2023 Nantucket Garden Club Daffodil Flower Show Awards

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Nantucket Garden Club 2023 Daffodil Flower Show Awards

The 47th Annual Daffodil Flower Show sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club, Inc. and approved by the American Daffodil Society was held at the Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm Saturday afternoon, April 29 and all day on Sunday, April 30, 2023 with 1,553 people attending. The show was under the direction of Ruth Plandowski, Robin Youngman, Ann Maury and Linda Fraker.

This year's theme was “Seas of Daffodils." American Daffodil Society Judges traveled from as far away as Georgia, Virginia, New York, Connecticut and New Hampshire to judge the horticulture section of the show. Visitors to the show were able to see 786 daffodils in the horticulture classes.

Nantucket Garden Club Special Awards for Daffodils Grown on the Island

Best Standard Daffodil in Show—Ann Sanford Bowl—Kara Carlson

Best Miniature Daffodil in Show — Laird V.W.Williams Award - Kara Carlson
Best Collection of Five Cultivars – Jean MacAusland Award - Mark Budaj

Best Pink Daffodil — Mary Adams

Best White Daffodil — Kara Carlson
Best Colored Daffodil - Kitty Pochman

Best Youth Daffodil — Helene Whitehead Award - Abigail Normand

Most Blue Ribbons Youth Division — Michael Konetchy

Best Collection of 3 Stems of one cultivar — 25th Anniversary Award – Kara Carlson

Sconset Trust Award - Mary Adams

Most Blue Ribbons in a Novice Class - Monica Flegg

Best Historic Daffodil — Ashley Twiggs and Brad MacDonald

Best Classic Daffodil Single Stem — Mark Budaj

Best Adult Photograph — Edward Weedle

Best Youth Photograph — Joe Fetzer

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American Daffodil Society Awards 2023

Gold Ribbon: Dianne Mrak

Mini Gold: Kara Carlson

Silver Ribbon for Most Blue Ribbons: Mark Budaj

Purple Ribbon: Dianne Mrak

Red, White & Blue Collection: Dianne Mrak

Miniature Collection of 5: Mark Budaj

White Ribbon: Kara Carlson

Mini White Ribbon: Mark Budaj

Youth Best Bloom: Abigail Normand

Youth Best 3 Stems: Polina Chumak

Small Grower Award: Kristen Garnett

Historic Award: Ashley Twiggs & Brad MacDonald

Historic Best 3 Stems: Mary Adams

Historic Daffodil Collection of 5: Kitty Pochman

Wells Kneirum Best Photograph Ribbon: Edward Weedle

Best Youth Photograph: Joe Fetzer

Best Classic Daffodil: Mark Budaj

Best Single Classic: Mark Budaj

Best Classic 3 Stems: Mark Budaj

Best Classic Collection of 5: Mark Budaj

Intermediate Daffodil: Kitty Pochman

Intermediate Best 3 Stems: Dianne Mrak

Intermediate Collection of 5: Dianne Mrak

Brooke Ager Youth Challenge Class Ribbon: Michael Konetchy

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Youth Daffodil Horticulture Entries

There were 54 exhibitors. First Prize winners were:

Michael Konetchy

Elmer Deras


Isabel Gordon

Norah Nabulsi

Jackson Wecal

Luciana Amaral

Edan Polka

Jeremiah Huyser

Evelyn Heise

Catherine Dimitrova

Miles Conger

Rylee Malavase

Maggie B.

Audrey Conway

Cassidy O'Brien

Jacob Foss

Billy Jean Cowzer

Nohwel Alvarado

Kevin J. Alvagal

Abigale Normand

Polina Chumak

Nantucket Garden Club Flower Arrangement Winners

Adult Entries:

Most Creative Arrangement—Mary Armstrong Box— Mimi Jones

Most Colorful and Dramatic Flower Arrangement, The Jean MacAusland Ivory Easel-Betsy Carey.

  1. "Drifting Along" a mass arrangement

1st Bee Gonnella

2nd Betsy Carey

3rd Gretchen Riley

2. "Little Necks" A miniature arrangement

1st Julie Dell Erba

2nd Kathy Richen

3rd Neely Bower

3. "Sconset Sunrise" A small arrangement

1st David Wilson

2nd Natasha Bergreen

3rd Bee Gonnella

4. "Catch of the Day" Including fishing gear

1st Mark Budaj

2nd Mimi Jones

3rd Ames Family

4th Liza Cousins

Youth Awards

5. Sand Castle by the Shore - Middle School and High School

1st Olivia Kinney

2nd Devon, Rosie, Jimmy, Amelia

6. Shell Shack - Pre-School and Elementary School

1st Eva Gray

2nd Mary Virginia

3rd Cooper Gray

HM Leia Sutton

7. Daffodil Dinghy - School age children and families

1st Mary Virginia

NGC Special Award - Helene Whitehead Award for Best Youth Arrangement

Mary Virginia

2023 NGC Daffodil Photography Show Winners

41 total Entries

CLASS P1 Daffodils in the Landscape or Nature

1st Place Neely Bower & NGC Best Photo Adult

2 Place Edward Weddle

3rd Place Tim Walker

CLASS P2 Portraits of Daffodils

1st Place Edward Weddle NGC Best in Show

& ADS Special Award Wells Knierim Best in Show

2nd Place Janet MacKay

3rd Place Mariellen Scannell

CLASS P3 Daffodils and people or animals

1st Place Janet MacKay

2nd Place Jill Sandole

CLASS P 4 Arranged Still Life or Abstract

1st Place Kathleen Poole

2nd Place Tina Fournier

3rd Place Janet MacKay


1st Place Joe Fetzer NGC Best Youth Photo

& ADS Special Award Best Youth Photograph


1st Place Joelle Bouchard

2nd Place Robin London

3rd Place Laura Pless

Honorable Mention Joelle Bouchard


1st Place Marianne Kelley

2nd Place Marianne Kelley

Photography Special Award winners:

Best in Show Adult Photograph for Nantucket Garden Club Award:

Neely Bower

The American Daffodil Society Wells Knierim Ribbon: Edward Weedle

Best in Show Youth Photograph for Nantucket Garden Club Award and the American Daffodil Society Best Youth Photograph Ribbon: Joe Fetzer

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