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American Daylily Society Region One — "Where the fun began!"
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 Volume 20 | No. 2
FALL/WINTER 2019
Attendees ride Ollie the Trolley up the hill to the Phyllis McIntosh garden
SUMMER REGIONAL MEETING & TOUR
Fireworks in the Gardens!
The Nebraska Daylily Society put on a fabulous show!
See photos and read all about it in this issue.

On the cover: "Ollie the Trolley" carries attendees up the hill to the Phyllis McIntosh garden during the 2019 Region One Summer Meeting in Omaha (NE)
Left to right: Le Walls (SD), Dawn Tubbesing (WI), Janet Haag (NE), Bobbie Uhlmann (NE), Selwyn Rash (IA), and Doug Moritz (NE) (photo by Joan Zettel)
American Daylily Society (ADS) Officers
President
Judie Branson
2301 Woodland Ave
Springdale AR 72762
(479) 841-6173

Membership Manager
Beverly Winkelman
17103 Herridge Road
Pearland TX 77584-7557
(281) 489-1172
Editor— The Daylily Journal
Adele Keohan
304 Lowell St
Wakefield MA 01880-1761
AHS Bronze Medal
ADS Region One Officers & Liaisons
Regional Director
ADS Ombudsman
Kris Henning
22163 Spirit Lake Road East
Frederic WI 54837
(715) 689-2333
kristiehenning@gmail.com

Regional President/Youth Liaison/Awards & Honors Chair
Val Hoefer
51917 834 Road
Petersburg NE 68652
(402) 843-0349
hoefrv@gmail.com

Regional Secretary
Kris Henning
(See above)

Regional Publicity Director
Steve Horan
3674 Commonwealth Draw
Woodbury MN 55125
(651) 402-4681
Smhoran1@gmail.com

Treasurer
Karol Emmerich
7700 Old Highway 169 Blvd
Jordan MN 55352
(952) 941-9280
kdemmerich@aol.com

Garden Judge Liaison
Mary Baker
7114 South 49 th  Street
Omaha NE 68157-2273
(402) 933-1496
maryskbaker@gmail.com
Historian
Kathy Larson
312 West High Street
Marshalltown IA 50158
(641) 752-2264
m.k.larson55@gmail.com

Historic Daylily Garden Liaison
Joan Zettel
230 Crescent Drive
Breckenridge MN 56520
momzettel@hotmail.com

Science Liaison
R. Keith Riewerts
P.O. Box 67
310 Eastwood Drive
Long Grove IA 52756
(563) 285-8941
RKRKRKR@netins.net

Webmaster
Jonathan Poulton
729 Alpine Drive
Iowa City IA 52245
(319) 354-1735
Jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu

Region One Newsletter Editor
The Daylily Pioneer
Kathleen M. Lamb
10910 109 th  Ave N
Champlin MN 55316
(763) 422-0015
kmlamb@earthlink.net
Welcome New Members!
Susan Becker, Le Mars IA
Peggy Boe, Memoken ND
Audrey Boe-Olson, Turtle Lake ND 
Katrina Deyoung-Harper, Faribault, MN
Mary Jo Duffy, Iowa City, IA
Ronald Falk, Minnetonka, MN
Jo Ellen Funk
Dorothy Lunning, Iowa City IA
Gerry Miller, Dubuque, IA
Carolyn Parsons, Minneapolis MN
Sandra Rustad, Braham MN
Rinthea Satterlee, Williamsburg IA
David & Linette Sorrentino, Chaska MN
Mary Veldman, Manitoba CN
Abby Volden, Clitherall MN
James Webb, Andover MN
LLoyd & Patti Weber, Fridley MN
Jackie Westhoff, Shellsburg IA
Michelle Westphal, Waterloo IA
Gary White, Lincoln NE
Becky & Bruce Whitaker
Barry Whiteaker, Bloomington MN
Kathleen Wiese, Bismarck ND
Bob Wilson, Knoxville IA
Kristen Wintheiser
Kenneth Wolff, North Mankato MN
Cindy & Robert Woolam
Joan Zettel, Breckenridge MN
Painted butterflies on echinacea
From the Editor
From the Editor
Kathy Lamb
WELCOME to the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of The Daylily Pioneer, my first as your new Editor! We have lots of news to share, so dig in and see what's happening in ADS Region One!

This is the second time we are using a digital platform for The Daylily Pioneer. Maybe we should consider calling the fall issue The Daylily E-Pioneer!

We plan to use a digital format for the fall issue each year and a traditional print format for spring.The digital format offers a huge cost savings and a timely delivery, but it is a departure from print and comes with some limitations. For example, no page numbers appear!

Please drop me an email with your feedback on the digital format. For example, do you read on a tablet or on a smartphone? Or on a laptop or desktop? How does the digital version work for you?

Look for the order in which articles appear in "Contents" at right. Scroll up/down to find what you want to read.

Note that the Constant Contact email platform does not support "anchor" links within our document. Mobile devices do not recognize the links, causing confusion for users. So scroll away!

Article submissions are welcome! Our focus is on regional members, hybridizers, clubs, and activities. ADS gives awards for the Best Article on a number of subjects, including cultivars, gardens, hybridizers, hybridizing, scientific, humor, technology, photography, history, personalities, and youth. Want to try your hand with one of these topics? Let me know if I can help.

Deadline for the spring 2020 issue of The Daylily Pioneer is March 1, 2020.

Photos for the spring issue should be high-resolution and suitable for printing at 300 dpi. Please include names of cultivars, seedling numbers, and names of people in your photos when possible.

Deadline for the fall 2020 issue is October 1, 2020.

But you don't have to wait! You can send items before either deadline.

I welcome your feedback and comments! Please get in touch—contact info is provided for all Region One officers and liaisons near the top of this issue.

Kathy Lamb
ADS Region One Editor
Contents

Scroll up/down to see the article you want to read
• Who's Who—Officers and Liaisons
• From the Editor
• Calendar & Future Summer Meetings
• Links to ADS and Region One websites
(see also club reports for websites)
Officer Reports
• Region One President's Report
• Region One Director's Report
• RPD Report & Popularity Poll Results
• Garden Judges Liaison Report
• Notes from the Historian
Awards
• Karol Emmerich wins Bertrand Farr
• 'Scarlet Pimpernel' wins Stout
• Steve Horan wins Regional Service Award
• VEEP Scroll Award
Summer Meeting Photos & Stories
NDS Hosts Region One Summer Meeting
***FIREWORKS IN THE GARDENS!***
Tour Gardens
—Nancy Lee Anderson—Farmony Garden
—The Kahnks—Daylilies on the Fritz
—The Keast Daylily Garden
—The McIntosh Daylily Place
Open Gardens
—Ferguson Fantasy Flowers
—Hansen's Daylily Haven
—Mary Baker's Garden
—The Langabee Garden
—The Doug Bremers Garden
• Banquet Photo Gallery
• 2020 Summer Meeting Preview
• 2023 Summer Meeting Announcement
• Bryce Farnsworth Memorial
• Club News
• Region One Board Meeting Minutes
• Region One Business Meeting Minutes
• Memorials and Gifts to ADS
• About The Daylily Pioneer
—Subscriptions
—Submission Guidelines
—How to join ADS
The Editor thanks all the contributing writers, photographers, and proof readers for this issue:

Vicky Aughenbaugh
Mary Baker
Kyle Billadeau
Karol Emmerich
Linda Ferguson
Kris Henning
Val Hoefer
Steve Horan
Kathy Larson
Dory Lidinsky
Don Lovell
Lyle Moen
R. Keith Riewerts
Janell Quinlan
Nancy Rash
Nan Ripley
Donna Steele
Joan Zettel

The Nebraska Daylily Society
Regional Meeting hosts:
Tour garden hosts:
Nancy Lee Anderson
Rita and Lyle Kahnk
Tom and Mary Keast
Phyllis McIntosh

Open Garden Hosts
Mary and Rich Baker
Doug Bremers
Scott and Linda Ferguson
Dave and Val Jean Hansen
Bob and Joanne Langabee

THANK YOU for your help!
Hemerocallis 'Broken Chains' (Emmerich 2015)
H. 'Broken Chains' (Emmerich 2015)
(photo by Mary Baker)
Keast garden scene with liatris and painted butterflies

CALENDAR & LINKS


2019
December 31, 2019
ADS membership renewals are due by December 31!

Your membership due date is indicated on the mailing label of your Daylily Journal.

Garden Judges and Exhibition Judges must pay dues on time to continue their appointments!

