(flôr’ i-kul’ chẽr): The growing of flowers as crop.
The Floriculture Department welcomes you to a special place where you will see the most beautiful flowers, potted plants and gardens in Ventura County. Dahlias, Roses, Succulents, Ponds and Fountains… it is a Shangri-la in the center of the Fair! What’s that? You say your flowers are the most beautiful? You can design the greatest garden? We welcome you! Everybody here is friendly and helpful and we all have something in common, our Green Thumbs! There is a category in Floriculture for professionals, beginners and amateurs; everybody can play! If you love gardening, please join us at the Ventura County Fair!
WHEN TO ENTER
Garden & Florist Feature Exhibits
Entry Forms Due: Monday, July 8, 2019 by 5 pm
SENIOR DIVISIONS: Please note new entry date for Dahlias is Saturday, August 3, 2019
Begonias, Bromeliads, Ferns, Gesneriads, Orchids, Saintpaulias, Hoya, Ivy,
Fuchsias, Bonsai, Tropical Plants & Wheelbarrow Gardens
Entries accepted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 – 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM and Monday, July 29, 2019 – 8:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Arrangements, Wall Hangings, Dahlias & Roses – Note: This is the only date for Arrangements
Entries accepted: Saturday, August 3, 2019 – 7:00 AM-10:00 AM
Terrariums & Dish Gardens, Cacti, Succulents, Geraniums & Other Potted Plants
Entries accepted: Monday, August 5, 2019 – 7:00 AM-10:00 AM
Annuals, Begonias, Bulbs, Chrysanthemums, Fuchsias, Hibiscus, Saintpaulias, Perennials, Vine Blooms & Exotics
Entries accepted: Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 7:00 AM-10:00 AM
JUNIOR (including 4-H, GRANGE & FFA):
Plants, Fairy & Octopus Gardens & Wheelbarrow Gardens
Entries accepted: Sunday, July 28, 2019 – 12:00 Noon-5:00 PM and Monday, July 29, 2019 – 8:00 AM-12:00 Noon
USE GATE 3 TO DELIVER and PICK-UP ENTRIES
» Academic Rodeo
» Amateur Art
» Gems and Minerals
» Hobbies and Collections
» Home Arts
» Horse Shows
» Large Livestock
» Professional Art
» Small Livestock
» Uncle Leo’s Barn
» Youth Expo
About 52 years ago I started as a volunteer, helping the Fuchsia Club make a garden display. After 3 years I became assistant superintendent. I have been the superintendent for 38 years.
I judge for other fairs, as well as the American Rose Society. I give talks about the fair, flowers, plants, flower arrangements and garden displays to communities and garden clubs.
I started the fair nursery at the floriculture building after I saw that the fair rented 10 trees for backstage for $2,000 for 5 days. After that I thought we could buy the plants for less money and I could care for them all year long.
We now have over 2,000 plants of various sizes and types. With my three volunteers I can care for them. This year we transplanted 30 forty five gallon containers, 50 twenty gallon containers, 50 twenty-five gallon containers as well as numerous 1, 2 and 3 gallon plant containers. We used 40 cubic yards of potting soil.
My volunteers also fixed up and planted the pond outside of the building so it is working again and more beautiful than ever!
When the stage and dressing rooms were built it took 5500 sq ft out of the middle of the garden area. That was replaced by the 10,000 at the front and side of the building proper.
Currently I work 4 days a week to maintain all of the plants used for interim events before and during the fair. I make an average of 200 live flower arrangements for the different rentals as well as the fair. I also make more than 150 silk arrangements for the Derby Club at Christmastime.