Kay Fearneyhough's garden, at her northwest Albany home, features a variety of daylilies and ornamental figures.
ALBANY, Ga. — Those interested in helping things grow in their backyard have something to look forward to on Saturday.
The Albany Hemerocallis Society, also known as the Albany Daylily Society, is hosting its 30th annual daylily show outside the Albany Mall from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
The show, which will take place in the area between JCPenney’s and Belk, will follow a plant sale at the same site beginning at 10 a.m. — and will continue until all the items are sold.
The show is accepting on-scape entries only on the morning of the show. Displayed daylilies will be available for public review once judging is completed, which is usually at around noon, officials say.
“We provide everything, just bring the flowers,” said Kaye Fearneyhough, a member of the club since 2000 and a coordinator of the show.
Public viewings will give an opportunity for people to vote on entries in the show’s people’s choice division, which will happen in addition to the judging that will be conducted by 12 flower experts from throughout the state.
“We have such an enormous variety in colors of daylilies,” Fearneyhough said. “They are easy to grow.
“There are about 70,000 registered daylilies. They are the most hybridized flower in the world. Each daylily seed you come up with is unique. It can be bred to certain traits or certain goals (for the grower).”
Admission and entry into the show is free. In years past, there have been up to 400 entries. Since warmer weather resulted in an earlier bloom season this year, there could be fewer than that in Saturday’s show, Fearneyhough said.
Even so, there still should be some impressive specimens to look at.
“It may be lower because they (the flowers) are past their bloom cycle, but we may see more things that bloom later,” she said. “There are colors (in daylilies) that range from black to white, and are from two inches to 18 inches (in height).
“There are forms from spiders to doubles.”
There are seven categories for which the flowers at the show will be judged. From the winners in those categories, there will be a “best in show” plant chosen.
In addition, there will be an education table set up that will include brochures, back issues on plant magazines as well as people there to help answer questions about nurturing daylilies. There will also be gardens throughout the area open on Sunday, a list of which will be available at the show, Fearneyhough said.
The ultimate goal behind the event is to help promote the club as well as the flower itself, coordinators say.
“They (daylilies) are low-care,” Fearneyhough said. “As long as they have a sunny spot and they can be watered well, they will do well.”
Coordinators generally expect several hundred spectators to come through who either come for the plant sale to look around, or pass by the show as they are entering or exiting the mall.
“There are lots of people who grow daylilies. They are great landscape plants,” Fearneyhough said. “They (the show’s attendees), come to see what’s new and different.
“I went to the show in 2000, joined the club and jumped in with both feet. It’s a lot of fun and a lot of camaraderie. It can be a really affordable habit.”
The daylily club usually meets on the third Saturday of the month at noon in the Phoebe Northwest conference room from September through May. A single membership is $10 a year, and a family membership is $12 a year.
Those interested in more information about the club or the show are encouraged to call Fearneyhough at (229) 894-4692.