November 3, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Historics, Show Prep and Exhibiting, Shows

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To all interested in historic classes
It has been suggested to me by one of the New Zealand Daffodil growers interested in historic classes that perhaps it is time to divide these daffodils into three groups for exhibition –
  Up to 1900
  1901 to 1940
  1941 to 1960
One premier or best flower only, be chosen from the three groups overall.
By including the new group 1941 – 1960 could have two beneficial effects:
1.  The classes could become easier to enter and hence more popular
2.  It could save some of these important varieties from this new group  becoming extinct.
Would appreciate comments on this idea.
John A. Hunter
195 Patons Road
R.D.1 Richmond
New Zealand
Phone 64 3 544 0011

One response to “Historics”

  1. Loyce McKenzie, Mississippi Loyce McKenzie says:

    Dear John,
    I am not certain how long we have had Historics classes in American Daffodil Society
    shows (not having my 59th anniversary History at hand, thanks to unfortunate circumstances), but for several decades at least.
    Perhaps ten or more years ago, Sandra Stewart proposed and we passed a regulation allowing shows to opt to divide their Historics classes by decades (with everything before 1900 in one group). This has worked well. Before, with the division into classes, too many of the winners were post-1935. (some shows set up the Decades division in the schedule, and when subdividing was needed, used Divisions.)
    The original cut-off date, which I strongly support keeping in place, marks the beginning of the World War II years and a time period during which fewer new daffodil cultivars were either created, especially in Europe, or made available. This was a “watershed” period, and I think it makes sense.
    So we are essentially together.
    We’re together on something else—I have long wished to see something as simple as another class, but a permanent one, for daffodils introduced during the period right after
    that, though I believe 1940-1969 would work better.
    Look at our Show Reports and you’ll see that exhibitors are successfully using the flowers from this period in their present-day collections.
    We just need to have them still available—Ron Scamp, for one, is doing this.
    Loyce McKenzie