Virtual Tour Anyone? cont. 2020

Puschkinia scilloides or
Striped Squill

Scilla and Puschkinia

Mertensia virginica or
Virginia Bluebells

Keukenhof Garden, Netherlands

Chanticleer Garden outside Philadelphia, PA

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Winterthur Museum and Garden

Old Westbury Gardens

Plantingfields Arboretum

Chionodoxa or Glory of the Snow

Narcissis ‘Pencrebar’

2020 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

2020 Other Dates of Interest

Contact: Gary Jones

Impulse of Innocence by P. Owens, 2009

Hypatia by P. Owens, 2016

Daylily in the article is:
Whip City Dances With the Wind
by L. Jones, 2017

Other Dates of interest

Berkshire Botanical Garden Winter Lecture
February 22, 2020
at 2:00 pm at Lenox Memorial Middle/High School. Tickets available from:

Tom Coward will speak about The Legacy of Wild Gardener William Robinson. Considered one of the most respected gardeners working in Britain today, Tom Coward is the head gardener of Gravetye Manor, the former estate of Victorian “wild garden” exponent William Robinson. Tom’s presentation will provide insight into Robinson’s legacy and Gravetye’s unparalleled historical significance.

Spring Garden Day
March 7, 2020
from 9:45 am to 3:30 pm at Tamarac/Brunswick High Schoool. Registration form at:

Keynote Speaker Lorraine Ballato. She is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden and a Master Gardener in the Connecticut Master Gardener Program as well as for the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

You can also choose from 10 different gardening subjects or a delicious lunch provided by the Rensselaer County Master Gardeners.

2019 Min. for the Nov. 16th Meeting cont.

Many thanks to Diane Steele who conducted a great workshop on making boxwood wreaths at our November meeting. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely!

Daylily in the article is
Christmas With A Kiss
by B. Richardson, 2018

The joint HADS-UNYHS holiday party will be Dec. 14 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, in Clifton Park.

The speaker for the January 18, 2020 meeting will be Denise Maurer. Her talk on succulents will be held at the William K. Sanford Library.

The business meeting was closed at 10:45.

Debi introduced Diane Steele, who conducted a workshop on making boxwood wreaths.

Respectfully submitted by Kathryn Mohr, Secretary

Minutes for the
October 19th Meeting

The October 19, 2019 HADS meeting was called to order at 10:35 AM by Cindi Jones.

Carol Volungus gave the Treasurer’s report.

Cindi discussed election of officers, tentatively to be held at the November meeting. Current officers Carol Volungus, treasurer and Stephanie Kronau, newsletter editor agreed to continue serving in their present positions. Kathryn Mohr volunteered to accept the position of secretary.Cindy explained the HADS scholarship and asked for volunteers to serve on the selection committee.

Stephanie Kronau announced the November meeting will be held at the Albany County Cooperative Extension, rather than the Colonie Library.

New Business
HADS will sponsor a bus to the 2020 Regional meeting in Connecticut.

The business meeting ended at 11AM.

Melanie Mason introduced guest speaker Dave Mussar, who presented “Spots and Stripes and New Directions”

The meeting was adjourned at 12:35 PM.

Respectfully submitted by Kathryn Mohr, Secretary

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.

Stiltgrass: Barbarian at the Garden Gate cont.

What are the steps I need to follow to become a garden judge?

1) You must have been an AHS Member for at least 12 calendar months to begin training. (When you send in an application to become a judge at the end of your training, you must have been an AHS member for 24 calendar months.) **Eligibility will be determined before admitted.

2) * Very important: Before you take any workshops, read Chapters 1 and 2 of the Garden Judges’ Handbook Judging Daylilies in the Garden. Need the FREE PDF of the Garden Judges Handbook? Download it from the
Portal here:

3) Take Garden Judges Workshop I (approx. 2 hrs.) This is taught by instructors using a Power Point. Students must pass written, timed, open book, online exam with at least 70% to receive credit.

4) Take Garden Judges Workshop 2 (approx. 2 1/2 hrs.) This part of the class is taught in a garden, and students learn to evaluate registered cultivars and seedlings with accredited instructors. These workshops are offered at Regional Summer meetings and National meetings and at times, are sponsored by daylily clubs.

5) After completing both workshops, you must fill out and send an “Application for Appointment as a Garden Judge” to your RP (Regional President). Your RP will send the form to the Garden Judges Records chair, who will notify you of your appointment for a five-year term as a garden judge.

Mechanical Removal:
Stiltgrass can also be cut using a weed whacker, mower, or scythe from mid-August through September to prevent it from going to seed. Because stiltgrass is an annual, cutting LATE in the summer when you see the thin flower heads forming on the end of the stalks stops the seeding process and doesn’t give the plant enough time to regrow. Do not cut it earlier in the season because stiltgrass then responds by regrowing, flowering and dropping seed sooner than normal and it’s how people end up with a lawn full of short stiltgrass >>>>>>So the best prevention is a combination of hand pulling when it emerges followed by a timely cut back of larger populations.<<<<<

What Happens if the grass starts to go to seed?
If you miss getting the grass earlier and it starts to go to seed you can solarize it by pulling it and putting in a CLEAR plastic bag. Put the bag in the sun for a few days and it will get hot enough to kill the seed or any seedlings that start to germinate. Even then do not put this in a compost but rather make an area on your property where you can dump the cooked plant materials and keep the vegetation covered with a tarp until it breaks down completely.