September 12 – November 8, 2020
Hosted by The American Daffodil Society
This ADS Virtual Fall Forum is open to anyone interested in learning about daffodils! Please consider yourself cordially invited.
The 2020 Virtual Fall Forum has become an International Daffodil Event! Click on the Google Map below to find the City, State, and Country for our Registrants. (Please click on the ‘View Larger Map’ square, in the right corner of the upper banner, to view the entire map!)
Prior registration and payment is required for participation. Early Bird registration deadline is 31 AUG. Late registration is welcome for an increased fee. The access code for each presentation or event will be sent approximately one day prior.
Your successful interactive participation via ZOOM in this virtual forum will require the following:
- Registration for the Virtual Fall Forum with a valid email address.
- If you plan to view the ZOOM session without participating, all you need is a web browser pointed to the Zoom site https://zoom.us/join and the meeting ID. By joining our meeting, you would see and hear everything.
- If you plan to comment, discuss, or participate in a meeting, download the “free” ZOOM client for your operating system. Windows or Mac Download. For the best experience use a laptop, PC or iPad. You can also download a ZOOM client from the APP Store or Google Play for your cell phone.
- Almost all PC’s, Macs, and mobile devices can be used with a modern internet connection.
- Web browsers known to work well with Zoom are Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Safari. Internet Explorer does not work. Microsoft Edge is likely to work because it is based on Google Chrome.
- Please review this video guide for Joining a ZOOM meeting
- It might be beneficial to review this short video on ZOOM etiquette.
This is a new Venture for all of us! ADS recommends all participants become familiar and comfortable with ZOOM resources well before the start of our Fall Forum. You will need to have ZOOM ready to go on your device of choice. You are strongly encouraged to “join” a presentation in plenty of time (5-10 minutes ahead of time is advisable). Enhance your Visionary Venture experience by being prepared. ZOOM offers many tutorials on line to help you get started! See: ZOOM Guides and Tutorials. ADS is providing an opportunity for two different ZOOM orientation sessions. Please see the program schedule and consider availing yourself of one of these events, designed to help you.
Fall Forum Registration!
“Effective SEP 1, 2020 registration fees have increased to $35 for ADS members and $45 for non members. Registration will remain open throughout the conference.”
*Please note: Your registration fee includes all programming and there is no option for partial event registration.
The Registration Form for the 2020 Virtual Fall Forum & Fall Board Meeting can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format. Please complete a separate form for each attendee and mail your completed form, including check, to our Registrar’s address indicated on the form -OR- Email your completed registration form to our Registrar at and pay online at the ADS Webstore.
Cancellations and refunds: No refund requests will be accepted for this online event.
Recording permissions: To enable registered participants to view the educational sessions for an additional ten days after each presentation, those sessions will be recorded. By participating as a presenter or audience member in this digital environment, you agree to be recorded. (If you do not wish to be recorded, please do not participate in the live sessions.)
ADS Daffodil Photography Show!
This year we celebrate daffodils by virtually sharing our photographs with daffodil friends and participating in the 2020 Fall Forum Visionary Venture Photography Show. There is no fee to participate in the Photography Show, but photographers must register to participate by completing an Application Form on our Daffodil Photography Show website. Please reference the following links to the 2020 Fall Forum Photography Show Rules and Classes;
We encourage you to register starting August 2. Deadline for entering photo entries is Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 12 PM EDT. All entries must be the work of the exhibitor and celebrate the daffodil with images of one or more daffodils or daffodil parts as required by the class.
Photography Exhibitors now have the ability to upload their photographs to the Daffodil Photography Show website. Photographers must provide the class name and number, title for photo, and the name of the daffodil(s), if known. They may also select a photo class that they believe is appropriate for the photo. Detailed instructions for this process can be found under ‘Photographers’ on the Main Navigation of the website or reference the ‘How to Upload Photos’ page.
We also encourage all of you to view the Daffodil Photography Show website from October 1 – 21 to cast a vote for your favorite photo! Select ‘Public Vote’ from the Main Navigation of the website, browse through the photos within each Show Class and select ‘Vote’ under your favorite photograph. Based on your votes, a ‘Virtual People’s Choice’ will be awarded at the show.
On October 24 the Daffodil Photography Show will be OPEN for public viewing of Awards and Photographs. Top-winning Photos will be revealed at our special Photography Show recap event on November 8.
