2024 NALS Virtual Education “What’s that Lily?”

North American Lily Society

Your Virtual Education Reminder

The North American Lily Society is excited to invite you to our Virtual Education series titled “What’s that Lily?”, scheduled for the winter and spring of 2024.

Many well-known and hybrid Lilium have been developed, lost, and rediscovered over the years. Lilium has been widely distributed, mainly in the temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere, and the flowers were insect pollinated. Today they are important ornamental plants that are widely grown for their attractive flowers and involved in a major floriculture of cut flowers and garden bulbs.

In this series of educational sessions, we help you with the classification of your Lilium. Not only the identification of the variety or name of your Lilium, but based on its form and characteristics, the classification and division for Lilium in your garden or lily breeding programs.

How can you Register?

  • Click this NALS Virtual Education Registration link TODAY to register online!
  • The following nominal registration fee is for the four educational sessions offered at this event:

$10 USD for NALS Members
$15 USD for Non-Members

  • Registration is required in order to receive the Zoom links for the sessions. Executive Secretary, Stephanie Sims will send the link, via email, just prior to each session
  • Deadline for registration is January 15, 2024

Who should attend?

  • Gardeners who wish to recognize common and popular hybrids, as well as species of lilium.  
  • Lily enthusiasts who want to learn more about lilium within their divisions.
  • Growers who want to expand their lilium identification skills.
  • Accredited and student judges who have not been able to judge in the last 3 years and need continuing education in lieu of judging experience.

When are the “What’s that Lily” sessions?

January 20, 2024 

  • The versatile Asiatic lilium. Their wide variety of color, flower orientation, petal markings, and ease of growth.
  • Learn more about Lilium Candidum grown and appreciated for thousands of years. Given its long association with mankind and the wide geographical area over which it has been cultivated, it’s hardly surprising that this is a plant of many names.

February 11, 2024

  • The exotic and shade loving Martagons. Commonly called the Turk’s cap lily, this name comes from the characteristic reflexed shape of the dainty flower petals which can be down or outfacing. Martagon lilies are typically used in woodland gardens and naturalized areas because of their tolerance for shade. Once established, it is a vigorous perennial that comes back year after year.

March 3, 2024

  • The fragrant Trumpets who can have enormous flowers on tall stems that tend to need staking because of the weight of the blooms. They have a variety of flower orientations, colorful reverse blooms, and sometimes ‘black hearts’ in the center of each bloom.
  • The Oriental lilies which are known for their fragrant perfume, and blooming in mid-to-late summer. They thrive in moist, slightly acidic, and well-drained garden soils, and benefit from filtered light during the hottest part of the day. Roselily is truly a double with at least 18 petals compared to just six on a single oriental lily. The large, overlapping petals resemble roses as they open, hence the name. Bred to have a sweet and mild fragrance, these lilies won’t overpower a room. Perhaps best of all, they don’t have staining pollen.
  • Learn more about incredible Species. Lilium is a genus of approximately 100+ recognized species, which grow mainly on woodland margins, and can be found naturally through North America, Europe, and Asia south to the Philippines. The flower shapes, color, and diversity have led to obvious, and not so obvious, divisions among the species into subspecies or varieties.

March 24, 2023

  • The astounding Interdivisional Lilium. From the wide crosses between Orientals and Trumpets (OT), which brought a pleasant combination of fragrance and hardy plants that were more vigorous than their parents, to Longiflorum Asiatics (LA) crosses which contributed a slight fragrance to the colorful and easy to grow Asiatic. We haven’t stopped there; current times reveal LO’s, AT’s, LT’s, MA’s and so much more.
  • Learn more about the exceptional Longiflorum Lilium who has contributed greatly to the development of interdivisional lilium. Often called the Easter lily, this lily is endemic to both Taiwan and Japan. With stems growing up to 3 feet in height, it bears a number of trumpet-shaped, white, fragrant, and outward facing flowers. The specific epithet name “longiflorum” means long flowers.

Start time in January
1 PM Pacific, 2 PM  Mountain, 3 PM Central, 4 PM Eastern,
 9 PM Saturday in the UK, 10 PM Saturday in Hungary,
10 AM Sunday in New Zealand

Where will Virtual Education take place?  

  • Via Zoom Communications. All virtual education sessions will take place via LIVE Zoom sessions.

What are other requirements?

  • Membership in NALS is not required, but always appreciated, for all attendees of the NALS Virtual Education sessions.

NALS Virtual Education Team
North American Lily Society

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