There are two tables running in parallel, an open judging table for exhibits that
members would like to be formally judged and awarded, and a show table
purely for "showing off" plants with unusual or interesting
aspects in their breeding or culture that the grower has been good enough to
bring along to share with other members.
The Open Judging Table:All members are requested to exhibit orchids whenever they are able to. "First"," Second" and "Third" places will be awarded at each monthly meeting. Our Society depends on these plants for each of us to expand our knowledge of the growth habits and flowering ability of the widest possible variety of orchids. However, once again to maintain fairness to all members, it is necessary to abide by certain rules for the judging table:
a) All members are eligible to submit as many different plants as they wish for judging over the course of a year. Once a plant has been submitted for judging it may not be submitted again for at least six months.
b) The Judging form must be completed by the exhibitor including both the name of the grex, preferably its parentage if known, and the name of the grower. To avoid embarrassment, a plant which bears the same name as one submitted earlier in the year should be marked as different e.g. Phalaenopsis Hybrid No.1 followed by Phalaenopsis Hybrid No.2 or Cattleya 'Bob Betts' No.1 followed by Cattleya 'Bob Betts' No.2, etc.
c) The exhibitor will be responsible for ensuring the plant bears the correct name.
d) Any plants submitted for judging must have been in the possession of the exhibitor for no less than six months.
e) A member may submit no more than 4 plants for judging in any one month.
f) Plants should be on the tables and paperwork completed for 2.30 p.m. ready for judging. Any plant arriving after that time will not be judged as the speaker will commence at 3.00 p.m.
g) PLANTS THAT SHOW SIGNS OF INSECT INFESTATION OR VIRUS WILL NOT BE JUDGED AND THE EXHIBITOR, OUT OF COURTESY TO OTHER GROWERS, WILL BE ASKED TO REMOVE THE OFFENDING PLANT IMMEDIATELY.
h) Whilst every precaution is taken to ensure that plants exhibited will be well looked after, the Society can accept no liability for damage of whatsoever nature and however caused.
The Pat Coupland Cup is awarded each month to the exhibitor gaining the highest number of points. (Please remember to return it the following month!)
Judging will be made as close to BOC standards and rules as is appropriate for a local Society meeting and where possible, will be made jointly by no fewer than two BOC qualified judges or experienced Growers. The decision of the judges is final.
The Show Table:Orchids of any type that the grower either does not wish to be judged or is ineligible for judging, e.g. has been in the ownership of the exhibitor for less than six months, may be displayed on the show table for the benefit of other society members to view and again, all members are encouraged to do so. ONCE MORE, INFESTED OR VIRUSED PLANTS SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT AT ANY TIME INTO THE HALL.
If you have any queries relating to this issue please contact a committee member for clarification.