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Thank you to the following AHS Members, Regions and Daylily Clubs:

Ann Large

Barbara Kirby

Bill Monroe

Carol Spurrier

Cenla Daylily Society

Central Alabama DL Society

Central Oklahoma Hem. Society

Cheryl Ford

Cobb County Daylily Society

Connecticut Daylily Society

Diane and Jack Joiner

Dublin Hemerocallis Society

Earnest Yearwood

Elizabeth Trotter

Faith & Jerry Bange

Gene Dewey

Harold McDonell

Jack Joiner

Janice Kennedy

Johnson County Iris & Daylily Soc.

Joy Detmer

Judith Branson

Kathleen Schloeder

Ken Cobb

Kyle Billadeau

Lois Hart

Lori Hankinson

Lufkin Hemerocallis Society

Martha Chamberlain

Martha Fawcett

Maureen Strong

Melodye Cambell

Memphis Area Daylily Society

Montgomery Area Daylily Society

Nancy & Don Smith

O.H. McIntyre

Pat & Steve Mercer

Ruth Killingsworth Family

Savannah Hemerocallis Society

Sherley Channing

Southwestern Illinois Hem. Soc.

Thomas Bruce

Tim Herrington

Upstate Daylily Society

Wichita Daylily Club

Windsor Farms Garden Club

Garden Judges Home Page


AHS Garden Judges

What is a Garden Judge?

Garden judges learn to perform consistent and impartial evaluation of daylily performance in garden settings. Based on observations in their own region or a national convention, garden judges vote the AHS Awards and Honors ballot. Results of this voting focuses attention on daylilies which many garden judges consider outstanding garden performers in their regions. We'd love for you to join us! Garden Judges select the majority of AHS Cultivar Awards each year, including the Stout Silver Medal, by voting the Awards and Honors ballot. The Stout Silver Medal is AHS's highest award given to a cultivar.

• Why should I consider becoming a Garden Judge?
If you are highly interested in daylilies and want to learn more about them, you should consider becoming a garden judge. Garden judges learn to look at the “whole plant” in evaluating what makes a great garden plant. Some of the areas judges are trained to evaluate are: foliage, plant vigor, scape height, bud placement, overall beauty and distinction of the bloom and plant, resistance to disease, form, and bloom substance. As a garden judge, you are encouraged to grow a representative sampling of all forms and types of daylilies so that you can better train your eyes to recognize outstanding plant performance as well as gain knowledge of the various forms of daylilies.

• What are the steps I need to follow to become a garden judge?


1) You must have been an AHS Member for at least 12 calendar months to begin training. ( When you send in an application to become a judge at the end of your training, you must have been an AHS member for 24 calendar months.)

2) * Very important: Before you take any workshops, read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Garden Judges Handbook,'Judging Daylilies In The Garden' (see links below for ordering a hard copy of 'Judging Daylilies In The Garden' or downloading a PDF version from the Portal)

 3) Take Garden Judges Workshop I (approx. 2 hrs.).  This is taught by instructors in a  classroom setting, using a Power Point. There is a short, easy test to take at the end of the workshop. You must score at least 70% on the test.  Most often, these workshops are offered at Regional or National meetings, but at times, daylily clubs will offer the workshops to interested members. Ask club members who are garden judges about this!  

 4) Take Garden Judges Workshop 2 ( approx. 2 1/2 hrs.) This part of the class is taught in a garden, and students learn to evaluate registered cultivars and seedlings with accredited instructors. These workshops are offered at Regional Summer meetings and National meetings and at times, are sponsored by daylily clubs.

 5) After completing both workshops, you must fill out and send an "Application for Appointment as a Garden Judge" to  your  RP (Regional President). Your RP will  send the form to the Garden Judges Records chair, who will notify you of your appointment for a five year term as a garden judge.

6) Garden judges should grow a variety of cultivars of various forms and sizes in order to better learn to evaluate the "complete garden plant" and to become familiar with all types of daylilies. Particular attention should be given to growing a sampling of regionally hybridized cultivars.   Judges should also make an effort to visit  as many gardens as possible during bloom season and to attend Regional and National meetings. 

Whom do I contact for more information?

You may contact the Garden Judges Records Chair ( or if you know your AHS region, you can contact your Regional garden judges liaison. The link below will take you to a list of Garden Judges Liaisons.

There are approximately 650 Certified AHS Garden Judges. The link below will take you to a list of these judges by Region. There is also a list of Garden Judges Liaisons for each region. 

2018 Certified AHS Garden Judges

2018 AHS Garden Judges Handbook

Judging Daylilies In The Garden

The AHS Garden Judging Handbook 'Judging Daylilies In the Garden' is the complete guide for AHS Garden Judges.  It contains the following:

1) An overview of AHS Awards and Honors

2) Garden Judges Responsibilities and Accreditation

3) Characteristics of Daylilies

4) Judging daylilies in the garden

5) Overview of Garden Judges Workshops

The handbook is available in hardcopy from Amazon and in PDF format from the AHS Portal Store.





AHS Garden Judges Training Materials and Documentation

Garden Judges Workshop 1 Materials

Garden Judges Workshop 2 Materials
Garden Judges Materials 




The American Hemerocallis Society, Inc. (AHS) is a non-profit organization. The AHS is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes, and especially to promote, encourage, and foster the development and improvement of the genus Hemerocallis and public interest therein. These purposes are expressly limited so that AHS qualifies as an exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 or the corresponding provision of any future U.S. Internal Revenue Law.