Barry Newman FNVS, spoke at the Federation Day on 25th February about the changes between the 2008 & 2016 RHS Show Handbook.
He has kindly provided notes from his talk – reproduced here:
The Judging of Vegetables
Major differences between the 2008 and 2016 versions of the RHS Show Handbook
Page 90 Constitution of Dishes
- Now contains suggested numbers for smaller shows.
- Gives an explanation on pointing plus a combined list of specimen numbers and point’s values for ease of reference.
- Gives the specimen numbers required for collections and single dishes which are now the same.
Page 91, 92 & 93 Vegetable listing index
- Please note reference to ‘miscellaneous’ vegetables (fruiting, leaf, root and salad) is now dealt with on pages 126 & 127.
- Additional vegetables have been added, these will be dealt with later in these notes.
- Please be aware that the *reference to stalks not being required for Cabbages and Cauliflowers in collections has been removed. Stalks are required in collections.
- Artichokes, Chinese have been added as additional separate vegetable with a point’s value of 12 and a number requirement of 9.
- Beans, shelling, other than broad (eg. Borlotti and similar types) have been added as a separate vegetable with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 9 pods.
- Under Advice to Judges Beetroot, cylindrical, there is now reference to not cutting specimens to determine internal condition. This is repeated for Beetroot, globe and long.
- Calabrese now includes romanesco and other types still with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of two heads.
- There is additional advice under Carrots, long pointed. To aid differentiation between these and Carrots, stump rooted.
- Information regarding differentiation is also contained under Carrots, stump rooted.
- Cauliflowers, coloured now enjoy their own entry with a point’s value of 20 and a number requirement of 2 heads.
- Celeriac receives additional ‘merit’ advice.
- Chicory, Chicons is expanded to include Radicchio and other forced heads.
- Cucumbers, mini or small have been added with a points value of 15 and a number requirement of 6.
- Cucumbers, gherkins and pickling types have been added with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 9.
- Dandelion, blanched has been removed.
- Endive is expanded to include Chicory, sugarloaf type.
- Flower sprout, Petit Posy has been added with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 15.
- Garlic, elephant or giant has been added with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 3 bulbs.
- Garlic has been reduced in point’s value from 15 to 12.
- Both Herb entries are now prefixed with the word ‘culinary’ and the advice to judges has been strengthened to stress that foliage is the predominant factor.
- The merits of Kohlrabi have been revised.
- An addition to Leeks, blanched or intermediate is that ‘roots must be washed not trimmed’ this is also included under Leeks, pot.
- Lettuce, cos now gets it own entry which includes Lettuce, crisp with a points value of 15 and a number requirement of 2 heads.
- Onions, large exhibition advice to judges now excludes the instruction to disqualify under 250g specimens.
- Pepper, hot (chilli) has been added with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 6.
- Pepper, sweet has been added with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 3.
- Potatoes approximate tuber size has been increased to between 200g and 250g.
- Radishes, salad approximate size guidance has been reduced to 30mm and the point’s value increased to 12.
- Swedes have been added as a separate entry with a point’s value of 15 and a number requirement of 2.
- Tomatoes, truss has been added with a point’s value of 15 and to be displayed as a single truss.
The following is an extract from a note received from Colin Spires who chaired the Show Handbook Review Committee.
Hopefully it will direct you to other areas that have received updates and modifications.
“…..As far as flowers, etc are concerned, I approached a number of specialist societies and the following sections have had substantial reviews:
Bonsai, cacti & succulents, dahlias, fuchsias, gladiolus, orchids & tulips.
The rose sections were slightly reduced in number and illustrations of dahlia divisions are shown
A note about specialist societies was included (P130). The difficulty is that all specialist societies seem to have their own rules for specialist shows which don’t really apply to local/county shows.
An important note (p130) states that cut flowers must be in water, or water-retaining material.
A new section was added re Floating Flowers (p153) and the section re Hanging baskets (p182), etc simplified.
The main changes are shown in the preface (p7)”
Barry Newman February 2017