The HOS Plant Show is held annually during the HOS Spring Meeting. Pictures of winning plants are usually published in the HOS Journal and here on the HOS website. The HOS “Best in Show” Trophy is awarded to the best exhibit in the show. The trophy may he held for one year, and must then be returned for engraving. An RHS Banksian Medal is awarded to the most successful exhibitor each year. In addition to the competitive entries, members are encouraged to bring other interesting plants for non-competitive display.
This year there will be an additional online HOS plant show representing the orchids that flower between March and July. For many years the Spring Show has favoured the growers of spring-flowering, mainly winter-green, species. This new on-line show will offer an opportunity for the many members that grow orchids that flower in the summer months to exhibit photographs of their plants. Classes and entry details specific to this new show are provided below and can be downloaded as a pdf here.
The Virtual Summer Plant Show is designed primarily to enable plant growers of species that flower during the summer months an opportunity to exhibit photographs of their plants. Photographs must have been taken between the 21st March and the 31st July 2021. Points gained in this competition will be added to those earned in the Spring Show to determine the winner of the Banksian medal. Any HOS member can enter as many Classes as they wish but only one entry is allowed per member per Class. Classes will remain the same as for a normal HOS Plant Show as will the rules defining which plants may be shown and how this should be done BUT WITH THE FOLLOWING EXCEPTIONS:
There will be no Class 1, 2, 3, 4, or 17. There will be the following additional Classes:
Class 18 One pot Epipactis
Class 19 Any plant or group of plants cultivated by the entrant within their garden setting planted in a flower bed or tub.
No plant may be entered in more than one Class - in the interest of clarity, a plant that has previously been entered in the Spring Show may be entered in the Summer Show, PROVIDED that the entry to the Summer Show has been photographed between March 21st and July 31st.
Entries will consist of a pair of photographs of the plant in JPEG format, one of the whole plant including at least part of the containing pot and one a close up of a single flower or small group of flowers. For Class 19 this requirement will treated as met if Photograph A shows sufficient detail for the judge to establish that the plant has been grown in the garden environment.
The name attached to each photograph, preferably as a file name, should be written as follows:- Class No. for which the plant is entered – Plant Name A (for whole plant photograph) or B (close up photograph). For example “Class 10 – Ophrys tenthredinifera – B.jpg. Please do not embed text within the photograph.
Email entries to Colin Rainbow by 11:00 p.m. on Saturday 31st July at the latest, preferably earlier, using WeTransfer if files are large.
The judge will be a plant judge not a photographic judge. He/she will judge according to the qualities of the plant, not the qualities of the photograph itself.
Following judging, the entries & results will be posted on the website in the password protected area approximately one week after closing of entries. It is a condition of entry that the copyright holder of the photographs grants irrevocable permission to the Hardy Orchid Society for publication of the photographs entered in this show, in either or both, of the Society’s website and Journal without compensation.
Classes 1 through 4, where three plants are entered:
FIRST - 5 points; SECOND - 4 points; THIRD - 3 points
All other classes will be scored as previously:
FIRST - 3 points; SECOND - 2 points; THIRD - 1 point
European and Non - European
‘For the purposes of the Schedules of Classes for Hardy Orchid Society Plants Shows, “Europe” shall be considered to include the following:
Western and Central Europe
Russia – West of the Urals
The Islands of: Iceland, Madeira, Canary Islands, Azores
The following shall be considered “Non-European”:
“Anatolia “ (Eastern Turkey)
Rest of the World
“This definition shall apply to species and subspecies endemic to those regions. Species and subspecies occurring in both regions can be included in both.”
Schedule of Classes for Plant Shows
Guidelines for Exhibitors and Judges at Plant Shows
Results from Previous HOS Plant Shows
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic it was not possible to hold a Plant Show in 2020 and for our main show in 2021 the normal spring show at Kidlington was replaced with an online digital show based on Members' photographs of their plants.