PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You could win a ribbon. Ever think about entering one of your plants in the Philadelphia International Flower Show? Maybe you care for a cactus or nurture an outstanding orchid. You don’t need to be rich or a famous horticulturalist. Everyone from experts to novices is welcome.

It doesn’t cost a thing to enter and you don’t need to be a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. But you do need to grow spectacular, ‘show quality’ plants. They’re judged by serious standards including ‘cultural perfection,’ that’s how vigorous and healthy a plant is from foliage to flowers to fruit and form; ‘distinctiveness’ for size and appearance is rewarded, as well as ‘difficulty,’ defined by how challenging a plant is to grow or coax into bloom.

Take a look at the ‘Horticourt’ at this year’s Flower Show – that’s the area with plants on parade, each in a pot with a tag showing its name and the person who grew it. Next year, that could be you.

Read more about individual and club entries here.

Reported By Phran Novelli, KYW Newsradio

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