Show Tips from the Top​

By Don Lesmeister

(Important tips from expert camellia grower and shower, Don Lesmeister.  

Everything you wanted to know to win trophies at the camellia shows.) 

DON’T judge your blooms in your yard…take them to the show.

​1. GET READY
  1. Start your bloom entry plan the week before the show.
  2. Pin back leaves with clothes pins, disbud and prune if necessary.
  3. Move container plants to protected areas.
  4. Read show schedule.
  5. Clean boxes and get tools (brushes, tweezers, cotton etc.) ready.

2. CUTTING/HANDLING BLOOMS
  1. Remove leaves next to bloom from plant.
  2. Get cup/Perlite/sand and preservative ready-use correct cup size.
  3. Put bloom in preservative within 8 seconds of cutting.
  4. Put bloom in container surrounded by cotton, batting, etc. (Do not use newspaper or Easter grass.
  5. Do not clean blooms until you get to the show.
  6. Clean leaves with milk or cream or mayonnaise (don’t leave TOO shiny). Put leaves in separate baggies by size of leaf.

3. EXHIBITING TIPS
  1. Walk the show…See what the competition is.  Decide to enter single or trays etc.
  2. Gather up necessary trays,
  3. Clean bloom
  4. Put out entry card, place bloom & cup on table so only bloom names shows.
  5. Slice leaf under damaged petal if flower is red. (does not apply to white or pink blooms)
  6. Put damaged blooms in rear of class.
  7. If your bloom is BEST, put next to next best bloom.
  8. If your bloom is NEXT best, put far away from best bloom.
  9. Tilt the bloom slightly so it “smiles” at the judges.
  10. If bloom is not fully open, push gently with cotton Q-tip, blow on the petals to fully open.
  11. Use cotton, tissue etc, to stage bloom.
  12. Place bloom in middle of table if there are few entries.
  13. Stage every bloom as if it were the ONLY one you have.
  14. When finished, go over show again to review competition/single or tray entries and collections.

4. OUT OF TOWN TRIPS
  1. Gas up the car/check oil/clean windows etc, a couple of days before the show.
  2. Get directions to the show location.
  3. Don’t drive in the slow, bumpy, truck lane of the highway.
  4. Bring heavy coat or blanket in winter as you do not want to turn the heater on.
Good Luck!

93rd Annual Sacramento Camellia Show
March 4 & 5, 2017
Memorial Auditorium, 1515 J Streets 
Sacramento, CA  95814

PRUNING CLINIC - SATURDAY, MAY 6th, 2017

WILLIAM LAND PARK, NEXT TO PONY RIDES, ACROSS FROM ZOO

9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

WE WILL BE PLANTING NEW CAMELLIAS, PRUNING OLD PLANTS AND DOING GENERAL MAINTENANCE IN OUR CAMELLIA GROVE.

PLEASE COME AND LEARN HOW TO PRUNE AND TAKE CARE OF OUR JEWELS OF SACRAMENTO, CAMELLIAS!

The 93rd Annual Camellia Show will be March 4th & 5th, 2017.

Hours are Saturday, 3 pm to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

Many great memories over the past 93 years. Come to the show and share some of yours!
This is the oldest camellia show in the United States.


​​Best of Show 2017 Lady Laura by Art and Chris Gonos


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Camellia Shows of Northern California
2017 Show Schedule 

​​February 4th
Northern California Camellia Council
Meeting & Mini Show

John's Incredible Pizza
2225 Plaza Parkway,
Modesto, CA 

Best of Show:  Margaret Davis

Won by:  Mr. & Mrs. Helmuth Wildemann

February 11-12
San Francisco Peninsula Camellia Show 

CAB Community Activities Bld, 
1400 Roosevelt Avenue,
Redwood City, CA
Best of Show:  Linda Carol

Won by:  Mr. & Mrs. Don Lesmeister


February 18-19
Northern California Camellia Society


St Andrews Celebration Center
1601 Mary Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA
Best of Show:  Mary Edna Curlee

Won by:  Mr. & Mrs. Don Lesmeister

February 25-26
Camellia Society of Santa Clara County 

Community Recreation Center
969 Kiely Blvd
Santa Clara, CA
Best of Show:  Barbara Goff

Won by:  Ms. Marilyn Curtis

March 4 & 5, Camellia Society of
Sacramento Show
Memorial Auditorium
1515 J Street Sacramento, CA

Best of Show:  Lady Laura

Won by:  Mr. & Mrs. Art Gonos

March 11-12
Open


March 18 - 19
Camellia Society of Modesto Show
Ernest & Julio Gallo Administrative Building,
Modesto, CA
Best of Show:  Junior Prom

Won by:  Mr. & Mrs. Don Lesmeister

Events

2017 Camellia Show
FREE ADMISSION

Photo Contest:  
"Get Fired Up"   Jackie Randall, Chair.  


(916) 371-2174





THINGS TO DO AND SEE AT THE SHOW:

Camellia Society of Sacramento Show Schedule

If you want to enter a camellia, your bloom must be in place no later than 10am.  

The doors open to exhibitors at 7:30am.  There are entry cards with instructions available.  If you do not know the name of your camellia, we have members that can help you.  Children are also welcome to enter camellias in the Youth Category.
​Beautiful Camellias of many sizes and colors!

Spectacular trophy table with winning blooms!

The "Paint In", held this year on Sunday, March 5th

2017 button and magnets, as well as other collector buttons for sale

The winning photos from our Photo Contest are amazing and a "must see"

The Floral Design Guild will have beautiful floral designs featuring camellias

A display by our Sister City, Matsuyama, Japan

Camellia Waxing

Plant Sale (click here to see plants for sale)

There will be over 200 camellia plants for sale at the Show.
Many of these varieties are not available ​for purchase locally.

To find directions on how to complete an entry blank needed to enter each of
your ​camellia blooms

Photo Contest has five (5) photo sections.  Camellia(s) must be in each photo. NO PHOTO SHOP.

SECTION1  SINGLE CAMELLIA

SECTION 2  BABY BLOOMERS (Children 4 & Under.  No Pets)  NEW

SECTION 3  Camellia(s) with Children (ages 5-12) and /or Pets

SECTION 4  Patriotic/Camellia(s) NEW (No Children or Pets)

SECTION 5  Humorous Camellia(s)  (No Children or Pets)  Something that will make the judges smile.

RULES:

1.  Contestants must be amateur photographers.  This year, the public is invited.

2.  Contestants may enter in any or all 5 categories.  Please, only one entry per household in each category.  Please do not use photos previously entered.

3.  All entries must be 8X10, vertical or horizontal, and displayed in a 11X14 Black mat. (Mats available at art stores, Michael's, photo shops, Walmart, etc)

4.  Entries must have the photographer's name, address & phone number on the back of each photo mat.  It should not be visible from the front.

5.  In addition, contestants need to fill out a Camellia entry card to submit with each photo.  These are completed the same way as if you were entering a bloom.  Example,  Front of card: Section No.5, Variety, Humorous Camellias.  Inside of card need only exhibitors name & address in both places.

6.  All photos, with completed entry cards, should be placed in the correct photo section by 10:00AM, Saturday, March 4th, 2017.  Photos will be returned.

7.  Photos will be judged on the overall quality of the composition with emphasis on the Camellia bloom(s).

8.  Ribbons and trophies will be awarded to winners in each division.