Monday, February 13, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Winning the Blues

Do you have a beautiful plant that you have lovingly cultivated and cared for that brings you such pride you want to show it off? Don’t let your abundance of questions keep your pride and joy from taking the show. Although there is no way to guarantee a first place finish, there are ways to increase the odds of doing well in a flower show. Even if you’re not sure about entering a plant for this years’ show, this talk on Monday, February 13, from 6:30 – 8 at Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street in Wellesley, is guaranteed to give you valuable tips and the inspiration you might need to take a chance at a Blue Ribbon.

Learn first hand from Art Scarpa and Carrie Waterman, both horticulture judges and blue ribbon winners many times over, what judges are looking for in a blue ribbon winner and what the best exhibitors do to prepare their plants for competition. Art and Carrie team up to give a lesson in what wins ribbons at a horticultural competition. They will discuss all aspects of preparing your plant for presentation including grooming, exhibit composition, nomenclature, rules and requirements, and etiquette. Registration is $8 for Mass Hort Members and $12 for non-members. To sign up, visit

Once you’ve been given the inside scoop on winning a ribbon, what better place to put your skills to the test than at BLOOMS! at the Boston Flower and Garden Show? BLOOMS! features an Amateur Horticulture Competition open to all individuals, plant societies, and garden clubs. This year Mass Hort is delighted to welcome back junior exhibitors, age 16 or under, with a selection of Junior Horticulture Classes. Submissions for the BLOOMS! Am Hort competition must have been in your possession no later than December 11, 2011 and will be accepted for admission at the show on Monday, March 12th, 2012.