Renew by mail or through the ADS Portal (you can pay online using PayPal): ADS Membership Portal

New members can learn about member benefits and how to join at ADS Membership

2020
Brighten up February with a Symposium!

February 7-9
Region 10 Midwinter Symposium (MWS)
Bowling Green KY
Details will be posted soon on the ADS website .

February 14-16
Region 11 Winter Gathering
Independence MO
Speakers include Charles & Heidi Douglas, Lenora Larson, and Mary Baker.
More details soon on the Region 11 website: ahsregion11.org

February 28–March 1
Region 2 Winter Symposium
Crowne Plaza Indianapolis Airport
Indianapolis, Indiana
Speakers include Claudia Conway, Scott Elliott, Kirsten Hatfield, Phil Korth, David Robinson, Bobby Scott, Nancy Watson, and Chris Wilhoite.

March 1
Deadline for submissions to the spring/summer issue of The Region One Daylily Pioneer

April 15
You know what day this is! It is also:
Deadline for registration for the 2020 ADS National Convention
Register online or print the form here: 2020 Convention Registration Form (pdf)

May 25–27
2020 National Convention
Savannah, Georgia

July 10-12
Region One Summer Meeting
Hosts: Cedar Valley Iris & Daylily Society
Cedar Rapids. Iowa
• PREVIEW IN THIS NEWSLETTER
• DETAILS IN SPRING ISSUE

September 1
• Deadline for submitting Pop Poll ballots
• Deadline for Garden Judges ballots

FUTURE REGION ONE
SUMMER MEETINGS

2020
July 10-12
Cedar Valley Iris & Dayily Society (CVIDS)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

SEE PREVIEW OF THE 2020 CVIDS SUMMER MEETING IN THIS ISSUE OF THE PIONEER.

• More details will be in the Spring/Summer issue of the Daylily Pioneer .
• Registration form will be in the next issue of The Pioneer and on the Region One website at www.ahsregion1.org .

Kirkwood Conference Center
Headquarters for the
2020 CVIDS Summer Meeting
The Hotel — Kirkwood Center
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
2021
Central Iowa Daylily Society (CIDS)
Marshalltown, Iowa

2022
Daylily Society of Minnesota (DSM)
Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

2023
August 4-6
 North Dakota State University (NDSU)
Department of Plant Sciences
with the Central North Dakota Daylily Society (CNDDS), Fargo, North Dakota
SEE CLUB WEBSITES
FOR 2020 EVENTS!
Scroll toward the bottom for
club reports and website links.
Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly
Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly in the Langabee open garden. (photo by Lyle Moen)
2020 American Daylily Society National Convention
ADS Convention logo - bridge
Sunday, May 24 - Wednesday, May 27
Savannah, Georgia
The Ogeechee Daylily Society proudly invites you to the
​2020 American Daylily Society National Convention
Savannah, Georgia

See convention activities here:

Register online at
or
By mail

Final Deadline for Convention registration is April 15, 2020

For more details
visit the Convention website:
DeSoto Hotel-Savannah GA
Hotel:
The DeSoto Savannah
​15 East Liberty Street
Savannah GA 31401
912-232-9000

Use this link  to access the
greatly reduced hotel rates.
Visit the ADS and the Region One Websites
Region One website: http://www.ahsregion1.org
American Daylily Society website: http://www.ahs.org
Region One President's Report
by Lyle Moen
Val Hoefer, Region One RVP (photo by Lyle Moen )
F ALL is such a beautiful time of year with the fresh, crisp, cooler air to make it easier to do the garden clean up and storing tools for the winter. That being said, fall will never outshine the color that the daylily gives us all summer long.

The late spring that put the garden behind its normal pace by two weeks was great, because the enormous amount of rainfall we received made the blooms pop vibrant colors. There was color I have never seen before in some of my daylilies, and I have no idea where it came from.

I hope everyone had as much fun at the Summer Regional as I did! Charles and Heidi Douglas had a great presentation about how their operation works—from pollen dabbing to shipping the orders out. 

It is always wonderful to spend time with people that have the same passion that I do. That is why everyone has joined a daylily club at the local level and enjoys the companionship at the Regional and National level. I hope everyone does their part to help the clubs they are in by volunteering. Clubs need your support and different talents to make them a fun and learning experience for everyone in the club. I’m sure you have what the club needs, so don’t be afraid to say  YES  when asked to help. People are always willing to help make a job easier and faster to accomplish. As a plus, you get to know and make more friends by volunteering, so dive in and have fun.

Curt Hanson was the speaker at Pollen Dabbers this year which was moved to September. He is full of a lot of information and is very willing to share this knowledge. If you are thinking about hybridizing this is a great place to start. 

Enjoy the winter months. Spring will be here before you know it!

Val Hoefer 
Region One Regional President (RP)
(photo of Val Hoefer by Lyle Moen)
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Region One Director's Report
DEAR Region One Members,
Every year, it seems a different daylily in my garden catches my eye and outperforms all the rest. This year, it was Hemerocallis 'Vicky’s Radiance' (2010) by Paul Owen, named in honor of Region One's Vicky Aughenbaugh of South Dakota. It’s awesome—the wonderful flaming coral color, the deep saturation, the tentacled gold edge—she stood tall and straight above most others, blooming her head off and making me stop and smile each time I walked past. It was great to enjoy her!

This summers’ American Daylily Society National Convention in Madison, WI, gave many members of Region One the opportunity to attend, as it was conveniently located right next door to us; we had 53 of our members registered out of 466 registrations. 

For the 2019 Personal Awards announced at the Convention, our own Karol Emmerich won the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal for outstanding results in the field of hybridizing. The 2019 Region One Service Award went to Steve Horan for his many years of service and support to our Region. Way to go, Karol and Steve! 

Hoping to see you all in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, next year for the Region One Summer Meeting!

Happy Fall!

Kris Henning
Region One Director  
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RPD Report—Popularity Poll Results

GREETINGS , Region One daylily friends,

The votes are in. Region One has spoken.  And the winner is …

As I write this, I’ve just finished watching the Finales episode and Results episode of America’s Got Talent Season 14.  Such great acts and fabulous competition. Benicio Bryant, a 14-year old singer and songwriter, was my favorite and he made it to the Finals. Kodi Lee was a very worthy winner. It was also cool that all finals contestants got to perform with one of their idols on the final night. Great entertainment.

Segueing back to daylilies, the Popularity Poll isn’t on national TV and Simon Cowell has probably never laid eyes on a daylily. But for daylily aficionados, the Popularity Poll is a pretty big deal. Most of all, it’s fun and informative.

A little background. The poll is for AHS members, but you do not have to be garden judges to participate. Members vote for up to ten of their most popular daylilies in the Region. A ballot is presented, and members may also submit write-in votes for daylilies not appearing on the ballot. The ballot is based on historical popularity, and each year I add award winners and daylilies observed at the Regional and local events. To keep the ballot fresh, I also remove daylilies not receiving votes and add daylilies receiving write-in votes.

Participation was down this year. Bloom was at about 30% during the time of our Summer Regional event, which is usually when most ballots are turned in. Members may have chosen to hold back their ballots and then forgot to turn them in later in the season. 

Still, it was a hotly contested contest, with 'Neon Flamingo' coming out on top after having placed second or third for the last several years. So without further ado, the winners are:
Hemerocallis 'Neon Flamingo' (Gossard 2006)
THE WINNER! H. 'Neon Flamingo' (Gossard 2006) placed first in the 2019 Region One Pop Poll and will receive the David Hall Memorial Certificate for our region. (photo by Kyle Billadeau)
ADS Popularity Poll vote winners for 2019
Pop Poll results can be used to identify daylilies that do well across Region One. I know in my case, I’ve added many daylilies to my garden that were popular across the region that I didn't know much about. It's a great source of information. And it’s fun to participate as you pay more attention to what is doing well in your garden. 
The Popularity Poll makes me think back on the entire bloom season and remember those daylilies that were favorites at the time they were blooming.

I was involved in a get-together with a group of daylily friends just prior to the poll deadline, and we took turns sharing each of our favorites. It was a fun time and will likely become an annual event for us.

So next year’s race is wide open. I hope you’ll participate.

Happy gardening!

Steve Horan
Region One Regional Publicity Director (RPD)
(photo of Steve by Lyle Moen)
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Garden Judges Liaison Report
Mary Baker
ADS Region One 2019 Garden Judge Report
As of the ADS Region One Business Meeting on July 6, 2019

ADS REGION ONE membership is 244 as of July 6, 2019. A region’s maximum number of Garden Judges (GJs) is 20% of its membership, so Region One can have a maximum of 49 GJs. Our region currently has 36 GJs, and can have up to 13 more GJs. Nine are Garden Judge Instructors (GJ Instructors). Since 2018, our total number of GJs decreased by two from 38 to 36 (one due to death and the other due to health issues).
 
