Judging schedule for all OSGB shows This judging schedule will be used for all OSGB monthly table shows, Spring Shows and Autumn Shows.
Only members of the OSGB are eligible to compete in monthly table shows but the Spring and Autumn Shows are open to non-members.
At the monthly meetings, Spring and Autumn Shows, prize cards, bronze, silver, gold and cultural certificates will be awarded. At the Spring and Autumn Shows, rosettes will be awarded for first, second and third places in each class.
OSGB trophies and show certificates will be awarded as specified in the show schedule to current members of the OSGB. Winners who are not current members of the OSGB will receive a show certificate only. Trophies may be kept for ten months only and must then be returned to allow time for engraving before the next show.
See the code of judging for rules governing the judging of plants.
Any plant entered in classes 1 to 48 must have been in the entrant’s possession for at least 12 months.
Section A Classes to be judged at all shows, including monthly table shows.
Plants in Classes 1 to 24 may be judged within Class 50 on request to the judges.
1. 1 Laeliinae species eg Barkeria, Brassavola, Cattleya, Encyclia, Epidendrum, Guarianthe, Laelia, etc
2. 1 Laeliinae hybrid, including intergenerics
3. 1 Cymbidium species
4. 1 Cymbidium hybrid
5. 1 Dendrobium species
6. 1 Dendrobium hybrid
7. 1 Oncidiinae species eg Ada, Brassia, Miltonia, Oncidium, etc
8. 1 Oncidiinae hybrid, including intergenerics
9. 1 Paphiopedilum species
10. 1 Paphiopedilum hybrid
11. 1 Phragmipedium species
12. 1 Phragmipedium hybrid
13. 1 Phalaenopsis species
14. 1 Phalaenopsis hybrid, including intergenerics
15. 1 Vandeae species, including Sarcanthinae, Angraecinae, Aerangidinae but excluding Phalaenopsis
16. 1 Vandeae hybrid, including intergenerics but not those with Phalaenopsis
17. 1 Pleurothallidinae species
18. 1 Pleurothallidinae hybrid, including intergenerics
19. 1 Maxillarieae species
20. 1 Maxillarieae hybrid, including intergenerics
21. 1 terrestrial species or hybrid (those orchids that have underground rhizomes or tubers and seasonally have no parts above ground) eg Cynorkis, Cypripedium, Dactylorhiza, some Calanthe, Disa, Habenaria, Ophrys, etc
22. 1 species not listed above eg Catasetum, Gongora, Coelogyne, Stanhopea, etc
23. 1 hybrid not listed above eg Catasetum, Gongora, Coelogyne, Stanhopea, etc
24. 1 species or hybrid usually grown for its decorative foliage, to be judged for its foliage only
25. 3 Laeliinae species
26. 3 Laeliinae hybrids, including intergenerics
27. 3 Cymbidium species
28. 3 Cymbidium hybrids
29. 3 Oncidiinae species
30. 3 Oncidiinae hybrids, including intergenerics
31. 3 Paphiopedilum species and/or hybrids
32. 3 Phragmipedium species and/or hybrids
33. 3 Phalaenopsis species
34. 3 Phalaenopsis hybrids, including intergenerics
35. 3 terrestrial species and/or hybrids
36. 3 Pleurothallidinae species and/or hybrids
37. 3 Dendrobium species and/or hybrids
38. 3 species of one genus, not listed in Classes 25 to 37 eg Maxillaria, Lycaste, Coelogyne, Catasetum, Gongora, Stanhopea, etc
39. 3 hybrids of one genus, from the genera in Class 38, including intergenerics containing that genus
40. 3 orchid plants from any of the genera in Class 38, including intergenerics
41. 4 orchid species from the same or different genera
42. 4 orchid plants from different genera, including intergenerics
43. 6 orchid species from the same or different genera
44. 6 orchid species and hybrids from the same or different genera, including intergenerics
45. 6 orchid plants of any one genus, including intergenerics containing that genus; no foliage plants to be included
46. A group of orchids and ornamental plants space up to one square metre; ornamental plants must not exceed 50% of the exhibit
47. 1 species or hybrid, exhibited by an OSGB member who has not previously gained a first prize in the Society’s Spring Show
48. 1 orchid species or hybrid for an OSGB member aged 21 and under
49. 1 corsage or buttonhole (flower need not have been grown by the exhibitor)
Section BOpen class for all societies, individuals and professional growers at the Spring Shows and Autumn Shows, including non-members of the OSGB and its Affiliated Societies.
