A.D.S. Seedling Bench Evaluation - 3 Blooms
1) Show officials and exhibitors must read and adhere to all rules for entries and judging as printed in the 2018 ADS Classification and Handbook of Dahlias
2) Each exhibitor who enters an exhibit for the ADS Seedling Bench Evaluation must obtain an ADS Entry Tag from the show chairman and fill it out as per instructions.
3) Awards: ADS ribbon and / or ribbons for all entries scoring 85 or over.
Seedling Section 1 S - First year seedling, dahlias grown from seed (current year 2018) only may be entered.
Seedling Section 2 S - Second year seedling, dahlias grown from seed (year 2017) only may be entered.
Seedling Section 3 S - Third year seedling, dahlias grown from seed (year 2016) only, may be entered.
Open Single Bloom Sections
Note: Best of each type in the Open Class will receive a Tri-colour. The Best of each section will receive a second Tri-colour and a higher Award and then go to the Court of Honor for additional awards if so honored.
Open Three Bloom Section
Best of each Section will receive a Tri-colour.
The Best Three Bloom Entry will be chosen from the best of each section. Only the Best Three Bloom entry in the show will be placed on the Court of Honor.
Note: Using AA as an example, there are six types (FD, ID, SC, C, IC, LC). The best of each type will be selected. Then the best AA 3 Bloom entry selected.
Follow the same procedure for A, B, BB, Min, etc.
All judges, Senior and Accredited, who do not have a valid interest, will then pick Best Three Bloom Entry in Show.
Open Container Sections - All Five Blooms
Note: The best container from each Section will receive a Tri-colour and a higher award.
Only the Best Container Entry will go to the Court of Honor.
Note: All container entries will be five blooms.
For the year 2018 - there will be separate container classes for each of the above types. They will not be grouped together as in previous years. This is a trial run.
Special Sections - Open to all exhibitors
Dahlia of the Year: Hilltop Lost treasure (single bloom) - three classes: novice, small grower, open.
Canadian introduction: 1 bloom any size of type of Canadian origination
One Pot of dahlias - any variety as long as it is grown in a pot: a support is allowed if needed.
Largest bloom in show: the bloom must come from a 1st place entry in the show.
Floating dahlia: any type of any size in any container but it must be floating on water.
English Class: 2 vases of 3 blooms - each vase to have 3 blooms of the same cultivar variety. Both vases can be of the same variety or type, or each vase can be a different variety or type. The only stipulation regarding dahlias for this class is: AA, A, B, BB size dahlias can not be used. With this rule, small growers and novices will have an opportunity to put an entry into this class. Consider colour, size, uniformity of entries when making your choice of blooms -- or just wait for the day and take what is available. Note: from the winning entry, the best vase of the sinning entry will be determined and that vase will be eligible for the best three blooms in the show.
Two new special classes for 2019:
A Suttell Introduction – any Ralph Suttell introduction – one bloom. If the dahlia has the prefix ‘Jess’ – then it was originated by Ralph.
Larry Hall Remembrance Class – a single bloom of any red dahlia, any type from the following class sizes – AA, A, B and BB.
Small Growers Section - Single Blooms
Open to persons growing less than 100 plants of AA, A, B and BB varieties in total. A Small Grower may grow as many of the other varieties as he or she wishes.
Best Single Bloom Entry in each section of Small Growers Class goes to Court of Honor. Of these four blooms - one will be picked as Best Small Growers Bloom.
Special Note to Small Growers: for all other varieties of dahlias (M, Ba, MB, ST, WL, etc.), either a single bloom entry, a triple bloom entry or container, your entries will be placed and exhibited in the Open Section.
Novice / Junior Section
Novice - An exhibitor who is inexperienced in showing Dahlias.
Junior - Children of exhibitors may exhibit in this section - Blooms exhibited must be from plants which the junior member provided most of the care from planting to bloom (a junior must be under 16 years of age).
Note: Novice / Junior - these are separate sections and will be accommodated if sufficient entries
Best in Novice / Junior Section goes to Court of Honor