Thursday, November 15, 2018

Restaurants in Omaha—2019 AHS Region One Meeting July 5-7


Fireworks in the Gardens
2019 AHS Region One Meeting • Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society
Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens, Guest Speakers

The Nebraska Daylily Society (NDS) invites you to join us on Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, in Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2019 AHS Region One Meeting. Click HERE for the registration form with fillable fields—you can use your computer’s keyboard to type your information—no handwriting is necessary! For a description of events, click HERE.

The host hotel is the Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3706, 402-399-9000. Mention “Nebraska Daylily Society” to get the reservation group rate of $106 per night.

Your registration includes the bus tour and four meals: Friday banquet, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch at Keast Daylily Gardens, and Saturday banquet. Guest meals for Friday banquet and/or Saturday banquet and/or Saturday breakfast are also available.


Fine Food

Did you know Omaha is known for its wide variety of restaurants per capita? Extend your visit, and enjoy some of Omaha’s diverse dining opportunities during your stay. Dining establishments listed below are examples of the many eateries in Omaha, no endorsements are implied J.


Restaurants in the Omaha’s Old Market District and Downtown

Near the Henry Doorly Zoo, Lauritzen Gardens, and downtown, the Old Market offers dining, art galleries, museums, live music, a walking tour, and more. Click HERE to learn all about all the Old Market has to offer, including information about several restaurants (list below is just a sample of dining opportunities in the Old Market and downtown).
  • Boiler Room, 1110 Jones Street, Omaha, 7.7 miles east of the hotel—The Boiler Room offers an interesting artisan menu sourced from growers, with wonderful reviews. The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Saturday-Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Le Bouillon, 1017 Howard Street, Omaha, 7.7 miles east of the hotel—Le Bouillon offers rural French cuisine and everyday French comfort foods made with locally-sourced ingredients. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and is closed on Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • M’s Pub, 422 South 11th Street, Omaha, 7.9 miles east of the hotel—M’s Pub was inspired by the owner’s visit to Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown blended with her recollection of London’s sophisticated pubs. M’s offers delicious food, and is a favorite of the locals. The restaurant is open on Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. with extended bar hours. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Spaghetti Works, 502 South 11th Street, Omaha, 7.9 miles east of the hotel—Spaghetti Works features pasta, Italian specialties, grilled entrees, and pizza for a reasonable price at this location plus one other location at 8416 Park Drive just south of Q Street. The restaurant is open on Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops, 102 S 10th Street, Omaha, 7.7 miles east of the hotel—Spencer’s is just north of the Old Market in downtown Omaha and offers steaks, lamb chops, pork chops, veal chops, fresh seafood, pastas, and homemade desserts. The restaurant is open on Monday-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill (The Matt), 501 North 13th Street, 7.8 miles east of the hotel—The Matt is located in north downtown in a renovated historic mattress factory close to TD Ameritrade stadium, home of the College World Series. Menu offerings include burgers, wings, sandwiches, soups, salad, plus a selection of beer and wine. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Upstream Brewing Company, 514 South 11th Street, Omaha, 7.9 miles east of the hotel—The Upstream Brewing Company offers authentic pub-style food and wonderful craft beers. Food is served at the restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. with extended bar hours. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Zios’ Pizzeria, 1109 Howard Street, Omaha, 7.7 miles east of the hotel—Zio’s Pizzeria offers authentic New York-style pizza at this Old Market location plus three other locations (the others are 78th & Dodge Streets, 129th Street & West Center Road, and 181st & Wright Streets) Hours for the Old Market location are on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information. 

