Horticulture Award Program

HAP Rules

HAP Rules and Point Allocations (.pdf)
HAP Form (.pdf)

1. Plants reproduced must conform to the following definition of an aquatic plant: an aquatic plant is one which, in the wild or native state, has a submerged growth form. The aquatic plant must be able to grow while wholly or partly submerged and not seriously harmed by submersion.

2. Plants are to be identified by the scientific name whenever possible.

3. Unidentified plants will be assigned a code number for recording purposes until correctly identified.

4. The sources will be from reliable horticultural books, reputable horticultural web sites, and input from area aquarium clubs.

5. Classes A, B, C, D, and E need only to be verified once. Classes D and F need to be verified by a member of the HAP committee.

6. Class F must be verified twice; once when flowering and once when young plants are old enough to be recognized as the young of the parent plant.

7. A written report of at least 350 words in addition to the HAP report sheet is required for classes D and F before points are awarded.

Updated on 8-10-16

HAP Program Levels

Aquatic Gardener
20 points from any class
Awarded a ribbon

Advanced Aquatic Gardener
50 points from any class
Awarded a certificate

Aquatic Horticulturalist
125 points
at least 2 species from class C
at least 1 species from class E
Awarded a certificate

Expert Aquatic Horticulturalist
300 points
at least 1 species from class D
at least 2 species from class E
at least 1 species from class F
Awarded a plaque