We need more GJs to represent our region for more northern votes on the annual AHS Awards & Honors Ballot. 

Consider taking Garden Judges Workshops 1 and 2 for credit to become a new GJ. 

Students can take the workshops in any order.  Note: To learn how to become a new GJ, click  https://daylilies.org/daylilies/judges/ and scroll down to the “What are the steps I need to follow to become a garden judge?” section and read all about it.
 
Garden Judge News—Effective Immediately!

Send all applications to become a NEW Garden Judge directly to the Garden Judges Records Chair.

No longer send new GJ applications to RP Val Hoefer as previously required; renewing GJ applications are already sent directly to the Garden Judges Records Chair. 
 
This new procedure treats all GJs and prospective GJs consistently and streamlines the process, as all GJ application and renewal application forms will now go directly to the Garden Judges Records Chair.
 
As of October 19, 2019, the new ADS Garden Judges Records Chair is Claude Carpenter (Kris Henning no longer holds this position).
 
Claude Carpenter’s mailing address is:
Claude Carpenter, ADS Garden Judges Records Chair
6075 Vickery Pt
Cumming GA 30040-8756 
 
Garden Judges Workshop 1 (GJW1) Update

Effective soon after January 1, 2020 , our region’s GJ Instructors can host Garden Judges Workshop 1 (GJW1) online. We will no longer have to wait for ADS to host GJW1 online at the national level, because ADS purchased a subscription to WebEx that will allow any GJ Instructor to host GJW1 online. Our region will offer GJW1 online during fall 2020 (date to be determined). Online GJW1 offerings are free to students and auditors.
 
Along with assisting with GJW2 instruction in a garden during daylily bloom season, GJs can now assist with GJW1 instruction online to become a new GJ Instructor. Previously a GJ had to assist with GJW1 instruction in a classroom setting to become a new GJ Instructor. Both the online and classroom options are now available. 

Note: To become a new GJ Instructor, you must be 1) in year 5 of your first term as a GJ (or any year of a subsequent/renewing GJ term), and 2) an ADS member in good standing (dues paid and GJ ballot voted by the deadline).
 
Garden Judges Workshop 2 (GJW2) will be offered during the 2020 ADS Region One Meeting hosted by the Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society (CVIDS) on Sunday, July 12. Fees are $5 for credit or $3 to audit, payable on the day of the workshop.

Mary Baker
Region One Garden Judges Liaison
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Notes from the Region One Historian
Region 1 Historian items
Historic materials from the Region One archives. (photo by Kathy Larson)
ONE of the jobs of a Regional Historian is to “See that articles of historical value are printed from time to time in the Regional Newsletter.” To that purpose, if anyone would like to donate past club meeting minutes, letters, public planting lists, regional meeting booklets, etc., I will be glad to receive them!

The Historian’s Archives should get a copy of each year’s Regional Meeting booklet(s) and issues of the  Pioneer , too.

Joan Zettel’s devoted work sorting and shipping during the transition was the Gold Standard. You are the best!

In reading the materials I received, I was struck by the lasting interest the most mundane document can contain. Many of us remember Fred McDowell (Iowa City, Iowa) for his show garden, for his yearly articles evaluating the newest and best daylilies, and for his wonderful slides taken at all the important hybridizers’ gardens.

I found this in a letter Fred wrote to Evelyn Gulbrandson (Region 1 Secretary/Treasurer) on April 13,1978: “Most of my Hems except some evergreens from the South pulled through. I lost a lot of perennial plants, however, and will probably go almost exclusively to a garden of daylilies. Must have lost 2/3 of my phlox plants, 25 of which I have replaced at considerable cost. I’d rather spend the money on daylilies.”

Then I found this intriguing bit the Summer 1976 Region 1 Newsletter:
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"After Polka Dots What Next?" by Martha Hadley and George Pettus, Region 13 Newsletter*

...’Blue Rose’ (Spalding) Elsie hopes she will be able to register this name for this unusual color breakthrough. There is a row of small blue polka dots all around the edge of each petal and sepal. The background color is old rose and the little dots are about 1/8” from the edge. Harold Harris said maybe the best name for this color pattern breakthrough should be "hem stitching." We feel you will agree this is a real innovation when you have a chance to see this unusual flower.

*ADS Region 13 comprises Arkansas and Louisiana
Where is this daylily now??? Will you follow history’s clues and track it down?

Kathy Larson
Region One Historian
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Karol Emmerich wins the
Bertrand Farr Silver Medal for Hybridizing
Later it was very rewarding to see how many people came to our table to give Karol personal hugs and compliments for her work. Karol became teary eyed many times while people were hugged her and offered heart-felt congratulations. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I met Karol in 2003 at the Region One summer meeting—my first large daylily event and an eye-opener. Karol was very kind to this newbie and invited me and others to her greenhouse at Springwood Gardens in Jordan, Minnesota, to learn more about all things to do with daylilies. Karol opened her greenhouse for one day each May so we all could learn more about dos and don’ts of hybridizing daylilies, garden etiquette, and form true friendships.

The greenhouse was an amazing place to learn what was possible with work and a plan. Karol had worksheets made out for everyone, and they were different each year. Karol put us in groups, so there were some novices and some with more experience; we learned together. I will never be able to thank her enough for all the gifts of learning and the wonderful people I met during 2004-2016 in her wonderful space. Karol gave tirelessly to everyone who attended those special “Spring Flings” in her greenhouse. Not only is Karol a gifted hybridizer, she is an empowering teacher.

Spring Fling 2013
Spring Fling at Karol Emmerich's Springwood Gardens,
Jordan, Minnesota, May 2013 (photo by Kyle Billadeau)
I asked Karol, out of her introductions, which one has made the most impact on her future introductions. She did not hesitate: ‘Heartbeat of Heaven’ (Emmerich 2004).
H.  ‘Heartbeat of Heaven’
(Emmerich 2004)
A semi-evergreen 32” tetraploid with a 6.5” pink lavender bloom, an ivory lavender halo, and an edge etched in darker lavender trimmed in gold. Parent cultivars are [(‘Fortune’s Dearest’ x ‘Lifting Me Higher’) X sdlg]; Awards: HM (2007) and AM (2010)
(photo by Bill Waldrop)
Hemerocallis 'Heartbeat of Heaven' (Emmerich 2004)
‘Heartbeat of Heaven’ put ruffles, good branching, good opening, and instant rebloom on northern flowers. It became one of Karol’s foundation plants and is in the background of a large percentage of Karol’s introductions. Hybridizers across the country have also used it. For example; a search on the AHS data base shows 108 registered cultivars with ‘Heartbeat of Heaven’ as a parent; 44 are by Karol, and 64 are registrations by other hybridizers from many different USDA hardiness zones. The progeny grows, with Karol having intros out of those 44, and with ‘Heartbeat of Heaven’ continuing as a second-generation parent, and beyond. Many introductions by Karol and by other hybridizers can trace their pedigrees back to ‘Heartbeat of Heaven’.
I asked Karol which of her future seedlings was her favorite. No hesitation here either: Seedling #12414. It’s clear that Karol’s legacy of excellence will continue, and I can’t wait to see what future Emmerich introductions Karol will bring to the daylily world. 
Karol's seeding #12414 is a new favorite and a possible future introduction.
Emmerich seedling 12414
Karol Emmerich-Sandy Holmes-Stacy Swain
Above. Karol at Springwood Gardens with friends Sandy Holmes and Stacy Swain.
(photo by Kyle Billadeau)
Right. Karol in her
greenhouse at full bloom.
(photo by Kyle Billadeau)
Karol Emmerich
Congratulations, Karol, and thank you for all you have done in hybridizing to make our daylilies awe-inspiring!

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'SCARLET PIMPERNEL'
wins the 2019 Stout Silver Medal!
Hemerocallis 'Scarlet Pimpernel' (Ripley 2006)
H. 'Scarlet Pimpernel' (Ripley 2006)
Winner of the 2019 Stout Silver Medal
Hybridized by Nan Ripley of Nevada, Iowa
 (photo by Mary Baker)
Nan Ripley


Nan Ripley, hybridizer of the 2019 Stout Silver Medal award winner ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’

By Karol Emmerich (Minnesota)



NAN RIPLEY is a treasured member of our region. We have known her as a diligent and selfless leader as Region One President and then as Region One AHS Director for two terms, where she brought a strong, thoughtful voice to AHS proceedings.

