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Student & Youth Opportunities at the Boston Flower & Garden Show

Learn more about different competitions and register your students today!

There are a number of ways to engage youth in plant science. The Boston Flower & Garden Show offers an opportunity for students to closely study plant life, meet horticulture professionals and mentors, and compete in a regional competition of plant enthusiasts!

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Skills in horticulture, life sciences, and art can be cultivated through involvement.

Review the descriptions of youth competitions below, and follow the links to find more information on each specific class. There are competitions for individuals and groups.

Be sure to register AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Competitions can fill up.

DIVISION III, PHOTOGRAPHY - YOUTH DIVISION

Open to Photographers 18 and under

Note: Before judging, entries will be divided based on the age of the exhibitor. There will be at least two age groups for judging: 14 and under, and 15-18. Classes may be further subdivided at the Committee's discretion.

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Class 1

"It's a very funny thought that, if Bears were Bees,

They'd build their nests at the bottom of trees… "

A.A. Milne's ‘Winnie the Pooh’

A photograph depicting Nature's Habitats & Homes

Class 2

"To make a Prairie it takes a clover

And one bee~

And revery

The revery alone will do

If bees are few." 

- Emily Dickinson's ‘To Make A Prairie’

A Photograph inspired by Pollination and/or Pollinators

Entries in the youth classes will be accepted after January 1 2016, in the order in which the registrations are received, up to a limit of 24 entries. Finalists will be notified by e-mail if their registrations have been accepted.

For additional guidelines, rules and information on how to register for Youth Photography, please go here.

AMATEUR HORTICULTURE – JUNIOR CLASSES

Anyone age 16 or under as of March 14, 2016 is eligible to compete in the Junior Horticulture Classes. Age should be clearly stated on the entry card. All entries for Classes 72-77 should have been owned and grown by the junior exhibitor since December 14, 2015, except in Classes 78-83 where date of propagation starting time may be after December 14, 2015. Only one entry per junior exhibitor is permitted in each class.

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Junior Class Numbers and Descriptions:

  1. Leaves Alone: Any plant grown primarily for foliage. Exhibitors 10 years old or under.
  2. Leaves Alone: Any plant grown primarily for foliage. Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years old.
  3. Flower Power: Any plant grown primarily for flowers (must be in bloom). Exhibitors 10 years old or under.
  4. Flower Power: Any plant grown primarily for flowers (must be in bloom). Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years or older.
  5. Junior Container Garden: A collection of three or more different species and/or cultivars in a container not to exceed 12" (diagonal inside measurement). Key card required. Exhibitors 10 years old or under.
  6. Junior Container Garden: A collection of three or more different species and/or cultivars in a container not to exceed 12" (diagonal inside measurement). Key card required. Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years old.
  7. Junior Propagation: Vegetative Propagation. Grown from a stem, leaf or root cutting. Exhibitors 10 years old or under.
  8. Junior Propagation: Vegetative Propagation. Grown from a stem, leaf or root cutting. Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years.
  9. Junior Propagation Class: Grown from a Seed. Exhibitors 10 years or under.
  10. Junior Propagation Class: Grown from a Seed. Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years.
  11. Junior Challenge Class. A collection of three or more different cultivars of lettuce plants grown from seed in a container not to exceed 12” (diagonal inside measurement). Key care required (Rule 10). Exhibitors 10 years old or under.
  12. Junior Challenge Class. A collection of three or more different cultivars of lettuce plants grown from seed in a container not to exceed 12” (diagonal inside measurement). Key care required (Rule 10). Exhibitors aged 11 years to 16 years.

For additional guidelines, rules and information on how to register for Amateur Horticulture competitions, please go here.

Want to register a group of kids for the Amateur Horticulture competition? Junior Garden Clubs, Scout Troops, Clubs and Classrooms are invited to will send you seeds for the new Mass Hort Youth Challenge Class! We will send you seeds for every youth to start 10-12 plants of lettuce, they will need to propagate, pinch and transplant their best three plants. Every student can enter their own submission in class 82 or 83. For more information, contact Katie Folts, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 617-933-4973.

AMATEUR HORTICULTURE – STRUCTURES

Individuals, classes and clubs are eligible to compete in the Structures Competition.

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All plants must have been owned and grown by the exhibitors since December 14, 2015.

Structure Class Numbers and Descriptions:

  1. Small Bay Window Collection:A collection of plants suitable for a small bay window measuring 58 1/2" wide and 24 1/2" deep at its greatest depth. Exposure is the exhibitor’s choice and must be stated (north, south, east or west). A key card and a statement of intent are required.

  2. Large Bay Window Collection: A collection of plants suitable for a large bay window measuring 94 1/2" wide and 31 5/8" deep at its greatest depth. Exposure is the exhibitor’s choice and must be stated (north, south, east or west). A key card and a statement of intent are required.

  3. Plant Room: A lean-to greenhouse or plant room 8’ wide and 70 5/8” deep. Minimal use of accessories is permitted. Exposure is the exhibitor’s choice and must be stated (north, south, east or west). A key card and a statement of intent are required.

For additional guidelines, rules and information on how to register for Amateur Horticulture Structure competitions, please go here.

DESIGN DIVISION II: "Metamorphosis"

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Youth Class open to a parent/grandparent and child in grades 1-6 or 6-12

Youth Class Number and Description:

  1. Here Come the Butterflies: A butterfly made entirely of dried plant material, staged on an 8’ table, 30” deep.

For additional guidelines, rules and information on how to register for Design Division II competitions, please go here.

 

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