Daffodil Judging School Opportunity

Are you interested in learning more about daffodils or even becoming a daffodil horticulture judge? Here's an educational opportunity for you, especially if you missed the series of American Daffodil Society Judging Schools that GCV hosted over the past three years.  

While this is the first step towards being a daffodil horticulture judge, it is not just for future judges.  Anyone who would like to learn more is welcome to register. Here are the details:

An American Daffodil Society Judging School will be offered on Friday, April 5, 2019, in the Chesapeake Lounge at Brent & Becky’s Bulbs in Gloucester, VA.

This school is the first step (there are two more required) toward becoming an accredited ADS judge and will contain valuable information about growing and showing daffodils. Anyone wanting to learn more about daffodils, but not yet interested in becoming a judge may audit the class. Pre-registration is required by March 29, 2019.  The school will also serve as a refresher for ADS judges.

Sign-in for the school is Friday morning, April 5, 2019, at 8 a.m. The class will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. Students taking the test to be a judge may have access to the cultivars for the ID test for study the evening before from 5 to 7 p.m. and may enter the meeting room as early as 7 a.m. Friday morning to study. Those taking the course for information only will finish by 12:45 p.m. Testing for the judging students will follow.

Topics to be covered in School I include:

·  Royal Horticultural Society Daffodil Classification System, color coding, soil prep and planting, summer care, fertilizing and culture of miniatures and species

·  Daffodil anatomy, judging criteria, ethics and guidelines for judges

·  Practice placement and point scoring

For information including the fees for participation, contact Peggy Bowditch, gloucesterdaffodils@gmail.com or Nancy Fuchs, nanfox@gmail.com, 804-580-1952. You will be sent a study outline when your registration is received. Though membership in the American Daffodil Society is not required for auditing, it is invaluable to daffodil growers.

Debbie Melvin

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