Retro Flower Show coming up July 12

  • Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 12:10 a.m.

The Fifth Annual Extension Master Gardener Retro Flower Show will be held at the Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road, on Saturday July 12. The show is open to the public, free of charge, from 1-4 p.m.

There are two divisions in the show: Division I, Artistic — Arrangements; Division II, Horticulture. The Artistic Division has four sections with themes for adults:

Songs of Summer

Class 1. Beach Music

Class 2. Country/Bluegrass

Class 3. Songs of Inspiration

Class 4. Love Songs

Class 5. Place/Travel Songs


Miniatures (not to exceed 3 inches overall)


The idea behind the Artistic Division is to create an arrangement using natural ingredients (not limited to flowers) to reflect the theme of the class.

There is also a youth Artistic Division with Summer Fun as the theme.

The basic rules governing these entries state that all backgrounds and coverings will be furnished by the exhibitor, with a maximum background size to be 40 inches high, 30 inches wide and 18 inches deep.

Entries in the Horticulture Division must have been grown by the exhibitor, and must have been in the exhibitor’s possession since the beginning of the growing season. For example, an exhibitor cannot go to a garden center the week of the show and buy a specimen plant to be entered. The following sections are offered for specimen stems:





Flowering branches and vines



Rose of Sharon

Hydrangea (white and any other color)



African violet




Dish Garden

Miniature Gardens (think fairy gardens)

Cacti and succulents

Tubers and bulbs

Miscellaneous section (snapdragons, phlox, daisy, dianthus, petunias, celosia, coral bells, saliva, aster, impatient, coneflowers, yarrow, lantana, rudbeckia, houseplant, any other annual, any other perennial)

The Youth Horticulture Section has classes for:

Terrarium (with cover)

Dish garden

Miniature garden

Any annual

Cash prizes ranging from $5 to $25 are offered in the Youth Division as incentive for those young, aspiring horticulturists (ages 10-19). Please encourage any youth to participate.

A specimen is a one bloom, one spike, one stem, one spray, etc. Specimens or collections must be presented in an appropriate glass container furnished by the exhibitor. Containers are not judged. Glass soft drink bottles are acceptable. This is a nice way to reuse Cheerwine bottles as they compliment the specimens. Pots and containers should not be covered and must meet the size stated in the class requirements. Only one entry is permitted by an exhibitor in a class. The exceptions are in the Miscellaneous Section for both Other Annual and Other Perennial. Multi-entries are permitted and will be judged by color. Additional specimens may be presented for display only, and would be appreciated. Sometimes the plant just doesn’t fit any category but is worthy of being seen.

All entries will need to be labeled with an official entry tag. The tag will have a space for the variety name, common name and botanical name if known. If you do not know the name of your plant, a generic name will do or one of our Extension volunteers can assist.

The doors to the Agricultural Center will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 12. At this time, you can fill out your entry cards and have a chance to place your arrangements prior to judging. Horticultural specimens are placed by volunteers. Entries will be accepted until 10 a.m. Judging will occur between 10 a.m. and noon.

The show will open to the public at 1 p.m. and close at 4 p.m. Entries cannot be removed from the show until then. The public is also invited to a reception at 2:30 p.m. The Pocket Garden projects at the Agricultural Center will be on display with Extension volunteers outside in the gardens to answer any questions you might have during the day.

Complete rules and regulations will be posted on the Master Gardener website and will also be available at the Extension office on Old Concord Road. The Retro Flower Show is a lovely reflection of our Southern way of life, a little laid back with such a variety of blossoms and blooms. There will be enough beauty for everyone. Please call the Extension Office if you have any additional questions: 704-216-8970.

Rules for this show may be found at, click on Retro Flower Show.

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