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Oakville African Violet Society

Show Information:

Our Show and Sale will be held on Saturday, 2000 December 02 at "The Kensington", 25 Lakeshore Road West in Oakville, Ontario from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Our theme is Odyssey 2000 Complete show schedule: OAVS Show Schedule 2000

Enjoy a beautiful display of African Violets, related Gesneriad flowers, Flower Designs and Plant Designs. As well as the plant sale, there will be starter kits for a single leaf for those that want to try this fun activity. There will be an information booth and members happy to discuss your growing problems and even happier to hear about your growing successes.

Street parking (Some indoor parking available) Most show plants will be available for sale.


As an example of the classifications to expect, this was our last show.

Show Schedule:

"OAKVILLE LOVES VIOLETS"
NOVEMBER 28, 1998

HORTICULTURAL DIVISION - SPECIMEN PLANTS

SECTION I - COLLECTIONS
One plant only of one variety/class.

  1. Three Standards
  2. Three Miniatures or Semi-Miniatures
  3. Three Trailers

SECTION II - NON-VARIEGATED STANDARD PLANTS, ANY SIZE BLOSSOM
  1. White, Cream, Blush Tones
  2. Red, Fuchsia, Wine, Pink, Rose, Coral Tones
  3. Blue, Purple Lavender, Orchid Tones
  4. Multicoloured, Fantasy
  5. Edged

    VARIEGATED STANDARDS, ANY SIZE BLOSSOM

  6. White, Cream, Blush Tones
  7. Red, Fuchsia, Wine, Pink, Rose, Coral Tones
  8. Blue, Purple Lavender, Orchid Tones
  9. 2-Tone, Multicoloured, Fantasy and/or Edged

SECTION III - MINIATURES - Single/SD,Double [Max. 6" across foliage]
  1. White, Pink, Rose, Coral, Lavender, Orchid Tones
  2. Blue, Purple, Red, Fuchsia, Wine Tones
  3. 2-Tone, Multicoloured, Fantasy, Edged (any non-solid colour)
  4. Variegated (any colour blossom)

SECTION IV - SEMI-MINIATURES [Max. 8" across foliage]
  1. White, Pink, Rose, Coral, Lavender, Orchid Tones
  2. Blue, Purple,Red, Fuchsia, Wine Tones
  3. 2-Tone, Multicoloured, Fantasy, Edged
  4. Variegated (any colour blossom)

SECTION V - SPECIES CLASS
  1. Species Violets

SECTION VI - TRAILERS [size is as specified by hybridizer, not the size plant can become] must have 3 crowns
  1. Standard Trailers
  2. Miniature & Semi-Miniature Trailers

SECTION VII - STANDARD SIZE
  1. OPTIMARA, RHAPSODY or BALLET and ANTHOFLORES
    Miniature & Semi-miniature go to Sections III & IV respectively.

SECTION VIII - SPECIAL CLASSES
  1. PROJECT PLANT: Candy Crystals
  2. NOVICE CLASS: (anyone who has never won a blue ribbon can enter ANY/ALL here - except Design entries)

SECTION IX - NON-JUDGED CLASSES
  1. Windowsill Grown Violets
    [not an AVSA judged class]

SECTION X - AFRICAN VIOLET GROWING IN
  1. Unusual Container
  2. Teacup
NOTE: This is HORTICULTURAL, not DESIGN. [Plant must be 'owned/grown' 3 months by exhibitor]
SECTION XI - ALL GESNERIADS IN BLOOM (non-violets)
  1. Tuberous (as Sinningia)
  2. Rhizomatous (as Achimenes, Smithiantha)
  3. Fibrous Rooted (Episcia, etc)

    GESNERIADS GROWN FOR FOLIAGE (non-violets)

  4. Gesneriads with ornamental foliage (as Episcias)
    NO blossoms or buds showing [this is NOT for 'any gesneriad not in bloom']

SECTION XII - EDUCATIONAL & AVSA & AVSC EXHIBIT
SECTION XIII - DESIGN CLASSES

In this Division, the emphasis is on artistic design ability (as opposed to cultural perfection as in Horticultural). Plants, blossoms, etc. need not have been grown by exhibitor.

'Container Garden' classes may be divided by size, if more than one size of container entered; (i.e. large & small terrariums).

Each container garden entry must be accompanied by a 3" x 5" white card listing all plant material used. Unlike horticultural shows which use large-flowered plants, the accessories & containers used in this Division tend to be more restrained in size and colour, in keeping with the delicate Star of the Show - the Queen of the Parade - the African Violet; accessories should be kept to a minimum. The theme can be inferred - Example: you can hold your hand up with thumb down, point & people will know you're indicating a gun. In Design Division, rather than exact interpretation/depiction, it is enough that the components are not at odds with the 'type of' theme - delicate, harsh, light, dark, etc. or tropical versus beach, although some interpretation can be helpful.

In all Design Classes, except for accessories (where permitted), only live plant material to be used. Violets must predominate. "Niches" are 3-sided enclosures approx. 22" high x 18" wide by 16" deep, usually with pastel coloured lining material (supplied by entrant) covering back portion. Designs usually rest on a "stand" (supplied by entrant) as part of design. Mechanix must be hidden.

The Miniature Arrangement is usually in a very small (up to 2" high) 'vase' or similar container with 1 or more A.V. blooms and line material.

