Show Rules

Categories for the Mother’s Day Show

Best Plant: The William and Ruth Nelson Trophy: This trophy is named in honor of the first President and first “First Lady” of this Society. Eligible plants may be either hybrids or species plants of or between the following genera of the cactus family: Selenicereus, Hylocereus, Aporocactus, Heliocereus, Epiphyllum, Disocactus, Rhipsalis, Rhipsalidopsis, Schlumbergera or other closely related genera. Plants eligible for this trophy must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least the last six months. This trophy is a gift of Richard G. Latimer, Jr.

Best Theme Display: Jacob W. and Miriam Troxell Trophy: This trophy is in memory of two of the founding members of this Society. It is given to the best exhibit that reflects this year’s show theme. This trophy is a gift of this Society. There are two trophies Division 1 is for ½ table and 1 table displays and Division 2 is for 2 or more tables and floor displays.
Best Newly-Registered Hybrid: Buddy Hurst Trophy: This trophy is a memorial to a long-time Epiphyllum commercial grower of the Los Angeles area. This trophy is given to the best registered hybrid flower in the show. To be eligible, the flower must have been registered in the last five years and been grown by the exhibitor. However, the exhibitor need not have registered the hybrid. This trophy is a gift of Ernest W. Angus.

Best Educational Display: This trophy is awarded for the best Educational Display. There must be at least two displays for the trophy to be awarded. If a display has won this award in a previous show, it is ineligible to win again.
Best Flower on the Society Table: Eva Clover Trophy: This trophy is a memorial to this founding member and is awarded to the best flower on the Society’s display table which is devoted to members who do not have a table or floor entry and have only a few flowers to display. Eligible flowers must be labeled with the exhibitor’s name. This trophy is a gift of this Society.

Best Flower Arrangement Walter and Penny Bunker Trophy: This trophy is named in honor of these founding members and is given to the best flower arrangement that must include flowers from plants eligible for the Nelson Trophy and other plant material and flower arranging props. This trophy is a gift of this Society.

Favorite Flower: The People’s Choice Trophy: This trophy is awarded to the best flower on the People’s Choice Table and is determined by our visitors. This trophy is a gift of George and Jerry Plaisted.

President’s Choice: The George French Award: This trophy is named in honor of this founding member and is given by the current SDES president for his or her favorite Epiphyllum flower, thus the “President’s Choice”. Eligibility for this trophy is an open field– nursery, hybridizer, private grower, named or unnamed, seedling, or old favorite. This trophy is a gift of Chuck Everson and Jerry Williams of Rainbow Gardens Nursery.

Best George French Hybrid: The French Collection Award: This trophy is in honor of this founding member and is awarded to the best George French hybrid on display. This trophy is a gift of Jill and Phil Peck.

Blue Ribbons will be awarded to the bloom on each exhibitor’s table that is considered by the judges to be that exhibitor’s best. Flowers chosen for blue ribbons are selected separately from trophy judging. All blooms will be considered except those on the Society’s display table and those on the People’s Choice Table.

Judging of the Mother’s Day Show Displays
In preparing for the Mother’s Day Show, you might wonder just what it is the judges look at and evaluate in awarding the trophies. We have five to six judges every year and they each evaluate independently of the other judges. In an award category, a judge has a form with several areas he or she gives a numerical score based on a scoring system of 1 to 10 with 10 considered “perfection”. As judges finish a category, they turn their sheets over to the judges’ clerks who add them up. The awards are given to those with the most number of points.
Here are the areas the judge’s look at:

Troxell Award Division 1 & 2 – Themed Table or Floor Exhibits

  1. Clarity of show theme
  2. Originality
  3. Use of blooms
  4. Freshness of blooms

Penny Bunker Award — Arrangements

  1. Adheres to theme
  2. Originality
  3. Expression
  4. Use of color
  5. Use of blooms
  6. Freshness of blooms

Small Blooms

  1. Formation of bloom
  2. Condition (freshness, blemishes)
  3. Color (typical of variety)
  4. Size (typical of variety)

Nelson Award – Epiphytic Plants

  1. Blooms
  2. Color (typical of variety)
  3. Freshness of blooms
  4. Green growth
  5. Overall plant form and health

Buddy Hurst Award – New Epiphyllum Hybrids

  1. Formation of bloom
  2. Color (typical of variety)
  3. Freshness
  4. Originality for a new hybrid

Richard G. Latimer Jr. Award– Educational Exhibits

  1. Concept of idea
  2. Informative
  3. Originality
  4. Presentation of material
  5. Attractiveness of the display

Eva Clover Award – Society Table flowers

  1. Formation of bloom
  2. Color (typical of variety)
  3. Condition (freshness, blemishes)

French Collection Award – George French Hybrid

  1. Formation of bloom
  2. Color (typical of variety)
  3. Condition (freshness, blemishes)