Welcome to Region One of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS), which is comprised of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and the Canadian province of Manitoba. We are proud to share with you that today's AHS has its origins in a meeting of daylily enthusiasts that took place in Shenandoah, Iowa, on July 13, 1946. Region One is where it all began! We hope that you will regularly visit our website to further your interest in daylilies (Hemerocallis). Here, you can obtain information about the next Region One meeting as well as local daylily societies and their plant sales. If you are seeking advice concerning how best to grow daylilies in your garden, contact information of local Hemerocallis growers is also provided. We encourage you to join the AHS and enjoy the many benefits of membership.

Discover Dakota Daylilies!
Our next Regional Summer Meeting will take place in North Dakota on July 27-29th, 2018. Melanie Mason (North Country Daylilies) will be our featured speaker. Click here for the latest details. Please get the word out to your club members and daylily friends!

Click HERE to View a Video about the North Dakota Region One Summer Meeting in 2018!

Have you registered yet? If not, we recommend that you submit your registration form and payment without delay. If you register by June 15th, your earlybird registration will cost you only $120. Thereafter, registration will be $140. Click here for the MEETING SCHEDULE and REGISTRATION FORM. Reserve your spot in the incredible North Dakota 2018 Summer Event!

June 7, 2018

Dear Region One Clubs and Societies:

It’s that time of year to be thinking about getting the registration for Region One Summer Meeting sent in for the early bird rate of $120 by June 15th. After that time the registration goes to $140 and all registrations need to be in by July 14th. The registrations will be capped at 120.

The meeting will be held at Baymont Inn and Suites in Mandan at 2611 Old Red Trail NW, Mandan, ND. You need to book before July 11 to receive $98 plus tax which includes a hot breakfast. Ask for Central ND Daylily Society Block of rooms which is capped at 65 rooms, so get those reservation made. Call Baymont Inn at (701) 663-7401.

We have a wonderful opportunity for those who want to come in early for some sightseeing of the area. On Thursday evening at 5:00, we are invited to the Awards Reception at the Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association at 422 E Front Ave, Bismarck. They are featuring the month of July, a daylily exhibit that either the painting or photo must have daylilies in it. A visit of the exhibit will also take place during the tours on Saturday.

Registration opens at noon on Friday along with the Bargain Table and Silent Auction. Please be advised to bring cash or check for purchases at the Bargain Table and Silent Auction. From 1:00 - 3:00 there will be the Judging 1 Workshop ($5 to be paid at registration) or a Floral Photography class to attend. At 3:30, the hybridizers in the region will show what they are working on and introducing to the public. There will also be open gardens that day. From 5-6 is a social hour followed by the meal and auction. Also come prepared with cash or check for purchases at the auction. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept credit cards.

If any members are planning to donate daylilies for the Bargain Table or Auction, we would appreciate knowing ahead of time what you are bringing so we can prepare pictures. Please contact, Mary Bormann at dakota3@bis.midco.net to let her know what you are contributing to the Bargain Table. If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute you can mail your daylilies to Mary at 2510 Clydesdale Dr., Bismarck, ND 58503. To make arrangements to donate to the auction, please contact Gwen Brady at mbrady@bis.midco.net.

Any hybridizers in your club are welcome to present from 5-8 minutes on the daylilies they are hybridizing. There will be a computer and laptop available for PowerPoint. Anyone that wants to make arrangements ahead of time may contact Janell Quinlan at 701-224-8244 or jjqnd@outlook.com.

On Saturday, there will be the tour gardens. Also the Judging 2 Workshop will be held as part of the tours. After the tours will be the last chance to bid on the Silent Auction and buy at the Bargain Tables. From 5-6 is a social hour followed by the meal, business meeting and hybridizer presentation which is Melanie Mason from North Country Daylilies.

Please share this information with your club members. If you have any questions, please contact chairperson, Janell Quinlan at jjqnd@outlook.com or 701-224-8244. We hope to see as many as possible of you in July in ND.


Janell Quinlan, Chair

Meeting Updates

1) Please note that the Bismarck Arts and Galleries Association event on Thursday, July 26th, will begin at 5:00 PM with the awards being presented at 5:30 PM.

