Rocky Mountain Judging Center

2017 Judging Center Schedule
(Judging start at 7:00 p.m. except for the Spring Show on March 11)
January 14; February 11
March 11 (10:00 a.m. - Spring Show judging)
April 8; May 13; June 10
July 8; August 12; Sept. 9
Oct. 14
Nov. 11; Dec. 9

Judging Sessions
Judging sessions are open to all orchid growers and are held on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Colorado Federation-Garden Clubs building, 1556 Emerson Street in Denver. Off-street parking is available. Centrally located just north of Colfax, this location is close to Denver Botanic Gardens. Everyone is welcome, so try to attend at least once. Bring your best plants and stay a while. It is a great educational experience.
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Typical Session
6:00 p.m. - Judges training
6:30 p.m. - Plant registration
7:00 p.m. - Judging begins (except during the DOS Annual Spring or Fall shows in which case judging starts the morning before the show opens to the public.)
Any changes to the RMJC schedule or location will be posted here in a timely fashion.

About the RMJC


The Rocky Mountain Judging Center was established by the American Orchid Society (AOS) in 1990. The Denver Botanic Gardens hosts each monthly meeting of the RMJC. The RMJC covers the largest geographical area of any AOS Judging Center. The region includes Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Utah. Judges from the region travel to the Colorado judging center each month and to AOS sanctioned orchid shows in Montana, Utah, and New Mexico. Judges are typically required to judge outside their region every year.

The American Orchid Society is the authority for orchid judging in the United States. The AOS Judging Committee is responsible for maintaining standards of awards for flower quality and awards for plants of botanical merit. The committee governs and certifies approximately 500 judges, and has established 27 Regional Judging Centers. Judging Centers provide a forum for orchids to be judged when a blooming plant cannot be entered in an AOS sanctioned orchid show. The centers also train student judges and conduct seminars to educate their members on a variety of topics. The AOS which establishes rules and regulations for orchid judging, publishes them in the current edition of the American Orchid Society Handbook of Judging and Exhibition.

Judging Center Members

Accredited Judges:
Marion Allen, Judging Center Chair
Jim Coyner, Lois Dauelsberg, Sue Eloe, Karen Miles, Shawn Quealy, Ian Rich, Marilyn Stark, Mark Van Der Woerd, Richard Zeman

Senior Judge:
C. William Hayward

Probationary Judge:
Nick Snakenberg

Student Judge:
Clinton Lewis

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