Some interesting tidbits that Steve also provided about the Region One vote tally this year are:
Thank you, Steve, for your service, and many congrats to this year's winners!
Exciting News from the 2019 AHS National Meeting
Karol Emmerich (photo courtesy of Brenda Macy)
"Fireworks in the Gardens" in 2019
As host Val Hoefer summarized, "The Regional in Omaha this summer was great fun. It is always wonderful to see fellow daylily lovers to enjoy the gardens with. With registration behind us on Friday afternoon, many people were able to visit most of the open gardens that day with most of them not being too far apart. In the evening, a fabulous meal was served and the day was topped off with a great auction. The featured plants were from Heidi and Charles Douglas and Phil Korth. Heidi can always make a joke and get everyone in a great mood to bid on the auction plants. Everyone had a great time.
Here are a few images taken in the seven gardens at the Regional Meeting. If you have photos that you'd like to share with others, please send them as e-mail attachments to Jonathan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Saturday morning, the two buses took off for the featured gardens of Nancy Lee Anderson, Phyllis McIntosh, Tom and Mary Keast, and Rita and Lyle Kahnk. Nancy's garden was a delight with all her collections of critters and unusal garden art. Her many different types of trees, schrubs, roses and grasses were very pleasing to the eye. The ice cream was the best part! Phyllis's garden was so full of daylilies you didn't know where to start! She really knows how to grow daylilies because they were all such great specimens. Yes, Phyllis, we were not disappointed. I almost forgot the most fun getting to your garden was the great Ollie the Trolley ride everyone was invited to ride. Some attendees wanted to do the walking so they could stretch their legs and get hungry for the snacks. Tom & Mary's garden was so colorful, it made your eyes glaze over. They have a lot of huge mature clumps that make for a great display. Eating lunch was a great treat and everyone had time to enjoy the daylilies and the meal. Rita & Lyle's garden by the lake was so calming and a great way to end the tour. Her daylilies were also great clumps - must be the roots are so close to the water.
Of course, one cannot conclude one Regional Meeting without - no pun intended - looking forward to the next. And so it was that the Cedar Valley Iris & Daylily Society gang caught everyone's attention by donning spectacles and inviting everyone to the 2020 Regional in Cedar Rapids on July 10-12. The theme, as one can tell from the above photos, is "20-20, A Perfect Daylily Vision". (You know, I hate when I make a spectacle of myself, but on this occasion it seemed to be for a worthy cause! I'm hiding third from the left!)
Invitation to Region One Hybridizers
Click here to access a list of the plants we are looking for. If you would like to donate one or more of these missing plants for the Historic Garden, please contact me or Barb.
Lisa Schmidt contact info: LisaSchmidt51@gmail.com (email) or phone: 701-595-3263
Barb Laschkewitsch contact info: email@example.com (email) or phone: 701-231-7484
If you are interested to view the 2018 list of daylilies currently at the Historic Garden, please click here.
Thank you for all your help with this matter. Happy Gardening! Lisa
Update from Lisa Schmidt on Donations of Daylilies to the NDSU Historic Display Garden (July 29, 2019)
A Big North Dakota Thank You to all the people who donated historic daylilies. We were able to bring 75 plants to the NDSU Historic Garden. Several people even said they want to donate more plants later, so maybe we will make this an annual thing to bring the donations to the Regional meeting.
Barb Laschkewitsch, from NDSU, has created a Facebook page ‘NDSU Historic Daylily Display Garden’ to post pictures from the garden. Barb thinks some of the plants may be mislabeled and will post pictures to Facebook for help confirming or identifying those plants. There is a link to the NDSU plant sciences website on our Region One website where the list of the current plants in the garden and map is located. The Replacement list for labels will be put on the NDSU website this fall once it is updated. The NDSU Plant Sciences web page is: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/research/gardens/areas
Please take a trip up to Fargo North Dakota sometime to enjoy this beautiful garden. September 5th is the Bryce Farnworth’s Memorial at the NDSU Historic Display Garden and there will also be NDSU garden tours. Thank you again for all your help donating to this amazing garden.