Schedule of Activities
All times for sessions are using USA Eastern Time Zone
Sunday, August 2, 2020
- 12:00 pm — SUBMISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHS FOR THE ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW BEGINS.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
- 12:00 pm — HOW TO ENJOY A VIRTUAL MEETING EXPERIENCE I, New to the world of virtual meetings? ADS Former President, Kathy Welsh of VA can help! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)“Please email Kathy at so she can send you an invite. She needs your name, email address and phone number. Deadline to sign up is Monday 8/24/2020.“
Thursday, August 27, 2020
- 7:30 pm — HOW TO ENJOY A VIRTUAL MEETING EXPERIENCE II, New to the world of virtual meetings? ADS Former President, Kathy Welsh of VA can help! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)“Please email Kathy at so she can send you an invite. She needs your name, email address and phone number. Deadline to sign up is Monday 8/24/2020.“
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
- 7:30 pm — HOW TO ENJOY A VIRTUAL MEETING EXPERIENCE III, New to the world of virtual meetings? ADS Former President, Kathy Welsh of VA can help! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)“Please email Kathy at so she can send you an invite. She needs your name, email address and phone number. Deadline to sign up is Monday 9/7/2020.”
Kathy Welsh joined the ADS in 1991, the year she inherited her mother’s daffodil collection. She was introduced to the art of exhibiting by Graham Phillips and Kathy Andersen, her aunt. Later that year Kathy moved to Los Altos, CA and joined her first local group, the Northern CA Daffodil Society. In the spring of 1992 she won her first ADS ribbon, now known as the Bozievich Award. Marilyn Howe became the ADS President that year and appointed Kathy the ADS Membership Chair, a position she held several times and under at least 4 ADS Presidents. In 1994 Kathy returned to the east coast, this time to Northern, VA where she has resided since that time. She began judging school that same year because she knew it would further hone her skills as an exhibitor. Kathy considers Chairing the ADS’s 50th Anniversary Convention in 2004 as one of her greatest accomplishments. She has hosted exhibitor workshops, chaired a series of ADS judging schools in her home and spearheaded the idea of holding judging schools at ADS Conventions. Kathy served as the ADS President from 2010-2012, and has held various positions on the Board from 1991-present serving consecutively for the past 29 years. Kathy was the first to include programs in the ADS fall meetings, a tradition that has continued since. Kathy enjoys exhibiting and sharing her bulbs with members of the ADS and her local group, the Washington Daffodil Society.
Friday, September 11, 2020
- 3:30pm — ADS Finance & Executive Committee Meeting (This is a closed Executive session meeting AND WILL NOT BE RECORDED)
Saturday, September 12, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE BULB AUCTION ONE BEGINS ON eBay, Search for ‘ADS 2020 Fall Auction #1’ to find our daffodil bulbs, Auction closes on Tuesday, September, 22, 2020. Check the listings you’re interested in for the exact time bids close on that day – it varies slightly for each listing. Please note: Any eBay member can bid at our ADS Online Bulb Auction. We will have 100 bulbs, or sets of bulbs, offered at our eBay auctions.
***List of Daffodil Bulbs available at ADS 2020 Fall Auction #1 on eBay!
- 12:00 pm — ADS President 2020-2022, Fredrica Lawlor of Cincinnati, OH WELCOMES EVERYONE AND OPENS VISIONARY VENTURE. Grab your favorite latte and visit with daffodil friends during this open social period before our Board Meeting starts @ 12:30 pm.(THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
From a lifelong interest in nature and gardening, Fredrica Lawlor came to the daffodil group when invited to a club dig for the South Western Ohio Daffodil Society (SWODS). She has helped out with SWODS shows over the years, first preparing the commercial exhibit, then as Show Recorder, then as Show Chair. She served as Regional Vice President of the American Daffodil Society’s Midwest Region 2013-2015. Fredrica is an accredited daffodil judge, and has greatly enjoyed the travel opportunities offered by attending spring conventions and fall Board meetings. Now President of the ADS, she looks forward to strengthening the connections of the society in the upcoming virtual events.
