Sunday, November 15, 2020

Attention Region One Garden Judges—2021 Garden Judges Workshop 2

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic and the derecho that severely damaged many Iowa gardens, the 2021 American Daylily Society (ADS) Region One Meeting has been canceled.

For the convenience of our Garden Judges and those who want to become new Garden Judges, ADS Region One will offer Garden Judges Workshop 2 (GJW2) at three different locations during daylily bloom season in July 2021. Restroom facilities will be provided. We ask that you follow COVID-19 protocols for social distancing and wear masks.

Garden Judges Workshop 2 is scheduled on the following dates in the following gardens:

  • The Central Iowa Daylily Society (CIDS) will offer GJW2 on Sunday July 11 at 9 a.m. in Parkersburg, Iowa at Prairie Wind Gardens. Please contact the Chair and Lead Instructor Phil Fass at if you plan to attend.
  • The Nebraska Daylily Society (NDS) will offer GJW2 on Sunday July 11 at 9 a.m. in Omaha, Nebraska at Mary Baker’s Garden. Please contact the Chair and Lead Instructor Mary Baker at or call Mary at 402-933-1496 if you plan to attend. Cold bottled water will be provided. Mary will host an open garden from noon until 2 p.m. following GJW2. 
  • The Daylily Society of Minnesota (DSM) will offer GJW2 on Sunday, July 31 at 10 a.m. in Woodbury, Minnesota at Steve Horan’s garden. Chair is Kris Henning and the Lead Instructor is Steve Horan. Please contact Kris Henning at if you plan to attend.

Cost is $5 to take GJW2 for credit and $3 to audit GJW2. Go to the ADS Membership Portal Online Store for a free download of the latest edition (currently 2019) of Judging Daylilies in the Garden and read it prior to attending GJW2.

GJW2 taken during years three through five will count toward renewal of your term. Please click 2020 ADS Region One Garden Judges roster to see when your Garden Judge term expires (note this is the 2020 roster; the 2021 roster is not yet available from ADS). Garden Judges, please consider taking GJW2 in summer 2021 if you are in years three through five of your current Garden Judge term (because we are looking at the 2020 GJ roster, taking GJW2 will count for renewal credit if your term expires in 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023). 

All Garden Judges with terms expiring in 2020 received an automatic one-year extension of their Garden Judge terms. So if your Garden Judge term expires in 2020, you must take GJW2 in 2021 to renew unless you already took GJW2 during 2018 (year 3 of your term) or 2019 (year 4 of your term).

ADS Region One members who wish to become a new Garden Judge are welcome to attend (you must be an ADS member for 12 consecutive months to begin training; to become a garden judge, you must be an ADS member in good standing for 24 continuous months). Please click how to become a new Garden Judge, scroll down to the What are the steps I need to follow to become a garden judge? section, and read the bulleted sentences for more information about becoming a new ADS Garden Judge. ADS periodically offers Garden Judges Workshop 1 (GJW1) online and publicizes when it is available.

ADS Region One Garden Judges who are in year five of their first five-year term (or in any year of a subsequent term) are welcome to assist with Garden Judges Workshop 2 instruction to become a new Garden Judge Instructor. Please contact the Chair of the GJW2 you plan to attend if you want to become a new Garden Judge Instructor. Please click How to Become a Garden Judge Instructor and scroll down to the fifth section "Why and How to Become a Garden Judge Instructor" for more information about becoming a new ADS Garden Judge Instructor.

ADS Region One members attending the 2021 ADS National Convention in Hattiesburg, Mississippi can also:

  • Take Garden Judges Workshop 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 20 during the 2021 ADS National Convention to become a new Garden Judge (click 2021 ADS National Convention schedule to see the full schedule).
  • Take Garden Judges Workshop 2 from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 20 during the 2021 ADS National Convention to renew if your current Garden Judge term expires in 2020, 2021, 2022, or 2023 or to become a new Garden Judge (click 2021 ADS National Convention schedule to view the full schedule).

All Garden Judges must vote the 2021 ADS Awards & Honors ballot (see the 2021 Awards & Honors Ballot when available in 2021 for voting instructions).

Please contact me with any questions. As always, I am happy to help!

