Friday, 2 September 2011

NTHS Annual Show 2011

A summer bounty from the garden of
Annual Show Director Mary Audia

NTHS Annual Show
Sunday September 11, 2011
Toronto Botanical Garden
777 Lawrence Avenue East

Submissions: 9:30am-10:45am
Judging: 11am
Free Admission to Public:
Entry Removal: 4pm

Everyone is welcome to enjoy this wonderful celebration of horticulture and floral design.

Please invite a friend or friends!

The North Toronto Horticultural Society Annual Show is a fragrant, colourful and bloom-filled celebration to mark the end of a successful growing season. This year the NTHS Executive is challenging every member to submit two entries to make the show bigger and better than ever.

Entries can be submitted between 9:30am-10:45am. Please don’t be late. The doors to the exhibit rooms will be locked precisely at 11am for judging. Members and the public are invited to enjoy the show between 1pm and 4pm. 

This show is a great chance to show everyone what our garden club is all about. Tell your friends and bring a few along to experience this once-a-year horticulture and design extravaganza. 

Details of all the competition categories are in your 2011 Show Guide. Mary Audia is the Annual Show Director. Contact her with all your questions.

The North Toronto Executive is hoping for a big turn out.  Let’s all help to make it happen.

Annual Show Protocols:
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2010 newsletter.
It’s easy to get swept up in the thrill of competition, but it’s important to remember a few simple protocols that will ensure the show is the best it can be for participants and visitors alike.

Submission of Entries:
Don’t Be Late
Members can submit entries between the hours of 9:30am and 10:45am.  Please respect these times, as they will be strictly adhered to. 

The show room door will be closed and locked at 11am sharp. No entry will be accepted after this time and no excuse will be compelling enough to convince the Show Committee to make an exception! A last minute rush to get entries on the tables makes us all look like amateurs. Judging will begin at 11:15am.

In order to help participants manage their time, announcements will be made at regular intervals to remind everyone of the time left to make a submission.

Entry Placement:  Hands Off!
All participants in a flower show want their entries to look as fabulous as they can. A great deal of care goes into placing submissions on exhibit tables in such a way that their best features are showcased. If you see an entry on the table, proceed with care.

Please, please, please do not touch or move any entry that has already been placed.

It can get very crowded very fast on some of the exhibit tables. If you are having trouble finding a spot, ask for some help.  The Show Chair or Clerks will be able to assist you.

Missed Deadlines: Don’t Be Miffed!
What happens if, despite all your best efforts, you miss the submission deadline? Please don’t try to sneak your entry through the door and please don’t get mad at the Show Chair.

Believe it or not, there is a lot of work to be done between the time the show door closes and the judging begins.  If last-minute entrants insist on lingering in the show room, the Show Committee can’t do its job.

The Show Committee needs time to review the entries and make sure they have been placed in the appropriate category. Categories sometimes need to be further subdivided and entries carefully moved. There are prize ribbons to be placed and paperwork to be organized.  And last, but certainly not least, the Show Committee needs to welcome the judges.

All of these protocols exist for one reason: to produce the best flower show possible so that YOU can enjoy it.   Do your part by arriving early, listening for important announcements, asking for assistance in placing your entry, and most important, enjoying the show.  

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