2) Hybridizers are welcome to present from 5-8 minutes on the daylilies they are hybridizing.  There will be a computer and laptop available for PowerPoint.  It will be held in the Santa Maria Room just off the lobby and next to the bar from 3:30 – 5:00 PM on Friday, July 27th.  Anyone that wants to make arrangements ahead of time may contact Janell Quinlan at 701-224-8244 or jjqnd@outlook.com.

3) The Regional Officers & Liaisons meeting will be held in the Executive II Room at 4:00 PM on Friday, July 27th. 

4) After the business meeting on Saturday, President Val Hoefer will extend an invitation to 2019 Regional Meeting organizers to say a few words about next year's meeting.

5) Susan Holland invites you to visit her open garden in Bismarck and has kindly provided a link to a recently recorded video. You should check it out!

6) For information concerning all nine open gardens, please click below.

Helpful Contact Information Pertaining to the Bismarck Summer Meeting

Meeting Chair, Janell Quinlan:  jjqnd@outlook.com

Auction Chair, Val Brostrom: valb@bis.midco.net

Mail plants to: 7521 Sentinel St., Bismarck, ND 58504

Bargain Table, Mary Bormann:  dakota3@bis.midco.net

Mail items to: 2510 Clydesdale Dr., Bismarck, ND 58503

Registrar, Susan Holland:  susanh.holland@gmail.com

Publicity, Kathleen Donahue:  thompsondonahue@bis.midco.net

Facebook, Lisa Schmidt:  lisaschmidt51@gmail.com

Region 1 Website:  www.ahsRegion1.org

Hotel Baymont Inn & Suites (Wyndham): (800)-337-0550

NDS Members Visiting 2018 AHS National Convention in Myrtle Beach, SC

Front row: Di Keller, Val Hoefer, Ann Simmons & Carlene Potts Back row: Scott Keller, LaRee Ahlers, Butch Ahlers

Awards Announced at the 2018 AHS National Convention
At the National Convention in Myrtle Beach, two awards were announced for members from Region One. An Honorable Mention Award was given to Karol Emmerich (Springwood Gardens) for her daylily hybrid 'Alpha and Omega', while Jonathan Poulton received the Region One Service Award for his work as Webmaster and Science Liaison.

'Alpha and Omega' (Emmerich, 2012)

Farewell to an Iowa Gentleman
It is with great sadness that I must share with you that our good friend Lee Pickles (Chattanooga Daylilies, Hixson, TN) passed away at the age of 82 on Saturday, April 7th. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hamilton Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson. I first met Lee and his wife Jean at several Pollen Dabbers meetings in Marshalltown, IA, where I joined other members of the audience “oohing and aahing” at his wonderful daylily seedlings, especially his red ones. When we went out for lunch, we would join Lee as he made a bee-line for the Maid-Rite downtown to order his beloved loose meat sandwiches.

Lee Pickles - June 2016 (photo courtesy of Facebook)
H. 'Made Right' (Pickles-Poulton, 2017)

After I had tried my hand at hybridizing for a few years, I plucked up courage and sent Lee an email asking him to review some of the seedlings I’d produced and tell me whether I was headed in the right direction or not. I anxiously opened his return e-mail only to find that he hadn’t directly answered my question but instead wrote the following advice: “Jonathan, let me share with you the same advice that my mentor Doc Branch told me when I began hybridizing. He told me to go out and buy the most expensive daylilies that you can afford and use them as the parents in your hybridizing program, because, if you start with old faces, you’ll only end up with old faces”. To sweeten the pot, he asked me whether I might be interested in receiving some of his extra seeds. Now, who in their right mind would ever say “No” to that kind offer? I gladly said “Yes” and, within a few weeks, I was planting several hundreds of his gifted seeds. Furthermore, I took to heart his sage advice and bought the most expensive and “bluest” daylilies that my budget allowed and then went to work trying to create a better “blue” cultivar. While I have as yet been pretty unsuccessful in achieving that goal, Lee’s seeds gave rise to some absolutely wonderful offspring. I decided that the one that I loved the best should be introduced in Lee's honor as ‘Made Right’. After receiving Lee’s permission, we introduced it in 2017. When I'll look at that lily in years to come, I shall be reminded of the wonderful gentleman, kind friend, and excellent mentor that Lee Pickles was. He will be greatly missed by so many folks including myself.

