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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2020
The AGM of the Daffodil Society will be held on Sunday 2 March 2020 at 11pm at the King’s Court Hotel, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5QQ.

As always we welcome members old and new.

ANNUAL SHOW 2020

There will be 0ne Daffodil Society shows in 2020. Saturday 18 April and Sunday 19 April. The new venue is The Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Birmingham, B15 3TR.

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.

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

Eligible cultivars for any restricted classes, Miniature classes and intermediate classes at Daffodil Society affiliated shows (unless otherwise stated in the rules and regulations) are listed for download and printing under the Show tab of this website.

JUDGING TEST 2020

For those members plucking up the courage to have a go in  2020 check out our revised modular approach to the practical element of the Judges test. There is some greater flexibility in the written element too.
Register your interest with the DS national adjudicator Derek Phillips. To register your interest with the National Adjudicator, contact Derek Phillips,
60 Greenlands Road, Peasedown St John, Bath Somerset, BA2 8EX.
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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!