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. ‘Spacecoast Tiny Perfection’ with 37

Admired widely for its curly, cascading pink blooms, and wavy narrow foliage, H. ‘North Wind Dancer’ is a treasured late-season bloomer in many Region One gardens. It is a vigorous grower, hardy and thrives after division – key qualities which allowed this enchanting beauty to flourish in many regions of the country. Garden judges in eight of the 15 AHS regions heartily agreed, and cast their vote for this very worthy cultivar. H. ‘North Wind Dancer’ also won the AHS Lambert/ Webster award for best Unusual Form daylily in 2007, another tribute to its wide appeal among daylily lovers.

Former Award of Merit winners get three chances on the Stout ballot, so H. ‘North Wind Dancer’ will return next year for another shot at the Stout.

Congratulations to gary for joining an elite circle of hybridizers as a Stout candidate!

Emmerich cultivars take four honors

Adding four Honorable Mentions in 2009, Karol Emmerich is also making our Region proud.

An extraordinarily beautiful daylily, H. ‘Born to Reign’ captures the eye first with its saturated cranberry-purple color, then draws you in to admire the voluptous ruffles with a fine white filigree edge. Plush velvety blooms literally invite you to ‘touch me!’ as you stop to enjoy this one in the garden. In high demand since its first bloom, this one was destined to be an award-winner.

The hallmark trait of H. ‘Fear Not’ is its consistency – every bright Chinese-red bloom opens perfectly just above the foliage. The wide watermarked petals are complemented by a large green throat, and have thick substance that holds up well in sun, wind or rain. This dormant daylily with its all-around great plant habit has proven itself to be hardy and vigorous around the country.

Another one for the fan of watermarked daylilies, H. ‘Forty Days and Forty Nights’ is one of Karol’s trademark purples. A ‘bouquet’ bloomer, this daylily exhibits robust budcount and excellent branching, a true northern charmer. Strong scapes and appealing foliage round out the reasons why this daylily caught the eye of garden judges in several AHS regions.

Also in the prolific bloomer category, the tomato-red flowers of H. ‘Soul on Fire’ have the added bonus of being true early morning openers. Consistent, clear blooms are just the right shade of red, not screaming, not orangey – but a nice jaunty red that is both attractive and cheerful. Rounding out the package is this plant’s habit of dormant foliage that retains its nice look all season. It is easy to see how this one stood out and became an AHS Honorable Mention winner.

Congratulations to Karol Emmerich for a noteworthy four AHS Honorable Mentions this year!

Unruh wins 2009 A.D. Roquemore Memorial Photography Award

Don Unruh of Eagan, MN won the AHS annual photo contest for the best photo of a daylily clump. The A.D. Roquemore Memorial Award for best clump photo was announced in May at the AHS National Convention. Don won for his excellent photo of H. ‘Seventy Six Trombones’ taken at Springwood Gardens. Don received a pewter plate recognizing his award at the Hemerocallis Society of Minnesota summer banquet in August. Congrats Don!