Showing & Judging

Dorset Federation of Horticultural   Societies 

Advice for those interested in training to become judges and then being added to the DFHS Guild of Show Judges approved li 

For all Horticultural classes, the· following points are relevant: 

I.   Good judges usually start out as keen, successful exhibitors. 

2.   Study of the complete
contents of the RIHS Show Handbook (current 2016 edition) is important. 

3.   Attendance as a steward or spectator at   high-quality competitions, such as County or specialist shows, is helpful, as is membership   of specialist societies such as the National Vegetable Society, the National Daffodil Society, or the National Dahlia Society (all optional). 

4.  Prospective judges should accompany listed judges to six to ten shows to include a spring show (daffodils) and a late show (dahlias and early chrysanths) but would not be expected to judge these exhibits at major shows without further training. 

5.   A hard-copy record book should be kept naming judge accompanied, show, classes shadowed, any comments, and the judge's endorsement. 

6. Approved judges would he expected to be competent to judge all horticultural classes
 at  village-type  shows,  covering fruit,  vegetables,  flowers  and  pot plants,  but need only judge those sections in which they are most interested,

7.   Further qualifications, such as listing by Specialist societies who have their own requirements, are always encouraged and acknowledged. 

For Village training for Cookery, Handicrafts, Wine, Photography and Floral Art sections, the Women's Institute or
other specialist organisations should be approached, but appropriate judges in the various classes of the Guild list may help, with information in the first place.

    Your Shows for 2019 can be listed here on the Affiliated Societies page.

  • On With The Show

    The official WI guide for exhibitors, judges and those involved in organising shows and competitions (version 2012)..
    Available from  £10 inc p&p


  • NVS

    Click logo to go to their website and see articles written by John Trim

  • NEW Judges Handbook

    Available from the RHS. Click on Image for further info.

Dorset Federation of Horticultural Societies

Dorset Federation of Horticultural Societies (DFHS) is an organisation that aims to help garden related clubs by offering advice and help. Any person responsible for organising speakers to visit their club knows how difficult it can be finding good speakers through the year. DFHS holds a register of speakers along with their talk details, fees, travelling expenses etc. which any club that joins DFHS will have access to.

If a speaker cancels at short notice, DFHS can normally find a replacement. If a club has difficulty in creating their Summer Show Schedule, DFHS can clear up any confusion.

The DFHS also has a list of Judges available to paid up members.

Membership is as little as £10.00 per year and open to any Gardening Club in Dorset and the surrounding counties.

If you would like more information, please email Derek Luther

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Broadstone Horticultural Society Show Poster

BHS Summer show 2019 Poster (4).pdf

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