She is always willing to serve. She has chaired numerous regional events, is a garden judge instructor, and has had her beautiful AHS display garden on tour numerous times—filled with daylilies and a variety of unusual plants (plus her beloved German shepherds Mindy, Savannah, and more recently Cheyenne and River).

And now we know Nan as the hybridizer of a Stout Silver Medal winner—‘Scarlet Pimpernel’. “Over the moon happy,” “blessed,” and “humbled” were a few of the reactions Nan had upon hearing the news.

From the time of its introduction, ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ has attracted attention. In 2013, it won an Honorable Mention plus the Ned Roberts spider/Unusual Form Award plus it tied for first in the Region One Popularity Poll. In 2016, it won an Award of Merit.  
AHS Silver Medal shadow
The Stout Silver Medal

The Stout Silver Medal has been awarded once a year since 1950 and is the highest award a daylily can receive. The first daylily awarded the Stout was ‘Hesperus’, hybridized by H.P. Sass, a Region One hybridizer from Nebraska, who also hybridized the 1953 winner ‘Resolute’.

Fifty-eight years passed before a Region One hybridizer’s daylily was once again awarded the Stout Silver Medal.

• ‘North Wind Dancer’ won the Stout in 2011, hybridized by gary Schaben of Minnesota.
• ‘Entwined in the Vine’ won in 2018, hybridized by Karol Emmerich of Minnesota.
• And now, ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ in 2019, hybridized by Nan Ripley of Iowa.

Nan began hybridizing in 1999 and remembers the day she began: “In 1998 a group of Master Gardeners came from Marshalltown to our garden in Nevada to do a garden tour. After the tour we all sat around in the garden talking flowers. Don Lovell told of his hybridizing of daylilies and asked me if I would like to try it. At first I said no, but then Don asked me if I would like to paint a flower no one else has ever seen. He had my attention with a flower no one else has ever seen. Being a watercolor artist and Don an art teacher, we looked at things alike. So that day I learned how to pollen dab. I did a few flowers in 1999 and in 2000 and started keeping records. Don Lovell became my mentor in hybridizing and a lifetime friend.” [From a private communication.]

To date, Nan has 55 daylily introductions and currently plants about 1,100 new seedlings a year. When preparing an article for the spring 2018 issue of The Daylily Pioneer, she said: “I consider many factors when deciding whether or not to introduce a daylily. I want each of my introductions to be hardy for my zone, have straight scapes, lots of blooms, good branching, nice foliage, clean color with sparkle, and most importantly, does it make me smile? I also want the flowers looking at me… like Humphrey Bogart said in  Casablanca,  'Here’s looking at you kid,' and I can hear his voice when I’m checking scapes. I usually know in the first two years if a plant is good, but is it good enough? Is it an improvement? Does it look different from other things on the market? Would I be able to easily identify it in someone else’s garden? Would I purchase it myself? If I have to consider these too long, then it isn't good enough.”
[See the article, "How and Why I Select Plants to Introduce," by Nan Ripley, The Daylily Pioneer, Vol. 19, No. 1 Spring 2018, pp. 10–11.]

Nan lives on 10 acres in rural Iowa with her husband Merwyn. She is an outstanding gardener and plantswoman, and her Walkabout Garden contains many unique plant varieties that bring visitors from long distances. The garden features over 1,000 different varieties of perennials, shrubs, and trees, in addition to her daylily seedlings. 

Nan is an active speaker for daylily and general garden groups throughout the United States and is a great ambassador for the daylily. Articles about Nan have appeared in several magazine, including  Martha Stewart Living  (May 2017),  The Daylily Journal , and  ia  magazine. You can see pictures of her Walkabout Gardens in the AHS book by Oliver Billingslea,  Landscaping with Daylilies (American Hemerocallis Society 2012).

(At the Walkabout Gardens website, click on "2008-04" and scroll down to see description and more photos of 'Scarlet Pimpernel')
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Steve Horan Receives the Region One
2019 Regional Service Award
Steve Horan

Region One is proud to claim Steve Horan as one of our members. In recognition of his service on our behalf, ADS presented Steve with the 2019 Regional Service Award during the National ADS Convention in Madison, Wisconsin. Congratulations, Steve!

Read the nomination letter here to learn about Steve's stellar service to Region One and see why he is so deserving. Steve sets an example for all ADS members!
2019 Service Award Nomination for
Region 1 Steve Horan

To: AHS Honors & Awards Chairman Claude Carpenter

Dear Sir,

We would like to nominate Steve Horan for the 2019 Region 1 Service Award. Steve belongs to the Daylily Society of Minnesota (DSM) and has served both the club and our Region faithfully for many years. He has a beautiful garden in the Twin Cities metro area that he has opened for many tours—for the club, for the Region, and for two National Conventions. Steve is currently the Regional Publicity Director.

For the Club: Steve has been a member of DSM since 2002. He has participated many of those years as an Officer of the Club, serving as Program Director, President and Vice-President. He is currently the Past President. He donates to the club auction and plant sale and participates in the Plant Adoption Program. 

For the Region: Steve has been to most of the Regional meetings since becoming a member. He donates and purchases plants and always helps where needed. He is currently a Garden Judge and Garden Judge Instructor for the Region.

Steve has been the Region’s Publicity Director for many years, serving in that role as the administrator of the Popularity Poll. He initiated revising the rules for the Pop Poll by proposing the ‘Hall of Fame’ for past winners. The National Society has taken his model and is considering doing the same. Steve makes participating in the Pop Poll very easy. He explains the process at the Regional meetings and also brings extra ballots and collects those from voters.

Steve always has a very positive attitude when dealing with people. He is a willing and good-natured volunteer. He deserves the Regional Service Award for his service to our Region.

Yours truly,

Kris Henning, Region 1 Director
Val Hoefer, Region 1 President
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Joan Zettel Receives the
2019 VEEP Perpetual Scroll Award
VEEP Perpetual Scroll Award for 2019

by Mary Baker
Nebraska

THE 2019 VEEP Perpetual Scroll Award recipient is  Joan Zettel  of Breckenridge, Minnesota.

The VEEP Perpetual Scroll is an award established in 1963 by American Daylily Society (ADS) Region One to recognize service to ADS Region One and support for the Region One President (RP). Each year, the RP may award the VEEP Perpetual Scroll to an ADS member who 1) has not yet received the award, 2) has provided outstanding service to our region, and 3) has significantly helped and supported the RP.

RP Val Hoefer asked me to present this award on her behalf.
Joan Zettel-Kathy Lamb-Mary Baker
Left to right.
Joan Zettel (Breckenridge, Minnesota) holding the VEEP Perpetual Scroll Award for 2019. Pictured here with Kathy Lamb and
Mary Baker.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Joan joined AHS effective January 1, 2016, and is a first-term Garden Judge. I first heard of Joan through a mutual friend, Bryce Farnsworth, who told me he was “reeling her in.” She works at the Chahinkapa Zoo in Wahpeton, North Dakota and was looking for daylilies to plant at the zoo. As part of the enabling process, Bryce lured her to the modern and historic public AHS daylily display gardens at North Dakota State University in Fargo, where her admiration of daylilies grew into an addiction. 

Bryce persuaded Joan to volunteer in the daylily gardens at NDSU. She began spending more time at NDSU’s gardens. I heard more and more about her from Bryce. Their relationship evolved into friendship. Bryce served for many years as Region One’s Historian. He wanted her to know all there is to know about daylilies, AHS, and Region One (and then some), so he loaned her all the old daylily journals and regional newsletters from his extensive collection—five at a time—and insisted that she read them all (which she did from cover to cover during those long North Dakota winters). 

Then tragedy struck. Bryce’s health deteriorated, and we lost our good friend when he suddenly passed away from a massive cardiac arrest. Joan replaced Bryce as liaison for NDSU’s public and private AHS daylily display gardens, but her service didn’t stop there. 

Kathy Larson from Marshalltown, Iowa stepped up to become the new Region One Historian. But how to gather and get the materials Bryce had stored for years to AHS Archivist Ken Cobb and to Kathy? The materials stored at Bryce’s house were in a state of disarray. So Joan worked with Bryce’s roommate to gather materials, driving a two-hour round trip each time to pick up batches of stuff—often during blizzard conditions. 

After returning home, Joan sorted through each disorganized mound of stuff to find the 20% keeper materials—AHS national items for Ken Cobb, and regional materials for Kathy Larson. It was like looking for needles in haystacks. Bryce’s roommate found things in haphazard stages, so all of this took a considerable amount of time, concentration, organization skills, and a great deal of patience. Joan made it all look smooth and easy, when in fact it was anything but.