Pollen Dabbers 2018 was a Huge Success!
Pollen Dabbers 2018 was held on March 16th-17th in the auditorium of the Fisher Community Center in Marshalltown, IA. About 35 persons attended the meeting, coming (in challenging road conditions) from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Ontario, Canada. In summary, this was an excellent meeting, complete with great presentations, countless photos of beautiful daylily creations, humorful banter between attendees, and more refreshments than one could possibly eat in 24 hours! On Friday evening, CIDS hybridizers brought us up to date on their latest marvels. The hybridizers' reports continued on Saturday morning and, after a delicious lunch, early afternoon. The meeting concluded with a splendid and informative talk from guest speaker Dave Mussar (Hillside Daylilies, Ontario, Canada) followed by a plant auction. By the time that the meeting ended, the sun was out, most of the snow had melted, and car travel heading home was far easier than our arrival on the previous night! Many thanks to Linda Ferguson for photos of Dave Mussar and the gang from the Nebraska Daylily Society. If you'd like to contribute photos taken at this meeting, please forward them as e-mail attachments (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu).

Dave Mussar
NDS attendees
'Rosemary Mussar' (Mussar, 2013)

What Else Lies Ahead for CIDS in 2018?
The Central Iowa Daylily Society has its meetings at Marshalltown, IA. Click here to visit the new CIDS website and see what events are already planned for 2018. Members of the public are always welcome to attend.

NDS Releases Vol. XXXII of its Annual Yearbooks
To help you get through the last few days of this winter, how about thumbing through a book full of beautiful daylily photos and learning what one of our Region One clubs has been up to recently? Every January for many years now, the Nebraska Daylily Society has been assembling a yearbook that includes club news from the previous year, the club calendar for the current year, and lots of helpful articles and useful information. NDS is pleased to make the 2018 edition available to you all. Click here to enjoy it! Many congratulations, NDS members, on a fabulous edition.

What's on the NDS Calendar in 2018?
May 5th: Annual club plant distribution and plant auction, Lincoln, NE.

May 11th: Celebrating International Gardening Day with plant sales @ Lauritzen Gardens (Omaha, NE) to earn money for the NDS College Scholarship.

July 14th: Garden Tour and Flower Show, Omaha, NE.

August 25th: Club meeting and plant auction in Sioux City, IA. Speakers: Mike Grossman & Kathleen Nordstrom.

For further information, visit: http://www.nebraskadaylilysociety.com/calendar_of_events

Kris Henning Becomes New Regional Director

I am delighted to inform you that, as of November 10th, Kris Henning will serve as Regional Director for Region One until the end of 2018. The Spring 2018 Daylily Pioneer will contain a ballot for the Region President and Director for the terms that start in 2019. Votes will be counted and an announcement made at the 2018 Summer Meeting.

Time to Catch Up on Your Reading!
Have you read the article on Nan Ripley's daylily program in the May 2017 issue of Martha Stewart Living? Additionally, Nan’s 'Supreme Scream' is on the front cover of the 2018 ia Magazine with an 8-page article on her gardening skills. You can see the full article by clicking here and scrolling to page 102.

Unveiling of the ia Magazine in September 2017

Expanded Version of the Fall 2017 Daylily Pioneer Now Available
In early fall, Region One members were mailed the Fall 2017 issue of the Daylily Pioneer, whose cover showed CVIDS members Steve and Gerald Hobbs admiring the view from the heights of Springwood Gardens, MN.
An expanded version of the journal, which contains on pp. 28-31 an article by Linda Ferguson about Springwood with photos provided by her husband Scott, is now ready for your perusal. Please click here for access. Congrats to all contributors to this fine edition and to our Editor, Susan Holland!

2017 AHS Region One Pop Poll
Results of the 2017 Pop Poll were announced by Steve Horan, our Regional Publicity Director, at the Minnesota Regional. 'Chasing the Dragon' was declared the winner. This cultivar was selected on 39% of the ballots and outscored the closest rival 'Neon Flamingo' by two votes. Fourteen cultivars received 10 or more votes. Three cultivars on the ballot didn't receive any votes. Seventy-two cultivars received write-in votes, of which 8 write-ins received 3 votes or more. 'Chasing the Dragon' will be added to the Region One Hall of Fame. Thirty-one percent of Region One members participated in this year's poll.

