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Those of you who did not attend the Annual Meeting at Fort
Myer missed an excellent presentation. Nick Webber of Heritage
Rosarium gave a very informative presentation on heirloom roses.
Just two or three slides into his talk and the projector lamp blew.
That barely phased Nick, he cheerfully continued on to describe the
characteristics and benefits of a number of heirloom roses. I
believe we have Kathleen Hoxie to thank for arranging for Nick’s
This year at the Annual Meeting, a new slate of officers was
elected to serve our society. Harlin Turner, Jack Roe, and Tricia
Kincheloe were reelected as President, Treasurer, and Secretary,
respectively. Newly elected are John Lydon, Vice President, and
Muriel Turner, Membership Secretary.
Our 46th Annual Flower Show, to be held at Merrifield Garden
Center, is only two months away. It will be interesting to see what
impact the later show date has on the selection of stems exhibited.
Most of the arrangements for the show have been made. However,
show Aids and Host & Hostesses are still needed. Aids assist the
judge the Saturday morning of the show and Hosts & Hostesses
greet the visitors to the show once it is open to the public. Please
consider volunteering for one of these important functions. To do
so, contact Mary Queitzsch (Aids) or Carolyn Scott (Hosts &
Hostesses). Their contact information is listed on the next page.
I look forward to seeing your beautiful entries at the show.
THE POTOMAC LILY SOCIETY
FORTY-SIXTH ANNUAL LILY SHOW
30 June - 1 July 2007
Merrifield Garden Center
Fair Oaks location
12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA
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Help for the Lily Show
The success of our show is
dependent on our member's
participation. Besides submitting
your Horticultural and Design
Exhibits, help is needed with
setting up the show on Friday,
June 29. On the morning of
Saturday, June 30, help is needed
to provide refreshments for the
Judges, show committee
participants, and Aids. While the
show is open to the public from
Saturday at 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm
and Sunday from 9:00 am to 4:00
pm, Hosts and Hostesses are
needed to greet visitors to the
Listed below are the committee
functions and respective contact
person. Please call or e-mail the
contact person and offer your
Saturday morning refreshments
Hosts & Hostesses
ANNUAL LILY SHOW
The schedule for the Potomac Lily Society’s Forty-
Sixth Annual Lily Show is included with this Newsletter. The
theme for this year’s show is “Versatile Lilies” and the event
will be held at Merrifield Garden Center, Fair Oaks location,
Set-up for the show will be done between 12:00 - 3:00
PM on Friday, June 29. Horticultural and Design Exhibits will
be displayed in the Auditorium. Entries may be made from
3:00 - 5:00 PM on Friday and from 8:00 - 10:30 AM on
Saturday, June 30 and must remain in place until 4:00 PM on
Sunday, July 1. Assistance with moving your stems,
preparation, classification, and staging will be available during
these periods. Clean-up begins on Sunday at 4:00 PM.
Please be present if you desire to reclaim your entries,
otherwise all stems will be donated. We will attempt to collect
and mail all ribbons to those who are not present.
In completing entry cards, you must fill outboth parts of
the form and follow the schedule in classifying your entry. Try
to arrive with the name of your cultivar. Classification will help
if it can, otherwise, it will be necessary to enter your stem as
“Unknown” and it will be judged with other orphans of the
same type. In completing entry cards, it is recommended that
you use pre-printed name and address labels. Note that two
are required per card. Also, please ensure that section, class,
and variety information is complete on the bottom stub, as this
is the source of information for tabulation of show results.
Members are encouraged to enter as many stems as
they possibly can, keeping in mind that specimens should be
well groomed and which meet minimum judging standards. At
least one bloom must be open. You may otherwise groom
your specimen in any way which does not alter its typical
features. For example, trim brown leaf tips in a fashion that
maintains the original leaf shape. Containers will be provided
by the Society. Fro best results, bring along some extra ste
material to help wedge your entry in the bottle so that it stands
The Novice Class is open to any exhibitor who has not
previously won a blue ribbon. This is a great opportunity for
our new growers to gain familiarity with show procedures and
to receive the extra assistance that goes with entry into this
class. We also encourage everyone to consider the many
sections available beyond the single stem or single bloom
categories, such as Section F which calls for three stems of
the same species, variety, or cultivar or Section G which
invites the entry of lilies grown in pots with no protection.
Some Tips on Grooming
Grooming is the practice of preparing
specimens for entry in the show, making them
look as good as possible.
Start by selecting your best stems — those
which have a healthy, vigorous appearance, free
from insect damage or disease. In a perfect
world, the stem will have the number of blooms
and buds typical for the cultivar, all well spaced
and with good color and size. Practically, pick the
best stem of each cultivar you have.
Cut your stem in early morning or late evening
and immediately plunge it into water for an hour
When hardened, place in a container which
allows you to stage the stem as you will want it.
Remove any leaves that would be in water.
Carefully trim leaves to remove an brown tips or
insect damage, but ensure that you retain the
basic shape of the leaf. If necessary, remove
heavily damaged or broken leaves and flower
parts. If removing a withered flower, avoid
leaving any stub or the pedicle.
Clean each leaf with a wet cotton swab to
remove any dirt, spray residue, or insect remains.
If cleaning is necessary on the bloom, it is best to
use a dry artists brush to remove an y dirt or
pollen. Treat pollen as the enemy and do all you
can to avoid spreading it beyond the anthers.
Place your stems in an appropriate container
to transport them to the show. Avoid stems from
rubbing together and any contact that could
cause bruising or damage to the stem or flowers.
