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Patriot Daylily Society Meeting
Saturday, November 4, noon to 4
Stout Medal winner George and Paula Doorakian with Mary Collier Fisher
"Road to the Stout Medal"
Saturday, October 7, 2017, noon to 4 PM, Bedford Library
Dan Bachman (Valley of the Daylilies)
Dan is currently in the midst of his annual pre-lining-out sale, with hundreds of cultivars on sale at the website store (www.valleyofthedaylilies.com), from 25% to 60% off (look for price markdowns in the listings). All sizes, forms and price ranges are included, and many Bachman introductions are available. (Some varieties are limited.) The sale ends September 30, and Dan notes that if you order plants from him in September he will hand-deliver them to you (space permitting - first come, first served) at the October 7 meeting, thereby saving you shipping charges.
If (very unlikely!) the weather is bad on October 7 (or predicted to be bad), go to
to verify that the meeting is still being held and has not been postponed.
We will try to have any announcement of postponement posted before 10 AM on the day of the meeting. (This is a public area - no need to log in to see the message.)
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National and regional: June 6-10, 2018, AHS National, Myrtle Beach
Convention Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. The 2018 AHS Region IV Regional is
in Nova Scotia, date and details later.
You might be interested in: The Massachusetts Master Gardener
Associationʼs 2nd annual Gardening Symposium, "Inspiration for Next
Year's Garden", Saturday September 23, 2017, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at
Westford Academy, Westford, MA. Speakers include: Thomas Rainer, author
of Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for
Resilient Landscapes; David Culp, plant hybridizer, Sunny Border
executive, and author of The Layered Garden; Kathleen Gagan, owner of
Peonyʼs Envy, a nursery and display garden featuring the Northeastʼs
most extensive peony collections; Janet Macunovich, online, broadcast
and hands-on gardening educator and the author of Designing Your Gardens
and Landscapes. Registration is $90 per person on or before September 16
Region 4 Summer Picnic
When: July 23, 2017
Where: Noel’s Nursery
77 Tully, Road , Orange, Massachusetts USA
( at the border between Vermont and New Hampshire)
1. An oportunity to see historic daylilies from Martha and John Pike
2. An oportunity to see a huge selection of daylilies at peak, seedlings, perennials, shrubs and trees. Remember to bring your Camera or Phone!
3. An oportunity to take theGARDEN JUDGE 2 WORKSHOP
4. Meet daylilies friends and maybe visit some of the great private gardens along the way. Remember to contact them first.
Please remember to bring your own lunch and chair as there is no cost for this event.
Pictures below and checkout the nursery on facebook
Patriot Daylily Society
Patriot Daylily Society Meeting
Saturday, April 1, 2017, noon to 4 PM
postponed due to weather
Tours of Summer 2016 Gardens
with Adele Keohan and Nick Chase
Adele will speak on her trips to Quebec and Wisconsin last summer. In Quebec she attended La journée de lʼhémérocalle (Daylily Day) of the Association des Amateurs dʼHémérocalles du Québec, AAHQ (Quebec Daylily Collectors Association) which took place in the historic gardens at Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière, Sainte-Croix on July 30, 2016. The event included an auction, a photo contest, and a seedling and registered bloom contest.
In Wisconsin, year after year the Wisconsin Daylily Society has run an incredibly successful 2-day daylily sale which brings in tens of thousands of dollars to the club. Adele visited for four days in August and learned all the steps and methods which make this sale so successful.
Nickʼs slideshow presents open and tour gardens for the AHS Region IV convention in Nashua, NH, July 22-24, 2016: Lis Murphy (Princeton, MA); Cameron and Nancy Stern (Hollis, NH); Harmon Hill Farm (Hudson, NH); Janet McOsker (Pepperell, MA); Jean Doherty (Pepperell, MA); Lori-Ann Jones (Westfield, MA). Also, Connecticut Daylily Society open gardens: Kim Krodel (Avon, CT); Cheryl Fox and Phil Douville (Bloomfield, CT); Bonnie and Chris Szarek (Newington, CT).
If the weather is bad on April 1 (or predicted to be bad), go to http://contrariansview.org/onashisite/PDS/snowdate.html to verify that the meeting is still being held and has not been postponed. We will try to have any announcement of postponement posted before 10 AM on the day of the meeting. (This is a public area - no need to log in to see the message.)
Members A-L please bring a snack for our noon social time.
March 4 at 12
Annual John R Pike Photo contest
Here are the categories, you can enter up to 5 for each category. Please remember to name them as follows:
1 Cleo, Hayward 1938 Nick
5a Isabelle Rose, Laprise 2009 Patsy
1- pre 1950
2 - 1950-1969
3a - 1970-1989 bloom
3b -1970-1989 clump
4a - 1990-1999 bloom
4b - 1990-1999 clump
5a - 2000-2009 bloom
5b - 2000-2009 clump
6a - 2010+ bloom
6b - 2010+ clump
7 - seedlings
8 - gardens
Send the files to firstname.lastname@example.org or put them in drop box for me to download. You could also mail a dvd or thumbdrive to Patsy Cunningham, 54 Mt Vernon Blvd, Pawtucket, rI 02861 or give them to Kate at the party 1/14
April 1 at noon
My presentation at April’s PDS meeting will be on my trips to Quebec and Wisconsin last summer.