- 12:30 pm — ADS Board of Directors (BOD) Meeting, Presiding – ADS President, Fredrica Lawlor of OH. *All registered participants are welcome to “sit in” – but only ADS Board members may vote. (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
Saturday, September 19, 2020
- 12:00 pm — “ALL DAFFODILS ARE YELLOW, RIGHT?” ~ A Guide for Newcomers, presented by Mary Lou Gripshover and Tom Stettner, Jr of Cincinnati,OH *Your questions should be submitted in advance to Mary Lou at and Tom at (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Mary Lou Gripshover has served ADS for many years in numerous volunteer positions. She was a long time Editor of The Daffodil Journal, an award winning quarterly publication. She served ADS as National President and as Executive Director. Mary Lou has spent many years curating the extensive ADS Library and archival resources, and scanning those documents for preservation. She has served as the ADS National Daffodil Registrar and liaison to the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1993, Mary Lou Gripshover was awarded the Peter Barr Memorial Cup by The Royal Horticultural Society. She is an accomplished daffodil hybridizer and has traveled extensively to study Narcissus species in the wild. Mary Lou is a recipient of both the ADS Gold and Silver Medals. In 2015, Mary Lou Gripshover was presented the first, and thus far – only President’s Medal, to recognize and honor her extraordinary achievements and superior service to ADS.
Tom Stettner, Jr joined ADS in 1989 and became an Accredited Judge in 1996. Tom uses his talents as a photographer to document as many daffodil shows as he can each Spring. His images appear in The Daffodil Journal and many can be viewed on DaffSeek.org. Tom grows 500 different daffodil cultivars in his Cincinnati garden. He is friendly, enthusiastic, and enjoys the opportunity to share his knowledge with new ADS members. Tom was awarded the ADS Silver Medal in 2012 for his outstanding and dedicated service to the organization. Tom became an ADS Life Member in 1999, when his Mother presented him with that honor.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
- 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm — Jaydee Atkins Ager of The American Daffodil Society (ADS) – will host an informal, FUN, and very social ZOOM Room meet up for those new to daffodils and ADS. You can come into the meet up and depart at any time that fits your schedule! Our topics will range widely and Jaydee will be answering your questions about all things daffodils, daffodil shows, and ADS. Let’s get to know one another and enjoy our time together! Adult beverages are welcome! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
A native Georgian, Jaydee Atkins Ager joined The American Daffodil Society (ADS) at the age of 19 and she is now 67! Jaydee lives and grows her daffodils in the Coastal Plain of middle Georgia in the Southeastern USA. Her USDA Zone 8b makes for challenging conditions for growing daffodils – but Jaydee belongs to the Never Give Up Club! She is an Accredited Judge of ADS, a Past President, a past Executive Director, and was awarded the ADS Silver Medal in 2005 for service to the Society. Jaydee is the Chair of this first ever virtual Fall Forum, Visionary Venture – hosted by ADS.
Join Jaydee for a fun filled and informative evening talking daffodils – especially catering to our new members, or those that are considering joining ADS. Jaydee has been around for 48 years. She thinks daffodils and ADS are GREAT, and she believes she can have you believing that, too!
Saturday, September 26, 2020
- 12:00 pm — DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF PHOTOGRAPHS TO THE ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
- 5:30 pm — DAFFODILS & BUNNY SLIPPERS ~ How to Enjoy Daffodils at the Computer, Ben Blake and Nancy Tackett of Martinez, CA with support from their Computer Assistant Technicians – Nahla & Simba (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
The husband and wife team of Ben Blake and Nancy Tackett have jointly served as Co-Chairs of the ADS Internet Services Committee since 2000. At that time, they assumed the care of the ADS email discussion forum known as Daffnet. In 2007, they launched DaffSeek, a web-site with a large daffodil database and photos, which continues to evolve to this day. In 2012, they launched the new Daffnet, a web-based discussion forum, and soon after launched the DaffLibrary and DaffTube websites. Today, they continue to expand the ADS use of the Internet with new server hardware and software.
Ben and Nancy are the first couple to receive the ADS Gold (2007) and Silver Medals (2016), and the RHS Peter Barr Cup (2008). They were awarded Honorary Vice-Presidencies of The Daffodil Society of Great Britain (2008), and Life Memberships in the National Daffodil Society of New Zealand (2012). Nancy served in many officer positions of the ADS and as President from 2018 through 2020. This couple has been growing and showing their daffodils since the early 1990’s. Ben is a Computer Engineer and Nancy is a Software Delivery Manager.
