What Judges Look For

The following is the scale of points which judges use to judge lily stems in most classes in the horticulture section of the show. A slightly different scale of points is used for judging seedlings which are entered in Section C (Classes 21-30), as the condition of seedlings is not deemed to be as important in these classes.

Condition: 30 points
Lily foliage and flowers should be free from disease, insect or other damage such as hail. The stage of maturity is important - usually a stem is in best condition when the lower blooms are open but not faded, and the upper ones are still in bud. There should be no distortion of stems, foliage or flowers. All flower parts should be present. Removing the anthers from the stamens makes for easier transportation as there is no risk of pollen staining. At least one flower must be open to the typical size and shape of the cultivar.

Vigor: 20 points
The length and sturdiness of the stem, as well as the length of the inflorescence and number and size of flowers should be a good example of what a specific cultivar or species looks like when it is healthy and vigorous. The size, color and attractiveness of the foliage is also considered.

In general, the more flowers per stem the better, providing there is no fasciation.

Placement on stem: 20 points
Placement of flowers refers to their arrangement on the stem. In general, separation spirally on the stem rather than crowded at the same level is an
advantage. Flowers should be spaced in such a way that individual flowers do not interfere with one another when they open.

Substance of flowers: 10 points
This refers to the thickness and rigidity of the tepals. Firmness which withstands exposure to sun and wilting is desirable.

Form of flowers: 10 points
The form of the flower is judged on the basis of its conformity with the typical form of the species or cultivar.

Color of Flowers: 10 points
Flower color should be clear and attractive rather than dull and muddy; this is particularly important in judging seedling hybrids.

by Barbara Adams-Eichendorf (from CPLS Newsletter June) 2018