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Daylily Diary:  Annual Meeting of AHS Region 1, July 17-18, Marshalltown, Iowa

By LarryR
August 9, 2015

Although Daylily Week at ATP is history, I’d like to share with you my personal experiences at the 2015 AHS Region 1 annual meeting. As a newly minted hybridizer, this was my first attendance at a formal daylily meeting.

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Name: Vickie
Elberfeld, Indiana, USA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Garden Photography Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: United States of America
Region: Indiana Garden Art Annuals Clematis Cottage Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 2
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blue23rose
Aug 9, 2015 5:20 AM CST
Larry, I read with interest your account of the meeting. I would be in seventh heaven and don't know if I could resist bidding since I am an auction fanatic.

The pictures of the garden are so beautiful. I especially loved the square planters in the 6th picture. Looks like you had a nice sunny day to enjoy the gardens! Thanks for the virtual tour Thank You!
Vickie
May all your weeds be wildflowers. ~Author Unknown
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 9, 2015 6:47 AM CST
I am still amazed that you were able to stay at the main table and got to ease-drop on some of these famous hybridizer's conversations! Now THAT would blow me away!

Great recap of your visit and the photos provide a visual of this interesting and fun adventure you had. I sure wish I had been there. I've never been (in real life) around other daylily growers and enthusiasts ever in my life. (Pretty sad, huh?) I'd be like a kid in a candy store enjoying such an adventure! Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

Maybe one day, gardeners here locally will start wanting to grow daylilies again and perhaps the local nurseries will carry rust resistant plants to encourage the use of daylilies in my county. Which could definitely spark a club, because we have a LOT of very wealthy people on the beachside that are gardeners. Maybe it will happen in my lifetime .... I can dream. Smiling Smiling Smiling
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Name: Ashton & Terry
Jones, OK (Zone 7a)
Windswept Farm & Gardens
Hostas Lilies Hybridizer Keeps Sheep Pollen collector Irises
Hummingbirder Region: United States of America Daylilies Region: Oklahoma Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kidfishing
Aug 9, 2015 9:58 AM CST
I've only been to one regional about 4 years ago, we had a blast! (Region 11)
I won a daylily and bought a couple in the auction.

Becky,
If you went to a regional you could meet all the famous Florida hybridizers! Big Grin
They are expensive to go to, especially when the auction comes around.
I've never gone to a summer one with garden tours though, I think if I go to that for a week I'll miss my peak bloom!
Where's the closest club around you?
Kidfishing
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Daylilies Hummingbirder Butterflies Seed Starter Container Gardener
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Birds Ponds
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beckygardener
Aug 9, 2015 10:15 AM CST
Ashton - 2 hours away (if Orlando traffic is good). So a 4+ hour round trip to attend a meeting. Can't do that. Wished there was a club locally. (That would be awesome!) I don't see daylilies in anyone's gardens in my area. I do see them at one of the Publix stores. They have plain yellow ones growing in the median garden strip. I've been tempted to check them out and grab any pods, as these look rust resistant. (Or maybe they just haven't been exposed to rust yet.)

I get all my daylily gardener interactions from here on ATP. Which I know is not nearly as good as in person. Maybe some day ....
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.
Garden Rooms and Becky's Budget Garden
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Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
Charter ATP Member Tip Photographer I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cottage Gardener Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Composter
Foliage Fan Garden Photography Houseplants Hybridizer Organic Gardener Cat Lover
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LarryR
Aug 11, 2015 10:39 AM CST
Many thanks for the kind comments. I tip my hat to you.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
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