METROPOLITAN COLUMBUS DAYLILY SOCIETY NEWS ADVISORY
Contact: Winnie Garabis, MCDS Show Design Chair, 614-486-1324 Date: June 14, 2009
Jeff & Darlene Kerr, MCDS Show Chairs, 614-794-9040
The 24th Annual Daylily Show
Come and admire one of America's favorite garden flowers at the MCDS 24th Annual Daylily Show, open to the
public at no charge. Experience the allure of daylilies – the easy-to-grow perennial that is a gardener’s delight,
offering more than 60,000 varieties to suit every taste. This year’s show theme, “Metamorphosis” is a nod to
both the plant’s daily explosion of blooms and the Franklin Park Conservatory’s stunning Blooms and
What: Daylily show and competition featuring around 350 scaped and single bloom entries,
representing hundreds of varieties.
Also included in the show is a stunning Design Competition. This year’s designs feature these
“Metamorphosis” themes: On Gossamer Wings (Painted Lady, Giant Swallowtail, and Majestic
Monarch) and Transition to Beauty (Emergence). Judges accredited by the National Garden
Clubs, Inc. will judge the designs.
Also of interest is Daylilies in the Arts, where a variety of glasswork, stitchery, photography,
stone carving, and art -- inspired by daylilies -- are displayed.
See hundreds of daylilies in bloom at the Ohio Hybridizers' Garden at Franklin Park
Conservatory. Established in 2005, the MCDS project offers an historical approach to
displaying the work of Ohio hybridizers. The garden consists of beds featuring daylilies from
the 1920s through the 2000s, and a bed featuring American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) award-
winning daylilies. The garden contains more than 300 cultivars, with some exceptional
specimens of difficult to find Ohio-bred daylilies. Guided tours will be provided throughout the
When: Sunday, July 12, 2009
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203
Who: Hosted by the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society (www.columbusdaylilies.org)
Accredited by the American Hemerocallis Society (www.daylilies.org)
Photos from the 2008 Daylily Show are available upon request.
MCDS is an Ohio-registered nonprofit organization, founded to promote the appreciation of daylilies. It is the largest daylily club in
the U.S. -- with nearly 300 members representing backyard gardeners with just a few plants to commercial growers with tens of
thousands of plants. MCDS is a great place to learn about daylilies and to enjoy them with others who are enthusiastic about
gardening. Membership is open to youth and adults. www.columbusdaylilies.org