All current amateur-status members of the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society are eligible to enter the annual HSCSS Show and Sale. The Junior Division is open to members who are 16 years old and younger. Children and grandchildren of members are also welcome to enter the Junior Division. There is no charge to enter the show.
Except for the Decorative section, all plants must have been in exhibitors' possession at least six months. All plants except those in the Decorative and Bonsai sections must be identified with their botanical names and staged in pots with top dressing. Plants in "Groups of" classes must be identified and staged similarly. Plants may be supported by trellises when necessary.
FOLLOW THESE STEPS:
1. Review the rules and guidelines in the Schedule of Classes (2018 form available soon) and determine the most appropriate classes for your plants. The show includes categories for specimen and decorative plants, as well as plant groupings, allied interests and educational displays. Pot size and plant age are additional considerations for some entries.
Many specimen classes are organized by plant tribe or subfamily. Check the plant classification files provided on the Forms page to cross reference your cacti and succulents to confirm the correct entry categories.
For example, if you want to enter a mature Gymnocalycium denudatum, a quick look at the alphabetized Cactus Classification -- By Genus file indicates the plant belongs to the Trichocereeae tribe. (See Forms page for additional plant classification aids.) A scan through the Class Schedule then places the globe-shaped plant in class Specimen Globular Trichocereeae. Record this class number on your entry form, as described below.
2. Complete a Show Entry Form (2018 form available soon). Return a copy in person at the July 8 HSCSS meeting or by mail to Janet Kister (5121 Ashrock Dr., St. Louis, MO 63129). All hard-copy entries must be received by July 14. The information from entry forms is used to allocate display space. Be sure to keep a copy for yourself.
To enter by e-mail, return the PDF form or send a message to Janet Kister by July 14 that includes your name, telephone number, e-mail address and which classes you will enter. Also note if your plants are large. Entry confirmation and number assignments will be made by e-mail or telephone.
3. Pick up enough Entry Cards at HSCSS meetings to provide one card for each plant or plant grouping entry, or use the Entry Card file to print your own. The cards identify exhibitors and provide space for judging comments. Place the completed cards (including plant identification) next to your individual plants as you stage them on the show tables before the event. Fold back the tops of the cards so the judges cannot see your name.
4. Prepare your plants for public viewing. As the show approaches, remove cobwebs and dead or dying tissue from plants, and be sure they have no bugs or other pests that could affect other entries. Replace broken or unsightly pots. Apply appropriate top dressing. Remember that each entry reflects on both the Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society and Missouri Botanical Garden.
5. Plan to stage your plants only during the designated setup periods on July 19 and 20. Remember, only one vehicle at a time may park at the back door of the building for loading or unloading. Do not park in the director's space or the bus parking areas. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on garden grounds.
Locate the display areas for your entry categories and place your plants along with their completed entry cards in the designated spaces on the display tables. Remove plant labels and tape them to the bottoms of your entries' pots or store them elsewhere. Due to space and time limitations, do not plan to do extensive cleaning or "touch-ups" as you stage your plants.
6. Avoid the judging period after set-up on July 20 to allow the judges and their assistants to efficiently do their jobs and post results. All members are encouraged to attend the official show opening at 8:30 a.m. on July 21. Enjoy fellow members' plants throughout the show and pick up a few choice selections from the vendor tables.
7. At the end of the show on July 22, remove your plants between 5 and 7 p.m. Again, please remember that only one vehicle at a time may park at the back door of the building for loading.