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Floriculture

November 13, 2019

 

 

Project Rules:

  1. ALLcompleted manuals/activity books must be turned in to the 4‑H Club leader by July 8, and must be securely attached in the green “Indiana 4‑H Club Member's Record Book.”
  2. If any part of your exhibit is on a poster, it must follow the poster rules stated in the front of this Insight book.  It is REQUIRED that all posters, notebooks, and display boards include a reference list indicating where information was obtained, giving credit to the original author, to complete the 4-H member’s exhibit. This reference list should/might include website links, people and professionals interviewed, books, magazines, etc. It is recommended this reference list be attached to the back of a poster or display board, be the last page of a notebook, or included as a part of the display visible to the public. A judge is not to discredit an exhibit for the manner in which references are listed.                                            
  3. Notebook Guidelines

           - Needs to be a sturdy 3 ring binder (with stiff covers) or a bound type
             notebook (with stiff covers). No report covers or similar styles.
           - Make sure the notebook accurately meets the guidelines and objectives
             of the activities in the manual.
           - Information printed directly off the web will not be accepted.
           - Materials included in the notebook need to be educational, both for the
             youth and the audience, and shoul demonstrate that the youth was
             able to take what he or she learned from their research (experiment,
             or on web, in library, etc) and/or activities to create the notebook. 
           - Work should include references where appropriate.
           - Pictures, graphics, and artwork are encouraged.

  1. The name of the exhibitor must be securely attached to the container.
  2. It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to keep their flowers watered at the fair.
  3. Planters MUST have drainage and provide for water retention (i.e. saucers with pots or fiber baskets. EVEN ON HANGING BASKETS!!!
  4. Each exhibitor may choose to exhibit one (1) arrangement type exhibit and one (1) poster/notebook type exhibit (but exhibitors are not required to do both).
  5. State Fair: Each county will be allowed to send one (1) flower arrangement type exhibit per category per level and one (1) poster/ notebook exhibit per level. Total entries allowed per county: Level A, four (4) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; Level B, three (3) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; Level C, six (6) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; and Level D, six (6) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook.

Note to youth exhibitors:

Each Level (A, B, C, D) of the Floriculture project serves more than one grade. You should do a DIFFERENT activity and exhibit each year that you are in the project. For example, if in 3rd grade you display a simple bud vase (category 1), in 4th grade you should choose a poster/notebook option or flower/plant exhibit from categories 2,3 or 4. You should pay special attention to size guidelines for Flower and Plant Exhibits. Instructions for exhibits and related activities can be found in the 4-H Floriculture student manuals.

Project Rules:

  1. The name of the exhibitor must be securely attached to the container.
  2. Flower containers may be picked up on Saturday morning, when exhibits are released.
  3. It is the responsibility of the 4-H member to keep their flowers and/or plants watered during the fair.
  4. Planters MUST have drainage and provide for water retention (i.e. saucers with pots or fiber baskets). EVEN ON HANGING BASKETS!!!
  5. Each exhibitor may choose to exhibit one (1) arrangement type exhibit and one (1) poster/notebook type exhibit (but exhibitors are not required to do both).
  6. Posters must follow General Pposter Rules.
  7. State Fair: Each county will be allowed to send one (1) flower arrangement type exhibit per category per level and one (1) poster/ notebook exhibit per level. Total entries allowed per county: Level A, three (3) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; Level B, three (3) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; Level C, six (6) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook; and Level D, six (6) flower and plant exhibits and one (1) poster/notebook.

 Notebook Guidelines:

Note to youth exhibitors: Each Level (A, B, C, D) of the Floriculture project serves more than one grade. You should do a DIFFERENT activity and exhibit each year that you are in the project. You should pay special attention to size guidelines for Flower and Plant Exhibits.

 

Level A (grades 3-4) - Exhibit one flower and/or one poster:

1. Create flower arrangement in a simple bud vase, provide your
    own vase, from cut flowers you grew in your garden.

- Vase must be no more than 9 inches tall by 3 inches wide, neck
  opening of vase not to exceed 1.5 inches and be clear or white only.
  Include a 1 stem of main flower, along with appropriate amount of
  filler flower and greenery.


2. Create flower arrangement in a simple bud vase, provide your own
    vase, from fresh flowers you purchased.  

- Vase must be no more than 9 inches tall by 3 inches wide, neck
  opening of vase not to exceed 1.5 inches and be clear or white
  only. Include a 1 stem of a main flower, along with appropriate
  amount of filler flower and greenery. Flowers should be in their natural
  state, and not wired for display.