In Quebec I attended the AAHQ’s Daylily Day event:
Association des Amateurs d’Hémérocalles du Québec (AAHQ, The event is called “la journée de l’hémérocalle” or “Daylily Day” in English. Daylily Day took place at the historic gardens at Domaine Joly-De Lotbinière. The event includes an auction, photo contest, seedling and registered bloom contest.
Wisconsin Daylily Society—Year after year WDS has run an incredibly successful 2-day daylily sale which brings in tens of thousands of dollars to the club each year. I visited WDS last summer for four days learning all the steps and all the methods which make this sale so successful.
Saturday, November 5,
noon to 4 PM
Our November meeting, "MEMBERS FORUM" is an opportunity for each of us to talk about our gardening lives, especially relating to daylilies. You will be allotted 10 to 15 minutes and bring your slides, especially in a thumb drive format. George Doorakian will be the moderator for this program. This will be a fun event, especially for members that come to each meeting to enjoy the programs of the day, but never participate actively in a program.
Rose F. Kennedy is 2016 Stout Medal winner
Congratulations to George Doorakian for winning the 2016 Stout Medal for his ROSE F. KENNEDY! Adele just sent me an email that it had been posted on the AHS website. George has bred many daylilies of distinction over the years and Rose F. Kennedy made it easily to the top of voting this year. It is a beauty instantly recognizable in the garden, whose impact in breeding has already been felt.
Here's a few photos from our contests:
Rose F. Kennedy, Nick Chase
Rose F. Kennedy, Nancy Stern
Rose F. Kennedy, Patsy Cunningham
Saturday, October 1, 2016, noon to 4 PM
Margo Reed Woodhenge Gardens, North Garden, Virginia
Margo Reed has been hybridizing daylilies since 1978, when she started in a small backyard in Rockville, Maryland. After many years of obscurity she started selling a few unusual daylilies, then gradually expanded. Her focus has been on distinction (personality), exotic qualities, and good plant habits. Some of her well-known daylilies, of over 175 cultivars, are H. “Creature of the Night”, H. “Chesapeake Crablegs”, H. “Cabernet Cabaret”, and H. “After Awhile Crocodile”.
Margo and husband Jim Murphy currently garden in North Garden, Virginia (near Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Mountains) where they specialize in northern-hardy spiders, unusual forms, and exotic daylilies. She is a 2013 recipient of the Bertrand Farr Medal, awarded by the American Hemerocallis Society for excellence in hybridizing. Her goal: “I want to be the first to produce a pure white ruffled 12-cascade spider daylily that is 6 feet tall and has 6-way branching. Maybe with a kaleidoscope complex eyezone. We can always dream."
Her husband Jim has immortalized her in one of his own cultivars, H. “Margo Reed Indeed”, which won the Lennington in 2016. Daylily introductions for both of them can be found on their website, Woodhenge Gardens. Margo is a retired kindergarten teacher, a garden judge and exhibition instructor, and Region 3 liaison. She also draws and paints. Jim and Margo have three grown children and two granddaughters.
Weʼll begin the meeting with a potluck luncheon, a bit more elaborate than the nosh table we usually have. Everybody, please bring something to share and be sure to e-mail our Hospitality Chair, Sharon OʼConnor, at email@example.com, with what you plan to bring so she can coordinate the food.
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2016 meeting dates:
Oct. 2 - Margo Reed
Nov. 5 - member forum
Dec. 3 (party)
Mar. 4 - annual photo contest
Apr. 1 - Presentation by George Doorakian
July or August picnic
Oct 7 - Dan Bachman
Nov 4 - Exhibition 1
Other Daylily Societies
Meetings Connecticut Daylily Society: November 5, 2016, Pat Sayers, Huntington, NY. All meetings/sales at Avon Senior Center, Avon, CT except as noted.
New England Daylily Society: November 12, 2016. All meetings at Tower Hill, Boylston, MA except as noted.
National and regional: June 21-24, 2017, AHS National, “From Sea to Shining Sea”, Norfolk Wayside Marriott Hotel, Norfolk, VA; July 22, 2017
PDS exhibition at Tower Hill, Boylston, MA.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped!
Photos posted here, more to come.
Please send me yours
Slide Show of the 2016
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Thanks to all who entered their wonderful photos
John R. Pike Photo Contest
John Pike had a special interest in preserving heritage
John Pike Photo Contest 2009, here are results
All members please feel free to email me your list of favorite daylilies. If you have a photo as well that would be great. Tell us why its a good one. See Members' Favorites page.
Daylily logo designed by Kate Reed