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Don’t Just Attend – Enter The Coronado Flower Show

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Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 2:01 pm

The success of each year’s flower show depends greatly on the participation of local residents, notes Leslie Crawford, this year’s flower show chairman.

Crawford should know – she’s been entering the flower show annually since she was a kid and has the ribbons to prove it.

Best of all, she notes, entering the flower show is free.

“It’s so easy to bring down a potted plant, a succulent, a rose – anything that you’ve grown and want to share with others,” she said.

All entry categories are listed in the flower show’s official “Schedule,” which can be found online at; copies can also be picked up at the Coronado Library, Visitor Center, or Chamber of Commerce, as well as many businesses throughout town.

Some examples of what you might consider entering in the horticultural division of the show include, but are not limited to, roses (one of the most popular show sections); container-grown plants, cut flowers, herbs, bonsai, arboreals (such as bougainvillea or bottlebrush), cactus and succulents.

Entries are accepted on Friday, April 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturday April 13 from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. This allows time for judging all entries and placing ribbons on all winning entries prior to the show opening on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Specially reserved parking spots for entry drop-off is along C Avenue, at the rear entrance to the tents. Coronado Boy Scout Troop 801 and other volunteers are available to help cart in heavier entries.

All entries must be picked up on Sunday, April 14 at 4 p.m. with the exception of roses and cut flowers, which will be sold at the show’s end.

The Coronado Flower Show is an affiliate of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region, and California Garden Clubs, Inc., Palomar District. The Coronado Floral Association enlists certified National Garden Clubs judges to adjudicate each annual Coronado Flower Show. The Rose section of the flower show is judged by American Rose Society judges.

It takes three to four years to become Flower Show Judge, two years of academic study followed by the time required to create a Flower Show schedule, take a three-hour National Garden Club examination, and compete in flower shows winning a certain amount of blue ribbons in horticulture and design. These talented men and women come from all over Greater San Diego county and as far north as Riverside County.

The flower show’s award presentation Sunday, 3 p.m.

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