- Don’t go anywhere folks – while we momentarily stop our ZOOM session to end our recording of DAFFODILS & BUNNY SLIPPERS. Please take a very short break and then log back into our next ZOOM session ~ “BECAUSE IT MUST BE 5:00 SOMEWHERE”! Show us your adult beverage and please enjoy this open, social interactive time! BUNNY SLIPPERS are optional! No recordings here – just FUN! Virtually visit with other daffodilians – while we prepare for the LIVE VERBAL BULB AUCTION coming up @ 7:00 pm.
- 7:00 pm — ADS LIVE VERBAL AUCTION (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
Auctioneer, Janet Hickman of Lynchburg, VA, assisted by Jack Hollister of Starkville, MS. Grab your favorite libation and join us for a lively and fun auction of some very desirable daffodil bulbs! Janet has curated the bulbs for both the “silent” and verbal auctions! ADS trusts you will be very generous in all your bids as you support our work as a nonprofit, educational organization. ***List of Daffodil Bulbs available at the ADS 2020 Live Verbal Bulb Auction!
Sunday, October 4, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE BULB AUCTION TWO BEGINS ON eBay, Search for ‘ADS 2020 Fall Daffodil Bulb Auction #2’ to find our daffodil bulbs, Auction closes on Sunday, October 11, 2020. Check the listings you’re interested in for the exact time bids close on that day – it varies slightly for each listing. Please note: Any eBay member can bid at our ADS Online Bulb Auction. There are over 100 listings because we were such good sellers on the first auction that eBay has granted us a higher limit. ***List of Daffodil Bulbs available at ADS 2020 Fall Auction #2 on eBay!
Monday, October 5, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW IS OPEN FOR POPULAR VOTING!
Saturday, October 17, 2020
- 10:00 am — A YEAR ON THE FARM, Presented by Julie & Dave Hardy of Esker Farm Daffodils in Dromore, Northern Ireland (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Dave and Jules Hardy live in the small town of Dromore, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland. They met whilst studying at University in Ambleside, England, the idyllic country lifestyle that they both enjoyed taking advantage of to go for walks and hikes. After four years studying Primary Education they moved to Blackpool – the Las Vegas of the UK, to take up teaching appointments in local schools. Gardening, and the outdoors, was never far from their minds. The garden of their mid-terrace home was completely renovated from a typical flagged backyard to a garden full of colour and a welcoming haven to relax and entertain family and friends, whatever the season.
The call home to Northern Ireland was too great for Jules and with Dave in tow they returned to the quiet countryside of Dromore, a small rural town in the foot of the Sperrin hills. After building their dream home and the arrival of their first child Theo, the pair quickly focused their attention, once again, to their outside living space. With rooms largely unfinished inside their new home the call to the outdoors was too great so plans, time, energy and money were poured into their aspirations to create a visionary, interesting and functional garden. They created zones around their home each fulfilling a roll in their widening gardening lives. A vegetable garden and polytunnel supplies the family with many of its needs throughout the summer and autumn, with the gluts being transformed into gorgeous crumbles, chutneys, jams and pickles; the children have a large area to play with nephews and nieces desperate to visit to play in the fabulous outdoor expanse, surrounding by rolling fields. An entertaining area is used throughout the year when BBQs are enjoyed surrounded by the heady scent of roses, jasmine and honeysuckle in the summer evenings and many herbaceous perennials and trees being enjoyed at other times of the year.
The love (read slight obsession!) for daffodils only came about by chance 10 years ago. Dave, representing his local gardening society, attended the Northern Ireland Daffodil Groups Annual Lecture. The Yellow fever took hold quickly and, unbeknownst to Jules, Dave purchased a beginner’s pack from Nial Watson of Ringhaddy Daffodils. His devotion to daffodils quickly took over his every spare minute (ably assisted by Brian Duncan).
Helping Brian during the summer holidays Dave assisted with digging, cleaning, bagging and eventually fine-tuning the art of hybridising come the spring time. He was expertly tutored in the art of ‘dressing’ blooms ready for show by many helpful members of NIDG. With Brian still heavy into hybridising, he had more seedlings than he knew what to do with so suggested a paring of minds to create a small catalogue to make more BS Duncan varieties available to the world in 2016. This was quickly followed by the crazy decision to buy Ringhaddy from Nial and Hilary. We stepped up to the plate and realised that we were undertaking the huge job of now being the only specialised Daffodil sellers in Ireland, where once there were dozens.
