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HELP!!! Getting Ready for an AOS Judging Session - and near-clueless

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    Default HELP!!! Getting Ready for an AOS Judging Session - and near-clueless

    Hi Everyone:

    Any of you who followed my thread about winning a few ribbons at the Atlanta Orchid Society meeting this past Monday may recall that I was pretty much ordered to bring them to tomorrow's monthly AOS/Atlanta judging session. And all of a sudden it's Friday and I have less than 24 hours to figure out all the ins and outs of entering a plant for an AOS judging. So far, Bruce has been really helpful with his input, but I'm really still feeling very insecure. I am an AOS member, and I've been printing and reviewing the Judging Handbook and other materials - the result of which has been COMPLETE CONFUSION and the beginnings of a panic attack.

    I still can't figure out what I have to show up with tomorrow (besides the plants, of course), how much I need to know about these plants beyond what I have on the nursery id tags, do I fill out an entry form ahead of time? Do I need pictures of the plants before the show? Do I need to bring any special kinds of pots, saucers, plant stands? The list is making me crazy,

    SO..... PLEASE..... anyone who has been through this who can help me would be supremely appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Maura

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    Hi,

    I haven't been through it before but I found this link that give some info: I am sure someone will reply who has done it before. You will be fine

    MID-ATLANTIC AOS JUDGING CENTER

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    You will need to know the parentage of your plants for the entry form. You will fill them out there. Just show up on time or a bit early with your Orchids. There will be a clerk there to help you out with any questions you may have. Then sit back and let the judges do their thing. Your entry is supposed to be anonymous. When your plants go to the table listen to what the judges are saying about your plants. Don't be discouraged or hurt if they don't make the cut. There will be other judgings and more plants. I've had plants in many shows and been to a few judgings. I felt lucky to have one awarded. Try to enjoy and learn from the experience. GOOD LUCK!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffrey6115 View Post
    Try to enjoy and learn from the experience. GOOD LUCK!!
    If I were in your shoes Maura just enjoy every minute, just think of all the years of pleasure you have had, all the learning curves, trials and tribulations, the downs and many ups!. Nothing will or can ever change that! Anything else is a bonus and many more addicts like us who appreciate the art of orchids will take pleasure is viewing your blooming beauties.

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    Jeff said it all. You need the parentage of your orchid. You will enter it in the proper category and a clerk should be able to help you. In my pm to you, I listed how to prepare the plant, but I copy and past it below in case someone wants to add to or take away from what I told you.

    AOS judging. The best thing you can do for your plants is to make sure they are completely clean. Using something like sun oil+ water or something similar, mist onto the leaves (NOT THE BLOOMS) and then wipe clean both sides of the leaves removing any water spots, mineral spots. Stake the bloom spike with a simple stake - nothing colorful or thick! Tie the bloom spike to the stake with floral wire - not those frilly , colorful clips. (Simple and not distracting is the way to go.) If at all possible, the stake should be brown colored and thin like a metal coat hanger and not be taller than the blooms. For you tag, a simple white tag without vendor information that is clear about the name of the orchid.

    We have won a couple AOS awards for plants we have grown and bloomed. I always get compliments from the judges on how clean and well maintained my plants are. BUT - judging is not based on the plants as much as it is on the blooms. The blooms can be on a terrible looking plant as long as it is pest free and win an AOS award. Good luck!!
    cheers,
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    Thanks to everyone for the input and encouragement - it helps to know that I'm not responsible for a zillion different things before entering a plant! I'll certainly give a report on what happened after this is all said and done. I'm trying to focus on having fun and not projecting any results one way or the other!

    Maura

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    oh, good luck! Let us know how it goes

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    Wishing you all the luck in the world. ope everything goes well for you

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    Good for you having the ability and courage to enter. Everything will be fine. Relax, enjoy and don't worry about it.

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    Default THANKS!

    Thanks everyone! The AOS session was really fun and a great learning experience. Did not win an award - only entered 2 plants - my vinicolored paphs - but there were only 3 given out and 2 went to a commercial phal hybrid grower. What was truly rewarding was that both my paphs made it through the first 2 rounds - first "nomination", then "screening". Of about 40 plants entered, only ten were nominated and 5 were screened. The judges told me afterwards that both my plants were nearly award material, and showed me where the "flaws" were and what to look for and do in the next blooming. It's pretty specific stuff, so it was great to have the show-and-tell part. At the end of the meeting, Phillip and I were introduced by the chairwoman as new "inductees", and she announced that the 2 orchids we had brought were a beautiful addition to the exhibit table, thanking us on everyone's behalf. At least ten or fifteen judges stopped to tell us how great our entries were and to be sure to keep coming back. So..... I feel as if I had won an award, anyway!

    I also was asked to help set up the September Orchid Show in Birmingham, Alabama, and to bring as many blooming orchids to THAT as I could fit in my car - looks like I'm in this thing deep now....

    All in all, a terrific and affirming experience, which really helped make up for all the angst over which plants to bring, which pots to use, etcetera - all of which kept me up last night and I am now officially wiped out. I encourage anyone who has the opportunity to join an orchid society to take advantage of it - and bring your best blooming plants with you! Mine were chosen over many entered by much more experienced growers, so you never know what can happen.

    Again, thanks y'all - you really made a difference.

    Maura


    PS - Bruce - I spent hours cleaning off the leaves, writing neat but unobtrusive id tags, and choosing nice but low-key pots, and the result was an extra round of compliments for how beautifully clean and presented my plants were! Talk about being on-target! A special thanks to you. M
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