If appropriate, cover the anthers with foil cups or
tissue to prevent it from staining the tepals
Finally, stage your stem in the showcontainer
so it is straight as possible and check to see
that there is sufficient water in the container.
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Please check the enclosed show
schedule for Committee assignments
for the 2007 PLS Lily Show
ANNUAL SHOW - DESIGN SECTION
There will be a total of twenty entries in the
Design Section. Note that all five design classes
(see enclosed show schedule) are open to any
amateur designer. It is important to note that
advanced registration is required and must be
accepted by the Design Section Chairs, Dolores
Felch (703-780-0766) and Charmane Truesdell
(301-490-4478) before June 15, 2007. Exhibitors
will be responsible for filling the required space,
maintaining the exhibit in show condition, and to
provide a substitute if unable to participate. See the
show schedule for other pertinent information.
Delivering Your Lilies
The exhibition room is located on the
second floor of the Garden Center. An elevator
is located inside the sales room near the main
stairway, which is located directly across from
the information desk. Stems can be set up in
the break room, which is on the right at the top of
Cars cannot be left unattended in front of
the building. If you have a lot of items to unload
and transport to the exhibit room, feel free to
announce in the auditorium that you need
assistance unloading your vehicle.
Directions to Merrifield Garden Center
Merrifield Garden Center is located at 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042
(703-560-6222). Directions th the Garden Center from several different points of origin are
PLS 2007 Membership Roster
Please review the enclosed PLS 2007 Membership
Roster for accuracy and completeness. Notify Muriel
Turner (NuNuGlevum@aol.com) if any changes and/or
additions are needed. An electronic version of the
roster is available in pdf format. Notify John Lydon
(email@example.com ) if you would like to receive the
electronic version of the PLS 2007 Membership
Other Upcoming 2007 Events
NLS 2007 International Flower Show
The Alberta Regional Lily Society is hosting the North American Lily Society International
Lily Show and World Convention 2007 in Edmonton, Alberta, July 11-15. They have a
dedicated web page (http://www.nals2007.org/) to provide further information about the show.
This is the 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Show
GCV 2007 Flower Show
The Annual Garden Club of Virginia Lily Show will be held June 20-21. The event will be
hosted by the Winchester-Clarke Garden Club, Winchester, VA. More about the event should
be available soon at www.gcvirginia.org
Lily Judging School
The Garden Club of Virginia (GCV) and the North American Lily Society will sponsor a Lily
Judging School beginning this June in connection with the GCV annual lily show. The first two
parts of the course of study will be taught on the afternoon of June 18 and the morning of June
19. It will include a written test on June 19. The instructor will be Ron Chiabotta, assisted by
David Diller. The location will be Blandy Farm, the state arboretum of Virginia, which is just off
U.S. Rte. 50, some 6 miles east of Winchester, Virginia (the location of the lily show). All
students must have studied the latest edition ofA Handbook for the Judge and Exhibitor,
published by the North American Lily Society. A review ofLet's Grow Lilies would also be very
helpful. The remainder of the Judging School will be completed in 2008, also in the Winchester
area, but not necessarily at Blandy Farm. For further information, contact Harvey Thompson
(firstname.lastname@example.org )or David Diller (email@example.com ).
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PLS Honorary Directors
Alice S. Fenn
John A. Montgomery
Potomac Lily Society Dues Payment
Annual dues (January to December) are $4.00 for either an individual or couple at the
same address. Dues can be paid for multiple years. The year on the upper right of the
address label on this newsletter is the year to which your dues are paid.Dues are due if the
number is2006. Make your check payable to the Potomac Lily Society.
City: ___________________________ State: ______ ZIP: ____________
Phone: _______________________ E-mail: _______________________________
Mail to: Muriel Turner
13484 Lake Shore Dr.
Herndon, VA 20171
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Web Site: www.potomaclilysociety.org
Wanted: photos from the spring luncheon. Did anyone take digital pictures at the spring
luncheon? If you did, and you would like to share them, please get in touch with Jim McKenney
( email@example.com ) and arrange to have them posted to the website. Do you
have other photos which might be of interest to our membership? Let Jim know.
Here's something else to think about: how did you get interested in lilies? What are some
of your earliest lily memories? How did you come to join the PLS? The answers to these and
other questions might make an interesting addition to our web site. Be thinking about it: someone
might be contacting you in the future to see what you have to say.
Some Lily Relatives
Modern lily growing began, it seems to me, sometime between the First and Second World
Wars. In the early days of both the British and American lily societies, there was an emphasis on
growing species lilies. It was hardly a matter of preference: there was little else available. Few
nurserymen grew lilies from seed back then: vegetative propagation was the rule. As a result, such
hybrids as existed were so badly infected with virus that even before viruses were “officially”
recognized, it was realized that those lilies were not right.
Few of us would regret the loss of those virus-infected stocks. But there is something else we
have lost: growers of lilies back then were also likely to be growers of those plants closely related to
lilies such asFritillaria, Nomocharis, Notholirion, and Cardiocrinum.
Back then, few American growers had experience with any of these genera, although British growers
have long nurtured frits,Cardiocrinum and, at least in the north, Nomocharis.
Many of these are now readily available to American growers. Here in my garden I have over three
dozen species ofFritillaria, one well established Cardiocrinum which has bloomed twice and might be
about to do it again this year, and one Notholirion on trial. We American growers have a lot of
catching up to do, and some of us are pursuing it enthusiastically. -- Jim McKenney