Garden Show

Landscape Displays and Container Gardens

Show off your green thumb and win cash awards, special recognition and ribbons in the Paul Ecke Jr. Garden Show competitive exhibit at the San Diego County Fair.

This exhibit has divisions for professionals, amateurs, garden clubs and students. Competition includes landscape displays and container gardens.

The Fine Print

Got questions? Here is more information about how you can enter this exhibit.

The Garden Show exhibit is open to California residents, aged 9 and older, who are professional, amateur or novice gardeners and landscapers.

The Garden Show’s theme always is a variation of the Fair’s overall theme. We are celebrating L. Frank Baum’s timeless classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” so the 2019 Garden Show theme will be “There’s No Place Like Home.”

We look forward to your Oz-some entries encompassing what San Diego outdoor living is all about!

Processing fees vary. Please see the appropriate Entry Information brochure for details. Processing fees are non-refundable.

Entry limits vary; see the appropriate Entry Information brochure for details. In some divisions, such as landscape exhibits, available space limits the entries.

The Garden Show has some student divisions and classes for ages 9-19. Kids and teens also can enter garden projects in Creative Youth.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Friday, May 3, 2019.
Landscape installation: May 6-26, 2019 (adult gardens); May 11-26, 2019 (student gardens).
Container gardens delivery: May 23-24, 2019.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.

Bonsai and tray landscapes entry information has been moved to the Flower Show – Blooms exhibit.

Enter Now
Entry Information – Landscapes
Entry Information – Containers
State Rules
Local Rules

Garden Show Events

More information on these events will be available closer to Fair time. 

Bloom-n-Art Garden Party, June 1-2, 2019
My Big Fair Wedding Day, June 23, 2019

Speakers & Demonstrations

Talented gardeners from throughout Southern California will share their knowledge with Fair guests in a series of workshops. For the schedule, please see the Garden Show event page.

The Results

Results – Traditional Bonsai
Results – Landscapes
Results – Student Landscapes
Results – Container Plants
Results – Tray Landscapes

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