Oakville Horticultural Society Virtual Flower Shows – 2022

September 2022 – To Be Determined

Oakville Horticultural Society Virtual Flower Shows

Virtual Flower Show Guidelines:

  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 specimen and be sure to remove any objects which detract from it.
  • Remove any debris from the base of the specimen 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 specimen. 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 specimen 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 specimen.
  • Be sure that you are focusing on the specimen, 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’.


General Guidelines:

Judges Choice Horticulture - March 2015 By Marie Decker

Judges Choice Horticulture – March 2015 By Marie Decker

      1. Exhibitors are allowed three entries in each class, provided each specimen is a different cultivar/ variety/species.
      2. All entries must be grown by the exhibitor.
      3. The Society provides uniform containers for all cut material unless otherwise specified in the schedule. However, members may choose to provide their own vases. For very tall material, e.g., delphinium, large iris, or large branch the exhibitor should bring his or her own container.
      4. Specimens must be shown with their own attached foliage only.
      5. Where 3 specimens of the same cultivar are asked for, the specimens should be uniform, free of disease or insect damage and at an appropriate stage of maturity.
      6. Where a definite number of specimens is specified, that number must be adhered to.
      7. Buds showing colour are considered blooms.
      8. When a height limit is specified for an annual or perennial, this refers to the growing height of the plant not the cut length of the specimen.
      9. Houseplants must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for at least three months prior to the show and must not be shown more than once in any six-month period.
      10. Potted plants may have only one cultivar per pot unless stated otherwise.
      11. Plants should be clean and well-groomed. Insect-infested or diseased entries will be removed from the show.
      12. Scarce, protected, endangered native plants or poisonous plants will be disqualified. Refer to: Government of Ontario, Ministry of Natural Resources “Endangered Species Act”. Refer to ontario.ca/speciesatrisk
      13. The quality or condition of the exhibit at the time of judging is an important factor. Try to make sure the exhibit is fresh, free of blemishes, with dead leaves and flowers removed.