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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017
The AGM of the Daffodil Society will take place at the King’s Court Hotel, Alcester, Warks, B49 5QQ on Sunday 5th March 2017. Please note change of venue

As always we welcome members old and new.

ANNUAL SHOW 2017

There will be two Daffodil society shows in 2017

The Daffodil Society show will be held at Coughton Court, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5JA on Saturday 15th April and Sunday 16th April 2017.

The show is a great opportunity for Society members to gather together to show their daffodils in friendly competition. For exhibitors we aim to make it an enjoyable experience from the pre – judging staging banter through to the “post-mortem” congratulations and commiserations. If you just want to come and admire a wonderful array of daffodils of all types and colours and pick up hints and tips from experienced and successful growers you are also very welcome.

There are classes for beginners, single flower classes, multi vase classes and classes for clubs and societies   – something for everyone. There is no charge for entries and no prize money. Just the chance of a coveted first place card, rosette or one of the Society’s historical and prestigious trophies is sufficient.

**Free admission for Society members. Coughton Court entrance fees to the grounds payable for non members. Further details of the show and Society dinner to follow in the Autumn.

** National Trust members, who are not members of the Society, will have access under the NT membership conditions to the house and gardens. Society members who are also National Trust members will need to bring along their NT card for access to the house.

The Daffodil Society Late Competition will take place on Saturday 22 April and Sunday 23 April  2017
Venue:  Henry Street Garden Centre, Swallowfield Road, Arborfield, Reading RG2 9JY
For Directions Click Here

APPROVED LIST OF INTERMEDIATES

Each year the Classification sub committee reviews cultivars for inclusion on the Society’s approved lists. Many of the intermediate cultivars that are on the lists of other international societies consistently grow in the UK above the 80mm requirement and cannot be included. This is restricting the number and range of Intermediate flowers on the showbench and far worse, resulting in some members receiving the dreaded NAS against their exhibit.

After much discussion and informal sounding out of some leading growers at home and abroad the Society has increased the maximum size for Intermediates to 85mm.

We will monitor this change to see if it increases the number of show quality flowers available for the Intermediate classes in the UK and if it improves the number and variety of cultivars appearing on the show bench.

APPROVED LISTS OF CULTIVARS for RESTRICTED CLASSES, Miniatures List A and B and Intermediates

These have been updated for 2014 and appear on the Shows page of the website. A major revision of the approved lists of cultivars for restricted classes and the Miniatures list B – Species has also been completed. We hope you find the new listing format helpful.

JUDGING TEST 2018

There will be no Judging test in 2017.

For those members plucking up the courage to have a go in  2018 or beyond why not register your interest with Society  Secretary Terry Braithwaite? By doing this we can help you with your understanding of the finer points of judging and provide you with valuable stewarding experience at our national and regional shows in the company of some of the Society’s most experienced judges.

If you have grown daffodils well for some years, entered competitive show classes at national or regional level and you are familiar with the Society’s cultural guide then you have the basics for success. We try and make the experience as relaxed as possible and can put you in touch with Society judges who can encourage you and steady your nerves!

Anyone wishing to register an interest for 2016 should contact the Secretary, Mrs Terry Braithwaite. .  Tel: 0115 9255 498