Exhibit

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The Artistic Classes are the perfect place for individuals to put their artistic skill and talent on display. In the Artistic Classes, exhibitors compete for a coveted blue ribbon in entry categories such as Arrangements, Botanical Arts (formerly Jewelry), Photography, and Pressed Plants. Show off your skills with the perfect blend of art and gardening.

2024 Flower Show Exhibitor Guide

View and download the full guide below. 

 

Artistic classes of the 2024 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show to be displayed between March 2 – 10, 2024. Please review the class titles listed below or jump to a specific Artistic class at the links:

Arrangement Classes

Arrangement Classes for the 2024 Flower Show have been filled.

Download the 2024 Arrangement Staging Packet here.

For a selection of videos about best practices and new trends, including design, mechanics, techniques, and large-scale arrangements, see the Arrangement Class Resource Guide here.

Explore the class options below by clicking  +  to expand for class descriptions. 

A stretch design. Use of PHS pedestals is optional.  
Stretch Design: a design composed of two units of unequal size, joined by a prominent stretch component. Length and strength of stretch component (which may extend in any direction) must be appropriate to other components and to its prominent role. Smaller unit must appear to have been forcibly pulled away from the larger unit. Dynamic tension is important. 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

Judges’ Clipper Challenge Class: Flowers and all other materials are provided at the Show; bring your own clippers. The class is open to judges only. Note: Only one exhibitor per entry.  

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

A duo design, use of PHS pedestal(s) is optional.   
Duo Design: a design in one or two containers joined to appear as one. The design is organized as two designs, back-to-back. Each side has a separate design title and appears as a distinctly different design. 

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Master/Novice Class: Must be created by two exhibitors—one with a minimum of five years of experience entering the Arrangements Classes at the Philadelphia Flower Show and a newcomer with one or fewer years of experience at the Show.  

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Floral foam is not allowed in this design.

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Garment and accessory design ensemble celebrating a particular culture. Name your country. No duplicates. Dress form provided by PHS. The accessory may consist of dried material only. Accessory to be staged on or against a 12" x 12" x 32" PHS pedestal positioned to the left of the dress form. Note: Up to three exhibitors per entry are permitted in this class. 

Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 


Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

Name what makes you happy. Floral foam is not allowed in this design. 

Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

A tall, narrow design. Design must be a minimum height of 5′ and not exceed 7′. 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

A pedestal design to be staged on a PHS pedestal (provided at the Show) measuring 12″ x 12″ x 32″. Design not to exceed 7’.  

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

A serpentine design. Design must be a minimum height of 5′ and must not exceed 7′. 

Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

Component Challenge Class: Components and rules will be provided by PHS in January. Note: Only one exhibitor per entry; no co-exhibitors are permitted in this class. 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 5 (5 Days) 
(Removed Wednesday, March 6, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 5 (5 Days) 
(Removed Wednesday, March 6, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Novice Class: Open only to exhibitors who have not won a blue ribbon in the Miniature Arrangement classes of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show prior to 2024 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 5 (5 Days) 
(Removed Wednesday, March 6, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Displayed: Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10 (5 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

Displayed: Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10 (5 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

Displayed: Wednesday, March 6 – Sunday, March 10 (5 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

A design interpreting a poster of an ecosystem provided by PHS. 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

A design using dried plant material only, in a table-top standing frame provided by PHS. 

Displayed: Friday, March 1 – Monday, March 4 (4 days) 
(Removed Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 – 6:45 am) 

An exhibition table. Floral foam is not allowed in this design. 
Exhibition Table: a display using the components of dining in an artistic presentation as a coordinated design. The practical service of food should not be implied. 

Displayed: Tuesday, March 5 – Thursday, March 7 (3 Days)  
(Removed Friday, March 8, 6:30–6:45 am) 

A hat. A display head will be provided by PHS. 

Displayed: Friday, March 8 – Sunday, March 10 (3 Days) 
(Removed Sunday, March 10, after the Show closes) 

Botanical Arts Classes

Botanical Art Classes for the 2024 Flower Show have been filled.

Explore the class options below by clicking  +  to expand for class descriptions. 

Design a clutch purse inspired by an artist who frequently features flowers and gardens in their art. A 25-word (maximum) intent is required. Displayed on the flat bottom portion of the display case. Open only to exhibitors who have been awarded a blue ribbon in the Jewelry Classes at a previous PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. 

Design a produce (fruit and vegetable) garden-themed charm bracelet. Displayed on the angled backdrop of the display case, neutral fabric. 

