The Par classes in a flower show schedule celebrate those plants which don’t fit in another class in the schedule. In the Shangri-La Schedule, the Par class was called Longevity. It had three divisions, depending on the length of ownership of the plant, 1 year or more, 5 years or more and, also called Old Friends, 15 years or more!
Longevity was staged around the main courtyard of the Museum of Fine Arts, Honolulu. Convenient parapets were just the right height to stage the plants. In the back is the brilliant lighting of the stage. An Old Friend, this 16 year-old Sansiveria cylindra won the GCA’s Novice Horticulture Award.
Betty Ho was a GCHonolulu member who loved to grown Bromedliads and had a large collection in her garden in Nuuanu, where its is rainy and lush. The award above spells out the criteria but my correspondent adds: “ As forgiving as we are with all friends that show fine lines of time, the grooming should be as flawless as possible.”