The American Daffodil Society’s 2017 national daffodil show was held March 10-11 in Sacramento, California. In horticulture, there were 743 entries by 35 exhibitors who entered a total of 1657 stems. In photography, 12 photographers entered 51 photographs. In this posting, I cover the American Daffodil Society awards for exhibits that involve a single, standard cultivar or species. The order below is the order in which they occur on the show report form.
The Gold Ribbon is for the best standard daffodil in the show excluding the Challenge Section and the Container-Grown Section. The Rose Ribbon is for the best standard seedling exhibited by its originator in the show excluding the Challenge Section and the Container-Grown Section. The Best Intermediate Ribbon is for the best intermediate daffodil in the Intermediate Section, any standard collection, the Youth Section, or the Small Growers Section. The winning cultivar is Larry Force’s seedling 07-156 2O-O.
The White Ribbon is for the best set of 3 standard daffodils in the show. The winning cultivar is ‘Moon Madness’ 3W-Y.
The Matthew Fowlds Award is for the best named, standard cyclamineus in the show. The Olive W. Lee Trophy is for the best standard daffodil in Divisions 5 through 8 in the show. The winning cultivar is ‘Lemon Silk’ 6YYW-W.
The Best Intermediate 3-Stem Ribbon is for the best set of 3 intermediates in the Intermediate Section of the Tuggle and Mains classes. The winning cultivar is ‘Solera’ 2YYW-YPP.
The best bloom in the Historic Section was ‘Beryl’ 6W-YYO.
The best set of 3 stems in the Historic Section was also ‘Beryl’ 6W-YYO.
Not surprisingly, there is an award for the best bloom in the Classic Section; however, there is also an award for the best single-stem exhibited in the Classic Section. In this case, one flower won both of them. A classic daffodil is one that was registered between the years 1940 and 1969 inclusive. The winning bloom was ‘Strines’ 2Y-Y (1965).
The best set of 3 in the Classic Section was ‘Tahiti’ 4 Y-O (1956).
Best bloom in the Youth Section was ‘Saint Keverne’ 2Y-Y. Exhibitors in the Youth Section must be 20 years of age or younger.
Best set of 3 stems in the Youth Section was ‘Treasure Waltz’ 2Y-Y.
Best bloom in the Small Growers Section was ‘Golden Echo’ 7W-Y. Exhibitors in the Small Growers Section grow 50 or fewer cultivars or species. (Yes, we know ‘Golden Echo’ really should have multiple florets.)
The winning cultivar was ‘Monal’ 2Y-R.
The winning species was Narcissus obvallaris.
The William A. Bender Ribbon is for the best bloom in the Challenge Section of the national show. The flower is ‘Rockin Goose’ 2O-O.
A separate panel of judges knowledgable about daffodil hybridizing looks for the most innovative new daffodil in the show. In some years, the award is withheld if the judges do not see anything they deem to be worthy. The winning cultivar was seedling 1-158-17 12G-GGY.
The Wells Knierim Ribbon is for the best photograph in the photography division of the show. What’s shown here is a photo of the photo, not the photo itself. The title is ‘Nice to Have a Large Family.’
So this takes care of all the awards for single, standard cultivars. There’s no cultivar, but the Silver Ribbon is awarded to the exhibitor who wins the the most blue ribbons in the horticulture. It happened to be Kirby Fong with 42.