Joan Zettel went way beyond the call of duty to ensure all Historian files went to the right person and place. Think of all the time she spent driving, poring through materials, sorting them, discarding junk, returning personal items intermingled with the Historian items, boxing up piles of materials for AHS and for our region, going to the Post Office, talking to Bryce’s roommate (and me), and more. Many hours spent over many days and weeks evolved into several months, and she stayed cheerful throughout—not once did she complain.

Busy as she is, Joan continues her involvement with NDSU. She will step into my role as Historic Daylily Display Garden Liaison at the end of the year. Look for her to request your daylily donations for NDSU’s gardens—and be generous.

Joan, thank you for everything—your service and dedication are greatly appreciated!
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Fireworks in the Gardens!
2019 Region One Summer Meeting—Omaha, Nebraska
From the Editor:

THE NEBRASKA DAYLILY SOCIETY hosted the 2019 Region One Summer Meeting in Omaha, July 5–7, over the Fourth of July for a weekend of "Fireworks in the Gardens"! We enjoyed moderate temperatures with just a bit of rain—all in all, delightful days of daylilies and camaraderie.

Guest speakers Heidi and Charles Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens (Georgetown, SC) wowed attendees with their program on Saturday evening.

On Friday, following the Hybridizer Slide Show and banquet, Heidi conducted the Live Auction with her signature flair. Members added new and exciting daylilies to their collection while helping raise funds for the region.

Garden tours are a highlight for a summer regional meeting. Garden owners prepare their gardens for several years, working hard to present daylilies at their best.

Each of the four tour gardens received funds from NDS to purchase supplemental plants from a hybridizer of their choice, including Jamie Gossard (Keast Daylily Gardens), Charles and Heidi Douglas (Phyllis McIntosh Daylily Place), Paul Owen (the Kahnk's Daylilies on the Fritz), and Richard Norris (Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Gardens). Increase from the club plants will become part of a future NDS auction.

On Friday and Sunday, Open Gardens gave attendees even more fabulous gardens to see.

Large or small, dazzling daylily gardens are a feast for the eye and whet our appetite for new cultivars, companion plants, and garden decor.

Our Region One "reporters" will take you there in words and pictures!
We board our "Luxury Cruisers" early in the morning for a full day of garden tours.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Buses load for American Daylily Society Region 1 garden tour in Omaha Nebraska
Nancy Lee Anderson
Farmony Gardens
Omaha, Nebraska

By Joan Zettel
Breckenridge MN
Garden gate at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
An open gate welcomed us to explore Nancy Lee Anderson's "Farmony Garden" in Omaha, Nebraska.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Mel and Sylvia Bauguess at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
"Birthday Boy" Mel Bauguess with Sylvia Bauguess (photo by Lyle Moen)
WE BOARDED our "luxury cruiser" on Saturday morning. It was finally garden tour time!

On the ride to the first garden, we found out that Mel Bauguess, from Davenport, IA, was spending his 91 st  birthday with us. How special is that?! May we all still be out touring gardens at age 91.
Nancy Lee Anderson by Bald Cypress tree
Farmony Gardens was our first stop on a cool morning, and we received a warm country welcome from Nancy Lee Anderson. Nancy greeted us in her pink cowgirl hat with all the charm of a folksy farm neighbor.







Left. Nancy Lee Anderson in her pink cowgirl hat showing us her very tall bald cypress tree.
 (photo by Joan Zettel)
The name "Farmony" comes from the blending of "Farm" and "Harmony." The farm theme was carried throughout the yard with cute animal statuary, ornamental grasses, a boot tree, a farm lady statue, and even a windmill serving as a trellis for a climbing rose. The yard was a well-manicured mix of roses, shrubs, conifers, and perennials that all said “Country."
Boot tree garden ornament at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
Zebra grass at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
Donkey garden ornament
Boot Tree ornamental grasses, and garden ornaments like this donkey said "Farm theme" at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Gardens. (photos by Joan Zettel)
Steel Man garden ornament at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
Farm lady sculpture at
Farmony Gardens
 (photo by Lyle Moen)
The “Harmony” part of “Farmony” was achieved by several large rich-toned wind chimes and by a cardinal in the treetop who serenaded us the whole time we were in the garden. My favorite garden feature was the rock fountain in the front yard. Even the flowing water was playing music for us.
Wind chimes add music to Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
Bubbling rock fountain
Above. A favorite garden feature, the bubbling rock fountain.

Left. Wind chimes serenaded us.

 (photos by Joan Zettel)
But what about the daylilies at Farmony Gardens?

We saw stunning daylilies! For sure! This was my first time seeing ‘Lydia’s Regal Robe’ (Waldrop 2008), and she looked like royalty. What a velvety purple robe she wears!
Hemerocallis 'Lydia's Regal Robe' (Waldrop 2008)
H. 'Lydia's Regal Robe'
(Waldrop 2008)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Lydia's Regal Robe' (Waldrop 2008) showing buds
H. 'Lydia's Regal Robe' (Waldrop 2008) has buds galore (photo by Joan Zettel)
Jim Bernt’s ‘Blue But Not Sad’ (2017) stopped me in my tracks. What an intense eye it has! At only 3.25", that small daylily demands attention.
Hemerocallis 'Blue But Not Sad' by Jim Bernt (2017) at Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
H. 'Blue But Not Sad' (Bernt 2017) is a small daylily that demands attention.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Blue But Not Sad' branching and bud count
H. 'Blue But Not Sad' has excellent branching and bud count.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
‘Cranberry Cove’ (Stamile 1985), a luscious cranberry red daylily, was growing in a large drift in the backyard.

Other “small but mighty” standouts were: ‘Rhinestone Kid’ (McRae 1985), ‘Two Part Harmony’ (Kaskel-Trimmer 1996), and Grace Stamile’s ‘Broadway Pink Slippers’ (1995), the latter with incredible branching and bud count on a cute pink bi-tone.
Hemerocallis 'Cranberry Cove' (Stamile 1985)
H. 'Cranberry Cove' ( Stamile 1985) looked luscious! (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Rhinestone Kid' (McRae (1985)
H. 'Rhinestone Kid' (McRae 1985) is a "small but mighty" standout.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Broadway Pink Slippers' (Stamile-G. 1995)
H. 'Broadway Pink Slippers', bursting with buds and branching.
 (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Broadway Pink Slippers' by Grace Stamile (1995) in Nancy Lee Anderson's Farmony Garden
H. 'Broadway Pink Slippers'
(Stamile-G. 1995)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis Two Part Harmony (Kaskel Trimmer 1996)
H. 'Two Part Harmony'
(Kaskel-Trimmer 1996)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Overnight Flight' (Norris-R 2015)
H. 'Overnight Flight' (Norris-R. 2015)
The Richard Norris collection was featured in Nancy Lee's garden. (photo by Joan Zettel)
Several gorgeous daylily clumps were missing their labels. It seems that Nancy’s playful pup, Ruby Lee, thought the labels were chew toys. Oops! And many huge clumps with awesome budcounts weren’t in bloom yet.  (Aw shucks!)  But, it was easier to see the branching before the flowers covered it up!

A buffet with a country theme awaited us in the garage; ice cream and cheese were being offered as treats from the country, along with other delectable delights.
Farmony refreshment helpers
Nancy Lee's helpers.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Farmony Gardens refreshments
Nancy Lee served a buffet with a country theme. (photo by Lyle Moen)
After we reluctantly boarded the bus to depart, Nancy Lee came aboard and introduced us to the ladies who helped keep up her garden as she went through cancer treatments. What a gracious lady!
Nancy Lee Anderson
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Lyle and Rita Kahnk
Daylilies on the Fritz
Cedar Creek, Nebraska

By Vicky Aughenbaugh and Donna Steele
(South Dakota)
Rita and Lyle Kahnk lakeside Garden on the Fritz featuring daylilies
Above, the Kahnk lakeside garden, "Daylilies on the Fritz." (photo by Joan Zettel)
Rita and Lyle Kahnk
Left. Rita and Lyle Kahnk
(photo by Lyle Moen)

STEPPING DOWN from the bus at Rita and Lyle Kahnk’s cabin and garden, it was obvious that daylilies were their primary interest. Located on Cedar Creek One, their garden was filled with color. 

At their lake home, Rita had planted lots of seedlings from her sister, Phyllis McIntosh, and some that Rita had registered. Big tall cottonwood trees added shade to the cabin area to give a feeling of comfort and a place to relax after working in the gardens. Hidden among the various gardens were bowling pins to add a spot of surprise.

