Condition and uniformity are the important criteria. An exhibit is in ‘good condition’ when it is at its most attractive stage, fresh and free from damage due to weather, pests, disease etc. An exhibit is ‘uniform’ when the items match in age, size and form.
Don’t include foliage unless the schedule asks for this. If more than one bloom is asked for, priority will begiven to flowers matching in colour, size and form.
Dahlias should be disbudded (i.e. take off any buds from the stems leaving only the open flowers).
If the exhibit is in a container, check if any dimensions are specified since wrongly sized ones are penalised, as will be exhibits in dirty or broken pots.