Mary Baker
ADS Region One Garden Judges Liaison

Sunday, October 25, 2020

ADS Region One 2020 Cultivar Awards & Honors Winners

The American Daylily Society (ADS) announced the 2020 cultivar award winners during the fall Board of Directors meeting on October 24, 2020. Two Region One dayliliesboth hybridized by Karol Emmerich of Springwood Gardens in Jordan, Minnesotawon Honorable Mention (HM) awards. Congratulations, Karol! 

Two daylilies named for ADS Region One members from hybridizers Mort Morss and David Kirchhoff of Daylily World in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky also won HM awards. Congratulations, David and Mort! 

Honorable Mention Award Winners from Karol Emmerich 

Two of Karol Emmerich’s lovely daylilies won HMs in 2020. One is FINISH THE RACE (2009, tet). 

Finish the Race (Karol Emmerich, 2019)pic courtesy of Karol Emmerich

'Finish the Race' (Karol Emmerich, 2009)pic courtesy of Kris Henning
For an additional picture and information about FINISH THE RACE, click HERE. 

The other Emmerich daylily to win an HM in 2020 is VIA DOLOROSA (2009, tet).

'Via Dolorosa' (Karol Emmerich, 2009, tet)—pic courtesy of Karol Emmerich
'Via Dolorosa' (Karol Emmerich, 2009, tet)—pic courtesy of Karol Emmerich

For another picture and description of VIA DOLOROSA, click HERE. 

Congratulations and kudos from everyone in Region One, Karol! We are proud of your accomplishments and thank you for your service to our region. 

HM Award Winners Named for Region One Members 

Daylilies named for two ADS Region One members also received HM awards in 2020. One is KYLE BILLADEAU (Mort Morss, 2014, tet). Kyle is ADS Treasurer, past Editor of the ADS Region One Daylily Pioneer newsletter, and member of the Daylily Society of Minnesota.

'Kyle Billadeau' (Mort Morss, 2014)—pic courtesy of Phyllis McIntosh

For the hybridizer’s picture and information about KYLE BILLADEAU, click HERE. 

The other 2020 HM award-winning daylily is MARY BAKER (David Kirchhoff, 2005, tet). Mary served as ADS Region One President from 2000-2004, is the Region One Garden Judges Liaison, and member of the Nebraska Daylily Society. 

'Mary Baker' (David Kirchhoff, 2005)pic courtesy of Mary Baker

For the hybridizer’s picture and description of MARY BAKER, click HERE.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Remembering gary Schaben: A Tribute from ADS Region One


gary Schaben, award-winning daylily hybridizer and American Daylily Society Region One Publicity Director (RPD) from 2000-2004, passed away peacefully this morning (9/15/2020) while watching the sunrise surrounded by his family.

The original version of this updated article (with title selected by gary) was first published on pages 66-72 in the Spring 2007 issue of The Daylily Journal. Here is the updated version, in tribute to our friend.

About gary Schaben: "I Was Born in a Log Cabin that I Helped My Father Build"
Kathleen M. Lamb and Mary Baker

gary told us he always envisioned that an article written about him would begin with that sentence. It’s the least we can do for gary, who inspires us and countless others to hybridize, including his talented nephew John Becker, creator of the gorgeous Hemerocallis ‘Tie Dyed Moon’ (Becker/Schaben, tet, 2003).

gary Schaben (pic courtesy of Chad Schaben)

gary’s love of gardening began in his home town of La Crosse in central Kansas, which gary describes as a dry and dusty prairie. The lone shady oasis belonged to a neighbor couple who had emigrated from Germany along with their iris collection. While an eight-year-old boy, gary would watch John, a cobbler, work in his shed on leather shoes and harnesses. When John tired of gary, he told gary about the bear hiding in the basement. gary would quickly retreat to the adjacent house, where Pauline welcomed him with freshly baked cookies they enjoyed in her beautiful garden, where it always felt cool on the hottest of days.

gary and Rita Schaben and family (pic courtesy of Chad Schaben)

After moving to Minnesota, gary’s sister-in-law gave him some Hemerocallis fulva to plant in a wet area of the garden. gary liked its vigor and hardiness and then discovered that daylilies also came in yellow. In 1989, gary’s mother-in-law told him that the gentleman from whom she rented pasture land, Marion Hagerstrom, grew and created daylilies in all sorts of colors. gary frequently visited Marion, and Marion gave him lots of seedlings to play with. Gary quickly became enamored with daylilies; as a result, gardening took on a whole new meaning. In addition to physically working in the dirt and designing artistic beds, he became hooked on creating his own daylilies. Sadly, gary’s first promising seedlings bloomed the summer after Marion passed away.

