We hold 4 Flower shows annually. Spring, Early Summer, Late Summer and Christmas Shows. Flower shows and exhibits are held in conjunction with the General Meetings. Details will be provided for each of these shows when we are able to meet in person again.

Senior Flower Shows—Rules and Regulations

1. Exhibitors must be members of the Oro-Medonte Horticultural Society. Non-members wishing to participate may join the Society at the show.

2. All entries must include a correctly completed entry tag. Use the Show Schedule to identify the division, section and class. The Show Committee will be available to assist with completing entry tags and placement of entries on the show tables. Entry tags are available on show day and at all Society meetings.

3. Flower shows usually have two divisions – Horticultural Division (specimen classes) and Decorative Division (design classes). Exhibitors are responsible for placing their entry in the proper class. All exhibitors should check with the Flower Show Co-Chairs after placing design entries.

4. All containers must be supplied by exhibitors.

5. Container-grown plants must be grown by the exhibitor for at least 3 months.

6. Exhibiting and judging shall be in accordance with the Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards 2019 (OJES). The judges’ decision will be final.

7. No one shall distract the judges while judging is in progress. No exhibitor will be awarded a prize unless, in the opinion of the judge, their exhibit possesses sufficient merit, even though it may be the only entry in the class.

8. The Show Committee will take all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of the exhibitor’s entries, containers, and other show-related properties. The Show Committee will not be held responsible for any loss or damage resulting from theft or breakage.

Horticultural Division (Specimen classes)

In this division 4 entries per class, per exhibitor, will be accepted. These must be different specimens and should be named whenever possible.

– All Flowers and vegetables in this class must be grown by the exhibitor.
– All specimen blooms must have their own foliage attached except where stated by the Show Schedule.
– The Show Committee has the authority to sub-divide classes, providing there is a minimum of 3 entries per sub-divided class.

Decorative Division (Design classes)

In this division, a combination of fresh and/or dried plant materials and/or inorganic objects are arranged to create an artistic unit.

– Plant material from any source may be used.
– Fresh plant material that is dyed is not permitted.
– The use of artificial plant material is forbidden unless stated in the Show Schedule.
– Judicious use of painted dried material is permitted.
– Accessories are permitted unless otherwise stated in the schedule.
– Space allotted per design is 24” wide x 30” deep (61 cm x 76 cm).
– Exhibitors are encouraged to move up a class as soon as they feel competent to do so.
– All exhibits will remain on the show table until the end of the meeting.
– Entries are divided into two categories:

This class accommodates designers who feel they have not had enough experience to compete at the advanced level (Experienced).

Experienced designers and/or certified/accredited judges of Horticultural Flower Shows or Agricultural Fairs compete at this level


First, second and third prize ribbons, rosettes and trophies are awarded at each show. Best in Show is awarded from all first place winning entries. At the judge’s discretion, Honourable Mentions and Judge’s Choice may be awarded as well.

The following point system is used to determine an aggregate total for each of the following awards:
– Jean Cameron Award (best house plant in May and June shows)
– Best Novice Designer in all shows
– Silver Vase Award (first time exhibitor in all shows)

1st Place
– Horticultural Division – 5 pts
– Decorative Division – 8 pts
2nd Place
– Horticultural Division – 3 pts
– Decorative Division – 5 pts
3rd Place
– Horticultural Division – 1 pts
– Decorative Division – 3 pts

Youth Flower Shows and Exhibits – Rules and Regulations

1. Youth Flower Shows are open to all children ages 6 and up who are members of Oro-Medonte School Garden Clubs or children/grandchildren of OMHS members.

2. Specimen and Design classes are divided as follows:
a. Classes for School Garden Club members
b. Classes for children/grandchildren of OMHS members

3. Each child must design and complete his or her own project.

4. The rules and regulations governing the Senior Flower Shows apply to Youth entries as well. All shows will be judged in the following age divisions:
a. 6-7 years of age
b. 8 years of age
c. 9 years of age
d. 10 years and up

5. Prize ribbons, from 1st to 8th place, will be awarded to all winning Youth entries.


• Accessory – An inorganic object(s) used in a subordinate manner to enhance a design of plant material.
• Bloom – An individual flower, one to a stem. Specimen blooms are disbudded for exhibition purposes.
• Design – A combination of fresh and/or dried plant materials and/or inorganic objects arranged to create an artistic unit.
• Feature – Any inorganic object used as a dominant component in a floral design.
• Flower head – A cluster of florets with the appearance of a single flower.
• Grooming – Removing of any soil, spray residue, insect remains, damaged or dead florets or leaves, etc., from specimen. Container-grown plants should have clean soil surface and container.
• Schedule – The classes outlined for each flower show. The schedule and the accompanying rules become the “Law of the Show.”
• Spike – An upright stem carrying several flowers which are nearly stemless, e.g., gladiolus.
• Spray – The terminal flowering growth of a herbaceous or woody plant carried on one stem. Ideally it would show all forms, e.g., flowers in bloom, buds showing colours, green buds and leaves.

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