AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
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By Gisela Meckstroth
Gus Guzinski named his first cultivar WELCOME TO
XENON. That was in 2001. It sometimes blooms as a spider
variant but it was not registered that way since it is variable
in its dimensions. One of the good points of that plant is that
Region 2
it reblooms reliably in my garden. Sometimes, the second
Englerth Award
set of scapes forms too late in September to open well, but
winner
Gus knows of no other near spider daylily that is early with
Gus Guzinski
of Kalamazoo,
rebloom. These two seedlings came from his study of the
Michigan
genetics of daylily flowers. He did not set out specifically to
breed for spider like daylilies; as Gus puts it,  I was exam 
ining how flower colors were inherited, and I used KINDLY
LIGHT as a yellow with a faint eye with other colors. At the
time I had not proven to myself that yellow is dominant to
ince 1987, Region 2 hybridizers, amateur and
melon and was studying the ratios of color types produced
professional alike, have competed for the
in different crosses. My wife actually picked both plants as
Englerth Award for Hybridizing Excellence.
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having particularly attractive flowers. I honestly had not
This award is to encourage and promote Region 2 hy 
noticed this, since I was looking at the flowers only in terms
bridizers and is in memory of Lawrence and Winifred
of the inheritance of color shown in the flowers in the
Englerth of Hopkins, Michigan.
second generation. 
The Englerths were longtime members of the Ameri 
His claim to fame in daylilies, as Gus tells it, is that he is the
can Hemerocallis Society, and Winifred was a char 
person who proved that the melon color of daylilies is due to
ter member. Both were hybridizers, growers, and ac 
the presence of lycopene, a carotenoid pigment that is not
tive promoters of daylilies for many years. Winnie
present in species daylilies. In his previous employment as a
was known for introducing daylilies with high bud
research chemist, he had permission to use company instru 
count and her delight in using names in which the
ments to identify and measure the carotenoid pigments in
first letter was repeated. Many of her creations, MINI
daylily flowers. 
The  New Daylily Handbook  For 2002
MINX, SKIPPY SKEEZIX, PINKEY PINKERTON,
etc., are found in many gardens in the region. Their
Continued on page 47
daughter, Mary Herrema, continues the sales opera 
tion as 
Englerth Gardens 
in Hopkins, Michigan.
The award medallions have been donated by John
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and Geraldine Couturier, who now reside in Region
1987 Steve Moldovan
10. The medallion will be engraved with the winner's
1988 Dennis Anderson (INDY CHARMER)
1989 Alfred Goldner (T86 63)
name.  It is an award to cherish.
1990 Philipp Brockington (COBURG PINK WINK)
1991 Lee Craigmyle
1992 Charles Applegate (LAND OF PROMISE)
1993 Dennis Anderson (INDY SEDUCTRESS)
Notes:
1994 Charles Applegate (MORNING HAS BROKEN)
1995 No award given
  The criteria for selecting an Englerth Award win 
1996 Arthur Blodgett (ROMONA'S MEMORY)
ner were printed in our Fall 1999/Winter 2000 re 
1997 Ed Myers (LITTLE SUMMER STAR)
1998 Howard H. Reeve Jr. (GRANDMA KISSED ME)
gional newsletter.
1999 Dan Bachman (BEN BACHMAN)
  Englerth Gardens
 is sometimes called 
Englearth
2000 Leo Sharp (BROOKWOOD MARIAN CAVANAUGH)
2001 Dan Bachman (COLEMAN HAWKINS)
Gardens
, but the Herrema family prefers to use the
2002 Gus Guzinski (TO GO BOLDLY) (pre registered)
family name.
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 Spring/Summer 2003

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