Flower Shows

Autumn Joy Schedule
An NGC Horticulture Specialty Flower Show
September 24, 2018
Sponsored by ELAWAG Design Guild
St Andrews Lutheran Church -2650 148th Ave SE,  Bellevue

Autumn Joy Division 1 Horticulture Entry Tags
Autumn Joy Division III Botanical Arts Entry Tags

Autum Joy Notes

"On September 24th  a flower show will be held at the ELWD District meeting called “Autumn Joy”.  This is an NGC Horticulture Specialty Show which means that it is all about horticulture and no designs will be in the program.  Check out the schedule and you will see there are fun entries like terrariums, combination planters, potted succulents and dish gardens and even fairy gardens! In addition there will be a large photography section. Advanced entries must be called in by September 10th. Certain categories must be started 6 weeks prior (by August 13th) to the show date of September 24th. Please refer to the Flower Show Handbook for details" Diane Korotkin email 7-30-2018

ELWD Entry Cards

ELWD Horticulture Entry Cards

ELWD Design Entry Cards

ELWD Craft Entry Cards


Flower Show Tips

ELWD Container Loan Program

ELWD is very fortunate to have a fine collection of containers to loan to any member interested in practicing design or to use in flower shows.  To read about this incredible loan program and see the containers available to borrow, check out the link below.


To borrow a container contact Lana Findgold.


ELWD Flower Show Horticulture tags and information:

Please be sure not to enter any WA noxious/invasive weeds into the Horticulture division.  Check your entry out before coming to the flower show to see if it is listed by following this link: http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/default.asp

How to complete a Horticulture Entry Tag*

  •  The Genus is written with a capital and underlined.
  • The species is written in lower case and underlined.
  • The variety is written in lower case and underlined or with var. placed before and then underlined.
  • The 'Cultivar' is written in single quotes and capitalized or with cv. placed before it and the single quotes omitted.
  • When naming a 'cultivar' of a variety, underline the Genus and species, add var. before the underlined variety name and then add the 'cultivar' in single quotes.
  • All of the above apply when handwriting the names. When typing, you substitute the underlining with italics which, of course, you cannot do when handwriting.

Horticulture Conditioning and Grooming Tips*


  • Proper conditioning and care will extend the enjoyment of fresh flowers and allow you to show them in the flower show at their peak.
  • Proper conditioning or hardening of flowers is critical. Proper preparation and careful maintenance maximizes the life of cut flowers grown by you, or purchased at the local flower shop.
  • Cut flowers in late evening or early morning. Re-cut stems under water to prevent air bubbles from forming within the stems, cutting at an angle.
  • Place the cut flowers into the container/ vase in which they will be conditioned with tepid water (110°F) up to the flower heads.
  • Fuzzy foliaged plants such as dusty miller should not have their foliage submerged during conditioning.
  • Remove the lower third of the foliage and immerse only to foliage level.
  • Place the containers of flowers in a cool, dark, humid location preferably for a minimum of 2 hours.


  • A branch should have growth pattern typical of the plant, shrub or tree.
  • Examine your specimen carefully and remove any dead or bug nibbled leaves or leafless side twigs.
  • “Nit-pick” – use a magnifying glass if you need, to find and remove any insects, spider webs or debris of any kind. This includes the stem.
  • Now place your cleaned plant in a clear glass container of appropriate size in proportion to the size of your specimen.
  • Remember, "plant material entered in a Standard Flower Show may not be altered by the application (treatment) of oil, commercial "shine" products, etc. that may artificially change the natural color and texture." (NGC Handbook for Flower Shows, p. 99)

Here are some examples of properly groomed plant material displayed in containers of appropriate scale and proportion to the entry.  The concept is to show the most "perfect" exhibit compared to its ideal type (in reference to color and form) as well as maturity (not to early, but not past it's prime, e.g. going to seed).

*Thank you to the members of Capitol District for sharing this information, published in their Horoscope District Newsletter, April 2010.

Invasive Weeds

 ELWD does not support entry of WA noxious/invasive weeds into the Horticulture division of any flower show.  For a list of WA noxious/invasive weeds, please visit http://www.nwcb.wa.gov/default.asp*