Yipee. I just received a letter from the American Hemerocallis Society AHS Garden Judges Records Chair, informing me that I am officially an American Hemerocallis Society Garden judge. Wow. I am honored, and a little edgy about what this really means. Getting to this point involved studying the judging criteria in the judges handbook, looking at lots of daylilies, and passing a test.
Daylilies are a favorite flower of mine – indeed they make up a significant portion of my garden landscape. I have just taken on the position as President of the Central North Dakota Daylily Society, and am thrilled to join efforts with a vigorous and delightful bunch of “daylily divas” here in the midwest.
The responsibilities of a Daylily Garden Judge are spelled out in the AHS Judges Handbook.
- Judges must remember that they are judging the complete plant, not just the flower.
- know and grow representative cultivars for all Hemerocallis forms and types.
- maintain personal collections of newly registered daylilies of hybridizers from various geographical areas, particularly including cultivars from their own region.
- visit as many gardens as possible in their region and, whenever possible, outside their region.
- attend each of their own regional meetings and others when possible.
- attend as many national conventions as possible.
- share their skills with new judges and with the public when the opportunity arises.
- have their gardens available for visitation by AHS visitors during the bloom season.
- attend as many local meetings as possible and take an active part in events that promote the daylily.