Flower Show
Northern Virginia Azaleas

The Flower Show

The Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Azalea Society of America will be hosting a flower show for participants at this year's Azalea Society Convention. Details are provided below.

Who May Enter

Members and Associate members of the American Rhododendron Society and the Azalea Society of America are invited to exhibit rhododendron trusses and azalea sprays. Entries will be placed in the show classes listed below. There are four classes for Rhododendrons and four classes for Azaleas. The Flower Show Committee may combine or subdivide classes at its discretion and reserves the right to move entries or remove seriously deteriorated entries.

Show Classes

Class 1
Lepidote Rhododendron Species
(Small leaf, or “scaly” types)

R. keiskei
R. keiskei (pictured), R. augustinii, R. minus var. carolinianum, R. impeditum
Class 2
Lepidote Rhododendron Hybrids
(Small leaf, or “scaly” types)

'Crater Lake'
'Crater Lake'(pictured), 'PJM', 'Windbeam', 'Mary Fleming', 'Olga', 'Aglo', 'Pioneer Silvery Pink', 'Ramapo'
Class 3
Elepidote Rhododendron Species
(Large leaf types)

R. metternichii
R. metternichii ( R. degronianum ssp. heptamerum - pictured), R. fortunei, R. yakushimanum. R. hyperythrum, R. catawbiense
Class 4
Elepidote Rhododendron Hybrids
(Large leaf types)

'Taurus'(pictured), 'Wheatley', 'Roseum Elegans', 'Janet Blair', 'Cadis', 'Gigi', 'Dexter's Giant Red', 'Bellringer', 'Calsap'
Class 5
Deciduous Azalea Species

R. calendulaceum
R. calendulaceum (pictured), R. atlanticum, R. austrinum, R. canescens, R. periclymenoides, R. prinophyllum, R. vaseyi
Class 6
Deciduous Azalea Hybirds

'Chetco' (pictured), 'Gibraltar', 'Marina', 'Cecile', 'Goldflakes', 'Rosy Lights', 'Admiral Semmes'
Class 7
Evergreen Azalea Species

R. kiusianum
R. kiusianum (pictured), R. kaempferi, R. indicum, R. stenopetalum, R. nakaharae
Class 8
Evergreen Azalea Hybrids

Glenn Dale 'Shimmer' (pictured), 'Glacier', 'Ben Morrison', 'Coral Bells', 'Hino Crimson', 'Quakeress', 'Pink Pearl', 'Dream', 'Nancy of Robinhill'

Processing of Entries

Entries will be accepted by the Flower Show Committee in the lobby area outside of the meeting rooms on Friday afternoon, May 1, 2009, between 2:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Exhibitors are responsible for filling out entry cards accurately and legibly. The Committee will place entries in the appropriate classes, grouping them by color.

Judging and Awards

Judging will occur Friday evening after final entries have been placed and the Committee has completed arrangement of the exhibit. Within each class or subdivision of a class, ribbons may be awarded: Blue (First Place), Red (Second Place), and White (Honorable Mention). Rosettes will be awarded for Best Rhododendron, Best Azalea, and Best-in-Show. Following the judging, the show will be open for viewing. Awards will be formally acknowledged during the Banquet, Sunday evening, May 3, 2009.

Entry Rules

  1. The exhibitor must be a member of the American Rhododendron Society or the Azalea Society of America. No entry fee(s).
  2. Only one entry of a variety may be made by any individual. There is no limit to the number of different varieties that may be entered in a class.
  3. Rhododendron and azalea entries exhibited must be grown and wintered outdoors under ordinary garden conditions and must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least six months.
  4. An elepidote (large-leaf) rhododendron entry shall be a cut truss from a single terminal bud. Not all of the flower buds in a truss need to be open.
  5. An azalea or lepidote (“scaly”) rhododendron entry shall be a single-stem spray not to exceed 15 inches in height and width above the container. Sprays may not be artificially constrained above the top of the container.
  6. Entries should be properly groomed and conditioned. Only water may be used for cleaning leaves. Damaged leaves may be completely and neatly removed; trimming of leaves is not permitted.
  7. Exhibitors may claim their awards at the end of the convention on Sunday evening.


For specific questions about the flower show, contact Potomac Valley Chapter President, Bob McWhorter:   mcwho@comcast.net

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