Julian is a small village in the mountains of Southern California near the city of San Diego. It was famous for two things, its lilacs and its apple pie, the climate being ideal for producing the winter chill that lilacs and apples require. it is also an ideal climate for Daffodils. For the past eleven years the town has put together an annual spring Daffodil Show. It is now a town festival and brings in many visitors to enjoy the flowers before enjoying the apple pie. The show is held in the village Town Hall. It is not an ADS accredited show, nevertheless, it has some aspects that would be the envy of many of the accredited shows. The rules for entries are fairly simple. Any daffodil is accepted and it does not need to be named. You put your entries into the most appropriate divisions and if entries are incorrectly placed it does not matter, for the judges will move it to the proper division while they are judging. Judges are generous with their ribbons, after all, the point is to encourage people to grow daffodils. This year there was a mix of ADS judges as well as judges from other flower organizations.
There was an enormous youth section with 53 exhibitors, enough that the youth section could be broken into age groups starting with 3-5 years and ending with older teenagers.
The adult section was equally impressive with 62 exhibitors. In total, for both the youth and adult section there were 962 stems in about 727 entries. And this was a bad climate year. Last year they had twice as many flowers. How many accredited shows can boast those numbers of either stems or exhibitors? There were three stem entries, too and even some collections of 6 or 9 stems.
We found a number of Ice Follies and put them together to compete for the “Tom Stettner Special Award.” Just kidding 🙂
Best flower was a good ‘Salome’ exhibited by Gretchen Brown and the runner up was a lovely unknown identified as coming from Scamp. It was shown by K.Wright.
The show was started by Sally Snipes and Jay Pengra, and as a fun weekend, not to be a serious show. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm of the helpers who organized and set up this year’s show. They all seemed be be having a lot of fun. It really contrasts with the somewhat blase attitudes that I see in most of the serious accredited shows.