Everyone is encouraged to participate in this event.
Amateur and Professional Division Classes
Ilex opaca sprigs
(subclasses will be established for males, females, yellow berried, etc.).
Ilex aquifolium sprigs
(subclasses will be established for males, females, yellow berried, variegated, etc.).
Ilex crenata sprigs
(subclasses will be established for males, females, variegated, etc.).
Ilex cornuta sprigs (subclasses will be established for males, females, etc.).
Deciduous hollies species
(subclasses will be established for Ilex verticillata, Ilex decidua, and any other deciduous holly including interspecific hybrids).
(named varieties and unnamed selections).
Novice - Open only to persons who have never entered a sprig into competition before.
Collection - Five sprigs of different cultivars and/or different species in container supplied by exhibitor. Class open to amateurs and professionals.
Arrangement, suitably named, depicting a landmark, tradition, or outstanding characteristic of the site of the current Annual Meeting. Entry may not exceed 24 inches high by 20 inches wide by 16 inches deep.
The arrangement must consist of predominantly holly. Accessories are permitted and should be in a container supplied by exhibitor. Class open to amateurs and professionals.
Awards and Prizes
Awards will be presented at the Holly Banquet, and winners will be listed in the proceedings of the meeting. Awards include the Novice Class Award, Amateur Division Best of Show Award, Arrangement Class Award, the Stewart H. McLean Memorial Award for the Professional Division Best of Show, and the Wilson Mott Memorial Award for the best evergreen sprig in the show.
Sprigs must be from plants grown at least one year by the person entering them and must be properly identified.
Evergreen sprigs must not exceed 18 inches in length. Deciduous sprigs must not exceed 24 inches in length. All leaves must be removed from deciduous sprigs.
All judging will be based on the official point score card of The Holly Society of America (see table below).
Plastic tubes for exhibitors will be supplied.
The competition is open to anyone wishing to enter.
All entries must be made during the registration hours specified in the Annual Meeting Program.
Judging will take place as specified in the Program.
Entry fee: None
An exhibitor may submit only one entry of each selection or cultivar in a class or subclass.
The number of classes and/or subclasses may be expanded or reduced at the discretion of the official registrar.
The official registrar is the final authority regarding the interpretation and application of the General Rules.