Flower and Vegetable Show open to public on Aug. 11

PLAN AUG. 11 SHOW — Gardeners of Rome President Bob Gray and Director Dale Sawyer check the schedule for the Upstate Regional Flower Show to be held Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Knights of Columbus, Merrick Road at Turin Street. It’s open to all amateur gardeners to compete and for the public to view from noon to 2 p.m.(Photo submitted)

It’s time to get your flowers and vegetables ready for a free competition.

Saturday, Aug. 11, amateur gardeners are invited to compete in the Upstate Regional Flower and Vegetable Show. The Gardeners of Rome present the Men’s Garden Club of America and Gardeners of America show.

The garden show for amateurs of any age will be held in the Knights of Columbus, 7751 Merrick Road at Turin Street.

Setup time that day, with containes and tags provided, is 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., when judging will start. Then there is free public viewing. After the public viewing ends at 2 p.m., entries should be picked up by 2:30 p.m.

Ribbons will be awarded.

Plants must have been grown by the exhibitor for at least three months (except floral arrangements).

There are 14 sections of entries. They are: Annuals, Perennials and biennials, Hybrid tea roses, Roses other than hybrid tea, Miniature roses or miniflora, Gladiolus, Tuberous begonia, Dahlias, Potted foliage plants, Potted flowering plants, Shrubs, Fruits, Vegetables and Artistic arrangements (no artificial plant material allowed).

Sections have a number of categories.

There is no limit as to how many catagories a person may enter, with the maximu of two entries per class provided the second entry is plainly a different variety or different color.