Personal and Cultivar Awards

gary did quite a bit of hybridizing with daylilies before his involvement began with his local club, the Hemerocallis Society of Minnesota (now known as the Daylily Society of Minnesota or DSM), and the American Hemerocallis Society (also known as the American Daylily Society or ADS). It started when gary learned about a seminar at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by Norm Baker, who owned and operated a nearby daylily nursery. gary joined DSM and ADS, and he quickly became an active member of both societies.

Kathy Lamb met gary and his wife Rita through DSM, and Mary Baker met them while attending ADS regional events. gary served as ADS Region One Publicity Director, a position he held for five years from 2000-2004 while Mary was regional vice president (now known as regional President or RP) and Kathy was regional newsletter Editor. 

Over the years, gary and Rita generously contributed many daylilies and extensive time to local and regional events. Rita served as ADS Region One Director from 2004-2006. gary and Rita received the ADS Region One Service Award in 2003 for their outstanding service and dedication to our region. 

gary received the Honorable Mention award (HM) for H. ‘Debbie’s Vows’ (tet, 2001), ‘North Wind Dancer’ (dip, 2001), and ‘Remembering Joan’ (tet, 2001) in 2004. gary was awarded an HM for ‘Minnesota Morning’ (tet, 2001) in 2005. In 2007, gary received HMs for ‘Emma’s Song’ (Schaben/Rice, tet, 2003), ‘North Wind Drifter’ (dip, 2001), and ‘’Paha Sapa ‘Thundercloud’ (tet, 2003. gary was awarded HMs for ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ (dip, 2005) and ‘Paha Sapa Dreamcatcher’ (tet, 2005) in 2008. In 2011, gary received HMs for ‘Captain Jack’ (tet, 2007), ‘Hakuna Matata’ (dip, 2007), and ‘North Wind Curly Joe’ (dip, 2006). ‘North Wind Dancer’ went on to receive the Award of Merit (AM) in 2007, the Lambert/Webster Award in 2007, and the Stout Silver Medal in 2011.

'North Wind Dancer' (pic courtesy of Janice Kennedy)

gary's introductions have also earned top ranking in the ADS Region One Popularity Poll, with ‘Debbie’s Vows’ placing first in 2003, and ‘North Wind Dancer’ placing first in 2004 and 2005.
Hybridizing Goals

gary says he is always working on everything and enjoys exploiting unexpected characteristics that occur with various genetic combinations. He looks at daylilies from the bottom up, avoiding “to die for” blooms on plants that fail to thrive. His real passion is for vigorous, hardy cultivars with great plant habit, excellent branching, healthy foliage, and overall plant proportion and balance. If all that is in place, he then looks at the blooms, selecting for clear color as well as excellent form and substance.

gary’s favorite hybridizing direction is for complex patterns with fancy faces. His second love is working with spiders and unusual forms, which he admires for their gracefulness. Fancy, full-formed whites also intrigue him, and he works on these a little at a time.

gary never worked toward yellows, but his white program produced some outstanding yellows with large size, excellent form, and substantial green infusion. While visiting gary’s garden, Mary fell in love with ‘Metabelle Beth’ (tet, 2005), which has a Marion Hagerstrom red seedling as a grandparent. ‘Metabelle Beth’, named for gary’s granddaughter, is a pale cream buttermilk polychrome with a pink blush, shocking green throat, heavy substance, perfect form, well-branched scapes, and a bud count of 35 to 42. 

'Metabelle Beth' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

Another outstanding cultivar in the yellow family is ‘Lemon Shadows’ (tet, 2006), with 6-inch bright lemon yellow blooms and fringed edges. ‘Our Friend Craig’, named after the late Craig Stahl, is out of ‘Concrete Blonde' X 'Just Another Yellow' and features flowers ranging between 6 and 7 inches with an intensely green infusion. When Mary first noticed that one, Rita asked, “Have a little yellow with your green?” Mary feels her late hybridizing mentor Oscie Whatley would be pleased with the incredible, perfect yellows gary has created in his quest for whites.

