Winter Doldrums Gathering

2020 Calendar of Events

February 16thSunday
Winter Doldrums Party –
Matthew Benson will present
the PhotoGraphic Garden

March 28th – Meeting at
Capital District Garden and
Flower Show

April 18th – Denise Maurer
will talk about “Stunning Succulents”

CanAm Classic– May 1st to
3rd, Mississauga, Ontario

May 9th – Shakespeare in the
Garden with Master Gardener
Cathi Gifford

National Convention
May 25th to 27th 2020 –
in Savannah, GA

June 20th – Members’ Sale
and Distribution of Babysitters

July 11th – Picnic

Region 4 Summer Meeting
July 17th to 19th –
in Avon, CT

August 15th – Big Annual Sale

September 19th – TBD

October 17th – TBD

November 21st – Diane Steele
– Workshop on boxwood trees

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.

The daylily in the heading is
My Sunny Valentine by
Salter, 2007

Winter Doldrums Gathering

The Annual Doldrums Gathering is a joint celebration held for over 20 years now with the Upstate NY Hosta Society, the Capital Hudson Iris Society and the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society. We are gathering on Sunday, February 16th, 11:30 am at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County offices, 24 Martin Road in Voorheesville.

Anyone who would like to help set up should arrive about 10:30 am. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share for the luncheon as well as contributions for the Door Prize table and a friend who would enjoy the talk, food and camaraderie. The Upstate New York Hosta Society is the host this year and they will supply the beverages, paper goods and the guest speaker.

Matthew Benson is an author, award-winning photographer, organic farmer and acclaimed speaker for the National Garden Club of America. Matthew is also involved in the restoration of Stonegate Farm, his 1860s Carpenter Gothic estate farm and studio in New York’s Hudson Valley. Matthew’s talk on THE PHOTOGRAPHIC GARDEN is a comprehensive visual learning experience for garden, landscape, and still life photographers. You’ll learn how to explore the garden with your camera; how to apply the fundamentals of composition, light and color to image-making and how to use digital technology to improve and enhance images you’ve taken. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to see like a camera, work like a professional, and imagine and create like an artist.

CanAm Classic

Region 4 Summer Meeting
July 17-19, 2020

HADS has a bus going to the regional meeting. Make your hotel reservations soon!

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

Daylilies in the articles are:
Yellow Typhoon by Gossard,
2007 and Hurricane Bob by
B. Schwarz, 2003

Many thanks to Betsy Thompson for all the pictures
of daylilies in the newsletter!

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:

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

Winter Doldrums

2019 Calendar of Events

February 17th
Winter Doldrums Party –
Sunday Barbara Melera
will speak on The Victorians:
How They Forever Changed
the Garden 11:30 am –
Coop. Ext., Voorheesville

March 23th – meeting will
be held at the Capital District
Garden and Flower Show at 10
am at HVCC

April 20th – Kathy Purdy will talk
about Colchicums

May 11th – Members’ Sale

June 15th – Babysitter Distribution

July 10th – 13th
National Convention,
Middleton, WI

July 13th – picnic

July 19th – 20th
Regional Meeting

August 17th – Annual Sale
at Faddegon’s

September 21st – TBD

October 19th – TBD

November – TBD

December 14th
Holiday Party with UNYHS.

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.

The daylily in the heading is
Spacecoast Velvet Valentine
by Kinnebrew, 2010

Winter Doldrums

Our Winter Doldrums Party will be held Sunday, February 17th at 11:30 am at the Albany County Cooperative Extension, Martin Road, Voorheesville. Anyone who would like to help set up should arrive at 10:00. Many of us look forward to this gathering – it comes at a time when we are all happy to get out of the house and talk gardening with friends. It is one of the few times each year when the Capital Hudson Iris Society, the Upstate NY Hosta Society and the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society all get together to share good conversation and good food. Please bring a friend and a dish to share – contributions for the Door Prize table will be very welcome.

The speaker is Barbara Melera who will be speaking on “The Victorians – How They Forever Changed The Garden.” When it comes to widespread impact on gardening practices, the discovery and worldwide proliferation of plant species, the way humans at every socio-economic level thought about gardens, it can be argued that of all the cultures, civilizations, and historic periods, none rivals the 90 year span known as The Victorian Era. The Victorians used flowers as a non-verbal language, transformed the garden from a symmetric, formal regiment into a frothy disarray of cottage informality and were mesmerized by the exotic plant material being discovered in the far away jungles of darkest Africa, the dashingly remote valleys of the Himalayan highlands, the plains of the Amazonian rainforest and the arid plateaus of Australia and the Andean Mountains. This talk provides an overview with some interesting vignettes about one of the most exciting periods in the history of horticulture and agriculture.

