Show for the first time may enter Division M (Novice)

33. In Divisions U and V-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 T and U-Commercial Growers, and New Introduction, Commercial Growers: A commercial grower for the purpose of this show is defined as follows: “person(s) who wells 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/hr plants”

35. Division Q- Traveling Begonias is open to anyone outside a 250 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 after the banquet on Saturday, May 17, 2008, entries must be removed by 12:00 P.M. Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Registration information is online. View Registration Page

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