Full Formed Near Whites

We love ‘Apostle of Hope’ (tet, 2001), out of ‘Admiral’s Braid’ X ‘Angel’s Smile’, for its many green-throated gold-edged blooms presented beautifully on well-branched scapes. gary says the cornerstone in his white tetraploid hybridizing program is his lovely pale yellow sculpted seedling TOV, out of ‘Just Another Yellow’ and ‘Great White’.

‘Emma’s Song’ (Schaben/Rice, tet, 2003) is one of the most refined edge-no-eye cultivars we have ever seen. Fertile both ways, each graceful cream white flower becomes lavender at the edge with a clear green throat that complements the flower nicely. Mary used ‘Emma’s Song’ in her hybridizing program, and it is the pollen parent of two of her 2013 registrations ‘Megan’s Smile’ and ‘Princess Molly’.  

gary’s outstanding tetraploid seedling T98O-1, registered in 2007 as ‘Pioneer Panache’, is a creamy white polychrome as radiant as a pearl. ‘Pioneer Panache’ grew en masse in Kyle Billadeau’s lovely 2007 ADS National Convention tour garden. ‘Pioneer Panache’ features 6-inch nicely rolled back blooms with tremendous green throats on vigorous plants. gary generously designated that all sales proceeds from ‘Pioneer Panache’, available for sale for the first time during the 2007 ADS National Convention, will go to ADS Region One—yet another demonstration of gary's continual support for our region.

Spiders and Unusual Forms

A significant parent in gary’s diploid spider and unusual forms hybridizing program is his outstanding award-winning cultivar ‘North Wind Dancer’. A beautiful garden plant in its own right, ‘North Wind Dancer’ has produced spectacular seedlings for gary and many other hybridizers. ‘North Wind Dancer’, out of ‘Lola Branham’ and a seedling, is a bud builder that blooms over a long period of time, and it frequently passes this characteristic as well as its gracefulness to its kids.

'North Wind Dancer' (pic courtesy of Phil Greenawalt and Judie Treangen)

We also love ‘North Wind Drifter’ (dip, 2001), a full sibling to ‘North Wind Dancer’ with a different look yet equally dramatic effect. ‘North Wind Drifter’ has ramrod straight 44-inch scapes featuring many beautiful well-spaced 8 1/2-inch bright lavender pink blooms that draw attention from afar.

‘North Wind Billet Doux’, named for Kyle Billadeau, is from (‘Indian Giver’ X ‘North Wind Dancer’). Although its blooms are smaller, gary feels that ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ might be an even better parent than ‘North Wind Dancer’. In gary’s words, ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ would “grow on an ice cube.” It begins blooming earlier and continues blooming longer than ‘North Wind Dancer’ in Mary’s garden. gary describes it as a “gracefully ruffled violet lavender with pale lavender edge and patterned eye of gray, lavender and blue over chartreuse throat and green heart.”

'North Wind Billet Doux' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

Other exciting daughters of ‘North Wind Dancer’ (with ‘Susan Weber’ as the pollen parent) include ‘North Wind Curly Joe’ (dip, 2006), a soft clear pastel pink becoming cream and then green in the throat on twisting, curling flowers over 8 inches in size, and its very different sibling ‘North Wind Moe’ (dip, 2006), featuring 7-inch-plus diameter pinched crispate flowers in screaming hot clear pink.

gary’s ‘North Wind Larry’ (dip, 2006), out of (‘Noel Weston’ X ‘Marked by Lydia’), is the third of “The Three Amigos” gary introduced in 2006. ‘North Wind Larry’ features ruffled yellow flowers with delicate beige overlays on multiple branched scapes that present the blooms well.

Complex Patterns on Fancy Faces

gary initially used his greenhouse to get something really dormant with dramatically patterned eyes. Out of (tetra ‘Exotic Echo’ X ’Flameburst’), he produced ‘Surfing on the Styx’, a 4-inch red with a variable smoky black eye pattern that changes with the weather. ‘Surfing on the Styx’ has five- to six-way branching and a high bud count. Its dormancy and hardiness are dominant, and it is incredibly fertile both ways. gary has crossed it with a variety of cultivars, beginning a line of patterned faces on ultra hardy plants.

