2018 Calendar of Events

2018 Calendar of Events

February 18th – Sunday –
Winter Doldrums –
Speaker Bill Waldrop

March 3rd
Spring Garden Day

March 24th
Meeting at the HVCC
Flower Show

April 21st – Frank Almquist
“Life in the Soil”

May 12th
Members’ Auction

June 6th – 9th
National Convention,
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

June 16th
Babysitter Distribution

July 21st – picnic

July 27th-29th
Regional Meeting,
Halifax, Nova Scotia

August 18th
Annual Sale at Faddegon’s

September 15th – TBD

The Albany Co-Cooperative Ext.
is located at 24 Martin Road,
Voorheesville, NY. 12186.
Meetings begin at 10 am
unless otherwise noted.

The William K Sanford
Town Library is located at
629 Albany Shaker Rd,
Loudonville,NY 12211.
Meetings begin at 10am
unless otherwise noted.

Daylily in article is
Master Sergeant Kenneth Lane
by Bill Waldrop, 2018

The daylily in the heading is
Kennesaw Sunset by Bill Waldrop, 2018

Winter Doldrums

Everyone looks forward to the Winter Doldrums Party! This year the party will be Sunday, February 18th at the Cooperative Extension offices in Voorheesville. We will start at 11 am to set up food and beverages. There is always fabulous food and conversations with other gardeners. Bring a friend and a favorite dish to share. HADS will provide beverages and place settings. We will also have a door prize table so bring something garden related if you like. Our speaker is Bill Waldrop of Kennesaw Mountain Daylily Gardens. Check out his website at:

Bill Waldrop has been growing Daylilies for over 25 years and even though he knows a lot about growing them, he continues to learn from his own experiences and the experiences of others. Bill hopes you will enjoy seeing the newest daylilies he has hybridized as well as some of his older ones. Bill’s wife, Diana, has added many Irises to their garden. Since the irises usually bloom early, they love growing them in three different areas. Bill particularly likes the bearded Iris. They have Japanese Iris growing in the garden, but it also does extremely well in their Koi Pond.

When you have a garden, you also have shade. It’s going to happen. You start off with a small tree and before you know it, it’s 10 feet tall with many leaves. Since daylilies don’t grow well in shade, Bill and Diana find a plant that will grow there. Hostas! A friend gave them Sum and Substance many years ago and it is Bill’s favorite. Diana has it planted by the front door and each year it grows to over three feet. They have other hostas as well, and you probably know that the deer, who love daylilies, also love hostas. Diana also grows miniature hostas in one of the back beds. Bill will tell us how they avoid providing deer their daylily and hosta meals. Bill and Diana also grow unusual trees, like Banana Trees, Lilac bushes, and really all kinds of companion plants.

Winter Doldrums cont.


Co-Chairs – Bill Wurster
(518) 786-3105 and
Cindi Jones (518) 598-3366

Secretary – vacant

Treasurer – Carol Volungus
(518) 383-0447

Committee Chairs
Programs – Speakers

Debi Chowdhury

Historian – vacant

Newsletter Editor
Stephanie Kronau

Hospitality – Barbara Sander
and Don Constantino

Sunshine – Debi Chowdhury

Babysitter Plants
Frank Almquist
and Sharon Gallucci

Display Garden
Pat & Don Salhoff

Website – Janet Spychalski

Photographer – Cindi Jones

Membership – Carol Volungus
4 Applewood Dr.,
Rexford. NY 12148

Publicity – Cathy Fruhauf

Daylilies in artricle:
Burnt Hickory and Opa Klaus
by Bill Waldrop

In the program that Bill has planned he will speak about a new double daylily that he’s made by crossing a seedling with Sebastian the Crab. Bill will also focus on his new double, OPA KLAUS and show us his introductions from 2018 and 2017, plus many additional introductions that have received honors from members
of AHS.

Bill Waldrop attended Marietta High School and Georgia State University before graduating from Mercer Law School. He practiced law for 30 years in Brunswick and Marietta. He started growing daylilies around 1995 and he liked them so much he eventually removed his entire ½ acre vegetable garden and instead planted just daylilies. Many friends came to see the daylilies and there were several newspaper articles about his garden. His daylily garden was featured on “Gardener’s Diary” on HGTV in 2001. As his interest grew, he served as General Counsel for the AHS from 2000 to 2005. He and his wife, Diana, ultimately founded the Cobb County Daylily Society, and he has served two terms as President, while Diana has served two terms as Secretary and is currently the President. Diana and Bill have been married forty-eight years and they have one daughter, Kelley, and one granddaughter, Lily Rae. Bill retired from his law practice in 2007 to grow daylilies full time. He currently has 71 daylily introductions. In addition to daylilies and his family, Bill enjoys photography, greenhouse gardening, and Georgia Tech sports. He is a member of the Marietta First United Methodist Church and has taught Sunday School for many years.