Dining Elsewhere in Omaha

Don’t miss visiting these dining destinations in metro Omaha during your visit. These are not chain restaurants, although some feature multiple metro locations. List below is just a sample of what Omaha has to offer. 
  • Acadian Grille, 725 North 114th Street, Omaha, 2.2 miles northwest of the hotel—The Acadian Grille offers a full menu of authentic made-from-scratch Cajun food, a blend of French and soul food. Desserts include blood orange crème brulee, bananas foster, and more. The restaurant is open on Monday–Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and on Friday–Saturday from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; closed on Sunday and major holidays. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Anthony’s Steakhouse, 7220 F Street, Omaha, 7.5 miles southeast of the hotel—Anthony’s Steakhouse is a family-owned restaurant featuring hand-cut, dry-aged steaks. Seafood options include Atlantic salmon delivered fresh daily and more. A variety of Italian-style pasta dishes are from old family recipes. Reservations are a good idea on weekend evenings. The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., and closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Brother Sebastian’s Steak House & Winery, 1350 South 119th Street, Omaha, 3.9 miles southwest of the hotel—Brother Sebastian’s atmosphere is like an early California monastery. Waiters are dressed like monks. The restaurant offers U.S.D.A. Choice Nebraska Angus beef seared over an open flame—try the ribeye. Also offered are chicken and seafood entrees. The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Dante/Dante Pizzeria Napolitana, 16901 Wright Plaza, Omaha, 9 miles southwest of the hotel—Dante’s in west Omaha and Dante’s Pizzeria Napolitana (3852 Farnam Street, Omaha in the Blackstone District) specialize in authentic, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and rustic Italian cuisine featuring fresh produce from local farmers. The west Omaha location is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m., and closed on Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Dario’s Brasserie, 4920 Underwood Avenue, Omaha, 4.5 miles east of the hotel—Located in Omaha’s historic Dundee neighborhood. Dario’s is a European-style restaurant similar to an informal French-style café with banquette seating and an elegant feel. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. until close, and is closed on Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Gorat’s Steak House, 4917 Center Street, Omaha, 5.8 miles southeast of the hotel—An Omaha tradition for over 70 years, Gorat’s Steak House is a favorite of the “Oracle of Omaha,” Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway. If you don’t see Warren in person, you’ll see his life-size cardboard cutout (don’t forget to pose for a picture). Steak and Italian specialties are featured menu items. The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., closed on Sunday and major holidays. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Greek Islands Restaurant, 3821 Center Street, Omaha, 6.8 miles southeast of the hotel—Established in 1983, the Greek Islands offers authentic Greek cuisine and typically ranks among Omaha’s top ten restaurants. Try the flaming saganaki—Opa! The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Hector’s Restaurant, 1201 South 157th Street, Omaha, 6.6 miles southwest of the hotel—Hector’s Restaurant is the only area restaurant offering a full menu of authentic Baja-style Mexican cuisine. The tortilla soup and seafood enchiladas are outstanding! The restaurant is open on Monday-Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Wednesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday open all day, closed on Sunday and major holidays. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Jaipur Brewing Company and Restaurant, 10922 Elm Street, Omaha, 2.6 miles south of the hotel—Jaipur Brewing Company and Restaurant offers fresh, made from scratch authentic Indian food plus a wide selection of wine and liquor. The restaurant is open on Sunday-Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Thursday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Jams, 7814 Dodge Street (midtown location), Omaha, 2.3 miles east of the hotel—Jam’s is an American-style grill that features different styles and varieties of food dishes made from high-quality ingredients. Second location is in the Old Market at 1101 Harney Street. The midtown location is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12 midnight, and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • La Casa Pizzeria, 4432 Leavenworth Street, Omaha, 5.5 miles east of the hotel—La Casa Pizzeria features Italian specialties, lasagna, calzones, paninis, appetizers, Italian desserts, and more in addition to their famous pizza. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is closed on Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Le Voltaire Restaurant, 569 North 155th Plaza, Omaha, 5.9 miles west of the hotel—Le Voltaire features French classic cuisine in a southern France atmosphere. The menu covers all regions in France and offers an extensive French Wine list. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and is closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Lo Sole Mio Ristorante Italiano, 3001 South 32nd Avenue, Omaha, 8.5 miles southeast of the hotel—Lo Sole Mio offers northern and southern Italian cuisine plus an extensive wine list in the heart of Omaha. The restaurant is open on Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, and is closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Mangia Italiana, 6516 Irvington Road, Omaha, 6.2 miles northeast of the hotel—Mangia Italiana features award-winning Italian/Sicilian cuisine. The restaurant is open on Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Modern Love, 3157 Farnam Street, Omaha, 6.2 miles east of the hotel—Modern Love features upscale vegan comfort food from appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees to desserts and shakes. The restaurant has tripled in size since its opening. Open on Tuesday-Sunday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and closed on Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Nettie’s Fine Mexican Food, 7110 Railroad Avenue, Bellevue, 13.3 miles southeast of the hotel—Nettie’s offers classic, cooked to order Mexican food with a wide range of specialties including enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, and their famous chili. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., on Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., closed on Sunday-Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Panda House Chinese Restaurant, 14459 West Center Road, Omaha, 5.8 miles southwest of the hotel—Panda House, established in 1991, offers authentic Chinese food at moderate prices. The restaurant is open on Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., closed on Sunday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Petrow’s, 5914 Center Street, Omaha, 5.7 miles southeast of the hotel—Petrow’s is a family restaurant offering a classic diner experience in a modern building. The heated outdoor patio features big-screen TVs. The restaurant is open on Tuesday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., on Friday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and closed on Sunday-Monday. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • The Drover, 2121 South 73rd Street, Omaha, 4.2 miles southeast of the hotel—The Drover is known for its outstanding Angus beef whiskey-marinated steaks. The restaurant is open on Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Twisted Cork Bistro, 10730 Pacific Street, Omaha, 1.2 miles southwest of the hotel—The Twisted Cork Bistro features seafood plus meat items including burgers using sustainable ingredients from Nebraska and Washington. The restaurant is open on Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information.
  • Wheatfield’s Eatery & Bakery, 1224 South 103rd Street, Omaha, 1 mile south of the hotel—Wheatfield’s serves simple, elegant food with a hint of European influence, featuring local fruits and vegetable. Wheatfield’s pairs Omaha’s biggest bakery lineup with a full-service dining room featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner. Their strudel is delicious, and be sure to try their famous strawberry wedding cake. The restaurant is open on Sunday-Thursday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Click HERE for menu and more information. 


