Information on GCV Daffodil Day – March 27 & 28 in Richmond

Dear AGC Members,

Despite today's chilly rain and snowflakes, the daffodils are poking up out of the ground, which means it's time to think about the coming GCV Daffodil Day! As the club's Daffodil Chair, part of my charge is to encourage our participation in GCV's Daffodil Day, which will be held in Richmond on March 27 & 28.  All the details can be found on GCV's dedicated website

On this incredible site, you will find the timetable for the events, including Cocktails and Travels with Tony Avent, the "Indiana Jones of Horticulture," on the 27th and a Luncheon Lecture with Tony on the 28th; the horticulture, artistic, and photography schedules; information on volunteer opportunities; and details for the American Daffodil Society Judging School III class on the 27th. The Judging School is a great opportunity to learn more about daffodils from three guest speakers from the American Daffodil Society.  Those wishing to become accredited daffodil horticulture judges take this class for credit as part of their qualification, but everyone is invited to learn (you just don't have to take the tests!).  Topics covered will include staging large collections like the InterClub Collection, historic daffodils, and growing daffodils in containers. The registration form is on the Daffodil Day webpage.

Entering daffodils in the GCV show is fun and easy! If you are new to showing daffodils, consider going to the show on Tuesday, March 27, when the workroom opens and GCV Daffodil Committee members will be available to help you get started. Entries will be accepted from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on the 27th and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the 28th. With the show being much closer to Staunton than in years past, you can easily prepare your daffodil specimens on Monday evening/Tuesday morning and travel to Richmond in the afternoon to tag them and place them in the GCV bottles. The networking with other club members is fun, and it's amazing to see hundreds of daffodils on display!

Finally, I hope you have seen the nice article about the GCV Daffodil Show in the February 2018 issue of Southern Living.  Thank you, Elaine, for bringing it to our attention! The author of the article did a good job emphasizing the fun to be had at the show.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Daffodil Day or participating in the show. It would be wonderful to have great representation from the Augusta Garden Club!

Debbie Melvin



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