Fruit & Vegetables

As defined by the Daffodil society; All daffodils are classified into one of thirteen divisions. Each daffodil cultivar or garden hybrid belongs to one of the first twelve divisions. Those daffodils distinguished solely by botanical name belong in Division 13. Please refer to the link above for a detailed definition of each Division:



Uniformity of Size, Shape and Variety is important. exhibits should be clean and as fresh as possible. stalks and roots should not be removed. Exhibits are judged under the rules of the National Vegetable Society.

Judges of fruit classes generally consider-

Condition: (Skins fresh, clean, and blemish free).
Ripeness: (Except apples and pears).
Uniformity: (Shape, size, form, colour and development).
Eyes and stalks: (Present and intact).
Labelling: (Accurate and neat identification of variety).

There are no specific rules that we adhere to for this class, please refer to the entry class for more information, however points to remember:

COOKING: Primarily flavour and aroma. The appearance colour, shape and regularity. The condition, crust, texture, distribution of ingredients. Read the schedule, if it says maximum of 8" pic, 8.5" will not do! 

PRESERVES: Contents are judged on Flavour and Aroma, Consistency and texture, Colour and Quantity. Eternal appearance: Clean unblemished container, cover and label. Airtight seal achieved by a new lid.

JAMS: In a plain jar with a label of contents; detailing the day, month and year made. Label plain, neat, clean and unblemished. Contents reaching within 3mm of top of jar. Covered with waxed disk and cellophane top or plain metal top without internal waxed disk. Polished external appearance with no finger marks

PICKLES & CHUTNEYS: In a plain jar with precise label of contents including day, month and year made. At least 12 weeks old and ready to eat. Label plain, neat, clean and unblemished. Contents reach within 12mm of top of jar.
Polished external appearance with no finger marks.


Preserves & Cooking

Entry Classification


Below are a few hints and tips for your reference when entering classes in the shows. Please feel free to study these if you are unsure about an item or class. The society operate under RHS Society or affiliated society rules for judging purposes, unless otherwise indicated. 

The society provides the RHS classification green vases for display of flowers / flower collections unless otherwise stated. Stems should be supported within the vase using newspaper or other suitable packaging material. In Dahlia categories particularly, the size of the flower is important. Please check the size before placing your vase on the show bench. 

The Show will be conducted in accordance with the rules and standards contained in The Royal Horticultural Society’s Horticultural Show Handbook revised 2008, except where, in reference to this schedule, they obviously do not apply. A copy of the Handbook may be purchased from RHS Enterprises Ltd.

Main judging criteria: Appearance sparkling clean and fresh. Blooms in perfect stage of good size for cultivar. Outer petals regularly surrounding a central formation. Petals firm, smooth and good texture. True colour bright and glowing for cultivar. Straight stem of thickness and length for bloom size.
Foliage fresh, clean, undamaged and good in colour. Presentation balanced overall and to container. A complete absence of defects 

Handicraft & Photographs

Craft items:

Materials used – are they appropriate for the item, too heavy, too light, etc?
Stitching – colours chosen, is it neat, finished off
Textures – use of interesting textures and a range of textures will catch the eye of the judge
Colour – is it pleasant to look at?  Do the colours, stitches and any embellishments go together?
Finish – the judge will look closely at how your item is finished off - are the stitches neat, the ends sewn in almost invisibly?
Attention to detail – this is what will catch the eye of the judge.  What is special about your item, that makes it a bit more eye-catching than everything else on the table?


It is very important that the stated dimensions are not exceeded. Maximum width and depth is 24" (60.96 cm) Bases and drapes may be used with arrangements and exhibits, only the latter may contain accessories - other non plant items. The societies 'niches' are 30" (76 cm) x 15" (38 cm) deep, made of white correx. Whatever water retaining material is used, it must not be visible.

Judges of floral art entries generally consider six elements-
Interpretation: Colour harmony. Design balance, proportion, space, form and texture. Plant material relativity and condition. Accordance and mechanics of other components. Presentation and effect.
Marks may be lost for: Exceeding the allotted space. Not utilizing space allowed to full potential. Poor use of elements and principles of design.
Poor workmanship and presentation. Lack of harmony. Creased, stained or unsuited accessories. Water leaking from the exhibit.

Floral Art

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