2001 Region 12 Spring Meeting

The North Florida Daylily Society (Jacksonville area) will host the Spring Regional, May 18-20. Headquarters is the Holiday Inn of Orange Park, 150 Park Avenue (I-295 at U.S. 17) and the rate is $56 per night. Call (904) 264-9513 and mention daylily society to get the rate.

Registration for the regional is $40 until May 1, and it includes a cookout/social/auction at 5:45 p.m. on the 18th in the garden of Bob and Margaret Tucker, as well as the dinner for the banquet/business meeting at 6:00 p.m. on the 19th. The NFDS will hold their annual show at the Orange Park Mall on Saturday, May 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Entries will be received between 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Send Registration fees to Margaret Tucker, 8321 Allwood Ct., Jacksonville, Fl 32256 (904) 641-9605. Checks should be made payable to North Florida Daylily Society.

A garden judges workshop will be held Friday, May 18th in the garden of Chris Arsenault, 8682 Royalwood Dr., Jacksonville, at 2:45 p.m. Exhibition judges clinics will be held on Sunday morning, May 20th, at the Holiday Inn, all three beginning at 8:30 a.m.

There will not be formal tours by bus, but there will be open gardens for visitors on the 18th, 19th, and 20th. These gardens include Ben Adams, Ed Brown, Hugh Buntyn, Frank and Evelyn Olschner, Dave Talbott, Bob and Margaret Tucker, and Chris Arsenault.

President's Message

I have to tell you that this has been the harshest winter I have seen in my six years of growing daylilies, but not to worry; I am officially declaring that upon receipt of this newsletter spring has begun! According to the e-mail robin, several people have reported scapes with blooms already. Yes, those blooms have all been in greenhouses, but it heightens my anticipation all the same.

The bloom season will be here for us in no time, and once again I find myself playing catch-up with things that I should have finished over the fall and winter. I have also been busy, as all the officers have been, preparing for some exciting events for the coming season. We have planned some programs that will interest both the longtime growers as well as the many newcomers we have.

I would like to urge each and every one of you to pitch in and help facilitate one of these programs or volunteer for one of the many committees within our club. Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned grower, we need your help. I can assure you that the benefits you will reap personally will enhance your garden and will build lasting friendships with people who are just as wild about daylilies as you are.

In closing, I would like to once again extend a warm welcome to all of our new members and a thank you to those members who have invited friends and family to join us. Our membership has picked up this past year, but as we continue to grow, our club will be able to offer more programs and possibly even some trips to visit some of the beautiful gardens we see in those catalogs. Another way for us to grow membership is to visit other clubs and organizations. We have several commitments this season to supply different organizations with a program about growing daylilies. Let us know if you are a member of a club in need of a program - we love to talk daylilies.

Bill Knight


Our club has purchased some copies of Eureka, the popular guide to daylily purchase prices in gardens across America. Call Opal Howell if you would like one. They are $24.76 each.