Region One Hybridizers Receive Individual Cultivar Awards
Many congratulations to Karol Emmerich and Nan Ripley on their recent awards:

Karol Emmerich:
'Entwined in the Vine (2007): 2016 Stout Silver Medal Runner-up

'Desire of Nations' (2008): 2016 Award of Merit
'All Things To All Men' (2012): 2016 Honorable Mention
'Faith That Moves Mountains' (2012): 2016 Hon. Mention
'Minnesota Nice' (2013): 2016 Honorable Mention
'Not Guilty' (2012): 2016 Honorable Mention
'Spoken In Parables' (2009): 2016 Honorable Mention

Nan Ripley:
'Scarlet Pimpernel' (2006): 2016 Award of Merit

Region One Members Win AHS 2017 Awards
Congratulations to Nan Ripley (Walkabout Gardens) for winning the 2017 AHS Regional Service Award for Region One for outstanding service to AHS at the regional level.

Congrats also to Jonathan Poulton (CVIDS) for his Best Scientific Article Award. His article, titled "Genetically Engineering Those Blues?", was published in the Daylily Pioneer, Vol. 17, No. 2, Fall 2016.

Reporting on CVIDS' 11th Annual Betty Miller Photo Contest
In 2006, CVIDS initiated a photo contest in honor of Past President and hybridizer Betty Miller. Betty had a passion for photographing daylilies and mentored several CVIDS members on how to take good photos. Her photos were featured in “Eureka” and daylily catalogs from 2001-2004. In November 2017, the 11th Annual Contest had the following categories: (1) Verne's reds (in honor of late club member Verne Moore who passionately liked red daylilies), (2) Iris, (3) Large flowers, (4) Doubles, (5) Unusual forms and spiders, (6) Clumps, (7) Landscapes (photo must include daylilies or irises), (8) Seedlings, and (9) Novelties (e.g., garden sculptures, birdhouses, animals, etc. but the photo must include daylilies or irises). First place winners in each category received $25, and the Grand Prize winner received $50. Names of winners as well as their daylily photos are posted on the CVIDS website and recorded in the club's Newsletter. Please click here to access contest organizer Mary Jo Duffy's PowerPoint presentation that not only shows the winners in each category of the contest but also all entries in each category too. Enjoy the show!

CVIDS Holds its 7th Annual Hybridizers' Roundup

In October 2017, CVIDS held its 7th Annual Hybridizers' Roundup, during which club hybridizers had a chance to tell others about their latest daylily creations. Seven members gave presentation this year. To access their talks, please click on individual names:


Any Idea What Causes This Disease?
Last winter, Jonathan Poulton raised about 600 daylily seedlings in the University of Iowa greenhouse, beginning on Black Friday. 
He germinated his seeds in 72-well flats in Ball Professional Growing Mix. Germination rates were acceptable, and he observed good subsequent growth in the greenhouse under the lights there using Ferti-lome's Blooming and Rooting Hormone Soluble Plant Food (9-58-8) as fertilizer. After about 6 weeks, he began transplanting the seedlings into 1-gallon pots. Not long thereafter, about 80 seedlings showed some sickness that he'd never seen before. The first sign of trouble is when the youngest leaves began to pinch at their apices (see LH photo below).  Subsequently, the leaves bent over, as if they'd lost their turgidity.  If he squeezed the leaf tips at this stage, they were often brittle and snapped off.  The malady affected only the youngest leaves. Fearing that the overall growth of the affected plants might become stalled by the disease, he “quarantined” the sick plants on a separate bench and clipped off the affected leaf tips. In time, some of the affected seedlings seemed to grow out of the disease, but, having said that, he has many seedlings in November 2017 that are still showing the same symptoms. He has no idea what causes this disease and has no evidence that the sickness is contagious. If you have any insights, please e-mail him at: jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu. Thank you!

How Did NDSU's AHS Display Garden Get Started?

Region One is proud to have within its boundaries a modern and historic AHS daylily Display Garden on the campus of North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. How this garden came into being is a fascinating story that is told in two articles authored by Mary Baker (Region One Historic Daylily Garden Liaison), Karen Schock (former Central North Dakota Daylily Society President), and Janice Dehod (Canadian Prairie Daylily Society President, Manitoba). Click here to access those articles.

2017 AHS Region One Summer Regional

The 2017 AHS Region One Summer Regional, organized to perfection by the Daylily Society of Minnesota, was held on July 28-30 with Bryan Culver as the guest speaker. Please click here to view photos of the garden of Bill and Dory Lidinsky.

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