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What Is An AHS Display Garden
or AHS Daylily City?

Overby AHS Display Garden

An American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is established to display the very best daylily cultivars to the general public. Its purpose is to educate the visitor about modern daylilies and how they can be used effectively in landscapes. The purpose of an American Hemerocallis Society Historic Daylily Display Garden is to educate the visitor about historic daylily species and cultivars, their beauty, and how then can be used effectively in landscapes. The American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) also invites your city to consider applying for the designation as an AHS Daylily City. The objective of this program is to create and maintain an awareness of the benefits of daylilies for landscape usage in public locations and increase the overall usage of daylilies through educational and promotional events within the city. More information about this program may be found in the application below.

In an approved AHS Display Garden, a visitor can view a large number and wide variety of labeled daylilies in a well-maintained garden setting. To obtain official AHS Display Garden status, certain criteria must be met:

  • The owner or public garden liaison must be a member of the AHS for two years or more, and must maintain his or her AHS membership in good standing, to be eligible for a garden to be designated as either an AHS Display Garden, an AHS Historic Daylily Display Garden, or both.
  • Although the number of daylily cultivars is not set, the garden must include a wide variety of daylilies (e.g., diploids and tetraploids; full, round, and spiders; small, miniatures, and large flowers; and eyes and selfs) from a number of hybridizers. For AHS Historic Daylily Display Gardens, it is recommended that the garden contain a minimum of 50-100 historic daylily cultivars and species.
  • The garden must be well maintained (i.e., water, fertilizer, mulch, etc.) and relatively free of weeds. The growing conditions and culture should show daylilies to their maximum potential.
  • Plant markers should be maintained in good condition, with the name of both the cultivar and the hybridizer showing clearly. Date of registration is often included on the marker as well, and must be included on the plant marker for historic daylilies. Historic daylilies are defined as all daylily species plus daylily cultivars registered with the AHS on or before 1980. Gardens must contain a representative collection of historic daylilies. A minimum of 50 cultivars registered in, or prior to, 1980 is the main requirement to qualify as an Historic Daylily Garden. Every ten years (2020, 2030, etc.) thereafter the cutoff date for registered cultivars will be advanced by ten years. For example, on 1/1/2020, the registration cutoff will advance from on or before 1980 to on or before 1990.
  • The garden should be open to the public during bloom season. The American Hemerocallis Society's insurance policy does not include Display Garden visitation. Garden owners are encouraged to carry their own insurance.
  • Commercial gardens are requested to maintain a specific area designated as a Display Garden.
  • The annual renewal application must be returned by October 1.

To be added to the list of AHS Display Gardens and AHS Historic Daylily Display Gardens, the qualifying garden must be inspected by the appropriate AHS Regional Vice President (RVP) or his designated representative and recommended to the AHS Display Garden Chairman. Following RVP approval, the Display Garden Chairman usually approves the application if all AHS requirements are met.

To be removed from the list of AHS Display Gardens and AHS Historic Daylily Display Gardens, request should be made by the garden owner (or, if a public garden, the garden liaison person) by contacting the appropriate RVP. The RVP should then forward the written request to the AHS Display Garden Chairman. Failure to return the Annual Renewal Report Forms is cause for automatic removal by the Display Garden Chairman. (Annual Renewal Request Forms will be sent to each garden by September 1 to remind Display Gardens of this requirement.)

The RVP of each region or their designated representatives should visit each Display Garden in their region at least once every two years. Gardens that are in disrepair should be encouraged to improve. The RVP can request to the Display Garden Chairman that gardens with little prospects for improvement be removed.

For additional information, contact Melodye Campbell, 21 Ambleside Drive, Fairport, NY¬† 14450-3212    (585) 749-7433   displaygardens@daylilies.org


Top photograph of Overby's Garden--an AHS Display Garden located in Waller, Texas--by Binion Amerson, Nikon F3, Kodachrome 64.

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