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Bay Area Carnivorous Plant Society

Annual Show & Sale




Saturday August 4, 2018 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday August 5, 2018 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free to the public!
(Parking $7)


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Summer Plant Show Information 

All are welcome!  You do not need to register for the International Carnivorous Plant Society (ICPS) Conference or be a member of the BACPS in order to take part in the show and sale.


Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country
170 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA  95401

This is a one time location so we can have the show and sale with the International Carnivorous Plant Society Conference being held concurrently. Conference participation is not required and is separate from the show

Dates & Times:

Saturday August 4, 2018 - 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday August 5, 2018 - 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free to the public!

             Vendor & show plant entries are earlier.
                     Please check below for details.

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Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers get to be in the center of the action and have a great time! This year we need more volunteers than ever and we have a sweet reward for your efforts. Volunteers will get a ticket to attend one ICPS conference talk! (Paid attendees get priority and priority seating above volunteers, but hey, who cares right? It's free! Except for your time of course.)  Go to the Volunteers Spreadsheet and see what times and activities are available. Do it now and do it fast before all the spots are taken! Then Contact Us with activity, times and dates you want to enter. There is a delay in updating the spreadsheet so put in alternate times and days.

Volunteers Spreadsheet - See help and times still available


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Vendor Information

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Vendor registration and setup
Anyone wishing to sell plants should register in advance .  Include your name and name of your business, if applicable, telephone number, and the number of six foot tables you require. The fee for professional growers is $225 for the first table and $150 for each additional table. Members who's annual income from plant sales totals less than $5,000 will be charged $150 per table. Table fees should be sent to BACPS before the show.  Vendors can start setting up at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday August 4. Vendor names will be on the tables. There will be limited setup late Friday.  Teardown will start Sunday at 4:00 p.m. and should be finished by 5:30 p.m.

Each vendor is asked to donate 2 plants to our auction table.  For those of you who sell on the web or have a brick and mortar presence, you might also want to consider donating some gift certificates for the raffle.  It would be a good way to get folks to your venue or website.

There will be a club sales table for hobbyists with a few plants to sell.  Plants are to be priced by owner with price tags that identify the owner.  Initials are okay, but we need to make sure the sales are credited to the correct person.  The club will keep 20% of the sales.

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How do I enter?

The show is open to anyone wishing to Display or Sell plants. We encourage all participants to display as many specimens as possible.

New this year:  There will be a table for entries by professional growers. Bring in your best !!!!

Also new this year: If you are a new CP enthusiast and this is your first show, you are eligible for a Rookie Award.  On the third line of your entry form, print "Rookie."  In addition to being eligible for the Rookie Award your entry will be eligible for all other awards and will be judged with the other entries.

The format for the show:

8:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Display plant registration and setup
All registrants must fill out a plant registration form at the table outside the display room. If you want to save time, entry forms are available here, and you can print and fill them out before you arrive. Once plants have been registered at the front desk, volunteers will be available in the display room to help with the placement of the plants and direct exhibitors to where their entries should be placed. Individuals who are not displaying plants will not be allowed to enter the display area until judging is completed. Registrants who are displaying plants are to set up their displays and then immediately leave the display area to avoid unnecessary congestion and disturbance to other participants.

10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Judging of plants will occur

Important:  If you are unable to get to the venue in time for registration on Saturday, you can drop off your plants with their entry forms at California Carnivores  during the week before the show.  They will be transported to the show for you.  All show entries are to remain on display until Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Plants that are not picked up after the show on  Sunday will be taken to California Carnivores for you to pick up during the following week.



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The Display Entry Categories


Category           Description

Venus Flytrap      Dionaea

Sundew               Byblis, Drosera, Drosophyllum, Roridula

Butterwort            Pinguicula

American Pitcher Sarracenia

Asian Pitcher        Nepenthes

Other Pitcher        Brocchinia, Cephalotus, Darlingtonia,                                                            Heliamphora

Aquatic                  Aldrovanda, Genlisea, Utricularia

Arrangement         Dish garden, Terrarium

Art Work                Art

Rookie award        Any catagory - 1st year contestants

Professional Grower


All plants and dish garden/planter/terrarium/aquarium entries will be judged on excellence of culture and presentation (container, condition of top dressing/soil) and must be groomed and free of all dead growth, weeds, and algae. Containers must be clean and free of dirt, glue from old nursery stickers, cracks and/or breaks. If necessary, plants should be staked or supported to present the plant to its best ability.




In addition to ribbons, the winners in each amateur category will receive gift certificates for California Carnivores in the amount of $20 for first place, $10 for second place and $5 for third place.

The best in show winners will receive, in addition to ribbons, gift certificates for California Carnivores in the amount of $50 for first place, $40 for second place and $30 for third place. The Geoff Wong Award for Horticultural Excellence will be awarded or not at the discretion of the judges in recognition of outstanding attention to care and presentation.


Raffle and Contact Information

There will be an auction and a raffle table. Plants and other related CP items are needed for both tables

Please join us for a truly memorable event. This is an excellent opportunity to show off your best specimens, make some great new friends... and buy some great new plants. I hope to see you all there proudly displaying your beautiful plants.

Please feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions, to reserve sales table space, or in case I have left anything out.


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