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

Baton Rouge Daylily Society

Bay Area Daylily Buds

Central Alabama Daylily Society

Central Florida Daylily Society

Cobb County Daylily Society

Daylily Growers of Dallas

Daylily Soc. Of Greater Atlanta

Daylily Soc. of Southern Indiana

Flint Hills Daylily Society

Hemerocallis Study Club

Houston Area Daylily Society

Houston Area Daylily Society

Long Island Daylily Society

National Capital Daylily Club

Nebraska Daylily Society

North Texas Daylily Society

Pod Setters Facebook Group

Southern Michigan DL Soc.

Tallahassee Daylily Society

Tidewater Daylily Society

Valdosta Hemerocallis Society

Janie Seglund

Fern, Wayne & Jennifer Johnson

Fasteners Plus International

Martha Chamberlain

Harold McDonell

Kyle Billadeau

Ann & Bill Monroe

Barbara Kirby

Morris Kirby

Judie Branson

Gisela & Bob Meckstroth

Cynthia & Charles Lucius

Tim Herrington

Harold McDonell

Jillian McKenzie

Martha Chamberlain

Elizabeth Trotter

Marcia Zech

Melodye Campbell

Carol Spurrier

Cheryl Ford

Judith Deene

Linda Dunning

Ruth Woodford

Susan Okrasinski

Harry Rissetto

Beth Zimpelman/Nix Bodden

Karen Ciula

Kathleen Schloeder

Catherine Pexton

Ralf Lange

Morris Knutsen

Judith Carlson

Barbara & Bob Papenhausen

Barbara Chang

Judie Branson

Scott Elliott

Nancy Frahm/Larry Lowe

Maureen Strong

Barbara Jo Twedt

Sandra & Ronald Branam

Nancy & David Freshour

Nikki Schmith

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.

Here is a list of people in your region who can help you start the journey to be a Garden Judge. 

Click here for the 2019 Regional Garden Judges Liaisons

There are approximately 550 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. 

2019 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.