Show Rules


  1. All exhibits must have been grown by and have been the property of the exhibitor for at least three months prior to the Show, except in classes 36-38 inclusive, in which they may be entered by or on behalf of the raiser and in the raiser’s name.
  2. Exhibitors must send their entries for the main Show to the Show Secretary, Mr Alan Taylor on the form provided, to reach him no later than the first post on the Thursday before the Show. Late entries will be at the discretion of the Show Secretary.
  3. No exhibitor may stage more than one entry per class, unless otherwise stated.
  4. All exhibits must be staged at the time stated in the Show schedule.
  5. The Society’s Shows will be judged in accordance with the latest N.D.S. Classified Directory of Dahlias, including single bloom classes (except Classes 33-35).  The decision of the judges in respect of the relative merits of the exhibits shall be final.
  6. Any protests must be lodged in writing with the Show Organiser within one hour of the Show opening. A fee of £1 must accompany the protest. This will be refunded should the protest be upheld.
  7. All exhibits must be grouped or staged according to the direction of the Show Organiser.
  8. The Committee will not be held responsible for loss or damage to exhibitor’s property or exhibits.
  9. All Challenge Trophies are perpetual and may be held for nine months and must be returned to the Show Secretary at the May Plant Sale.
  10. Judges can withhold prizes at their discretion.
  11. Entry cards will be provided at shows and must be placed face downwards at the side of the exhibit.
  12. Only Stewards/Officials allowed in the Show whilst judging is taking place.
  13. All Classes are open unless otherwise stated.
  14. Any matters not provided for in the above rules will be dealt with by the Essex Dahlia Society Committee, whose decision will be final.
  15. Any competitor winning a trophy may have the same engraved at their own expense provided the engraving is in keeping with and appropriate to the trophy engraved. Any questions in relation to engraving must be referred to the committee.