Texture in the Daylily Garden

by Kyle Billadeau, Chaska, MN The daylily collector’s garden is full of eye candy. Bold colors, wicked forms –the daylily is without question the prima donna in our yards. I can’t count the number of times I’ve received directions to a daylily garden that concluded with the words “and then you can’t miss it.” Yep, we kind of stand out in the neighborhood like the floozy who dropped in at the local church ladies’ Bible study. The neighbors smile and compliment the beauty, but privately they shake their heads at our gaudy excess. So, how can we make our gardens Read More

Region One has four AHS award winners

Schaben is region’s first Stout Medal candidate; Emmerich, Farnsworth and Unruh receive honors North Wind Dancer is Stout finalist Bursting onto the scene among a crowded field of 35 excellent cultivars, gary Schaben’s H. ‘North Wind Dancer’ (Schaben, 2001) received third runner-up status on the 2009 Stout ballot – becoming Region One’s first Stout Silver Medal top five finalist. H. ‘Skinwalker’ (RobertsN., 1997) received 54 votes to claim the top award. Voting was extremely close for the four runners-up, with H. ‘J.T. Davis’ and H. Moses’ Fire receiving 40 votes, followed by H. ‘North Wind Dancer’ with 38 and H. Read More

AHS Board Meeting

Cultivar Awards The biggest news from the Fall Board Meeting is always the announcement of cultivar awards, and AHS Region 1 can be proud of two special members: Karol Emmerich for receiving four Honorable Mentions, and gary Schaben for placing in the top five for the Stout Silver Medal. See the full story on these awards on page 8 and color photos on the inside front cover. Congratulations to our Region 1 hybridizers! Heading for Baton Rouge I was more than ready to leave the freezing rain of Minnesota for the fall AHS Board meeting in balmy Baton Rouge, October Read More

History in the making

Hybridizing in Region One hits a tipping point If you are a member of the AHS email Robin, then you’ve been hearing a lot lately about historic daylilies. Oliver Billingslea, a long-time AHS member and newsletter editor for Region 14, is compiling data for a new AHS publication on landscaping with daylilies. Currently he’s researching a chapter on historic daylilies, and has been soliciting favorites from members of the email Robin. Since the email Robin is more than 1,300 members strong, it’s an amazing source of information when polled. (and if you’re reading this, you too can join – the Read More

Popularity Poll Pops!

Participation nearly doubles; largest increase among all AHS Regions Greetings Region One: As fall shows its windy and cooler face, I hope you all took advantage of the daylily activities in Region One. Our spring and summer produced cooler temps and lots of moisture, which certainly helped the daylilies in our part of the country. CIDS once again had a great convention with lots of beautiful daylily gardens and provided an abundance of daylily plants for us to take home as part of their auction. I hope you all had a chance to bid on one or two and they Read More

From the President: Warm remembrances from a cool summer

After a very strange summer, winter is here. We had a very cool and wet summer in South Dakota, and it really affected the daylilies like I haven’t seen before. The foliage was so lush and dark green and the colors of the flowers were as vibrant as you could want. I have had more rebloom this summer than I have ever had. It was a very good daylily summer. Well, if you missed this summer’s tour in Marshalltown – you missed a great time. As always the gardens down there were beautiful, the hospitality was so warm and genuine, Read More

The Daylily Pioneer, Volume 17 No.1, Spring 2016

AHS Region One President Election Ballot—Cast YOUR Vote! It’s time for AHS Region One members to elect our President to serve a 2 year term beginning January 1, 2017. Per AHS Region One by-laws, Directors and RPs must be elected by mail ballots. Kris Henning, Chair of the Nominating Committee, will announce the election results at the 2016 AHS Region One business meeting on Saturday, July 23rd, during the 2016 AHS Region One Tour hosted by the Dakota Prairie Daylily Society in Flandreau, SD. To be eligible to vote, you must be an AHS member in good standing. All ballots Read More