From gary’s ‘Surfing on the Styx’ line came the exquisite ‘Ciara Marie’ (tet, 2006) as well as a future registration. ‘Ciara Marie’, from (‘Surfing on the Styx’ X ‘Magnificent Rainbow’), is named for the granddaughter of Karen Schock, an ADS Region One friend from North Dakota. ‘Ciara Marie’ produces many heavily diamond dusted violet lavender blooms with a patterned eye, small silver edge, and deep green throat on very well-branched scapes. Flowers are fertile both ways. gary’s future registration out of (‘Surfing on the Styx’ X ‘Tie Dyed Moon’) features large flowers with an amazing eye pattern present on the sepals as well as the petals on vigorous, very dormant plants.

The work of Steve Moldovan inspired gary to cross his award-winning ‘Debbie’s Vows’ with Steve’s 'Mountain Majesty’ to create the beautiful ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’, which consistently reblooms in Kathy’s garden. gary feels that ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ is the prettiest bi-tone he grows. ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ is a rich purple with lavender sepals and a lovely, graceful form with an exotic broken eye pattern. It is fertile both ways, hardy, and very vigorous, and is yet another gary says “could grow on an ice cube.” Curt Hanson grows ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ in his garden and feels it is spectacular.

The cross ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ X ‘Gerda Brooker’ produced the elegant ‘Paha Sapa Dream Catcher’ (tet, 2005). The triple-edged blooms, presented on well-branched scapes, tend to dramatically change color depending on weather and soil. Per gary’s web site description, “I have seen this eye so blue it will take your breath away with lavender cream petals, and then I have seen it pink/peach with red violet edging and more of a purple eye; sure wish it would stay blue but that tends to come with cooler temperatures I think, or it could be that it just has an attitude.” Whatever the color, it’s always striking and is fertile both ways.

‘Captain Jack’ (out of ‘Pioneer Panache’ X ‘Julie Newmar’) features an incredible high contrast eye pattern, dramatic edges, and shark’s teeth on a plant that has proven to be winter hardy in gary’s zone 4a garden. Can daylilies get any fancier?

'Captain Jack' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

The Schabens’ beautiful Gardens with a Northern Exposure was a featured tour garden during the 2007 ADS National Convention jointly hosted by DSM and ADS Region One, an open garden during the 2013 ADS National Convention hosted by DSM, and a tour garden during regional meetings hosted by DSM.

gary, thank you and Rita for all you have done for our region, for DSM, and the mentoring and inspiration you gave to so many daylily enthusiasts. You will be missed. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Attention, Region One Garden Judges: An Update from ADS

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some regions have canceled their annual summer daylily meetings. The 2020 ADS National Convention scheduled for May 25-27 has also been canceled. 

Because Garden Judges Workshop 2 (GJW2) must take place in a garden during daylily bloom season, it is difficult if not impossible to take GJW2 if:
·        Summer daylily meetings are canceled
·        Transportation to a meeting becomes unavailable
·        You are at high risk and need to stay home to avoid potential exposure to Covid-19

ADS leadership listened to our concerns. I am happy to announce the following information ADS Garden Judges Records Chair Claude Carpenter sent to all ADS Garden Judge Liaisons on March 25, 2020.
·        All Garden Judges with terms expiring in 2020 will get an automatic one-year extension of their Garden Judge terms. If your Garden Judge term expires in 2020, you can now take GJW2 in 2021 to renew. This automatic one-year extension applies ONLY to Garden Judge terms expiring in 2020. Your 2020 Awards & Honors Ballot will include a memo about this. Note: If your GJ term expires in 2020 and you took GJW2 during 2018 (year 3 of your term) or 2019 (year 4 of your term), you do not need to take GJW2 in 2020 or 2021.
·        Anyone currently in the process of becoming a new Garden Judge who successfully completed Garden Judges Workshop 1 will get an extra year to take GJW2 and complete their training. See the Judging Daylilies in the Garden handbook for a full description of how to become a new Garden Judge.

Finally, per ADS President Scott Elliott, all Garden Judges must vote the 2020 ADS Awards & Honors ballot, even if they submit a blank ballot (see the 2020 Awards
& Honors Ballot for voting instructions).

Please contact me with any questions. As always, I am happy to help!

Mary Baker
ADS Region One Garden Judges Liaison