Staging blooms for exhibition
Good blooms that are well
staged will take some beating on the show bench. Chrysanthemums are usually exhibited
either one, three or five blooms/stems in each vase.
||When staging 5 blooms
there's no choice about how we position the blooms - 3 at the back and two in front. With
3s we have two choices, what I call 'two up and one down', and '1 up and 2 down'. There
are definitely times when one style can be used in preference to the other. For instance,
with one bloom larger than the other two I would put this one at the back and the two
smaller blooms lower at the front, the reverse is true if one bloom is smaller than the
other two. When all blooms are uniform in size the we have a choice how to place the
blooms in the vase.
|Staging six vases
||If the class requires six
vases then other choice we can make is how to arrange the vases on the showbench. We may
find that space is limited and we are forced into three rows of two, at other times when
space is plentiful then the 3-2-1 style might be most appropriate. These pictures show the
the real thing in two of the options mentioned.
|Three rows of two
||Exhibits with three blooms per vase
||3-2-1 in 'two up one
Staging 3 vases of 5 is probably
the most common multivase entry for most of us. I like to be able to view my entry from
the side if possible, and this is what I'm looking for.
||I try to imagine a straight
line as shown on the diagram. You might think this is an obvious outcome after staging the
three vases, but it's not always the case. When the staging is not uniform - in other
words the drop between top row and middle and middle row and bottom is not the same it
will be necessary to stage at slightly different heights in order to get the exhibit to
look right. This does mean deciding in advance the order that the vases will be staged.
blooms in the vase
With 5's I like to see the back row
as a gentle curve, the centre bloom an inch or so higher than the two side blooms, this is
why cutting all blooms to the same height is important. In most cases, with mediums at
least, without any further trimming the natural splay of the vase will ensure that the two
side blooms fall nicely below the height of the upright centre bloom. It doesn't always
work but in the majority of cases it works out just right.
The front two blooms are staged lower again, sufficiently low to expose about
three quarters of the back blooms. The blooms being spaced such that the stem of the
centre back bloom is visible and the back bloom itself is centrally positioned above and
between the two lower blooms. I like to see for a gentle slope from back row to front row
- not a step down caused by significant differences in heights . Front blooms which are
too high such that they obscure the back blooms is equally as bad.
In this example the staging isn't too bad.
Front blooms could possibly be a little lower.
Best Vase Incurved
N.C.S. Early National 1991
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Last updated on 26 December, 2001