A Little Arkansas Daffodil
The Arkansas Daffodil Society
(ARDS) was organized sometime in 1959-60. The American
Daffodil Society having been organized April 9, 1954 in
D.C. We are sure that Carl Amason was one of the main
people to spearhead the Arkansas group. In the 1960
American Daffodil Society (ADS) Yearbook there were 32 ADS
members from Arkansas. In August 1964 the ADS membership
had grown to 45 which included 18 ADS Judges as well as 4
student judges. In July 1966 that membership grew to 58 with
22 ADS Judges. There are currently 16 ADS members from
The first Arkansas Annual
Daffodil Show was held in March 1961. No records were found
for the 1980 show and there was no show in 2005 making 2012
the 50th Annual Daffodil Show. There were many
exhibitors in the early years including Quinn entries. Mrs.
Ralph Henry of Siloam Springs won the first ADS Quinn at the
Arkansas show. This was followed by Mrs. Jesse Cox in 1962
and Mrs. Betty Barnes in 1964. Some years there were two
shows instead of our usual one show per year. In March 1965
there was a show on March 3 in Russellville and one on March
23 in El Dorado. How they managed that without reversing
the dates for the locations is an unknown. Shows were held
in various locations such as Little Rock, Fort Smith, and El
Dorado etc. Dick and Gertie Butler donated funds for a
daffodil display garden and gazebo at Hendrix College in the
80’s and we used Hulen Hall for many years.
There were several from
Arkansas who contributed articles to the ADS Journal with
Carl Amason being the most prolific. When I joined the ADS
in 1983, I wanted every journal. Ms. Leslie Anderson made
sure I was able to buy all the back issues as they became
available. I devoured every issue, that was before I
finally figured out I wasn’t going to be able to keep good
daffodils in my Grant County soil. Some of the same
problems such as “Labels” are the same problems we have
today, some things never change!!!!!!! An excellent article
was how Mrs. Laura Lee Cox got her money during the war and
bought a place on Lake Catherine in Hot Springs which was
considered in the “boonies”. When her husband returned from
the war, she presented him with the deed with instructions
they were to begin clearing it for a home and to plant
daffodils. The first Arkansas show I attended in 1983 was
held in Hot Springs. Laura Lee was in her 80’s then and was
the show chairman. During the 80's and 90's memberships in
Garden Clubs and Flower Societies began to dwindle. Many
people were instrumental in keeping the Daffodil show going
after the many early warriors could no longer participate.
To name just a few, Gertie and Dick Butler, Gerald and Beth
Horton, JA Strauss, Frances Goodenough and Kay Mayes. Carl
Amason always sent money to help financially when he was no
longer able to attend the shows. Before we had the internet
with “Google”, if you had a question, Carl was the person to
Celia Jones visited us at our
1991 Arkansas show and got us interested in “heirloom”
daffodils. Gerald Horton was President at the time. In
March 1992, Arkansas offered the first “heirloom class” for
pre-1940 daffodils. In April 1996 ADS voted to add the ADS
Historic Section to the ADS shows for 1997. Therefore, our
heirloom class became the ADS Historic. The first Historic
Ribbon at a National Show was in Jackson, Mississippi and
was won by Kirby Fong for N. Jonquilla “Minor Plenus” in
Roush, Arkansas Daffodil Society, Historian
1966 Preamble Mrs. B. B.
1967 Fireproof Mrs.
George Hartge, Jr.
1968 Nuage Mrs.
1969 Tranquil Morn
1970 Aircastle Mrs. W.
1971 Not Recorded
1972 Audubon Mrs. Mabel
1973 Dainty Miss Mrs. Mabel
1974 Ocean Spray Mrs. Laura Lee
1975 Medalist Mrs. W. D.
1976 Broomhill Mrs. H. R.
1977 Acropolis Mrs. D. O.
1978 Kingfisher Mrs. D. O.
1979 Falstaff Mrs.
1980 Not Recorded
1981 Chiloquin Mrs.
Green Quest Mrs. Laura Lee Cox
1983 Green Gold Mrs. Gertie
1984 Heron Mrs.
1985 Ivy League Mrs.
1986 Canisp Mrs. Jo
1987 Broomhill Frances
1988 Broomhill Gerald
1989 Greek Key Gerald
1990 Symphonette Gerald Horton
Loch Lundie Rodney Armstrong
1992 Starmount Louise Dunn
1993 Misty Glen Frances
1994 Pop’s Legacy Judy Faggard
1995 Patchit Leslie
1996 Resplendent Sandra
1997 Gull Louise
1998 Geometrics Martha
1999 Mareeba Larry Force
2000 Gin & Lime Larry Force
2001 Loch Leven Jim Russell
2002 Vineland Jim Russell
2003 Pacific Rim Jim Russell
2004 Conestoga Kay Mayes
2005 Not Recorded
2006 Green Linnet Margaret
2007 Geometrics Larry Force
2008 Sabine Hay James Russell
2009 King of Diamonds
2010 Lemon Silk Rodney
2011 Killearnan Char Roush