What Is An AHS Display Garden
or AHS Daylily City?
An American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden is
established to display the very best daylily cultivars to the
general public. Its purpose is to educate the visitor about
modern daylilies and how they can be used effectively in landscapes.
The purpose of an American Hemerocallis Society Historic
Daylily Display Garden is to educate the visitor about
historic daylily species and cultivars, their beauty, and how
then can be used effectively in landscapes. The American Hemerocallis
Society (AHS) also invites your city to consider applying for
the designation as an AHS Daylily City. The objective
of this program is to create and maintain an awareness of the
benefits of daylilies for landscape usage in public locations
and increase the overall usage of daylilies through educational
and promotional events within the city. More information about
this program may be found in the application below.
AHS Display Garden Facts - HERE and Display Garden Evaluator's Form - HERE.
Download an Application for AHS
Display Garden status in .pdf format.
Download an Application
for AHS Historic Daylily Display Garden status in .pdf format.
Download an Application for Daylily
City status in .pdf format.
Download a Display Garden Renewal Form as a .pdf file here.
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In an approved AHS Display Garden, a visitor can view a large
number and wide variety of labeled daylilies in a well-maintained
garden setting. To obtain official AHS Display Garden status,
certain criteria must be met:
- The owner or public garden liaison must be a member of
the AHS for two years or more, and must maintain his or her
AHS membership in good standing, to be eligible for a garden
to be designated as either an AHS Display Garden, an AHS
Historic Daylily Display Garden, or both.
- Although the number of daylily cultivars is not set, the
garden must include a wide variety of daylilies (e.g., diploids
and tetraploids; full, round, and spiders; small, miniatures,
and large flowers; and eyes and selfs) from a number of hybridizers.
For AHS Historic Daylily Display Gardens, it is recommended
that the garden contain a minimum of 50-100 historic daylily
cultivars and species.
- The garden must be well maintained (i.e., water, fertilizer,
mulch, etc.) and relatively free of weeds. The growing conditions
and culture should show daylilies to their maximum potential.
- Plant markers should be maintained in good condition, with
the name of both the cultivar and the hybridizer showing
clearly. Date of registration is often included on the marker
as well, and must be included on the plant marker for historic
daylilies. Historic daylilies are defined as all daylily
species plus daylily cultivars registered with the AHS on
or before 1980. Gardens must contain a representative collection of historic daylilies. A minimum of 50 cultivars registered in, or prior to, 1980 is the main requirement to qualify as an Historic Daylily Garden. Every ten years (2020, 2030, etc.)
thereafter the cutoff date for registered cultivars will
be advanced by ten years. For example, on 1/1/2020, the registration
cutoff will advance from on or before 1980 to on or before
- The garden should be open to the public during bloom season. The
American Hemerocallis Society's insurance policy does not
include Display Garden visitation. Garden owners are
encouraged to carry their own insurance.
- Commercial gardens are requested to maintain a specific
area designated as a Display Garden.
- The annual renewal application must be returned by October
To be added to the list of AHS Display Gardens and AHS Historic
Daylily Display Gardens, the qualifying garden must be inspected
by the appropriate AHS Regional Vice President (RVP) or his
designated representative and recommended to the AHS Display
Garden Chairman. Following RVP approval, the Display Garden
Chairman usually approves the application if all AHS requirements
To be removed from the list of AHS Display Gardens and AHS
Historic Daylily Display Gardens, request should be made by
the garden owner (or, if a public garden, the garden liaison
person) by contacting the appropriate RVP. The RVP should then
forward the written request to the AHS Display Garden Chairman. Failure
to return the Annual Renewal Report Forms is cause for automatic
removal by the Display Garden Chairman. (Annual Renewal
Request Forms will be sent to each garden by September 1 to
remind Display Gardens of this requirement.)
The RVP of each region or their designated representatives
should visit each Display Garden in their region at least once
every two years. Gardens that are in disrepair should be encouraged
to improve. The RVP can request to the Display Garden Chairman
that gardens with little prospects for improvement be removed.
For additional information, contact Mary Lou Lundblade,
AHS Display Garden Special Chairman, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top photograph of Overby's Garden--an AHS Display Garden located in Waller, Texas--by
Binion Amerson, Nikon F3, Kodachrome 64.