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

AHS Region 12

Alan Monnin

Amanda Christensen

Arielle Lucius

Barbara & Bob Buikema

Barbara & Earl Watts

Barbara & Sam Drosopoulos

Barry Stoll

Becky Robinson

Beverly Winkelman

Bill Walker

Birmingham Area Hemerocallis Soc

Blue Grass Hem. Society

Bob Langabee

Brian Derrah

Bruce Wickmann

Carol & Gregg Savard

Carol Spurrier

Cedar Valley Iris & Daylily Soceity

CENLA Daylily Society

Central Florida Daylily Society

Central Missouri Hemerocallis Society

Charlene Collin

Charles and Heidi Douglas

Charlie Harper

Cheryl Ford

Cheryl Otto

Chris Petersen

Chris Schardein

Claude Carpenter

Claudia Conway

Clint Barnes

Cynthia & Jack Rigsby

Cynthia Cory

Cynthia Vandeveer

Cynthia Wadsworth

Dale Luchsinger

Daralee Newkirk

Dawn Tubbesing

Dean Reusser

Debbie Beaulieu

Debbie Monbeck

Debbie Scheckel

Debbie Smith

Diana & Bill Waldrop

Diane & Bruce Wickmann

Don Herr

Donna Steele

Dora & Earl Lawson

Doris Winton

Eddie Raye Andrews

Elizabeth Dermody

Elizabeth Trotter

Ellen Weisseg

Eric Schmidt

Eric Simpson

Frances Zeig

Francine Labelle

Garry Fanthorpe

Gary Ball

Gary Stickel

Gary Wnek

Gene Moglia

Gregg Connell

Harry Rissetto

Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society

Heidi & Charles Douglas

Helen & Richard Porter

Hilda & Floyd Sewell

Jacob Braun

Janet Haag

Janice Kennedy

Janie Seglund

Jannette Hendricks

Jason Fleishman

Jen Reed

Jill Hynum

Jim Cruise

Joann Stewart

John Ware

Johnson County Iris & DL Society

Justin McLeod

Kathleen Schloeder

Kathy D'Alessandro

Kathy Fowler

Kathy Macartney

Kathy Pinkas

Katy Coppock

Ken Cobb

Kevin Tyler

Kyle Billadeau

Kyle Curington

Laura Teague

Laurie Hurt

Linda Gates

Linda Luck

Linda Sue Barnes

Lisa Blocker

Lisa Schmidt

Lloyd Ravet

Lois Hart

Long Island Daylily Society

Lorene Crone

Lori Doolin

Lori Hankinson

Louise Walton

Luanne Madden

Lynette & Dale Westmoreland

Marcia Zech

Margaret & Billy Coker

Margo Reed/Jim Murphy

Marlene & Carl Harmon

Marshall Morrow

Mary Ray

Mary Vertz

Maryann Dubree

Maureen Strong

Melodye Campbell

Melvin Winkelman

Mike Grossmann

Mike Peppers

Mississippi Gulf Coast DL Society

Mitchell Hagler

Monique Warnke

Nancy & David Freshour

Nancy Harvey

Nancy Rash/Lyle Moen

North Georgia Daylily Society

Opal Howell

Paige Pake

Pam Milliken

Pamela Anderson

Pat Soileau

Pat Titus

Patricia & John Hough

Patricia Loveland

Peter McIntyre

Phil Bormann

Prairieland Daylily Society

Ralf Lange

Raymond Quinn

Rebecca Hinshaw

Rebecca Stickel

Rhonda Veroeven

Rich Howard

Rikki & Rich Sterrett

Robin Hamilton

Russ Allen

Ruth Morrison

Sandra Shull

Sandy Veurink

Saundra Dunn

Savannah Hemerocallis Society

Scott Elliott

Serena & Steven Verner

Southern Virginia Daylily Club

Stephen Thompson

Steve Amy

Steve Horan

Subhana Ansari

Sue & Bruce Christoffersen

Sue Calbreath

Sue Hill

Summer Marks

Susan Moore

Susan Okrasinski

Tim Fehr

Vicky Aughenbaugh

Wanda & Raymond Quinn

Wells Mote

Western Reserve Daylily Society

Wichita Daylily Club

Wilma Brouwer-Herwig

Garden Judges Home Page


Attention AHS Garden Judges

As you probably know, some regions have canceled their spring meeting, some are considering the same, and the National Convention is not a certainty. Garden Judges II workshops (required for about 80% of those up for 2020 reappointment) are usually a part of each of these events.

In light of that, it has been decided to give a one year extension to all Garden Judges that are up for Reappointment in 2020.

A memo to this effect will be included with the Awards Ballot that will be mailed to all active Garden Judges soon by the Awards and Honors Chair, Rhonda Veroeven. An email from me to all Garden Judges will be sent as soon as the bulk email function on the Portal is working.

This does not apply to those that are up for reappointment beyond 2020.

Anyone that has completed the Garden Judges I workshop and has not yet attended and completed the Garden Judges II workshop will be given an extra year to fulfill their obligation for an Appointment as a Garden Judge, as outlined in the Judging Daylilies In The Garden Handbook.

Claude Carpenter
Garden Judges Records Chair



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. 

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. 

2020 Certified AHS Garden Judges

2020 Garden Judges Region Liaisons

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 




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