Horticulture Show

The City of Richmond has a rich farming and agricultural history — which is why the Steveston Salmon Festival’s annual Horticulture Show has long been a local favourite.

The popular event returns this year as a virtual contest, so that everyone across that city can enjoy the best flower arrangements and produce grown right here in Richmond. On July 1, gardeners were encouraged to submit their “anything goes” creations. Six finalists were selected by two judges and voting is now open for the winners!

Cast your vote by July 9 at 12pm by visiting @FunRichmond on Facebook or Instagram and commenting with your favorite entry!

Tips on photographing your entry

Looking for help on how to photograph your entry for the Horticulture Show? Here are some tips by local photographer and Richmond Photo Club member Alice Jensen-Stanley.

Tips on prepping your flowers for entry

Bob Price’s blue-ribbon roses are a mainstay at the Horticulture Show. Learn tips from the former president of the Vancouver Rose Society to learn how to prep your flowers for entry.

Prize details

  • 1st place prize: $100 gift certificate to the Fairmont Vancouver Airport
  • 2nd place prize: $75 gift certificate to Steveston Seafood House
  • 3rd place prize: $50 gift certificate to Britannia Brewing Company

Judging Criteria:

The judges will be looking for:

  • Perfect form, colour and condition (whether it’s a dahlia or a strawberry)
  • Entries should be at the peak of their development, neither too young nor too old
  • Disease-free, insect-free exhibits
  • Appropriate containers for flowers and floral design, where appropriate

Judges will provide brief judges’ comments for finalists in each sub-category.

Meet the judges

Master Gardener Jennifer Zuk has been judging for more than 30 years. A member of the Vancouver Dahlia Society since 1987 and a certified senior dahlia judge for the American Dahlia Society, she has also taken the general horticultural and floral design judging programs by the B.C. Council of Garden Clubs.

Emily Budinski has been a judge since she completed the horticultural judging program by the B.C. Council of Garden Clubs. She has belonged to several garden clubs over the years and has served as the executive of a few. She specializes in growing Pelargoniums, Begonias and Fuchsias.

Learn more about the Horticulture Show and Richmond Garden Club

Hear from Beverly Percival Smith, coordinator of the Horticulture Show, and Lynda Pasacreta, president of the Richmond Garden Club.