Oakville Horticultural Society Virtual Flower Shows – 2022

September 2022- To Be Determined


Oakville Horticultural Society Virtual Flower Shows

Special Guidelines for online shows:

  1. Read the schedule.
  2. Decide which design and horticulture classes to enter.
  3. Create your design entry or pick your horticulture entry from your garden.
  4. Prepare the entry for display and take a high resolution photo in jpeg format. Pay attention to the background to enhance your entry as best you can. (See photo tips below)
  1. Send:
    • Your high resolution photo,
    • the name and number of the class you are entering,
    • the names of your horticulture entries, both botanical and common names if possible, and
    • your name and OHS identification number to: shows@oakvillehort.org
  1. Please send a separate email for each class you enter.
  2. Each show has a deadline for sending in your entries. No entries will be accepted after the deadline so read the schedule carefully.
  3. All guidelines for show entries on pages 2-4 of the 2020 Show Book apply except where they apply to face-to-face shows.



  • Try to photograph the arrangement against a plain of un-fussy background. You could use a drape behind the arrangement to help out any unwanted objects, but be sure to iron it first to remove any creases.
  • Try to photograph in natural light, which produces the best colour balance. Different light sources will produce different colour effects.  If you camera has the ability, choose a setting which matches your light source (eg. tungsten, fluorescent. Etc.).
  • Use a tripod if possible for the sharpest image, but if you don’t have one, the back of a chair or something similar will help to support and keep your camera steady.
  • Observe closely what is behind or next to the arrangement and be sure to remove any objects which detract from it.
  • Remove any debris from the base of the arrangement such as fallen leaves or petals, or other bits which can fall off flowers and foliage.
  • Do not photograph against a strong light source (such as a window) as this will make your photo too dark unless your camera has the ability to change your settings to compensate.
  • Try not to use a flash. This creates strong shadows and a colour change which detracts from the arrangement. If your camera is set on auto flash and you do not have a choice, hold a white card just below the flash to deflect it upwards and soften the light, or tape some paper tissue paper over it.
  • Stand directly in front of the arrangement and bend slightly so that your lens is level with the centre of the arrangement and you can clearly see most of the container. Do not take the photo from above, unless it is obviously meant to be viewed from above.
  • Zoom in to the arrangement to cut out as much of the background as possible. Leave a reasonable amount of space around it.  Make sure that you do not zoom in too much an cut off any part of the arrangement.
  • Be sure that you are focusing on the arrangement, and not on the background.
  • View the photograph when you have taken it and crop any unwanted parts. Most modern computers, tables and phones have a photo app already installed with a crop feature.
  • If you are taking your photograph for an online competition, make sure you are emailing it at full size. Many emails applications will automatically send at a small size and lower resolution to make it quicker and to use less data, but this will affect the quality of your photo.  Send your photo in ‘full size’ or ‘original size’.



  • Only one entry per exhibitor is permitted in each section for which the member is eligible. The exhibitor must make the entry.
  • Unless otherwise stated, materials may be obtained from any source.
  • Unless otherwise stated, any type of plant material may be used, including fresh-cut flowers, branches, decorative wood, dried or treated wood, dried flowers, fruit and foliage. No soil is allowed in any design.
  • A minimal use of painted material is permitted, but no artificial materials allowed.
  • Wiring of flowers is allowed but wire and other mechanics must not be visible.
  • Accessories (for example, drapes, candles or stones) may be used to enhance the design unless stated otherwise but should not become the primary focal point.2
  • Entries will be displayed on a 30″ deep table; no other space restrictions unless stated in the show schedule.
  • Entries must conform to any size constraints stated in the schedule. They should attractively fill the table space or niche. Because designs larger than the allowed size may be disqualified, careful measurement is important.
  • Entries that are to be displayed in a niche will be so designated in the show schedule (large niches are 36″ high by 24″ wide by 20″ deep; miniature niches are 5″ high by 4½” wide by 3″ deep).
  • For a description of design classes, please refer to the last page of this booklet.


Helpful Hints:

  • Use a dictionary or Thesaurus to get ideas for a design title or help understand the word(s) in the title.
  • Purchase your own copy of the “Ontario Judging and Exhibiting Standards” from the show chairs to help you better understand how to design and how to display horticulture entries.


Please Note:

All show entries — design, horticulture, photography — must be in place in the hall by 7:20 pm, prior to commencement of judging.


