CanAm Classic

Whip City Flames of Haiti
by L. Jones, 2017

Daylily in the article is:
Purple Tarantula by Gossard, 2011

Region 4 Summer Meeting
July 17-19, 2020

Location: DoubleTree Bradley International Airport Hotel 16 Ella Grasso Turnpike (Rt 75), Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Room Rate: $119.00 per night (until June 20, 2020); Call the DoubleTree today at 860-627-5171 for reservations, mentioning “The Connecticut Daylily Society”

Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Curt Hanson, Crintonic Gardens 11757 County Line Road, Gates Mills, Ohio 44040

Tour Gardens: Garden of Kim & Rob Krodel, Avon, CT. Garden of Chrissie & John D’Esopo, Avon, CT Garden of Cheryl Fox and Phil Douville, Bloomfield, CT O’Brien Nurserymen (John O’Brien), Granby, CT

Attention, Region 4 Hybridizers: Auction Donations Most Welcome! Contact: Gary Jones

CanAm Classic

The 24th Annual CanAm Classic sponsored by the Ontario Daylily Society will be held May 1-3, 2020 at the Doubletree by Hilton Toronto Airport West Hotel 5444 Dixie Road Mississauga, Ontario L4W 2L2 (1 block south of the 401)

Rooms at a special rate are available until
April 1.

For reservations: 3 choices:
Call the hotel directly 1-905-624-1144 and choose the option for Reservations
Call Hilton central reservations at 1-800-774-1500 and provide details: CAN AM CLASSIC May 1-3

American Daylily Society 2020
National Convention

The Ogeechee Daylily Society proudly invites you to the 2020 ADS National Convention in Savannah, GA.
The dates are Sunday, May 24 – Wednesday, May 27, 2020.
Visit the Convention Website for all the details.

Hotel: The DeSoto Savannah
15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, GA 31401

Holiday Party cont.

Autumn Tapestry by B. Eberts, 2015

Autumn Breeze by T.Wright, 2003

Autumn Dancer by Prochaska, 2016

Let us be grateful to the
people who make us happy;
they are the charming
gardeners who make our
souls blossom.


Medical Center. We ask that those willing to donate should be careful to not purchase toys from bulk imported stores where the toy may not have US Safety Approval due to the way it is manufactured. Also, please do not wrap the gift. The ages for the toys or books should be 2 to 12 years old. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Cindy – Holiday Party Chair (Email:

Gift Exchange:
Members who would like to be involved in a Holiday Gift Exchange should wrap a gift with an average price of $15.00 in value and bring it to the party. Please do not place any nametags on your gift. Only those who bring a gift to exchange are eligible to participate. We will use the same exchange rules as the last couple of years with each gift only being permitted to be swapped once; however, due to more people attending you will have to be prepared to make your swap within one minute after your number is pulled or you will be asked to just take a new unopened gift from those remaining!

Dish to Share and Door Prizes:
As is our tradition, each member is asked to bring a favorite holiday dish to pass. A stove is available if food must be held at a warm temperature. As in the past, everyone is encouraged to bring a door prize to donate to make our festivities more memorable.

AGAIN, Please contact Cindy – Holiday Party Chair
if you have any questions.

Winter Outlook 2020

Frances Marie Cowieson by Mussar, 2019

Freckled Sunshine by Mussar, 2019

Daylilies in the article are:
Hello I Love You by Mussar, 2019
and I Am The Walrus by Mussar,

Thanks to
Two Volunteers

Please welcome Kathryn Mohr who has volunteered to be the Secretary for our club. Also welcome Cindy Jennings who volunteered to be Scholarship Chair for HADS. Many thanks to both these women for their generosity in helping our club.

Don’s Daylily Divider

Don’s Daylily Divider is a very handy tool to have when you find yourself wrestling with large clumps of daylilies, trying in vain to get the fans to loosen their grip on each other and seeking for a way to get a tool into the clump without breaking off fans from their roots. The divider is two forked sections hinged together that open to work the daylily apart gently. You can order it from the website:
or see it in action on You Tube – search daylily divider.

Thanks to Frank Almquist for an early look
at a winter forecast….


First few Some rain or snowshowers
1st wk Some snow then fair and cold
2nd wk Snow – Some Ice then wet
and milder
3rd wk Icy cold then moderating with
rain A.O snow
Last wk Bone Chilling Cold


1st wk Snow showers followed by
a snow storm
2nd wk More snow and cold
then moderating – windy
3rd wk Party cloudy and cold
Last wk Fair – cold – chance of
a light wintry mix

MARCH 2020

1st wk Early rain then cold
with a late wintry mix
2nd wk Some rain then a larger
winter storm late
3rd wk Winter storm may
change to rain
4th wk Partly cloudy – seasonable

Summary: Intensifying cold late January into mid February. Cold spells with follow into mid March. Storms will be plenty . . .most of which will bring snow or a wintry mix.