Among the daylilies were older and newer varieties, along with mini's and huge-faced flowers. Rita said she plants the daylilies, but Lyle does the heavy work. A special bed was planted with Paul Owen’s introductions, which was the club collection for the Khank garden.

Many companion plants, such as hostas, phlox, iris and clematis share space with the daylilies. We would have enjoyed just sitting in the shade and looking at the flowers and blue waters of the lake, but we had other gardens to visit.
Below: The Kahnk garden hosted the Paul Owen club collection. Here are a few examples of Paul's introductions on display at "Daylilies on the Fritz."
Hemerocallis 'Mr. Sizzle' (Owen-P. 2015)
H. 'Mr. Sizzle'
(Owen-P. 2015)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Dance Without Pants' (Owen-P. 2017)
H. 'Dance Without Pants'
(Owen-P. 2017)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Kangaroo Court' (Owen-P. 2014)
H. 'Kangaroo Court'
(Owen-P. 2014)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Free 'n Clear' (Owen-P. 2017)
H. 'Free 'n Clear'
(Owen-P. 2017)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Rita and Lyle Kahnk garden
Above: Attendees enjoy colorful blooms and garden decor. (photo by Joan Zettel)

Below: Beauty continued with Stout Silver Medal winners and more!
Hemerocallis 'Entwined in the Vine' (Emmerich 2007)
H. 'Entwined in the Vine' (Emmerich 2007)
Stout Silver Medal winner
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'All American Chief' (Sellers 1994)
H. 'All American Chief' (Sellers 1994)
Stout Silver Medal winner
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Below. Two 2017 daylily registrations by Rita Kahnk.
Hemerocallis 'Cedar Creek Tomato Slices' (Kahnk 2017)
H. 'Cedar Creek Tomato Slices'
(Kahnk 2017)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Cedar Creek Elaine Remembered' (Kahnk 2017)
H. 'Cedar Creek Elaine Remembered'
(Kahnk 2017)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Many hybridizers are represented in the Kahnk collection, including these intros by Karol Emmerich, Pat Stamile, Bret Clement, Mary Baker, and Kathy Lamb.
Hemerocallis 'Defining Moment' (Emmerich 2011)
H. 'Defining Moment'
(Emmerich 2011)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Hiding Place' (Emmerich 2014)
H. 'Hiding Place'
(Emmerich 2014)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Hootchie Mama' (Stamile 2001)
H. 'Hootchie Mama'
(Stamile 2001)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
At right: Especially for cat lovers:
H. 'How I Met Your Cat'
(Clement 2011)
(Photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'How I Met Your Cat' (Clement 2011)
Hemerocallis 'Picasso's Dream' (Baker-M. 2013)
H. 'Picasso's Dream'
(Baker-M. 2013)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Love and Dazzle' (Lamb-K. 2006)
H. 'Love and Dazzle'
(Lamb-K. 2006)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
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Tom and Mary Keast
The Keast Daylily Garden
Oakland, Iowa

By Steve Horan
(Minnesota)
Tom and Mary Keast with welcome sign
Tom and Mary Keast welcome us for a garden visit and lunch! (photo by Lyle Moen)
Tom and Mary Keast garden

I WAS especially interested in composing this write-up for the Keasts, as I have known Tom and Mary for a very long time. Daylily friends are the best.

Whoever said you can’t go home again? In his book of the same name, Thomas Wolfe wrote, “Some things will never change. Some things will always be the same . . . All that he knew was that the years flow by like water, and that one day men come home again.” Tom and Mary Keast must feel this way.

Some may remember that their garden was one of four tour gardens for the AHS Region One meeting in 2002. Since then, they packed their bags and moved to Colorado, taking many daylilies with them. But the call of home was strong, and they eventually returned to Oakland, to live and garden on the same property. How sweet it is. It is good to have them back in Region One where it all started.

The years in Colorado have only added to the Keast daylily legacy, as their first introductions came from Colorado. One that I particularly enjoy is called ‘Carnation Sunrise’ (Keast-M.&T. 2014), and I bring it to our Minnesota Daylily Society off-scape show every year because I think it is so unique. ‘Carnation Sunrise’ stands 18” tall with 3” blooms in mid season—a double daylily perfect for the front of the border where you can enjoy its unique carnation-like blooms. 
Hemerocallis 'Carnation Sunrise' (Keast-M&T 2014)
H. 'Carnation Sunrise'
(Keast-M.&T. 2014)
18" tetraploid with a 3" bloom.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Seeking out additional introductions, I made my way towards the back and side gardens, where most of their introductions were growing. I was especially fond of the yellow-green UF ‘Wings of Love’ (2018), the eyed-and-edged ‘Faded Love’ (2019), and the pink-lavender spider ‘Hilltop Dancer’ (2014).
Hemerocallis 'Hilltop Dancer'
H. 'Hilltop Dancer'
(Keast-M.&T. 2014)
36" tall diploid spider
with a 10.5" bloom.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Wings of Love' (Keast-T.&M. 2018)
At left:
H. 'Wings of Love'
(Keast-M.&T. 2018)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Keast seedling Mountain Kaleidoscope X Malachite Prism
Keast seedling (Mountaintop Kaleidoscope X Malachite Prism')
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Standing Proud' (Keast-T.&M. 2019)
H. 'Standing Proud'
(Keast-M.&T. 2019)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
As for the rest of Keast Daylily Gardens, they say it has changed quite a bit since they were last on tour in 2002. They like to grow hardy perennials such as salvias, ornamental grasses, clematis, Asiatic lilies, Orienpet lilies, mums, and asters. The salvias and lilies were in full bloom, looking wonderful, with collections of hosta nestled in the shaded areas of the garden. The gazebo that Tom built with his own hands is still standing but is now situated on the adjoining property.
Keast Garden Scene
Visitors explore the Keast garden. (photo by Joan Zettel)
There is garden art in abundance, including the Welcome sign at the entrance to the garden and Wheel Beds that give the garden an antique look. One piece of garden art that stood out to me was of a rusted sheriff who looked as though he was holding court in the garden.

Clever signage was also fun to see. One sign picturing garden tools proclaimed the gardener to be “perennially optimistic” with a “soiled reputation” and “dirty hands and grubby knees make pretty flowers sure to please.” Another sign pictured a watering can with the words, “I’m so excited about Spring I wet my plants.”

Some of the daylilies that caught my eye included a striking clump of ‘Fuchsia Frolic’ (Gossard, 2017), the beautiful ‘Wonder of It All’ (Carr’ 2005), a floriferous clump of ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’ (Bishop-H. 1990), ‘Lynn’s Delight’ (Albers 1992), ‘Red Suspenders’ (Webster 1990), the well-budded ‘Smuggler’s Gold’ (Branch 1991), and ‘Open Hearth’ (Lambert 1976).
The Keast garden hosted a club collection by Jamie Gossard.
Hemerocallis 'Fuchsia Frolic' (Gossard 2017)

At left:
H. 'Fuchsia Frolic'
(Gossard 2017)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Blackberry Lime Kiss' (Gossard 2017)
H. 'Blackberry Lime Kiss'
(Gossard 2017)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Cliff Jumper' (Gossard 2017)
H. 'Cliffjumper'
(Gossard 2017)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Papio Leah Serenity' (Hansen-D.V. 2016)
H. 'Papio Leah Serenity'
(Hansen-D.V. 2016)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Mokan Butterfly' (Lexington-G. 1984)
H. 'Mokan Butterfly'
(Lenington-G. 1984)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Lilium in Keast garden
One of several lilies in bloom
at the Keast garden.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Most special of all was a wonderful clump of the stunning ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ (Ripley 2006) by our own Nan Ripley. Congratulations to Nan for the Stout Silver Medal!
Hemerocallis 'Scarlet Pimpernel'

At left: Nan Ripley's
H. 'Scarlet Pimpernel'
(Ripley 2006)
UF-Crispate, 10" bloom.

Winner of the 2019 Stout Silver Medal!

At Keast Daylily Gardens
(photo by Steve Horan)
It was great talking with Tom and Mary in their own garden as I wasn’t around for the tour in 2002. I am also thankful they were so gracious as to serve us a wonderful lunch in the garden. There was plenty of seating area for us and we had extra time to view and enjoy the garden. Sharing the experience with all our members was a real treat.

