AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
morning following an ice storm, one's yard can be trans
formed into a dreamland of ice coated bushes and trees. As
the day warms up, the coating of ice breaks off piece by
piece and they hit the ground almost exploding into small
fragments, which skid along the frozen snow cover. When
relieved of their ice burdens, the branches slowly lift back
up toward the sky.
Finally, Gary let us in on a secret that he has followed for
years. He believes in involving youth in his garden.
Several goals are accomplished by this. The young people
with their enthusiasm and high energy level keep Gary
young. Their upbeat attitude and antics keep a smile on his
face. They are learning Gary's love for raising daylilies.
The kids are good weeders (they are closer to the ground!)
AND help Gary to save his knees.
Nick Balash (Michigan), Dave Sayer (Ohio), Hal Rice (Michigan
Every winter day Gary makes the transition from winter to
summer when he makes the walk to his greenhouse. This
trip can be a virtual assault of visual and auditory contrasts.
He steps out of his back door with his parka zipped up
tight, his hood covers his head and his hands are warm in
his gloves. As he closes the door, an icicle comes crashing
down. He instinctively ducks. Everything is quiet. The
snow crunches under his boots as Gary walks. The sun is
so bright he has to squint. As he heads down the path,
walking is easy; it only snowed a foot last night. A bright,
red cardinal hops about the bird feeder hoping that Rita
remembered to fill up the hopper. She did! Gary ap
proaches the green house door and sees the shovel handle
poking out of the snowdrift blocking the door. Oh, to be 20
again. After shoveling for several minutes, the door can be
opened with some effort. Gary enters and quickly closes
Region 2, Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society,
the door. AAH Mecca with a Northern Exposure.
Members Barb and Dave Sayer
gary Schaben and Curt Hanson in discussion after North
Former Region 2 RVP Hiram Pearcy and Presentation
ern Exposure presentation.
Writer John Sheehan, both from Wisconsin.
Photo: Gisela Meckstroth
Photos: Gisela Meckstroth
Spring/Summer 2003 Page
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