New Year’s Day Some rain or snow showers
Martin Luther King Weekend Icy cold
Valentine’s Day Windy – chilly
President’s Day Weekend Fair – cold
St. Patrick’s Day Stormy

Stiltgrass: Barbarian at the Garden Gate


What is a Garden Judge?

Garden judges perform consistent and impartial evaluations of daylily performance in garden settings. Based on observations in their own region or a national convention, garden judges vote the AHS Awards and Honors ballot. Results of this voting focuses attention on daylilies which many garden judges consider outstanding garden performers in their regions. Garden Judges select the majority of AHS Cultivar Awards each year, including the Stout Silver Medal, AHS’s highest award given to a cultivar.

One class offering:
October 14 (7pm EST).
Free, online course for credit.

Must be an AHS member for 12 months prior to training. RSVP to:

Please note the date of the class you will be attending. The course will be offered via WebEx (an online conferencing tool) and private links to the meeting will be sent once eligibility is confirmed.

Why is it a problem?
An invasive plant is basically one that harms the eco-system in which it arrives. Stiltgrass is an ecological threat because it spreads to form dense extensive patches, thus displacing many other species that are not able to compete with it. Deer do not eat stiltgrass and by selectively feeding only on surrounding plants they help the stiltgrass become a monoculture. The interaction between stiltgrass and the Northern Pearly Eye (Enodia anthedon) butterfly is being studied because its caterpillar eats only native grasses. The butterfly was once common, but it’s been observed that their populations crash when stiltgrass enters the environment. Further investigation is being done to study the potential impacts of stiltgrass on grass dependent butterflies and other insects that might try to utilize stiltgrass as an alternative host plant.

Article by:
Catskill Native Nursery, 845-626-2758
607 Samsonville Rd, Kerhonkson NY 12446 |

We are getting many questions about this invasive grass that has been finding its way into Hudson Valley gardens. So here is some information to get you started about controlling it if you already have an infestation, or find yourself with one in the near future which is very likely…

What is it?
Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) is

How to ID it:
Along with its jointed stem you can easily tell stiltgrass from other grasses by the silver line that goes down the center of the blades. It’s very easy to see when the light hits it and you can see it in the photo I posted.

What can you do about it?…
Hand Pulling:
For the home gardener, the best method to get rid of stiltgrass is to pull it BEFORE it goes to seed. It is shallow rooted and easy to pull, especially after a rain. You do not want to compost it because if it has been there for more than a year it is likely that its prolific seed is still present in the soil clinging to the roots, thus giving it a chance to germinate in your compost. If the grass is well established it might take a few seasons of hand pulling to exhaust the seed bank. Pile the pulled grass in an area where you can watch it and make sure it doesn’t sprout any new grass or cover it with a tarp to prevent germination.

2019 Regional Meeting cont.

Entwined in the Vine by Emmerich, 2008
2018 Stout Silver Medal Winner

Song of Deliverance by K. Emmerich, 2014

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made by
K. Emmerich, 2010

Angels Bow Down by K. Emmerich, 2015

Check our website for details about each tour garden and open gardens:

Friday, July 19
9:00am – 4:00pm Open Gardens –
                              times will vary
4:00pm – 5:00pm Registration,
5:30pm – 6:30pm Boutique Open
6:30pm – 7:30pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
7:30pm – 9:30pm Dinner, Region Four Auction

Saturday, July 20
6:45am – 7:15am Registration /
                              Grab&Go Breakfast
7:15am – 7:30am Bus Loads
7:45am                 Bus Departs
8:30am – 9:30am “Imagine” Garden,
                              East Setauket
10:15am – 11:15am Whispering Hills,
11:30am – 12:30pm Hidden Harbor,
1:30pm – 3:20pm Planting Fields Arboretum
                             and Saxton Seedling Bed
3:20pm                 &Bus leaves arboretum
4:00pm                 &Boutique Open
4:30pm – 5:00 Possible workshop
5:30pm – 6:30pm Social Hour/Cash Bar
6:30pm – 7:30pm Banquet Dinner
7:00pm – 7:30pm Regional Business
7:30pm – 9:00pm Guest Speaker Gil Stelter

June Meeting still cont.

Spacecoast Saltwater Taffy by
Kinnebrew/Gossard, 2015

Torpedo Fish by Gossard, 2011

Tappan Hill by Schmidt/Mason, 2018

Daylilies in the article are:
Kashmiri Chai by M. Holmes, 2015
Loch Lomond Lilac by Derrow 2010


2019 Regional Meeting

We have a bus going to the Regional Meeting in Long Island on July 19th through the 21st. The bus will leave the parking lot in front of Sam’s Club in Latham Farms at 7:00 am. We will be returning Sunday late afternoon. We will be stopping at gardens on the way down to Long Island on Friday and on the way back on Sunday. Details on which gardens we will visit will follow.