In recent years, daylily cultivation played a major part in Gerald’s life. He was a charter member of the Cedar Valley Iris & Daylily Society, which he helped found in 1990. Gerald will be greatly missed not only by CVIDS members but also by daylily enthusiasts in the Midwest and nationwide. He was a prolific and gifted daylily hybridizer, registering over 50 new varieties that can be viewed at the American Hemerocallis Daylily Database. A wonderful and kind gentleman, Gerald was always happy to share his expertise with others. On behalf of CVIDS, I extend our sincere condolences to the Hobbs Family.
Region One Clubs' 2019 Meeting Schedules
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'Entwined in the Vine' Receives Stout Silver Medal
New Region One Officers & Liaisons
I first met Bryce during my first term as Region One's Vice President (RVP) in 2000 or 2001. Bryce was a daylily advocate. He was passionate about North Dakota State University's historic daylily, iris, and other plant collections in Fargo. He contacted me to save NDSU’s historic and modern daylily collection, iris collection, AAS and other display gardens from demolition (the entire area was to become a parking lot for the new College of Business Administration building).
Bryce and I teamed up with NDSU's Barb Laschkewisch; Karen Schock, President of the new Central North Dakota Daylily Society; and the late Janice Dehod, President of the new Canadian Prairie Daylily Society in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. We all met in Fargo with NDSU President Dr. Joseph Chapman and Vice President and College of Agriculture Dean Pat Jensen to explain the value of the AHS Display Garden’s historical collection with its rare cultivars and attempt to save the historic and modern daylily, iris, and other plant collections and keep them accessible. Our efforts were successful. We made such a good impression that Dr. Chapman canceled the rest of his meetings for that day and led us on an impromptu campus tour. More meetings of a happier nature (planning meetings) followed. Dr. Chapman created a brand-new alternate campus entrance with much larger space where all the gardens were relocated.
NDSU’s historic daylily collection became the very first public AHS Historic Daylily Display Garden. Bryce served as the liaison for NDSU's Historic Daylily Display Garden and modern Daylily Display Garden until his death, plus his personal garden was also an AHS Display Garden. Bryce loved to collect daylilies and donated many historic and modern daylilies to NDSU. Bryce also hybridized daylilies. He was a mentor to newbies, and welcomed them to the daylily world. I was honored to name one of my best daylilies, ‘Bryce Farnsworth’ (2013, tet) after him. The pod parent of ‘Bryce Farnsworth’ happens to be named ‘Fargo’ (Oscie Whatley/Mary Baker, 2009, tet). To read more about Bryce and NDSU's gardens, click the links to articles about them on the AHS Region One website http://www.ahsregion1.org/R1-NDSU2.html.
Bryce worked with potato breeding at NDSU. He worked hard for many years in all kinds of bad weather planting potatoes throughout NDSU's various potato fields throughout North Dakota as well as harvesting them. He also pollinated potato blooms in NDSU's greenhouse, and tasted potatoes for NDSU. Despite all the potato taste tests, he never got sick of them. Bryce knew all there was to know about potatoes--and then some. Bryce designed and created floral displays for NDSU's Harvest Bowls and other events.
Bryce’s work at NDSU was recognized by many. On Friday, October 24, 2003, Bryce received the prestigious Prairie Garden Award for Excellence for 2003. Presented by the Prairie Garden Committee, this award is for excellence in horticulture. Bryce was the fourth person to receive the Prairie Garden Award for Excellence and he is the first non-Canadian award recipient. Bryce received this award during a ceremony at Assiniboine Park in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
In addition to all of Bryce’s work with the daylily and other gardens at NDSU, Bryce served AHS Region One in many capacities. He first became an AHS Garden Judge in 2005, and served as a Garden Judge since then. Bryce became AHS Region One Historian from 2002 and remained in that position until his death. He faithfully attended annual regional meetings until 2018, when hospitalization with pneumonia forced him to cancel. He donated many daylilies to several regional meeting auctions, regional Internet auctions, and regional mail auctions over the years. Bryce also donated daylilies to new daylily clubs within Region One to get them started, and he donated daylilies to several club bargain sale tables.
Bryce was a close friend, intelligent, with a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor. We often spoke on the phone, and each year he and I were bus mates during AHS Region One meetings. I just talked to him a couple of days before he passed away. Oh, how I will miss him!
Bryce's funeral took place on Thursday, September 20th, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in McHenry, ND. Five members from Region One attended. Bryce's obituary can be accessed here. Visit our Region One blog to find notes written by Mary Baker after Bryce's funeral.
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