Albany Daylily Society to sponsor show

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Albany Hemerocallis Society, also known as the Albany Daylily Society, assumes responsibility for educating the public on the improvement and growth of the daylily.

There will soon be another good opportunity for them to do that.

The Albany Daylily Society is sponsoring its annual show on Saturday at the Albany Mall between JCPenney's and Belk.

"Our main goal is try to educate the public on growing and improving daylilies," said Jack Joiner, first vice president of the society. "We do that once a year by having a show.

"There will be a lot of things (at the show) that the public will appreciate."

The show will start receiving entries at 8 a.m. with the judging expected to begin at 11 a.m. The entries will be open for public viewing from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

There will also be a plant sale, beginning at 11 a.m., that will last until the products are gone. At the sale, society members will be on hand to give growing advice.

There will be ribbons and rosettes given out for first, second and third place. The main award of the day will be "Best in Show."

In addition to ribbons and rosettes, the society will be giving out items considered useful to flower enthusiasts.

"(The awards) typically go with practical items you can use in your garden," Joiner said.

Awards will likely start going out at about 1 p.m., Joiner said.

There is one small catch. In order to be eligible to receive an award, an exhibitor needs to be a member of the society.

"If a person has won and they are not a member, they can join the day of the show," Joiner said. "That's all it takes to be eligible.

"One of our primary goals is to encourage people to join. It's primarily for fun and learning to grow daylilies."

Joiner actually got involved in the society himself through a daylily show in 1987.

"I started out with no daylilies, but I went to a show and was interested," he recalled.

Last year's show had to be canceled due to a lack of blooms during the scheduled show time. This year, officials expect the outcome to be much more favorable.

"I have 150 daylilies myself, and based on how my plants look (it should be a good show)," Joiner said.

"I would encourage people that they don't have to be a big time grower to include (daylilies) in their landscape; they mix well. Whether you're in it for the landscape or for show, it works."

There is no admission charge for the event. For more information, contact Kaye Fearneyhough by calling (229) 894-4692 or sending an email to kaye@kkdaylilies.com.