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The National Capital Orchid Society

MONTHLY MEETING SHOW TABLES

Every month, NCOS members bring in their blooming orchids and display them for everyone to enjoy. If they wish, members can enter their plants in our ribbon-judging contest and compete with other members for the judges' favorites.

Monthly ribbon-judging is a fun and educational part of every NCOS meeting. The ribbon-judging panel is often composed of American Orchid Society (AOS) judges as well as NCOS members. This gives a wide range of perspectives when plants are judged so ANYONE can win!

After all the plants have been judged, the show tables are discussed, highlighting the winners as well as other plants of interest.

Entry forms will be available at each meeting. If you want to print your own forms beforehand, you may use these:

LIST OF SHOW TABLE AWARDS

THE SHOW TABLE:
Policies And Practice
(revised September 2011)

NCOS prides itself in its monthly show table. The purpose of the show table is to provide education and friendly competition through the display of members' orchid plants.

HOW POINTS ARE AWARDED:

CLASSES

SPECIES - seed grown, collected, or meristem, can include natural hybrids but not the man-made hybrids thereof.

HOME GROWN - no greenhouse. Members with greenhouses should not enter plants in this class.

SMALL GREENHOUSE - total greenhouse space of 250 square feet or less.

LARGE GREENHOUSE - more than 250 square feet.

FIRST BLOOM - Plant must be a unique seedling flowering for the first time. Meristem, tissue culture or divisions of previously bloomed plants are not eligible.

NOVICE for members who have owned and growing orchids for four (4) years or less. Entrants must adhere to the six month ownership rule.

ONCIDIUM Alliance.

CATTLEYA Alliance.

PHALAENOPSIS - Includes hybrids and species of Vanda and Ascocenda.

PAPHIOPEDILUM - including Phragmipedium and Cypripedium.

DENDROBIUM

MINIATURE - Any orchid genera, meristems, clump growers, etc., which does not exceed six inches(6") in length on a single mature growth. Inflorescences and roots are not considered in the measurement.

NON-COMPETITIVE - (For display and educational purposes; not judged or recorded in exhibitor's yearly total).

HELPFUL WEB LINKS

NCOS website: www.ncos.us

AOS website: www.aos.org (AOS’s new online research program: Orchids Plus - free to AOS members)

*Help with correct labeling of registered hybrids is available online at http://apps.rhs.org.uk/horticulturaldatabase/orchidregister/orchidregister.asp.

The authority for orchid species names is the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Their web address is at http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/home.do. Both of these are free services.

** The Abbott Award is named for Robert ‘Bob’ Abbott. See Joe Francis’ article on Bob in the September 2007 newsletter for more information.