With this commitment, Nial recommended that we make ourselves known to US contingent and so, with Dave still teaching, Jules went to Sacramento Convention and was very much thrown in at the deep end to sink or swim. Staging a trade stand on her own was challenging after navigating the perils of Dublin airport and pre-customs – Not easy for a woman from Northern Ireland carrying what looked like a huge guncase, filled with daffodils! But the Irish charm won through and many lasting friendships (and customers) were borne there.
In 2018 Dave realised that his spark for teaching was waning as his passion for daffodils was increasing and so he made the tough financial decision to finishing teaching and focus on all things daffs! This allowed him to make his first trip to US soil for the Minnesota Convention in 2019.
2020… well that’s a whole different story.
Visit Esker Farm Daffodils website at https://www.eskerfarmdaffodils.com/.
Saturday, October 24, 2020
- 10:00 am — THE DREAM TEAM TALKS HISTORICS – A Panel Discussion, Moderator: Ian Tyler of Standish, Wigan, England
* You are encouraged to send questions in advance to: Moderator Ian Tyler at (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Over 40 years of growing, showing and judging daffodils, – a daffodil nut! A gifted, entertaining speaker on all thing daffodils for 30 years. Ian held office in The Daffodil Society of the UK for 34 years. He presently serves as Chair of the Historic Daffodil Committee for ADS. He spends most of his time these days, tracking down and trying to identify historic daffodils for the Throckmorton, Backhouse, Brody, and Engleheart collections in the UK.
Panelists are Jason Delaney of St Louis, MO, Joe Hamm of Washington, PA and Sara L. Van Beck of Atlanta, Georgia.
For nearly twenty-one years, Jason Delaney worked at Missouri Botanical Garden as North Gardens Supervisor and Bulb Collections Specialist, maintaining and specializing in the bulb, daylily, and iris collections, among others. During his time at the Garden, Jason participated in plant collecting expeditions to the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, the Caucasus mountains of the Republic of Georgia, the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, and the Changbaishan mountains in northeastern China. He has also traveled to Taiwan, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and throughout the U.S. for his work with daffodils, his greatest passion. Jason’s daffodil collection is situated on three acres of family land where nearly 3,000 varieties of daffodils are grown for small-scale production, hybridizing, and evaluation; PHS Daffodils specializes in classic, historic, and novel varieties for garden and exhibition. Jason began hybridizing daffodils–and daylilies, lilies, and crinum–in the late 1990s, and the best of his first-generation daffodil seedlings are now in production. Jason’s work with bulbs has been widely featured in magazines, journals, newspapers, and television programs. Additional to PHS Daffodils, Jason also operates Professional Horticultural Services, specializing in residential garden design and maintenance. Visit PHS Daffodils website at https://www.phsdaffodils.com/.
A ‘Hortus’ is a collection of plants for display and preservation. Joe Hamm’s Hortus is a collection of approximately 2,000 different daffodils and is located west of downtown Washington, Pennsylvania in an area known as Buffalo Village. Joe’s collection has earned him the distinction of being one of twenty-six Display Gardens of the American Daffodil Society (ADS) in the USA. There are two display gardens in Pennsylvania: Longwood Gardens in eastern Pennsylvania, and Joe Hamm’s Hortus in the western part of the State.
Joe’s love of gardening started at an early age, influenced by his maternal grandfather and an uncle. He first admired daffodils at the age of thirteen, but was unaware of the vast number and names until about 1990 when he learned that there were, at the time, over 29,000 different registered daffodils. He decided to begin his own specialized collection focusing on varieties that were registered in the year of his birth (1938), and prior to 1900.
As interest in historical daffodils grew, a group of ADS members pursued ADS approval to have any cultivar registered prior to 1940, considered as historic. As a result, ADS shows offer exhibitors the opportunity to exhibit historical daffodils in a special section. Joe was so motivated by this development, he put all his efforts into further creating his Hortus which presently includes many historical daffodils. Joe is proud to also grow newer daffodil cultivars. His daffodil collection represents 348 hybridizers from around the world!
Hamm was born in Pittsburgh and then worked and lived in the State of Indiana for 40 years. When he retired in 2000, he returned to western Pennsylvania and relocated his Hortus collection to 2 acres of the 16.5 acre farm where he resides. As an ADS Display Garden, Joe’s Hortus is open to the public from late March until early May. Joe also holds an annual ADS approved daffodil show in his very deluxe ‘Barn’ – in late April. This show attracts exhibitors from many nearby States and is famous for its camaraderie and hospitality. This show is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see daffodils close up – and view thirteen different classification types of daffodils – and six color combinations – which make for the vast array of daffodils.
