April Meeting Cancelled

2020 Calendar of Events

Capital District Garden and Flower Show

Denise Maurer will talk about “Stunning Succulents”

CanAm Classic
May 1st to 3rd
Mississauga, Ontario

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

National Convention
May 25th to 27th 2020

in Savannah, GA

June 20th – Members’ Sale

July 11th – Picnic

Region 4 Summer Meeting
July 17th to 19th

in Avon, CT

August 15th – Big Annual Sale

September 19th – Robert Clyde

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.

Iris reticulata ‘North Star’ and Iris Histrioides ‘George’
are the irises in the pictures

The daylily in the heading is
Pocket Change by Crochet 1985 (Oakes picture)


The notification of the cancellation of the meeting and the flower show was sent out to everyone previously. We will all miss the taste of Spring the flower show provided. If we learn of more cancellations, we will again send out notices.

In the meantime, please stay healthy and stay safe. Thankfully, we can still get out in our gardens! I’m trying to get a jump on the spring cleanup. Also enjoying the little iris reticulatas, snowdrops and crocuses!

April Meeting

At this point we anticipate being able to hold the April meeting; but, of course, everything depends on how the Coronavirus outbreak progresses. As we all try to cope with this crisis, we will let you know when decisions are made.

Hopefully, Denise Maurer, will be able to give her talk on succulents at the meeting on April 18th.

No New Babysitters for 2020


Debi Chowdhury –
and Michelle Young

Secretary – Kathryn Mohr

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

Scholarship Chair
Cindy Jennings

Daylilies in the article are:
Spring Star by Celichowski, 2014;
Merryspring by S. Shaw, 2014
and Cobbs Hill Spring by Zettek, 2018

By Frank Almquist & Sharon Gallucci

A few weeks ago we reviewed the Babysitter Program inventory (plants in member gardens) and found we have way too many. With the change in return plants policy from five to seven or more fans, and the great plant shopping by Sharon, we currently have 92 plants outstanding. Drop in attendance at the member auction has also cut back on dollar return to the program. It is hard to buy a new cultivar in the hundred dollar range, grow it to five or six fans then get a good return on two double fans. The change to a larger returning clump helped with more fans available, consequently, the bidding price more acceptable to members. All this considered, we have a lot of plants to grow and return for auction.

Until we work down this inventory and recoup some of the dollars invested, the committee is recommending we forego purchasing new plants. Those now growing in member gardens are all great cultivars, have excellent parents, with wonderful features, e.g. bloom quality, branching, etc. These plants will do well at auction, after they clump up a bit.

Soooooooooo – now is the time to get your babysitter plants growing; also time to follow the Bryan Culver practice of early feeding. Spread a handful your favorite general

Region 4 Summer Meeting July 17-19, 2020

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 www.crintonic.com

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:
Spring Forward by Bruce, 2013; Spring Chicken by Reed, 2012; and Earlybird Spring Robin by Skinner, 2017

Did you attend the UNYHS/HADS
Holiday Party?

We are looking for the person who attended the Holiday Party Gift Exchange and traded for the mini waffle maker. We have something for you. Please contact/text Michelle Young at 614-668-3798 or:

purpose garden fertilizer around each clump, away from the crown, but over the root area. In a few days the material will dissolve into the soil allowing nutrients to be around the roots. When the soil warms into the 50s growth will begin and food will be available. The noses of your clumps should be visible, or will be soon. Here in tropical Kingston, a few crowns have little green points about an inch high. Snow and rain have been sparse and soil moist but walkable without significant compression. If you do see moisture around your footstep, stay off the garden until it is drier.

One more thing, now that you see your clumps, count the babysitter fans. We need that information by May 1 to know what plants are coming back for the auction. Contact us.

If anyone has any questions about the program or wants to be involved, our emails are on the second page of the UPDATE. Stephanie does a great job of keeping us all informed and in touch.


This year both the Upstate New York Hosta Society (UNYHS) & Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society (HADS) are each offering separate $1,000 Scholarships to a local graduating senior student.

CanAm Classic

CanAm Classic

The 24th Annual CanAm Classic originally scheduled for May 1st through 3rd and sponsored by the Ontario Daylily Society has been CANCELLED.

Daylily in the article is Magnetic Springs by C. Hanson, 2013

Apple Spring by Stamile, 2009

American Spring by Kirchhoff, 2011

Please note the $1,000 Scholarship Deadlines are fast approaching. All Applications must be POSTMARKED by April 9th for consideration this year. If you need an application, send an email to:

The Scholarship Award winners will be required (after they start classes this fall), to have their Advisor verify on the form at the bottom of the Award Letter, that they are majoring in one of the following qualifying fields of study: Landscape Designer/Architect, Floriculture, Greenhouse Management, Landscape Maintenance, Floral Design, Gardener/Groundskeeper, Golf Course Maintenance, Arborist, Biology (with a concentration in Plant Sciences ONLY), Natural Resources, Ecology, Environmental Science or other type of Horticulture major.

If you have questions, please contact our Scholarship Chair, Cindy Jennings at:

American Daylily Society 2020
National Convention

So far, the ADS National Convention is still scheduled to be held in May. If we learn of any changes, we will let you know.

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