50. A display of orchids and ornamental plants, larger than one square metre; ornamental plants must not exceed 50% of the exhibit
Spring Show trophiesDolores Rands Trophy 1 Laeliinae species, hybrid or intergeneric –Classes 1 and 2
Dulcie Rands Trophy 1 Paphiopedilum species or hybrid – Classes 9, 10 and 31
Nanyang Trophy 1 Vandeae species or hybrid – Classes 15 and 16
Joe Alderton Trophy 3 Laeliinae species, hybrids and intergenerics – Classes 25 and 26
Woodstock Trophy 3 Phalaenopsis species, hybrids and intergenerics – Classes 33 and 34
Dixon Trophy 3 species of one genus as in Class 38
BOC Trophy 3 hybrids of one genus as in Class 39
Lampard Trophy 6 species from the same or different genera –Class 43
Alcock Cup 6 mixed species, hybrids and intergenerics from different genera – Class 44
Rittershausen Challenge Trophy 6 orchid plants – Class 45
Myers Trophy 1 orchid species or hybrid, for first-time First prize winner in the Spring Show – Class 47
RHS Banksian Medal To the member gaining the most First, Second and Third prizes
Sussex Shield For the most First prizes (at least three)
Ann Shelley-Lloyd Painting Best Cymbidium species
Sir Jeremiah Colman Bowl Best Phalaenopsis
Leonard Page Cup Best Oncidiinae
Pat Akehurst Trophy Best Pleurothallidinae
Penney Trophy Best Dendrobium
Peppe de Lullo Trophy Best Coelogyne
Robert Elliott Cup Best Cattleya species
Solomon Trophy Best windowsill-grown orchid
BETOC Spring Show Cup Best hybrid made 50 or more years ago
Dorothy Pestell Cup Best in Show
The BETOC Spring Show Cup is awarded at the Spring Show for the Best Hybrid made 50 or more years ago. Members wishing their plant to be considered for this trophy must state when the hybrid was originally made when registering.
The Solomon Trophy is awarded for the best windowsill-grown orchid at the Spring Show (and the Autumn Show, see below). Members wishing their plants to be considered for this trophy should enter them in the relevant class as usual but ensure that they state the plants are ‘windowsill-grown’ when registering.
Autumn Show trophies
Fernhill Trophy (Jeal Cup) 1 Laeliinae – Classes 1, 2, 25 and 26
Wyld Court Cup 1 Cymbidium – Classes 3, 4, 27 and 28
Coach Party Challenge Trophy 1 species – Class 22
Charlesworth Trophy 3 Oncidiinae – Classes 29 and 30
Dusha Hayes Trophy 3 Pleurothallidinae species and/or hybrids – Class 36
David Sander Trophy 4 different species – Class 41
WOC Trophy 6 different species – Class 43
Thelma Kindred Rose Bowl 6 plants of any one genus – Class 45
Schroeder Cup A group of orchids and ornamental plants space up to one square metre – Class 46
Ernie Self Trophy Best novice plant – Class 47
Rutter Trophy Members aged 21 and under – Class 48
Phalaenopsis Trophy Best Phalaenopsis
Jo Kelleher Painting Best Pleurothallidinae
Hubbard Bowl Best Oncidiinae
Solomon Trophy Best windowsill-grown orchid
BETOC Autumn Show Cup Best hybrid made 50 or more years ago
Len Page Trophy Best in Show
The Solomon Trophy is awarded for the best windowsill-grown orchid at the Autumn Show. Members wishing their plants to be considered for this trophy should enter them in the relevant class as usual but ensure that they state the plants are ‘windowsill-grown’ when registering.
Annual General Meeting trophiesThe Brunning Cup, the Ray Oddy Trophy, the Eric Young Trophy, the Ernie Self Memorial Trophy and the Librarian’s Cup will be awarded annually at the AGM. The assessment for these trophies (except for the Librarian’s Cup) will commence in June and continue to May of the following year. Members wishing their plants to be entered for the Brunning Cup and the Ray Oddy Trophy should ensure that they mention this when registering, so that the plants can be judged for the appropriate trophy.
The Brunning Cup entries at monthly Table Shows (for a member growing in a greenhouse up to 6 x 8 feet, a growing case or windowsill) will be given marks based on the BOC pointing system and the Cup awarded to the member gaining the most marks during the year.
The Ray Oddy Trophy will be awarded for the first time flowering orchid seedling, deflasked and grown by the entrant, gaining the highest marks during the year.
The Eric Young Trophy will be awarded to the plant gaining the highest marks in the year.
The Ernie Self Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the member gaining the highest total of marks in Table Shows over the year, with marks awarded as follows: First place - 3 marks: Second place - 2 marks; Third place - 1 mark.
The Librarian’s Cup will be awarded to the member owning the most popular orchid exhibited on the Society’s display at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, as voted by the public.