CONTAINER GARDENS

  1. Dishgarden: "The Air Up There" [outer space]
    Miniature garden with one or more blooming AV's and other growing plants. All plants must be planted in the container; no cut plant material permitted; accessories optional.
  2. Terrarium: "The Air Down There" [down under in Australia]
    A 'covered' terrarium (glass or saran wrap may be used for cover) with one or more blooming AV's and other growing plants. All plants must be planted in the container; no cut plant material permitted; accessories optional. Where steam builds up, please vent lid.
INTERPRETIVE ARRANGEMENTS staged in niches (provided)
  1. Interpretive Flower Arrangement: "A Breath of Inspiration" [pastels]
    A design using fresh cut A.V. blossoms. Accessories, backdrops are optional.
  2. Bubble Bowl: "Snorkeling - Breathing Under Water" [mainly blue blossoms]
    An underwater design, using marine bowl, brandy snifter, etc. using A.V. blossom(s) and line material. Accessories optional.
  3. Miniature Arrangement: "Take A Tiny Breath"
    A very small A.V. blossom arrangement - displayed in a shadow box (approx. 4" x 4").
  4. Interpretive Plant Arrangement: "Violets Leave You Breathless"
    Entries must consist of one or more blooming plants REMOVED from their pot(s), used in a design. Other than the plant(s) themselves, fresh cut, dried, treated and painted plant material may be used.
    No artificial plant material.
NOTE: Where niches and miniature boxes are used, entries are limited to available space.
HORTICULTURAL RULES

All entries to be pest-free.
Pots to be GREEN and clean.
  1. All exhibitors must be members in good standing of Oakville African Violet Society. The current AVSA Handbook for Exhibitors, Growers and Judges will be the authority in all cases not covered by a specific rule.
  2. Exhibitors must submit an Entries List to the Classification or Show Chairman prior to April 17th [set-up night]. All plants must be named, but are subject to correction by the Classification Committee. Last minute adjustments to individual lists may be made at Entry Time. [Some plants may not make it - others may surprise you and look good enough to enter at the last minute.] AVSA Master Variety Lists will be available for reference.
  3. Entry Books will be closed promptly at 9 p.m.; later entries will be accepted FOR DISPLAY ONLY. This rule applies to both pre-entered and last minute entries. All exhibits must remain until the show closes on April 18th, 1998. After entry, exhibits may be moved or touched only by personnel of Classification, Entries or Placement Committees. This rule does not apply to Design Division entries.
  4. Reasonable protection will be provided, but all entries are made at the exhibitor's risk.
  5. All exhibits will be merit judged, using the appropriate Scale of Points, as defined in the current AVSA Handbook for Exhibitors, Growers and Judges. Only Blue Ribbon exhibits will be eligible for special awards.
  6. Judging will start at 8.30 a.m., Saturday, April 18th, 1998. All judges will be AVSA JUDGES.

    DECISIONS OF JUDGES ARE FINAL.

  7. Any number of plants may be entered in each class by an exhibitor, but only one plant of a particular variety may be entered in the same class. An exhibitor may, however, enter plants of the same variety in several classes, such as a Collection Class, unusual container class, and the appropriate color classes.
  8. All entries must be disease and pest free, clean, and subject to inspection before entry. Collars, supports and grooming aids must be removed.
  9. All African Violet exhibits must be in bloom, and must be single crowned, except for trailers and species.
  10. All HORTICULTURAL Entries must have been in the possession of, and grown by the exhibitor for at least three months prior to the show.
  11. Containers in the HORTICULTURAL DIVISION (except for classes exhibiting trailers, unusual containers, and gesneriads) must be green plastic, clean and free of all visible marks. The exhibitor's name and plant name should be affixed to the bottom of the pot. Protective covers are permitted for those gesneriads that require them.
  12. A NOVICE is an exhibitor who has never before entered a plant and won a Blue Ribbon in a judged African Violet Show.
  13. The Sweepstakes Award will be presented to the exhibitor winning most Blue Ribbons in the Horticulture Division, In the event of a tie, Red Ribbons will be counted, then White.
  14. SALE of SHOW PLANTS: Members wishing to sell plants must submit a list of plants on Friday evening, April 17th, 1998, indicating the Class they are in, and Prices, to the person in charge of sales. 20% of the selling price will go to the Oakville African Violet Society.

RULES FOR DESIGN CLASSES
  1. Classes shall be open to all members of Oakville African Violet Society.
  2. Exhibitors shall be limited to one entry in each design class or sub-class. All entries must be originated and executed by the exhibitor.
  3. African Violets MUST be emphasized. NO artificial plant material permitted. However, dried, treated, painted and colored plant material shall be allowed.
  4. Accessories and draping shall be permitted in all classes except Dishgardens and Bowls.
  5. No exhibit shall be removed after entry. Exhibitors shall replace spent blossoms with fresh ones only after the show is open (after the judging is completed).
  6. Plants may be purchased at any time for the Design Exhibits, but all shall be disease and insect free [i.e. plants, blossoms, etc. need not have been grown by exhibitor].
  7. Each container garden entry must be accompanied by a 3" x 5" white card listing all plant material used. Exhibitor's interpretation of the title may also be noted on the card.
  8. Reservations for Classes 3 and 6 should be made with Show Chairman by set up time.
  9. All design entries will be checked by the Classification Committee to ensure that they conform to the schedule.

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