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:
- Handwritten Entry - if you want to write your entry information by hand, download and print this (4 to a page), and write in your information.
- Word Processing Entry - if you want to use Microsoft Word to complete your entry information, download this, type in your information, and print it (4 to a page)
LIST OF SHOW TABLE AWARDS
- Starting in 2008, show table awards are published in the Monthly Newsletter
- December 2007 Meeting
- November 2007 Meeting
- October 2007 Meeting
- Year End Totals for September 2006 - June 2007
- September 17, 2007 Meeting
- June 18, 2007 Meeting
- May 21, 2007 Meeting
- April 16, 2007 Meeting
- March 19, 2007 Meeting
- February 19, 2007 Meeting
- January 15, 2007 Meeting
- December 11, 2006 Meeting
- November 20, 2006 Meeting
- October 16, 2006 Meeting
- September 17, 2006 Meeting
- Year End Totals for August 2005 - June 2006
- Year End Totals for September 2004 - June 2005
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.
- Show table ribbon judging begins at 7:00 pm and is open to all members in good standing. Plants placed on the show table after 7:00 pm may not be judged.
- Plants should be properly staked, well groomed and free of pests and disease.
- Plants must have been owned and grown by the exhibitor for at least six months to be eligible for ribbon judging and to be counted in exhibitor's yearly total. (Any orchid plant may be exhibited in 'Non-Competitive' category for educational purposes).
- Each month, a plant may only be exhibited in one class. Members should place their plants in the appropriate class. Help in placing plants is available.
- Members should completely and legibly fill out one entry sheet per class and use the accepted scientific name or synonym. (Multiple sheets should only be used if more plants are displayed than fit on one sheet and should be attached together and appropriately labeled. Example: 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.) Illegible entry forms may not be credited to the member's exhibit totals. Forms should be folded to show the names of the plants and hide the grower's name. Plants should be grouped together with the entry forms in front. Plant names will be revised to conform to currently accepted names for publication in the monthly newsletter.* Members are encouraged to download their own entry forms and are available at the links above on this web page.
HOW POINTS ARE AWARDED:
- Points will be accumulated monthly from September through June based on the number of plants exhibited and ribbons received.
- A member will receive one point per plant exhibited up to a maximum of five points per class; however, there is no restriction on the number of plants exhibited in any class. Members will be awarded additional points for winning ribbons: 10 points for a 1st-place blue ribbon; 7 points for a red 2nd-place ribbon; and 5 points for a 3rd-place yellow ribbon. Members can only win one ribbon in each class each month. At each regular meeting the judges will confer the Abbott Award** to the best grown, best flowered plant from all the classes.
- Year-end recognition will be given for each of the first 12 classes and for 'Grand' prizewinners (top three-most points per year). Separate recognition will be given to the winners of the most Abbott Awards.
- Judging committee decisions are final. Ribbon placement, ties, honorable mention, disqualifications, the decision not to award ribbons, and other pertinent decisions are at the discretion of the judges.
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.
PHALAENOPSIS - Includes hybrids and species of Vanda and Ascocenda.
PAPHIOPEDILUM - including Phragmipedium and Cypripedium.
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.