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American Begonia Society National Convention 2009


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, April 30th, 2009, from 9:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M. Entries for Division Z – Artistic Design 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 public.

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 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. 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 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 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 exhibitor.

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 form

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

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 plants”

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, 2009.


Artistic Designs:

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 permitted.

41. Artificial plant material not permitted.

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 class.

44. Accessories which add interest may be used.

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 Design.


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