Barbara Melera is advisor to Harvesting History, a new horticultural company founded in 2016 to provide its customers with the finest quality horticultural and agricultural products available today. Its horticultural and agricultural products are largely heirloom varieties that can be reliably offered to customers year after year or designs

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

that have proven invaluable to gardeners for many, many generations. Wherever possible, Harvesting History offers products Made in the USA

For 13 years, Ms. Melera was president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company, the oldest seed house in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest US corporation.

Prior to purchasing Landreth, Ms. Melera was the Managing Partner of Tritech Partners, LLP, a seed stage venture capital partnership which invested in early stage technology enterprises in the Mid-Atlantic region. During her years as a venture capitalist she helped to found more than 30 companies and was a Director of more than 20 firms in the software, computer, telecommunication, environmental, healthcare, biotech and agri-science industries. Throughout her career as an investment professional, she has been privileged to be involved with some of the most interesting, innovative technologies and entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

March Meeting

Daylily in the article are:
Valentine Sweetheart
by Dugas, 2015
White Bunny Valentine
by Ridder, 2012

The Wisconsin Daylily Society proudly invites
you to the 2019 AHS National Convention
in Madison, Wisconsin. The dates will be
July 10-13, 2019.

Hotel: Marriott, Madison West.
1313 John Q Hammonds Dr.,
Middleton WI 53562.
There will be 7 tour gardens.

Daylilies in the article are:
My Sunny Valentine by Salter, 2007
Summer Valentine by Bellagamba, 2001

2019 Regional Meeting

The Long Island Daylily Society (LIDS) invites you to join us Friday, July 19, through Saturday, July 20, in Long Island, New York, for the 2019 AHS Region Four Meeting. Our guest speaker is hybridizer Gil Stelter, owner of Gryphon Gardens in Guelph, Ontario.

The host hotel is the HILTON LONG ISLAND/ HUNTINGTON 598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville NY 631-577-1506
Mention “LIDS” to get the group rate of
$165 per night.

March Meeting

As in past years, our March meeting will be held at the Capital District Garden and Flower Show on Saturday, March 23rd at Hudson Valley Community College.

We share a booth at the flower show with the Iris and Hosta Societies to get the word out about our clubs and sales. We have been fortunate in prior years to have Cindi Jones design and set up our booth. The designs have been beautiful and eye-catching and have caused many people to stop and inquire about our clubs. We are asking people to help this year with ideas for the design and help setting up and taking down the booth. More plans will be made at the Doldrums party.

Notes from the January Meeting

Our Holiday Party in December will be combined with the Hosta Society. Dave and Cindy Jennings have done a wonderful job coordinating the party and will again co-host the event. The date is set for December 14th – we had so much fun last year, everyone’s

Notes from the January Meeting cont.

Your registration includes the Saturday bus tour and four meals: Friday buffet dinner followed by an auction, Saturday grab and go breakfast on your way to three garden tours, Saturday lunch and tour at Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, NY, and Saturday evening sit down banquet, business meeting and program by Gil Stelter.

Please celebrate daylilies with us on July 19-20. Visit with old friends and make new friends while we all have “Fun in the Sun” on Long Island—you won’t want to miss it!

Check our website for details about each tour garden, open gardens, our speaker, fun things to do while you’re on Long Island, and more –

Daylilies in the article are:
Royal Purple Valentine by Fauglet, 2015
Violet Valentine by Trimmer, 2015

looking forward to our party this year.

We have rented a bus for the Regional Meeting on Long Island July 19th to the 20th – we will be leaving on Friday and coming back on Sunday, July 21st. We will have sign up sheets available at our meetings. We are charging $25 for members (refundable to members taking the bus) and $50 for guests.

Bill Wurster presented the Annual Budget for the club. A motion was made and seconded to accept the Budget as printed.

A motion was also made to increase the annual dues. After discussion, a vote was held, and the motion was voted down. The annual dues will remain at $5.00.

We discussed giving a voucher to new members for a free daylily. After membership dues have been paid, the voucher will be sent out to the new member. The voucher can be redeemed at the Annual Sale or for a daylily from the table at the Members’ Sale (not the auction daylilies). The idea was agreed to by the membership. Cindi Jones will change the membership application to reflect the inclusion of the free daylily.

We also discussed the idea of giving compensation to members who donate fans of their better-than-average daylilies to the Members’ Sale. We couldn’t reach agreement on what the compensation should be or how to equably determine the value of the donated daylilies. The idea was tabled.