Thank you so much, Tom and Mary!
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Phyllis McIntosh
The McIntosh Daylily Place
Omaha, Nebraska

By Janell Quinlan
(North Dakota)
McIntosh Garden in Omaha
A feast for the eye greets visitors at the McIntosh Daylily Place. (photo by Lyle Moen)
Phyllis McIntosh
AS YOU WALK UP from the street, a feast for the eye of vibrant color lies ahead of you. It is a like a sea of daylilies just waiting for you to explore. It is easy to see why  The McIntosh Daylily Place  has been designated an American Daylily Society Display Garden with over 800 daylilies and numerous hybridizers represented.
At right: Phyllis McIntosh among her collection of over 800 daylilies.
 ( photo by Lyle Moen )

When you wander past the many rows of daylilies alongside the house, you come to the backyard with more levels of daylilies and perennials enhancing the gardens. Some of the perennials interspersed among the daylilies are Oriental lilies, hosta, clematis, sedums, and coral bells. She also has garden art interspersed with the plants to augment the beauty of the gardens. 
Phyllis McIntosh garden in Omaha
More levels of daylilies and companion plants, such as tall lilies, fill the backyard gardens at the McIntosh gardens.
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Towards the back of the yard is a pergola with a sign that says, "McIntosh’s Hideaway." It just makes you want to stop and rest awhile to enjoy the beauty that surrounds you as you listen to the sound of the flowing water fountain. 
Phyllis McIntosh garden in Omaha
"McIntosh's Hideaway," a restful spot to enjoy the beauty and sounds of the garden. (photo by Kathy Lamb)
Phyllis likes unusual forms and patterns, as you can see by the accompanying photos.
Hemerocallis 'Bowtie Affair' (Pierce-G. 2013)
H. 'Bowtie Affair' (Pierce-G. 2013) catches the eye with a stunning appliqué pattern. (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Judge Nancy' (Hansen-D. 2005)'
H . 'Judge Nancy' (Hansen-D. 2005) features a double edge plus veining in the eyezone. (photo by Lyle Moen)
Hemerocallis 'Carnival in Mexico' (Santa Lucia 2000)
H. 'Carnival in Mexico' (Santa Lucia 2000), the striking 2012 Stout Silver Medal winner. (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Big Boy Butterfly (Pierce-G. 2017)
H. 'Big Boy Butterfly' (Pierce-G. 2017) wows with a large patterned eye.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'God Save the Queen' (Morss 2005)
A yellow-gold edge finishes the purple edge on H. 'God Save the Queen'
(Morss 2005) (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Finish the Race' (Emmerich 2009)
H. 'Finish the Race' (Emmerich 2009) shows off a lavender etched eye pattern. (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Exotic Starfish' (Gossard 2013)
H. 'Exotic Starfish' (Gossard 2013) presents an intriguing pattern in shades of blue and purple.
 (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Fixed Income' (Hanson-C. 2010)
H. 'Fixed Income' (Hanson-C. 2010) exhibits a precise chevron eye.
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Phyllis is a familiar face in Region One from her attendance at regional meetings since getting interested in daylilies. It was fun to see her garden and visit with Phyllis to find out more about her daylily interests. I learned that her favorite colors of daylilies are orange and near white. One of her favorite hybridizers is Margo Reed, because of how quickly Margo’s daylilies increase. 
Phyllis uses raised flower beds on her patio to grow her seedlings from hybridizing. She says it is easy to monitor them in this way. 
Phyllis McIntosh
Phyllis McIntosh, beside her raised seedling bed. ( photo by Kathy Lamb )
Phyllis has registered four daylilies so far—the tetraploid 'Hooked On Angel Wings' (2010), and the diploids 'Yellow Slippers' (2018), 'Sandhill Crane' (2011), and 'Pixie Chick' (2006). As she works on her hybridizing program, Phyllis’ sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Lyle Kahnk, graciously host some of Phyllis' seedlings at their "Daylilies on the Fritz" lake cabin.
H. 'Pixie Chick'
(McIntosh-P. 2006),
a diploid with 25 buds,
is a blooming machine!
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Pixie Chick' (McIntosh-P. 2006)
Above: Phil Fass (CIDS Iowa) deciding on examples to use in Garden Judges Workshop 2, held on Sunday in the McIntosh garden. (photo by Joan Zettel)

Heidi Douglas
Left: Guest speaker Heidi Douglas discovers her introduction 'Papa Goose' (2011) in bloom at The McIntosh Daylily Place.
(photo by Lyle Moen)

The McIntosh Daylily Place grew the NDS club collection of daylilies from Heidi and Charles Douglas.
If you are ever in the Omaha area in theer summer, it is a must see stop to explore "The McIntosh Place"—an American Daylily Society Display Garden.
Decorative fountain in Phyllis McIntosh garden in Omaha
Decorative fountain adds the sound of flowing water in the McIntosh garden for your next visit. (photo by Lyle Moen)
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But wait— there's more!
Open Gardens Sizzle!
Open to Guests, Open to Sharing, Open to Learning
By Nancy Rash
President, Cedar Valley Iris and Daylily Society
(Iowa)

FIVE BEAUTIFUL GARDENS were open to attendees as part of ADS Region One, "Fireworks in the Garden," July 5-7, 2019. Open Gardens are a conference bonus with generous hosts that have prepared their garden to share with fellow daylily enthusiasts. My husband (Lyle Moen) and I like to see each of the Open Gardens, and we appreciate the directions and maps NDS provided. Each garden has well-labeled plants and friendly hosts that take time to tell about their garden and their interest in daylilies.
  
Ferguson Fantasy Flowers— Scott and Linda Ferguson
Omaha, Nebraska
Ferguson front garden.
Colorful daylilies welcome visitors to Linda and Scott Ferguson's neatly tended garden, Ferguson Fantasy Flowers. (photo by Kathy Lamb)
We started the day with Linda and Scott Ferguson . In addition to seeing 'Linda’s Big Red Tower' (Ferguson-L. 2015), we learned that Scott has crossed 'Awesome Candy' (Stamile 2000) with 'Black Eyed Susan' (Stevens-D.1983). Both are shade tolerant, and Scott hopes the cross results in a shade-tolerant daylily.
Right:
H. 'Linda's Big Red Tower' (Ferguson-L. 2015)
44" tall tetraploid
with 6.5" blooms greets visitors near the front entrance.
(photo by Linda Ferguson)
Hemerocallis 'Linda's Big Red Tower' (Ferguson-L. 2015)
Linda and Scott Ferguson
Linda and Scott Ferguson—along with Rocket, their 6-year old Miniature Schnauzer— share their enthusiasm for daylilies and for hybridizing during their Open Garden. Linda is currently President of the Nebraska Daylily Society.
 (photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'True Blue Scott' (Ferguson-L. 2019)
Visitors saw this as a seedling, now registered as H. 'True Blue Scott'
(Ferguson-L. 2019) Named for Linda's husband (photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'TrueNorth Rocketman' Hobbs-T.A. 2018)
H. TrueNorth Rocketman'
(Hobbs-T.A. 2018)
A favorite daylily because of its pattern
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
The Ferguson Garden featured several Jamie Gossard introductions, including these:
Hemerocallis 'Heavenly Angel Ice' (Gossard 2004)
H. 'Heavenly Angel Ice'
(Gossard 2004)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Blue Swallowtail' (Gossard 2013)
H. 'Blue Swallowtail'
(Gossard 2013)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Megatron' (Gossard 2006)
Left: H. 'Megatron'
(Gossard 2006)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Linda Scott in her ADS Display Garden
Above: Linda Ferguson hosts an AHS/ADS Daylily Display Garden
(photo by Lyle Moen)