Just a Short Drive from Omaha—Lied Lodge in Nebraska City

Lied Lodge in Nebraska City is about an hour’s drive south of Omaha. Extend your stay, and spend the night at this magical place. Sunday brunch, served in the Timber Dining Room, is outstanding.

Lied Lodge is part of Arbor Day Farm, a national historic landmark on 260 acres of natural beauty. Visit Arbor Lodge, the original estate of J. Sterling Morton. Don’t miss experiencing this Nebraska treasure in person!

Click HERE for information about Lied Lodge and click HERE for information about dining at Lied Lodge's Timber Dining Room (breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch). Click HERE for information about Arbor Lodge, located at Arbor Lodge State Historical Park, just a stone's throw away from Lied Lodge.

Mary Baker on the deck at Lied Lodge in Nebraska City. Historic Arbor Lodge is in the background.


See You Soon

Questions? Contact our 2019 AHS Region One Meeting Chair, RP Val Hoefer (hoefrv@gmail.com) or Registrar Leslie Rule (Leslie1967.2003@gmail.com).

Celebrate daylilies with us in Omaha on July 5-7. Visit with friends and meet new ones while we enjoy beautiful daylily Fireworks in the Gardens—don’t let the only thing missing be you!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Charles & Heidi Douglas, Guest Speakers, 2019 AHS Region One Meeting

Fireworks in the Gardens
Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society

The Nebraska Daylily Society invites you to attend the 2019 AHS Region One Meeting “Fireworks in the Gardens” on July 5-7 in Omaha, Nebraska, where you can meet and greet guest speakers Charles and Heidi Douglas and enjoy their wonderful daylily presentations in person.

Click HERE for the regional meeting registration form with fillable fields—use your computer’s keyboard to type your information—no handwriting is necessary!

Meet Heidi & Charles Douglas, Browns Ferry Gardens, Georgetown, South Carolina

Charles and Heidi met at the Mid-Winter Symposium in Chattanooga in 2003. In 2006 they became a couple. Ever since then, they share their passion for daylilies with anyone who will listen. Charles and Heidi enjoy traveling the country speaking to clubs and making new friends.

Heidi and Charles Douglas at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland--picture courtesy of Angie Maly

About Charles

Charles started hybridizing in 1992. With the help of his mother, he opened Browns Ferry Gardens in 1994. He registered and introduced his first daylily, STRAWBERRY PATCH, in 1999 and it won an Honorable Mention (HM) Award from the AHS. Charles has introduced over 150 daylilies since then, and he has received 22 additional HMs from the AHS. 

'Strawberry Patch' (Douglas-C., 1999)--all daylily pictures are courtesy of Heidi Douglas

Charles loves big, round, ruffled daylilies—some with eyes and edges, and others just plain frilly—with great plant habit, good branching, and high bud count. He is most proud of THELMA DOUGLAS, named for his mother, registered in 2008, and introduced in 2009. THELMA DOUGLAS won an HM in 2011 and an Award of Merit (AM) from the AHS in 2014. 

'Thelma Douglas' (Douglas-C., 2008)

Charles’ BROWNS FERRY ROYALTY (2011) won an HM in 2014 and an AM in 2017, and will become eligible to win the Stout Silver Medal in 2019. BROWNS FERRY ROYALTY also won the Extra Large Diameter Award in 2018.

'Browns Ferry Royalty' (Douglas-C., 2011)

CYNTHIA LUCIUS (2015) and GARRETT ALLEN (2014) each won an HM in 2018.