The Hortus continues to thrive through the efforts of Joe’s sister, Georgine Materniak, and their good friend, Carol Stough.
Sara L. Van Beck, of Atlanta, Georgia, is a horticulturist and plant historian. A prolific author and speaker, Sara is the author of ‘Daffodils in American Gardens 1733-1940’.
She presently serves the Cherokee Garden Library of The Atlanta History Center, as a member of the Acquisitions Committee. ADS has benefited from Sara’s expertise as a member of the BOD. She has served as President of The Georgia Daffodil Society. Sara’s knowledge of historic landscapes preservation, and her love of historic daffodils has been a great asset for Historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia.
She has served the RHS as a corresponding member to the Narcissus Classification Advisory Group. Sara has volunteered as the long time list serve moderator for the ADS Historics Committee internet group.
Sara began her professional career as a museum curator for the National Park Service’s Southeast Regional Office. She had developed a love of gardening from both her parents, growing up in Tallahassee, Florida. The Van Beck family learned that historic daffodils performed well in north Florida and they began extensive research, which resulted in their legacy: numerous books and articles about historic daffodils – and the equally fascinating historical landscapes where they could be found.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW CLOSES FOR POPULAR VOTING!
- 6:00 pm — MINIATURE BREEDING FROM KEIRA BULBS, Presented by Helen & Graham Fleming of Pialligo, AU (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Keira Bulbs is the trading name for a business partnership between Graham and Helen Fleming.
One of the business activities of Keira Bulbs consists of the growing and selling of, amongst other things, daffodil bulbs and in particular top quality miniature exhibition bulbs. Keira Bulbs produces bulbs primarily for export to the US, UK and Europe. Keira Bulbs is one of the very few registered narcissus bulb exporters in Australia.
It is particularly well known as a hybridizer of miniature cyclamineus and triandus hybrids but our hybridizing program for miniatures covers all Divisions.
The bulbs are grown at our farm of about 5 acres which is located at Pialligo. Pialligo is a suburb of Canberra, the National Capital of Australia.
Keira Bulbs was established in the mid-1980s. Keira Bulbs has been growing daffodils commercially since the mid 1980’s and hybridizing on a commercial scale since 1991.
The grower who has influenced Keira Bulbs the most is Rod Barwick of Glenbrook Bulb Farm. There is also a little of Jackson’s Daffodils parentage through our miniatures as well.
Keira Bulbs has also been influenced by some members of the ADS, and in particular, Olivia Welbourn, Suzy Wert, John Reed, Larry Force, Kirby Fong and Clay Higgins.
Keira Bulbs has a fairly good species collection that assists its hybridizing programs.
While Graham does most of the hybridizing, Helen’s influence through her interest in miniatures, reverse bicolors, pinks and whites, has been considerable.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, IS OPEN FOR VIEWING OF JUDGED ‘BEST IN CLASS’ AWARDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS! Please reference the Judged ‘Best in Class’ page on the Daffodil Photography Show website.
Saturday, October 31, 2020
- 12:00 pm — ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW, IS OPEN FOR VIEWING OF PUBLIC CHOICE ‘BEST IN CLASS’ AWARDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS! Please reference the Public Choice ‘Best in Class’ page on the Daffodil Photography Show website.
- 1:30 pm — A SPOOKTACULAR PRESENTATION, All About ADS Membership – including ADS Youth Membership & Youth Opportunities, presented by: Mary Malavase of Nantucket, MA. *ADS Youth Members are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes while we learn and have fun! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
Mary Malavase is currently a Real Estate Broker on Nantucket and has resided on the island year-round for the past 47 years. This is her second career after three decades in Hotel Management. Mary has had a love of daffodils since she attended her first show in 1975 on Nantucket. Over the years she has exhibited and as her work schedules allowed – has been able to attend ADS events. She is former co-chair of the Wister-Pannill Awards Committee and has served as ADS Youth Chairman. She recently completed a term as Regional Vice President for New England to the ADS Board. Mary has helped educate many local Nantucket residents on planting and exhibiting their flowers in Nantucket’s local show. She most enjoys mentoring individuals to create a love of daffodils. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing a first-time exhibitor receive their first blue ribbon. Mary is a lifetime member of the ADS.
