Daffodil Judging Schools

ADS Judging Schools Chairman
Catherine Felton
978-729-8990 (Cell)
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ADS Judges’ Credentials and Refreshers Chairman
Rebecca Koesters
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We encourage all Daffodil Show chairmen to invite Daffodil Student Judges to judge in your shows. This will give them valuable experience and further their training as they work to become accredited judges. Rebecca Koesters has the current list of ALL judges, and will send it upon request. Please note: Additional Judges reference material, forms, and guidelines for a successful Judges Refresher can be found on our Judging Schools, Refreshers, Forms page.

ADS Judges Handbook:
The Handbook for Growing, Exhibiting, and Judging Daffodils, 6th edition, is available on the Publications page of the ADS WebStore.

The 2023 Judges Refreshers are listed below:
(Judges Refreshers curriculum needs advanced approval by Rebecca Koesters, ADS Chairman Judging Refreshers.)

  • 2023 ADS National Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 9:00 am (Eastern Time)
    “The Nitty Gritty of Point Scoring” will be discussed by two well-seasoned and wise instructors, Cathy Felton and Michael Berrigan. They will be tackling the very prickly subject of when you got to get down to the nitty gritty of point scoring. From condition, form, substance/texture to color, pose/stem, and size, these key elements all have to work in harmony for a bloom/collection to be a blueribbon winner. What are key aspects that will assist with a fair assessment? What minutiae not to over think and drag on about? What really is considered a severe fault in each criterion? How to take a step back and consider the outstanding qualities of the exhibit when point scoring. These questions and guidance are some this presentation hopes to provide with enlightenment. Judges requesting credit please register and pay $5 fee.

The 2023 Judges Schools are listed below:

  • Judging School III, Saturday, March 4, 2023 – Memphis, TN
    Held in the Hughes Pavilion at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave, Memphis, TN. Blooms should be available for viewing and identification Friday afternoon on March 3, 2023. For information please contact Molly Hampton at email  title=

    Please download additional information for Judging School III in Memphis Information about 2023 Daffodil School III in Memphis

    Registration for Judging School III in Memphis can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format.

  • Judging School II, Thursday, March 9, 2023 – Atlanta, GA
    ADS Judging School II will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 in the Crowne Plaza® Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia Hotel (Atlanta, Georgia) at the ADS National convention. The school will begin at 8:15 am. Audits and refreshers are also welcome to attend the school. For information please contact Cathy Felton, ADS Judging School Chairman, at email  title=, or cell (978) 729-8990.

    Additional information and Registration for Judging School II in Atlanta can be downloaded in either MS Word or PDF format.

  • Judging School II, Saturday, March 18, 2023 – Dallas, TX
    ADS Judging School II will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Dallas Arboretum, 8625 Garland Rd., Dallas, TX. For information please contact Mary Ann Moreland at email  title= or call (214) 801-6777.

Please consider attending any of our schools and passing the information on to friends who might also be interested in our judging schools.