AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
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daylilies at Frog's Leap and then quickly improved with spider
and UF slides from Judy Davisson and from Gloria Hite. The
Spiders and UF cultivars were much the result of the early work
Nikki Schmith, President.
done by Howard Hite   who missed his first March Dinner
For Membership Info contact: Bette Alden at
Social in memory due to a previous engagement. Remarkable
frogsleap1@juno.com
slides   showing that his work is being ably continued by Judy
Club Website: http://www.daylilyclub.com
and Gloria. My own  wide throat  program is an outgrowth from
All the following events open to the public and
a single Hite seedling. Howard's toothed CREEPY CRAWLER
prospective members.
has yielded some very upright, waxy brilliant yellows which
were included in my slides.
Friday, May 16
Sadly, that globetrotting bon vivant, LaVere Webster didn't make
General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm   Congregational Church
it to the dinner either   it was a bit of a disappointment for us
of Birmingham
all. Especially those members who brought auxiliary lampshades
Saturday, July 12
to join in with LaVere's usual revelry. Despite the absence of his
Exhibition Show
   Laurel Park Place Mall  Livonia, MI
irrepressible wit, we made do rather well and the occasion turned
Saturday, Aug 23
rather jolly   indeed had several raucous moments!
Daylily Sale   location and details TBD
Liza York, super talented wife of the talented Rick York, had
Friday, Nov 21
painted a wonderful water colour of the daylily cultivar, HAL
General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm  Congregational Church
RICE, which the club gave as an honour to Hal Rice for his
of Birmingham. Keynote Speaker: Margo Reed, noted hybrid 
splendid work in bringing off the 2002 AHS convention so
izer.
successfully. The painting, all matted, framed and festooned with
bows, was presented to Hal amidst a standing ovation!!! Hal
The Annual SMHS Holiday Party
richly deserves such honour for last summer's effort and
Diane Pruden relates that one of the unique gifts was provided by
all the other regionals and nationals that he has spearheaded
member John Kulpa (his garden was an Open Garden at this past
during his long career! Thank you, Hal !!
summer's national convention). It appeared to have been a very
nicely wrapped empty box, but wait, there were several pages of
Jerry and Lori Vandermeer, of Dutch Mill Gardens, were in
paper in there! He offered a choice of a daylily from his garden
  the choice was from a list of about 150 cultivars   many in
the 3 digit price range! Members could  steal a  present from the
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person who received it, but only one  steal  was allowed!
By Marcia Razor
Needless to say, the person who opened the package didn't take
it home! I don't remember who the lucky person was, but it
We now have 35 members and are growing slowly. One of
wasn't me. I was very pleased to receive a new variety of
our member's gardens just received AHS Display Garden
Poinsettia (but I was not so pleased to have it  stolen  by the
status, and we are so proud of him. There are now 3 AHS
Robin's own Judy Davisson)! I did manage to hold on to another
Display Gardens in our little club, soon to be 4.
Poinsettia which was very nice. Altogether, it was a fun party.
Richard Anderson worked very hard reconstructing his
SMHS Social Event of the Year
garden, moving plants, etc., (you folks know the drill) in
Lee Alden reports that the Southern Michigan Hem Society
order to gain AHS approval for it. We can't wait until
gathered together Friday night for our  social  event of the year.
spring to see it bloom. Richard went from 2 or 3 daylilies
As usual our members were well dressed and very classy. I felt
to 400+ in a very short time.
better about having put on a tie. The dinner was held at Crank's
Banquet Hall (with a name like that you know the food HAS to
Joe and Mary Stone have their hybridizing program well
be good   and it was.) A big buffet rivalling the buffet at the
underway in their new greenhouse. Joe and Mary regis 
Region 2 Symposium   with the tenderest roast beef! Excellent
tered several beauties last summer. Their 2003 catalog has
chicken, your choice from among two large green salads, half a
color pictures of their new introductions. One of those,
dozen pasta and potato salads   and the richest Au Gratin
named for Mary's Mother, is featured on the front of the
potatoes which really filled everyone up   only to be offered a
catalog. It is a beauty.
grand Carrot cake to top off the meal. On the bottom of selected
dessert plates were stickers for door prizes which included
Our youth member, Brandon Farias, won 3 gold medals in
among others, David Kirchhoff's MARIA CALLAS and John
Indianapolis in a 
Tae Kwan Do
 competition. He is building
Rice's ANGEL'S BRAID .
up his muscles to help grandmother and grandfather, Joe
Nikki Schmith, club president, interspersed raffle drawings for a
and Mary Stone, with their daylily operation. He is known
good dozen or so donated cultivars during the evening's pro 
as their Number One speed weeder. (Photo of Farias is on
gram. The program consisted of myself and my 130 slides of
Youth News, page 8)
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