The Arkansas Daffodil Society


American Daffodil Society
Convention and Show
Thursday, March 27 - Sunday, March 30, 2014
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Little Rock, AR

     Saturday will include two morning and two afternoon seminars, all at different times so that conventioneers may attend each program if they choose to do so. Cindy Haeffner from Hermann, Missouri and other panelists will discuss the opportunities and challenges of Naturalized and Public Daffodil Plantings. Led by Naomi Liggett, the ADS Miniatures Committee Chair, diminutive daffodil enthusiasts from different parts of the country will offer their tips on Growing Miniatures. Learn how to use daffodils to create Easy-To-Make Floral Arrangements in a third session. The fourth session is still in the planning stages at this time.

     Keith Kridler from Mt. Pleasant, Texas is our Saturday night dinner speaker. Anyone who has heard Keith talk or has read his postings on Daffnet knows that he is dedicated to sharing his expertise for growing daffodils in his less-than-perfect hot dry Texas climate and also that he is a great humorist. Keith will enlighten and educate us on "The Perfect Daffodil."

     Sunday night Ian Tyler from England is our keynote speaker. Ian has been growing and showing daffodils for 38 years and has judged daffodils for 30 years. Ian is the Vice President of The Daffodil Society of Great Britain and the originator of the late Pie Eaters Daffodil Show whose infamous Worst Bloom postings on Daffnet are always a frightening sight to see!

Enjoy the 2014 Daffodil Convention
in the Natural State

     You are invited to come to Arkansas, the "Natural State", in 2014 to attend the American Daffodil Convention at Little Rock, March 27th through March 30th.

     Arkansas is the site of the first survey marker when the western lands of Louisiana Purchase were carved into individual states. It is an amazing land of plenty. From rich Mississippi delta lands to the Ozark Mountains, you will find an abundance of natural beauty and resources. Diamonds, coal and crystal; oil and minerals; hot springs and beautiful rivers; wild animals and birds of many varieties are all native to this Natural State.

     Our convention will be centrally located in the state capital of Little Rock. We will be in the DoubleTree Hotel, overlooking the Arkansas River in the historic downtown area. All shows and meetings will be on one floor of the hotel. Many attractions and restaurants are nearby, at the River Market and are within walking distance.

     Arkansasís climate runs from mild in the south to colder in the mountains of the northwest. In late March, our weather in the central part of the state should be mild, and gardens will be at their peak of spring bloom. We have three special gardens lined up for you to tour as a part of the registration package. These are Garvan Woodland Gardens and two private garden, Phyllis Kirtley and Kay Scherer all are near Hot Springs. Busses will provide transportation for this trip on Sunday, March 30th.

     In addition, we have an optional tour arranged on Friday March 28th. This will be a unique opportunity to visit the home and gardens of nationally recognized gardener and landscaper, P. Allen Smith. For $107, this bus tour will include lunch at P. Allen Smithís, and two additional sites: Wildwood Botanical Gardens and the Wye Mountain Daffodil Festival. All three of these gardens are amazing in their own special way. Unfortunately, this tour will take place during the judging of the daffodils in the show, so judges and clerks will have to forego this experience. Free tours are available from the River Rail Trolley. They include: Verizon Arena, the Statehouse Convention Center, the River Market, the Historic Arkansas Museums, Robinson Center Music Hall, Riverfront Park and Amphitheater, the Clinton Presidential Center and the Heifer Project International World Headquarters.  Other tours include Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock Central High School, the Arkansas Governor's Mansion and the Old Mill.


We would like to thank Gary and Bonnie McClure, for their generous sponsorship towards the ArDS web site.




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       ADS March Journal Article

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       ADS September Journal Article

       First Daffodils



Dirt du jour

by the Daffodil Planter

         Narcissus 'Misty Glen' takes home the Wister Award

         How do I love thee? [Barrett Browning]

         Sweetness and light [Sweetness]

         Dreamy daffodil [Dreamlight]

         A daffodil with a halo [Intrigue]

         A daffodil to send you into orbit [Stratosphere]

         Do you like orange in your daffodils? [Falconet]




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