Horticulture & Flowers


Nancy McDougal
Department Coordinator
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What Exhibitors Need To Know


Potted Plants, Cut Flowers, Arrangements & Crafts by Local Gardeners like You

Flowers have always been a part of the San Mateo County Fair from the first fair in 1934. Amateur gardeners throughout the county and beyond still bring their favorite plants & blooms to compete for ribbons & prizes.

What is growing in your garden? Is your favorite houseplant looking especially lovely? Plant-lovers like you from all over the Bay Area—from age five to 95+ and ‘weekend dabbler’ to experienced ‘green thumbs’—are invited to enter and take part in our yearly celebration. Exhibitors come just before Fair opening to place their plants, cut flowers & designs for display. Fresh flower exhibits are also accepted once more during Fair week. This is a great opportunity to meet, chat & exchange information about plants with other exhibitors—an extra bonus.

Special exhibits offer many opportunities for creative use of plants. Amateur designers explore floral arrangements, both conventional and imaginative, while mini landscape creations bring a touch of whimsy.

Parents & Teachers: Be sure to consider the special contests designed for school classrooms, youth groups and individual youth exhibitors.

Outstanding Leadership Award


The John Kyne Award was inaugurated in 1974 in memory of John Kyne. The recipient of this prestigious youth award is selected based on their quality and diversity of exhibits throughout the Fair; demonstrated assistance with other exhibitors and department supervisors in the form of teaching, sportsmanship, leadership, attitude and cooperation; and their efforts and assistance given to the fair.

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