Saturday, November 7, 2020
- 12:00 pm — JUDGING COLLECTIONS IN ADS SHOWS – A Panel Discussion, Moderator – Cathy Felton of Wenham, MA will be joined by Panelists: Janet Hickman of Lynchburg, VA, Mary Malavase of Nantucket, MA, Carolyn Hawkins of Cumming, GA, and Kathy Welsh of Oakton, VA. *All registered participants are invited. (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
This presentation is offered as a Judges Refresher Course for Accredited Judges of ADS with prior registration and payment of $5 USD Refresher fee. Questions for the panel, concerning the subject, must be submitted in advance to Cathy Felton at
Cathy Felton is the current American Daffodil Society’s Judging Schools Chair.
In addition to her B.S. in zoology, Cathy has ten years of course work with the former Landscape Institute of Harvard University, but a love of horticulture led her into the garden club world which now includes lecturing and teaching in New England and along the east coast.
Cathy is a Garden Club of America Horticulture Judge, American Daffodil Society Accredited Judge and Instructor, and Master American Hosta Society Judge. An active member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. (NGC), she has served on its national board as Horticulture Chairman and Vice Chairman of Gardening Study Schools. Cathy is also a NGC Master Flower Show Judge and Horticulture Instructor for flower show schools, a member of both North Shore Garden Club (MA) and Hamilton-Wenham Garden Club (MA), and a member of North Shore Horticulture Society.
Janet Hickman, MD, is an ADS Accredited Judge and Judge Instructor as well as the ADS First Vice President. She has served as the Daffodil Chair of the Garden Club of Virginia and is the Horticulture Vice Chair for the Board of the Old City Cemetery and Arboretum in Lynchburg, VA. She grows about 1800 daffodil varieties and likes them all, from miniature to massive, Historic to brand new. She has enjoyed exhibiting in local, regional, and National shows across the country.
Mary Malavase has had a love of daffodils since she attended her first show in 1975 on Nantucket. Living and working on a resort island destination in the hospitality industry did not allow much free time for summer gardening. Daffodils blooming in the Spring and plantings in the fall is her ideal schedule. She is an accredited Judge and recently was appointed as an Instructor for Judging Schools. She is past Youth Chairman for the ADS. She has been able to enjoy attendance at many ADS events and loves learning from other exhibitors. She first got involved when her son and daughter were in the elementary school, now in their forties, and brought home bulbs from the Nantucket Garden Club. This gift was to be planted and the flower was entered in the show the following spring. As they say, one blue ribbon and you are hooked to continue a lifelong journey and great appreciation of the flower we all love.
Carolyn Hawkins was a National Garden Clubs Horticulture Instructor from1991 to 2018. With the training she received with NGC and as a Master Gardner she specialized in daffodils, iris and is active with both ADS and AIS. In 2010 she became the ADS Judging Schools Chairman and conducted the judging schools. She worked with the curriculum for the schools and recently coordinated with Cathy Felton, the current Judging Schools Chairman, to revise Chapter 8, Judging Schools, for the 2020 edition of the ADS Handbook. Her focus now is teaching in the schools and refreshers. She is currently serving as the ADS Southeast Region RVP.
She lives in an Active-Adult community in Cumming, Georgia. She has daffodils everywhere on her property. Presently she is the Recording Secretary and Schedule Chairman for the Georgia Daffodil Society and continues to be active with ADS locally.
Kathy Welsh joined the ADS in 1991, the year she inherited her mother’s daffodil collection. She was introduced to the art of exhibiting by Graham Phillips and Kathy Andersen, her aunt. Later that year Kathy moved to Los Altos, CA and joined her first local group, the Northern CA Daffodil Society. In the spring of 1992 she won her first ADS ribbon, now known as the Bozievich Award. Marilyn Howe became the ADS President that year and appointed Kathy the ADS Membership Chair, a position she held several times and under at least 4 ADS Presidents. In 1994 Kathy returned to the east coast, this time to Northern, VA where she has resided since that time. She began judging school that same year because she knew it would further hone her skills as an exhibitor. Kathy considers Chairing the ADS’s 50 Anniversary Convention in 2004 as one of her greatest accomplishments. She has hosted exhibitor workshops, chaired a series of ADS judging schools in her home and spearheaded the idea of holding judging schools at ADS Conventions. Kathy served as the ADS President from 2010-2012, and has held various positions on the Board from 1991-present serving consecutively for the past 29 years. Kathy was the first to include programs in the ADS fall meetings, a tradition that has continued since. Kathy enjoys exhibiting and sharing her bulbs with members of the ADS and her local group, the Washington Daffodil Society.