  1. Abstract: a design in which plant material and other components, together with space, are I used as design units, e.g., line, form, colour, and texture, to create original images free from unnecessary additions. Some natural growth pattern may or may not be apparent.
  2. Accessory: An inorganic object(s) used in subordinate manner to enhance a design of plant material.(An object that dominates a design is a feature.) A design incorporating an accessory should appear incomplete if the accessory is removed.
  3. AOC: Any Other Cultivar, means any other cultivar/variety/species not listed in the schedule.
  4. Dish Garden: A miniature landscape in an open, shallow container. (O.J.E.S. pg. 95)
  5. Educational Exhibit: This exhibit will be scored out of 5 points and the points will count toward trophies. Educational exhibits are designed to instruct the viewer in some aspect of horticulture (e.g., plant propagation, environment, endangered plant preservation, etc). The exhibit must contain plant material and should include both botanical and common plant names. It should also mention plant origin, habitat, culture (how it is grown),usage and history. The exhibit will also be judged on clear, concise presentation, attractiveness, quality and condition of plant material, originality and creativity. (O.J.E.S. pg. 76)
  6. Functional Table: A Show Table on which components for two place settings, are placed in a logical and utilitarian manner for the actual service of food. No cutlery should be included.
  7. Functional Table Segment: A Show Table on which components, for one place setting only, are placed in a logical and utilitarian manner for the actual service of food. No cutlery should be included. Must include a decorative unit that may be placed anywhere on the table but should interpret the theme and be compatible with the whole design.
  8. Interpretive: a design where a given, theme, idea, occasion, mood, atmosphere, etc., is suggested by the selection and organization of the design elements.
  9. Jewelry: A piece of jewelry (necklace, bracelet, broach, etc.) made with plant material, dried or fresh. The underlying structure need not be made from plant material.
  10. Landscape: a realistic style capturing a moment from nature. It can be completely naturalistic or stylized.
  11. Line: A design in which linear pattern is dominant.
  12. Mass: a design with a large quantity of plant material arranged in a closed silhouette with few or no voids.
  13. Modern: a design with no pre-conceived patterns, few components, new shapes. sculptural qualities, dynamic balance, movement, bold colours, constantly changing and elegant in composition.
  14. Modern Mass: A design of 3-5 groups of plant material, (each group composed of one variety of plant material), juxtaposed to give a sculptural effect. It may be solid mass or a mass with space.
  15. Parallel: A design in which three or more groupings are placed in a parallel manner with open spaces between the groupings. Parallel direction may be vertical, horizontal or diagonal. Design is in one container or containers combined so as to appear as one unit.(O.J.E.S. pg. 102)
  16. Planter: A number of different kinds of plants artistically grouped in a single open container. Window boxes are a type of planter.
  17. Plants and Flowers: An exhibit of growing plants with fresh-cut flowers and/or foliage. Any other plant material and/or accessories may be included.
  18. Pot et fleur: An exhibit of plants, in or out of pots, packed lightly with moisture retaining material, plus cut flowers in tubes of water, oasis or other material, all assembled in one container. Moss, decorative wood and rock may be included. No cut foliage is permitted. However, cut flowering and /or fruited branches may be used. (O.J.E.S. pg. 103)
  19. Satellite: a creative design, with a smaller design of the same colour, form and/ or texture, placed near its base, having a curving connective line that becomes a vital part of its rhythmic pattern.
  20. Small: A design from 5 1/2 ” – 10″, must not exceed 10″ in height, width or depth, and will be exhibited in a 12″ space.
  21. Synergistic: a contemporary (any style that is considered current) design in which several containers are used in a composition. Each container may hold a complete or partial arrangement and the combined units create a unified whole.
  22. Tray: A tray is always functional with components placed for eating. It should contain at least three dishes placed at different heights, a napkin and a floral decorative unit. Components should be well-proportioned to limited space and should be in scale with each other. Everything must be stable as a tray would be carried. Colour and texture should be compatible so overall effect is one of harmony.
  23. Under Water: a design with part(s) placed under water to create interest. Although the design must have part(s) under water, no definite percentage is required. The entire design may not be under water.
  24. Water viewing: usually a line design in a shallow container(s) with one-half to two-thirds of the container surface showing water.
  25. Vertical: a formal, geometric line design. The all-important feature is bold plant material set vertically to form a central axis.