 'Cynthia Lucius' (Douglas-C., 2015)

'Garrett Allen' (Douglas-C., 2014)

But wait—there’s more! Charles won the 2018 Region 15 Best Seedling award for his exquisite seedling 14-51 out of CYNTHIA DAWN X DAVE MCGHEE, which will be a future introduction. Congratulations, Charles! Seedling 14-51's parents are named for Charles and Heidi's daughter Cindy and son-in-law Dave.

Charles Douglas seedling 14-51 is out of 'Cynthia Dawn' X 'Dave McGhee'

Charles won the Region 15 Jeffcoat Hybridizers Award four times: in 2000 for his very first introduction STRAWBERRY PATCH, in 2005 for PICK OF THE LITTER, in 2012 for THELMA DOUGLAS, and in 2016 for BROWNS FERRY ROYALTY. In 2005, Charles won the Carolina Service Award (known as the Region 15 Service Award from 2004 to 2015) in recognition of his regional service.

'Pick of the Litter' (Douglas-C., 2003) won an HM in 2007  

Congratulations, Charles!

About Heidi

Heidi started growing daylilies in 1999 when she selected five daylilies for her garden. When they bloomed, Heidi was hooked and ordered more daylilies online. There she discovered a whole new world, including chat rooms and clubs. She started dabbing pollen in 2003, but was restricted by too small a yard.

Heidi moved her garden, her dogs, and herself to Browns Ferry Gardens in 2006, where she started hybridizing in earnest. Heidi hybridizes for patterns, appliques, and unusual forms with unique faces. Heidi sometimes makes some off-the-wall crazy crosses because she loves to see what will happen. Sometimes the kids are so-so, but other times, she gets outstanding results such as the to-die-for BOSS HOGG (2015).

'Boss Hogg' (Douglas-H., 2015)

One of Heidi’s first introductions registered in 2009 and introduced in 2010, TIP OF THE ICEBERG, won an HM Award in 2014. 

'Tip of the Iceberg' (Douglas-H., 2009)

Heidi has since won 11 more HMs. PAPA GOOSE (2011) received an HM in 2015 with 107 votes. PAPA GOOSE won an AM in 2018 and received the most AM votes with a whopping 139. PAPA GOOSE will be eligible to win the Stout Silver Medal beginning in 2020. PAPA GOOSE won the Lambert/Webster Award in 2018.

'Papa Goose' (Douglas-H., 2011)

The beautiful and distinctive BOSS HOGG won an HM Award in 2018 with 82 votes.

In addition to BOSS HOGG, Heidi won HM Awards for the following cultivars in 2018:
DANCING ON ICE (2014)
I’M GONNA LOVE YOU THROUGH IT (2013)
MEME’S LOVIN’ THE LIMELIGHT (2015)
MEME’S TUITTI FRUITTI (2013)
WOMANIZER (2009)

 'Dancing on Ice' (Douglas-H., 2014)

 'I'm Gonna Love You through It' (Douglas-H., 2013)

 'MeMe's Lovin' the Limelight' (Douglas-H., 2015)

'MeMe's Tuitti Fruitti' (Douglas-H., 2013) 

'Womanizer' (Douglas-H., 2009)

Browns Ferry Gardens was a tour garden during the 2018 AHS National Convention in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Heidi’s lovely BREATHING IN SNOWFLAKES (2016) won two AHS National Convention awards in 2018 voted on by convention attendees: 1) the President’s Cup for the most outstanding daylily clump in an AHS National Convention garden, and 2) the Ned Roberts Spider/Unusual Form Award for the most outstanding spider or unusual form clump in an AHS National Convention garden.

'Breathing in Snowflakes' (Douglas-H., 2016)

Heidi won the 2013 Region 15 Jeffcoat Hybridizers Award for PAPA GOOSE and again in 2017 for BOSS HOGG. In 2013, Heidi won the Carolina Service Award (known as the Region 15 Service Award from 2004 to 2015) in recognition of her regional service.

Congratulations, Heidi!

About the Daylilies at Browns Ferry Gardens

These are just a few of the beautiful daylilies Charles and Heidi have created. To see all of Charles and Heidi’s gorgeous daylily introductions as well as the introductions of Gene Tanner and to learn more about their beautiful garden, visit www.brownsferrygardens.com.

A Golden Opportunity

Join Charles, Heidi, and all of your daylily friends at the 2019 AHS Region One Tour on July 5-7 in Omaha, Nebraska. For information about this fun-filled, exciting event, click HERE for the schedule and list of tour and open gardens. 

Don't let the only thing missing be you!