Sunday, November 8, 2020
- 1:30 pm — IBERIAN TRIPS – Wild Narcissus as a Pretext for Magic, presented by Juan Andres Varas B. of Valdivia, Chile (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Juan Andres is a lawyer and professor of private law, current Dean of the Faculty of Law at University Austral and Judge pro tempore at the Court of Appeals of Valdivia, former Secretary General of the same university, and Governor of Los Ríos Region in southern Chile. His interest in daffodils, and especially in wild daffodils, has led him to make several trips to Spain, Portugal and France searching, studying and photographing daffodils in the wild. In 2015, Juan published, with Sally Kington and John David, a translation of Flora Iberica’s Key for the Identification of the Species in the RHS Yearbook.
- 3:00 pm — ADS ONLINE FALL FORUM PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW ‘TOP AWARD WINNERS’ ANNOUNCED AND VISIONARY VENTURE CLOSING REMARKS, presented by ADS Photography Show Chair – Robert Darling of Washington, DC (THIS IS A RECORDED EVENT)
Robert Darling has grown daffodils all of his life beginning in California and now in Washington DC and Fayetteville, Pennsylvania. Active in the American Daffodil Society, Tuscarora Daffodil Group and the Washington Daffodil Society, where he has served as President and currently is the U.S. National Arboretum, and Photography Chairman. He served the ADS Board, facilitating strategic planning sessions and establishing the ADS Photography Section, to encourage the use of Photography in all our shows and now, using photos to connect us virtually, exploring the ever changing means and artistry of image capture.
In addition to daffodils Robert worked as a Director, Designer and Dramaturg in Opera, Ballet and Theater both On and Off Broadway and in some of the most prestigious Performing Arts companies around the world. He established a Garden Design Company in DC and since the 1980s worked internationally in Strategic Problem Solving for numerous institutions from NASA and the US Air Force to Boeing and Coke. One of the Founding members of the IFVP (International Forum of Visual Practioners) and the Alliance for New Music Theater in Washington DC where, as Vice President he continues to serve.
- 3:30 pm — PIXELS & PINK CHAMPAGNE – Stay on ZOOM and join us for celebratory, joyous fun! Perhaps you will want to pour yourself a flute of cold bubbly, or your favorite libation during this informal virtual social gathering. Robert Darling will be answering your Photography Show questions. Stay as long as you like, friends! (THIS EVENT IS NOT RECORDED)
Photographs from the Daffodil Photography Show will continue to be available for viewing on the Daffodil Photography Show website until midnight, November 30, 2020!
Access to Recorded Sessions!
To comply with recording permissions outlined for the 2020 Virtual Fall Forum, registered participants will be able to view recorded educational sessions for an additional ten days after each presentation. By participating as a presenter or audience member in this digital environment, you agree to be recorded. (If you do not wish to be recorded, please do not participate in the live sessions.)
The following list of events will be recorded and then deactivated on the date specified next to each event;
- A Guide for Newcomers (SAT 19 SEP – 12:00pm) – DEACTIVATE ON SEP 30
- Enjoy Daffodils at the Computer (SAT 3 OCT – 5:30pm) – DEACTIVATE ON OCT 14
- A Year on the Farm (SAT 17 OCT – 10:00am) – DEACTIVATE ON OCT 28
- Historic Daffodils (SAT 24 OCT – 10:00am) – DEACTIVATE ON NOV 4
- Miniatures (SUN 25 OCT – 6:00pm) – DEACTIVATE ON NOV 5
- Judging Collections (ADS AJ Refresher) (SAT 7 NOV – 12:00pm) – DEACTIVATE ON NOV 18
- Species Narcissus of Iberia (SUN 8 NOV – 1:30pm) – DEACTIVATE ON NOV 19
If you wish to view any of the recorded events outlined above, before the deactivate date, please contact Jaydee Atkins Ager at email . You will need to provide your Virtual Fall Forum registration email, First name & Last name to verify your registration and give you access to the 2020 Virtual Fall Forum – Recorded Sessions page.