3.  Create a simple round arrangement (small, compact round cluster
     of flowers) with fresh flowers you purchased. Including the vase,
     must be no larger than 9”x9”x12” high.

4.  Create a simple round arrangement (small, compact round cluster of
     flowers) with fresh flowers you grew. Including the vase, or container,
     must be no larger than 9”x9”x12” high.

Poster or Notebook Exhibits - choose any one (1) of the following topics:

  1. Chronicle your work in your flower garden (planning, planting,
    care, harvest, arrangement made with your flowers)
  2. Describe how you planned or designed your garden, including how
    you chose the kinds of flowers.
  3. Explain how you harvested your flowers, cared for them, and used
    them in an arrangement.
  4. Explore and explain: pollination - what it is, why important, different
    ways it occurs or transplanting—what, how, things to watch out for;
    or role of insects with flowers (good, bad or both).
  5. Explore and explain seed germination or how to care for a 'sick' plant
  6. Report on interview with a professional (what do they do, types of
    jobs, type of training, hours worked, etc.)
  7. Describe an experiment you did and the results
  8. Describe a community service project you did related to your
    floriculture project.

 

LEVEL B (grades 5-6) - Exhibit one flower and/or one poster:

  1. Display a mixed planter that may include herbs with foliage plants
    and/or flowering plants. The planter should include 3 or more kinds of
    plants and have been planted at least two months before the fair. The
    container exhibit space must not exceed 18”x18” (height will be
    variable). Log your planter's progress on the "Level B Plant Record"
    Record Sheet found at the bottom of this page.
  2. Make an item with dried herbs or dried flowers that you grew yourself.
    Examples of items to exhibit are, but not limited to a dried flower
    product, or a simple dried arrangement in a container. The exhibit
    must not exceed 18”x18” (height will be variable). Log your herb or
    flower's progress on the "Level B Plant Record" Record Sheet found
    at the bottom of this page.
  3. Display one house plant (foliage or flowering) in a container not to
    exceed 10 inches in diameter. There must be only one specimen
    plant per pot. A flowering plant may be of any color with single or
    double flowers. Must include 4-H 967c “Level B Plant Record”
    chronicling the care of your plant. Log your plant's progress on the
    "Level B Plant Record" Record Sheet found at the bottom of this page.

 

Poster or Notebook Exhibits - choose any one (1) of the following topics:

  1. Report how you harvested your flowers and/or herbs, cared for them,
    dried them, and used them.
  2. Explore and explain: insects and your flowers and/or herbs
  3. Explore and explain: starting seeds indoors -- the process and pros
    and cons.
  4. Explore and explain: perennials -- what are they, how are they used,
    benefits or drawbacks.
  5. Investigate and describe: a butterfly garden -- what types of plants,
    benefits to insects and butterflies, etc.
  6. Describe how you planned or designed your garden, including how
    you chose the kinds of plants, any problems, successes.
  7. Describe your houseplant - how you cared for, transplanted to larger
    pot, any problems, or success.
  8. Explore and explain: plant biology -- form and function, growth,
    photosynthesis, etc.
  9. Explore and explain: how to grow plants indoors -- things to consider,
    common problems and solutions
  10. Explore and explain: environmental effects related to plants (such as
    light, water, soil, or temperature)
  11. Describe an experiment you did and the results
  12. Explore and explain topics from "Imagine That" - plants around the
    world, information about different cultureal uses of plants, different
    ways you used your plants/herbs/flowers.

LEVEL C (grades 7-9) - Exhibitone or more of the following:

  1. Display a terrarium
    - Size of the terrarium should be appropriate for use on a table at home,
      and no larger than 12” deep, 18” long and 16” high. Must have a cover
      while on exhibit. See activity information for design.
  2. Combination or European planter
    - Exhibit a container of plants (3 or more kinds of plants) that you have
      planted and cared for a minimum of 2 months. See activity for
      information on plants and design. The container should not exceed
      exhibit space of 18” x 18” (height will be variable).
  3. Create one (1) corsage or two (2) boutonnieres made from only fresh
    flowers. Corsages should contain 3 or more blooms. NO artificial flowers
    or greenery should be used in this category. Bows and decorative items
    are okay.
  4. Create one (1) corsage or two (2) boutonnieres made from silk or other
    artificial flowers and greenery. Can be created with mixed fresh and
    artificial materials, or all artificial. Bows and decorative items are okay.
  5. Create a flower arrangement using either roses or lilies as the primary
    component of the arrangement. Arrangement should be made with all
    fresh materials (NO artificial flowers/plant materials). Bows and
    decorative items are okay. Maximum size 18”x18” (height will be
    variable).