Below. Two selected seedlings that had been under evaluation, now registered:
Linda Ferguson seedling CC X MB
H. 'Charming Aila'
(Ferguson-L. 2019)
Named for Linda's oldest granddaughter.
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Linda Ferguson Seedling EL X MB
H. 'Theo'
(Ferguson-L. 2019) 
This 41" tall daylily was named for Nancy's youngest grandson, who may be a tall young man, with a mom who is 6' and a dad who is 6' 7" tall! (photo by Kathy Lamb)
The Ferguson collection includes introductions from many Region One hybridizers, including these two: Phil Fass (IA) and Suzanne Karl (SD).
Hemerocallis 'Chasing the Dragon' (Fass 2014)
H. 'Chasing the Dragon'
(Fass 2014)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Dakota Velvet' (Karl 2015)
H. 'Dakota Velvet'
(Karl 2015)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Patterns, eyes, and fancy edges are also represented, adding appeal for visitors to Linda and Scott's Ferguson Fantasy Flowers.
Hemerocallis 'Jinxy' (DeCaire 2011)
H. 'Jinxy'
(DeCaire 2011)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Blue Wrangler' (Pierce-G. 2012)
H. 'Blue Wrangler'
(Pierce-G. 2012)
(photo by Joan Zettel)
Hemerocallis 'Rodelinda' (Maryott 2008)
H. 'Rodelinda' (Maryott 2008) (photo by Joan Zettel)
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Hansen's Daylily Haven— Dave and Val Jean Hansen
Papillion, Nebraska
Dave and Val Jean Hansen
Dave and Val Jean Hansen are prolific hybridizers and have been active members of the Nebraska Daylily Society for many years. (photo by Joan Zettel)
Dave and Val Jean Hansen are prolific hybridizers aiming for lots of teeth in their daylilies. New crosses are named for great grandchildren, and we were able to see 'Avianna Grace' (2016) in full bloom. Many of their plants were in the other Nebraska gardens on tour. 
Hemerocallis 'Papio Shelli Mae' (Hansen-D.V. 2013)
Hansen welcome stone
Left: H. 'Papio Shelli Mae'
(Hansen-D.V. 2013)
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hansen garden scene
Above and below: Companion plants and garden decor accent perennial beds.
 (photos by Lyle Moen)
Hansen garden scene
Above: A grouping displays several smaller daylily cultivars, including (left to right) 'Country Bouquet' (Salter-E.H. 2002), 'Lil' Red Wagon' (Kinnebrew-J. 2003), and 'Spacecoast Tiny Perfection' (Kinnebrew-J. 1998)
Hansen Daylily Haven sign
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Mary Baker's Garden— Mary and Rich Baker
Omaha, Nebraska
Mary and Rich Baker house
Mary Baker's Garden begins in the front yard, wraps around both sides, and fills the back yard with daylilies and companion plants. (photo by Mary Baker)
I was able to see ‘Driving Through Des Moines’ and 'Omaha Sunshine' when we visited the garden of Mary and Rich Baker . A newly-landscaped back yard provided more planting area and nice grass paths. I made note of the flower combinations in pots on the front step that attract hummingbirds. Mary is another hybridizer with her plants in other gardens as well.
Rich Baker-Mary Baker-Melanie Baker McCain and Luke McCain
At left: Rich and Mary Baker, with their daughter Melanie Baker McCain and husband Luke McCain.
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Mary Baker garden steps
Stone steps guide visitors through lush borders of daylilies and companion plants.
(photo by Mike Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Omaha Sunshine' (Baker-M. 2005)
H. 'Omaha Sunshine'
(Kaskel-Baker 2005)
A bright early-season tetraploid with 4" flowers and a dark green throat.
 (photo by Mary Baker)
Hemerocallis 'Driving Through Des Moines' (Baker-M. 2013)
H. 'Driving Through Des Moines'
(Baker-M. 2013)
35" UF Crispate with 6.25" pale orchid pink, diamond-dusted flower and yellow to green throat.
 (photo by Mary Baker)
Hemerocallis 'Omaha Sunshine' (Baker-M. 2005)
Above: H. 'Omaha Sunshine' showing off prolific blooms in an established clump. Rebloom lengthens its season! (photo by Mary Baker)
Hemerocallis 'Watson Park Tempest' (Jerabek 2004)
Left: H. 'Watson Park Tempest' (Jerabek 2004) is a favorite in Mary's garden.
(photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Mary Barbara' (Baker-M. 2020)
H. 'Mary Barbara'
(Baker-M. 2020)
Mary's mother selected this to be her namesake. (photo by Mary Baker)
Hemerocallis 'Elephant in the Room' (Baker-M. 2019)
H. 'Elephant in the Room'
(Baker-M. 2019)
A new registration that caught the eye of many visitors! (photo by Mary Baker)
Hemerocallis 'Sean Michael' (Baker-M. 2013)
H. 'Sean Michael'
(Baker-M. 2013)
Named for Rich & Mary's son. (photo by Mary Baker)
Mary and Rich Baker
Mary and Rich Baker, Open Garden Hosts.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Hemerocallis 'Bison Blizzard' (Baker-M. 2020)
H. 'Bison Blizzard'
(Baker-M. 2020)
Near-white daylilies with green throats are another goal in Mary's program. (photo by Mary Baker)
Mary Baker seedling
H. 'Fractured Heart'
(David Kirchhoff-Mary Baker 2020)
(photo by Mary Baker)
Mary aims for clear, sunfast reds with brilliant green throats in her seedlings, as shown here. (photos by Mary Baker)
Mary Bakeer seedling 17020
Mary Baker seedling 17020
('Cardinal Kisses' X 'Sean Michael')
Mary Baker seedling 1567E
A future introduction:
Mary Baker seedling 1567E
('Zola's Tribute to Mary Baker' X 'Cardinal Kisses')
Mary Baker Seedling 1520B
Mary Baker seedling 1520B (''Dragon Nation' X 'One Hot Mama'), a possible future introduction. (photo by Mary Baker)
Mary Baker seedling 1535FS
A future introduction:
Mary Baker seedling 1535FS
('Needles in a Haystack' X 'Piranha')
A toothy tetraploid, with 34"scapes,
4-way branching and 28 buds.
(photo by Mary Baker)
Right: A future introduction
Mary Baker seedling 1543
('Sean Michael' X 'Hoochie Coochie Man')
(photo by Mary Baker)
Mary Baker seedling 1543
Below: A partial view of the backyard gardens filled with daylilies and companion plants. (photo by Mary Baker)
Mary Baker's Garden
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Bob and Joanne Langabee Garden
Bellevue, Nebraska
Langabee Garden Scene
Bob and Joanne Langabee personalized their daylily and butterfly garden with a mix of perennials and light-hearted garden decor. (photo by Lyle Moen)
It was a daylily and butterfly display garden at the home of Bob and Joanne Langabee.  I admired their 'The Rising Sun'™ Eastern Redbud tree ( Cercis canadensis ), which I saw in at least three other gardens during the two days of tour gardens. They met the challenge of deer proofing their yard and invited guests to sit on the patio by the garden stream. Dozens of Painted Lady butterflies were visiting the garden with us. 
Joanne and Bob Langabee
Bob and Joanne Langabee (photo by Lyle Moen)
Langabee Garden Scene
Left: A row of containers features summer succulents.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Right: A trio of toads overlook a waterfall in the Langabee water garden.
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Langabee Garden Water Feature
Langabee Butterfly Garden
Above: Painted Lady butterflies join a metal sculpture cousin among Echinacea and other butterfly plants in the Langabee garden. (photo by Lyle Moen)
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The Doug Bremers Garden
Omaha, Nebraska
Bremers tiered garden
Doug Bremers created tiers of daylily beds up the steep slope of his backyard, creating a vista of daylily beauty to enjoy from the patio. (photo by Mike Lamb)
Doug Bremers explained how to edge a flower bed. His was a perfectly manicured garden. The beautiful terraced back yard was filled with daylilies of his own and others. He admitted having some sentimental favorites. New to me was ‘Blufftop Volunteer’ (Steffenhagen 2006).
Hemerocallis 'Blufftop Volunteer' (Steffenhagen 2006)
H. 'Blufftop Volunteer'
(Steffenhagen 2006)
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Hemerocallis 'Halloween Green' (Herrington-T. 2011)
H. 'Halloween Green'
(Herrington-T. 2011)
(photo by Lyle Moen)
Bremers garden steps
Above: Stone steps lead to tiered beds up the steep slope of the back yard.
(photo by Mike Lamb)
Right:
Doug Bremers
shows visitors the upper
display beds.
(photo by
Mike Lamb)
Doug Bremers
Bremers garden patio
Above: Guests enjoy the patio with Doug Bremers. (photo by Lyle Moen)
Hemerocallis 'Cool Composure' (Pierce-G. 2017)
H. 'Cool Composure'
(Pierce-G. 2017)
A fragrant 8" tetraploid with 35 buds and 5-way branching.
 (photo by Kathy Lamb)
Hemerocallis 'Heman' (Gossard 2007)
H. 'Heman'
(Gossard 2007)
A UF with a toothy 9" bloom; this Honorable Mention winner grew in several gardens. (photo by Kathy Lamb)
Bremers patio
Above: A profusion of bloom surrounds the patio in the Doug Bremers Garden. (photo by Mike Lamb)
I encourage you to visit and experience the Open Gardens each year.  It’s an opportunity to have a personalized tour at your own pace.
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Photo Gallery Fun from the Banquets
Two nights of banquets • Two nights of camaraderie • Guest Speakers • Silent Auction • Bargain Table • Live Auction • Hybridizer Slides • Awards!

A wonderful weekend with all the trimmings! Thanks to the Nebraska Dayily Society and all of the hard-working volunteers who made the event a success!

(All photos in this gallery are by Lyle Moen.)
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