Jane Waldrop attended her first daylily show more than 20 years ago, and from that moment on her passion for showing and growing the flowers grew and has been picked up by her own children.
“My introduction to daylilies was that first show in 1988,” said Waldrop. “At that time I had no idea there were so many colors. I was hooked. I have been growing daylilies since 1989.”
Waldrop said her grown children have added daylilies to their gardens.
As part of her passion for daylilies, Waldrop has become instrumental in the Daylily Society of Greater Augusta and its annual daylily show.
Formerly the Morning Joy Daylily Club, the Daylily Society of Greater Augusta is 35 years old. It was at one of their shows in 1988 that Waldrop became hooked on the blooming beauties.
As another show ap-proaches, Waldrop is sure to be involved.
This year’s show will be held Saturday at H2U-Doctors Hospital on Interstate Parkway. Daylilies can be entered into one of three divisions: horticulture, design and photo.
“Horticulture requires that one brings in an entire scape and knows the name of the daylily presented,” explains Waldrop. “We usually have around 100 or so entries in this division.”
There are a number of different categories under the horticulture division, including type of daylily, size of daylily, groups and singles.
The design division has six categories based on a theme. This year’s theme is Bible Verses.
“We usually have 24 entries in this division,” she said.
The final division in which daylilies can be entered is the photo division, which has three categories: single bloom, multiple blooms and friends in the garden.
“Photos must have been taken in the past year,” said Waldrop.
The show is open to anyone who wants to bring an entry. Entries will be accepted from 8-10:30 a.m., with judging from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The show opens to the public at 1 p.m.
“There is no cost to participate, but if someone wins a major prize, they will need to join the American Hemerocallis Society and can do so at the show,” said Waldrop.
In addition to the show, there will be a plant sale.
“We will have named varieties and seedlings for sale,” said Waldrop. “There will be other species of plants available this year as well.”
The show is free, said Waldrop, because it serves as part of the Daylily Society of Greater Augusta’s ongoing mission to educate the public about daylilies. However, club membership is $5 and national membership is $30.
“We will have open gardens on June 10,” said Waldrop. “This is where we invite the gardening public to come and see daylilies in a garden setting. The list of open gardens will be available at the show.”