 

Poster or Notebook Exhibits - choose any one(1) of the following topics:

  1. Explain how you planned, chose plants, cared for, transplanted to larger
    pot, etc. your combination planter or terrarium
  2. Explore and explain: vegetative propagation -- how to, different types,
    problems and solutions, different uses of
  3. Explore and explain: plant nutrients -- what are they, why does the plant
    need them, what happens if the plant has too much or too little, planters
    or containers vs. garden.
  4. Investigate the design of multiple plant containers -- how to, things to
    considers, selecting plant materials, uses of
  5. Describe how you created your corsage or boutonnieres; or dried
    arrangement. Be sure to include appropriate information on design
    principles and how they are used to create your arrangement.
  6. Explore and explain: floral tools and materials (how to use, what they
    are, care of tools, different uses of a tool or material)
  7. Explore and explain: preserving cut flowers -- how, problems, uses of
    and/or diseases related to cut flowers
  8. Illustrate, explore and explain how you dry flowers or other plant
    materials and/or describe different methods and/or how, why use them.
  9. Explore and explain: medicinal uses and toxicity of fresh and dried
    flowers and plants.
  10. Describe an experiment you did and the results.
  11. Describe a career exploration activity you did, such as job shadow,
    interview with a professional.
  12. Describe a community service activity you did related to your flowers
    project -- what you did, why, results, etc.

 

LEVEL D (grades 10-12) - Exhibit one or more of the following:

  1. Create a seasonal arrangement from only fresh flower and/or plant
    materials. Flowers and plant materials specific to a season or holiday
    should be used. For example, fall mums or spring tulips. Maximum size
    24"x24"x36". This category could include a traditional floral
    arrangement, but also items such as wreaths. Bows and decorative
    accessories are okay.
  2. Create a seasonal arrangement that can include fresh and/or artificial
    flower/plant material. Flowers and plant materials specific to a season
    or holiday should be used. Maximum size 24"x24"x36". This category
    could include a traditional floral arrangement, but also items such as
    wreaths. Bows and decorative accessories are okay.
  3. Create a modern or contemporary style arrangement using fresh flower
    and plant materials. See manual for suggestions. Maximum size
    24"x24"x36". Include a label that states what type of design you have
    created (botanical, pavè, parallel, free-form, abstract, etc.)
  4. Create a bridal bouquet. Proper display of the bouquet should be
    considered, but only the bouquet will be judged. Bouquet should
    include only fresh plant materials. Bows and decorative accessories
    are okay.
  5. Create a centerpiece for an event, such as a banquet, party, wedding,
    funeral, or church. Arrangement should be no larger than 24"x 24"x36”
    and be made from EITHER fresh flower and/or plant materials or
    artificial or silk flower and/or plant materials. Bows and decorative
    accessories are okay.
  6. Display a plant that you propagated (and grew and cared for) by tissue
    culture or other vegetative propagation methods, or flowering bulbs
    that you forced. Maximum pot size should not exceed 10" diameter.
    Must include 4-H 969c Level D Plant Record chronicling the care of
    your plant..

 

Poster or Notebook Exhibits - choose any on one (1) of the following topics: 

  1. Describe how you created your arrangement, include information on the
    design principles utilized.
  2. Explore and explain how you utilize different flowers to make a similar
    style arrangement for different seasons (tulips in spring, mums in fall,
    etc.) or how to utilize similar flowers to make different styles of
    arrangements.
  3. Explore and explain: the cost of arrangement and/or a cost comparison
    with flowers (different types flowers, different time of year, etc.).
  4. Explore and explain: forcing flowers (bulbs, branches, etc.).
  5. Explore and explain: marketing in the floral industry (large or small
    business) and/ or a market survey and results, and how they can
    benefit the floral industry.
  6. Explore and explain: how to start a business related to the floral
    industry and may include a business plan.
  7. Explore and explain the origins of flowers and/or the floriculture
    industry around the world.
  8. Explore and explain: tissue culture, biotechnology, or traditional
    breeding of new flower types -- what are they, how are they used,
    pros and cons.
  9. Explore and explain: be a plant detective -- what kinds of problems
    might you have in growing and caring for flowers, and how to solve.
  10. Describe an experiment you did and the results.
  11. Describe a community service activity you did related to your flowers
    project: how, why, results.

 

 

 

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