Zilker Botanical Garden
June 5th and 6th, 2010

 OPEN SHOW:  The show is open to anyone; however competition is limited to amateur growers and club members with two exceptions. Entries in Division I, Section E & Division II, Section Y, are limited to the club cultivar, submitted by members of The Garden Club of Austin.

Entries  will be accepted on Friday, June 4th,  4:00pm until 7:00pm and on Saturday, June 5th, from 8am until 9:30am.  It is best if container plants are accepted on Friday and the cut flowers, fruit & vegetables on Saturday.

Entries received after 9:30am Saturday will be considered late.
Late entries may be displayed in the show; they will be marked “Not for Competition”

JUDGES  will meet at 9:30am, Saturday in the library of the Austin Area Garden Center. 
Judging will commence at 10am.

CLERKS  will meet in the Magnolia Greene Solarium at 9:30am, Saturday  for instructions and assignments.


SATURDAY –  June 5th,  will be opened to the Public after the judging of the plant entries is completed. Opens to the public from approximately Noon until closing 5:00pm.

SUNDAY –  June 6th,  will open to the public from 10:00am until 4:00pm.


Closing of the show:

The show will close at 4:00pm,  Sunday, and all entries are to be picked up before 5:00pm.

All club members and exhibitors are asked to help close down the show. . For sample entry rules see Show Rule excerpts below.

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Excerpt-Show Rules: The show is open to anyone; however competition is limited to amateur growers or club members. This show conforms to the requirements established by The Gardeners of America/Men's Garden Clubs of America and to the rules of the National Council of State Garden Clubs for a merit flower show. A merit flower show is one in which each flower or plant is judged solely on it's own merits, and not against the other entries (other than Best of Show and similar awards of "the best of the best". The show is open to the public on Saturday from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Entries will be accepted on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at the Austin Area Garden Center in Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Tx unless otherwise noted in Schedule Exceptions on Page 1 of the show schedule. Entries received later than 9:30 a.m. on Saturday will be marked "not for competition". Entries may not be removed earlier than 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, but must be removed by 5:00 p.m.

Entries must be free from diseases, insects and any other type of pest. Entries deemed hazardous to other entries will be removed from the show. As a courtesy to other exhibitors, please inspect your plants carefully before bringing them to the show. Entries for which there is no classification may be marked "For Exhibition Only" and will not be judged for the competition. Entries in classes that specify a specific quantity or range must comply or will be ineligible for competition.

All entries must have been grown by the exhibitor and should have been in exhibitor's possession for at least 60 days prior to the show. For cut specimens, uniform containers will be furnished for specimen classes. Each exhibitor must furnish his/her own containers for collections, sprays and branches.

Plants must be clean, properly groomed and exhibited in clean containers. All containers belonging to individuals should be labeled on the underside. Exhibitors are not permitted to treat plants with oil, lacquer or dressing. Artificial support is discouraged. The merit system of awarding ribbons will be used in all divisions. All ribbons will be awarded on the basis of merit. Entries judged to have less than 70 points will be marked "Judged" and received no ribbon.

The scale of points for such ribbons is:

Point Range
Ribbon Color
 90 - 100
80 - 89
70 - 79

Gold Rosettes, indicating Best of Section, may be awarded to the best exhibit, that merited a blue ribbon, in each section (with the exception of the club cultivars and Youth exhibits). The best exhibit of a club cultivar (one in Division I and one in Division II) will receive a Special Award. Any entry getting a blue ribbon and a merit score of 95 or more points is awarded a Green Thumb designation, youth entries excluded. All decisions by the judges will be final.

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The Garden Club of Austin

Plant Show Highlights

Fall 2008 Queen of Show

Spring 2007 Queen of Show

Spring 2007 Princess of Show

Spring 2007 Best of Section

Queen & Princess - Winners of the Spring June 7-8, 2003 Show

Queen and Princess of the 2003 Show
Queen of the Show, a bromeliad , (Aechmea) exhibited by Ned Martin
and the Princess, a hanging basket fern, (Nephropelis) exhibited by Pat & Don Freeman

Pictured left to right:
2003 Club President Chuck Burt, Show Judge Chair Kathryn LeBlanc, Past President Bill Boytim.

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