Design a horticulturally inspired choker style necklace from the list of 12 materials. A minimum of 6 must be used. The list of materials will be supplied with your acceptance letter in November. Displayed on the angled backdrop of the display case, neutral fabric. 

Design two individual earrings that represent complementary forces that coexist in nature. A neutral display form will be provided at installation: 6.5′′ high, crossbar 2.5′′ wide, 2′′ between holes.  

Design a flower statement ring. A single bloom should be the focal point. A neutral ring display stand provided at installation measures 2″ wide x 2″ high x 2″ deep. 

Design a pin/brooch interpreting your favorite garden-friendly insect. Exhibit must be a minimum of 2″ in all directions and not to exceed 4” in all directions. Displayed on the angled backdrop of the display case, neutral fabric. Open only to of high-school age students.

Photography Classes

Photography classes for the 2024 Flower Show have been filled.

Explore the class options below by clicking  +  to expand for class descriptions. 

A photo of an intimate landscape of your neighborhood, stoop, or yard.  
Intimate Landscape: landscapes that exclude the horizon and are pared down to small scenes. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.   

A photo of your favorite cultural landscape from your community or travels. Cultural Landscape: the combined works of nature and man that provide a sense of place and identity. Cultural landscapes include designed landscapes or gardens, historic sites, and those that evolved through use by people and now reflect those everyday lives. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.   

A photo of a Community Garden that may feature the members at work. Color.  
Limited to 8 finalists.  

A macro image of a flower where the entire frame is filled by the flower details and no background is visible. Color. Limited to 8 finalists. 

A colorful portrait of a bird in its natural habitat. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.  

A triptych featuring a floral/plant family unified by color, species, or life cycles. The print must include a border between the images and may have a border around the perimeter. Triptych: a picture that has three panels placed next to each other. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.   

An image of vegetables using creative techniques. Creative Techniques: the use of manipulation or alteration in any stage of the photographic process to achieve an effect that the original subject is no longer discernible or reflective of reality. Compositing techniques are allowed. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.   

A still life image that includes flowers, vegetables, or fruits, using orange as a dominant or focal color. Still Life: a photograph of an intentionally composed arrangement of inanimate objects. Color. Limited to 8 finalists.   

Pressed Plant Classes

In the Pressed Plant Classes, exhibitors transform pressed plant material into stunning works of art. Pressed Plant entries for the 2024 Show are filled.

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Our duty is to work together to create harmony in life, not only with each other but with every living plant and animal. Create an artwork that celebrates this balance in life of all working together as one. A framed piece. Limited to 25 entries. See age restrictions above. 

The joy of watching a seed grow into a flower is like a contagious smile that one receives and then returns to others. Share your garden that brings a smile to your face so that others can smile at the beauty flowers bring. A framed piece. Limited to 25 entries. See age restrictions above.  

3-Dimensional Class. Unique to each area, community gardens provide nutrition, a sense of belonging, and the joy that flowers bring. They unite the people. A necessary ingredient is water. Community gardeners use watering cans, buckets, even gourds to water plants. Decorate a watering vessel with pressed plant material. It must not exceed 12″ wide x 18″ tall, be able to stand upright on a pedestal, and appear usable. Limited to 8 entries. See age restrictions above.  

Mixed Media Class. When we open our eyes, we can see ourselves in others. This happens when we respect one another’s uniqueness and differences. We are better together! Create mixed media 2-Dimensional (2D) artwork that honors diversity. Pressed plant materials are to be united with other 2D art materials to create a flat artwork. Mediums such as watercolor, pen and ink, acrylic, decorative papers, colored pencil, and oil pastel (to name a few) unite with pressed plant. You can use one or multiple 2D art mediums integrated with at least 50% pressed plant material. A framed piece. Limited to 25 entries. See age restrictions above. 

Novice Class. Once we are united in mind and in heart, then there will be beauty in the world. Create an artwork that correlates with this message. Open only to exhibitors who have not won a blue ribbon in the Pressed Plant Classes at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show prior to 2024. A framed piece. Limited to 25 entries. See age restrictions above.  

Youth Class. You are special. Your story matters and adds to something new in the world that never existed before you. Be yourself! Share your heritage or personal celebrations that make you who you are. Reflect on the uniqueness of all of us as we come together for this show! A framed piece that is any size under an 8″x10″ frame, with the exterior molding not exceeding 9½″ x 11½″. Open to students in grades 3 through 12. All Youth entries will be juried. See the Exhibitor’s Guide for details and deadlines.  

For more information, contact the Competitive Classes Team.