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Kevin Walek
Julie Covington
AHS President

President's Welcome

Welcome to the official website of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS), also known as the American Daylily Society. The Latin name for daylily is the plant genus Hemerocallis, meaning “beauty for a day.” In recent years, the daylily has become one of the most exciting and popular plants used by home and commercial gardeners. On these pages, you will find a wealth of information about daylilies and this organization which supports it.  The AHS is dedicated to education about daylilies. If you wish to learn more about daylilies, you’ve come to the right place!  

The best place to start is at the beginning, on our Home Page.  Here you will see rotating pictures of the most recent cultivar award winners. Also check our internal links on the left side of the Home Page. We’ve made it easy for you.  Our webmaster is constantly updating and improving the site although it already has a variety of tools to enrich your daylily education. Please visit frequently as this site is always changing.

The AHS was formed in 1946 and provides a forum for those interested in the advancement of the daylily.  Although the daylily is our common interest, the friendships that we form by attending and participating in local, regional and national meetings are priceless and the most special benefit of joining this society. You can find information about our Regional and National Conventions and Meetings by clicking this link. Summer National and Regional meetings offer tours of outstanding gardens, speakers, daylily auctions, and general discussions and forums about growing daylilies. Members who are interested in learning even more about daylilies have the opportunity to take clinics and workshops in order to become Garden Judges or Exhibition Judges or both. Each of our fifteen regions also has a number of official AHS Display Gardens.  Please locate a Display Garden near you, and plan to call the garden host and schedule a visit during growing season. You will be amazed at the wonderful gardens!

The AHS holds numerous accredited daylily shows and exhibits each year, each featuring hundreds of blooms including many of the newest and proven varieties, competing for a spot at the Head Table or “Best in Show.”  These daylily shows are open to the public and held during bloom season, so check the list of Daylily Shows and Exhibitions for times and locations of shows near you! If you are new to daylilies, you don’t want to miss the Available Sources List, which will give you information about growers near you and all over the US.  You might also want to find out about which daylilies which have won the society’s top awards by checking the Awards and Honors page.  A wonderful source of information about every aspect of the daylily is our Daylily Dictionary where you can find a complete listing of terms with many educational illustrations.

The AHS Officers and Staff list will take you to a directory that lists names, phone numbers, addresses and e-mails of the individuals who are charged with the task of making this society run smoothly. If you have a question about our favorite flower or any aspect of our society, please feel free to contact any of the Board, Staff or Special Chairs for assistance.

If you are already are an AHS member, you know about the many benefits of Membership. If you are not a member yet, please consider joining us.  You can join without leaving the site by using your credit card or PayPal, and you have the opportunity to save by purchasing a three year membership. We look forward to including you in our network of friends.

The AHS is proud of our wonderful Daylily Journal.  Members receive four Journals per year. Back issues of the Journal may also be purchased along with other AHS publications by clicking on Publications. If you are reading this during the month of July or later during the calendar year, please know that we also have a Trial Membership available for those who wish to join the Society and “try us out” for a reduced membership rate of $15.00. Trial members receive the last two Daylily Journals of the year along with their trial memberships. AHS Members also have the opportunity to join the AHS E-Mail robin, an email discussion group for growers, hybridizers and daylily lovers from all over the world.

In 2007 AHS instituted an incentive program for new members and those that wish to "upgrade" their memberships.  New members who join at any level, as well as current members with a 1-year membership who upgrade to a 3-year or life membership, and those with a 3-year membership who upgrade to a life membership, will receive a voucher to use with participating vendors. Member pays shipping (and phyto certificates where applicable).  For more information on joining and the voucher program see Membership.

The AHS Members Only Portal is one of our newest and most exciting membership benefits, just opening in the spring of 2011. This site employs the latest technology and offers members the opportunity to connect, collaborate and share ideas, images, and videos with other members, participate in forums and even set up blogs and custom pages if desired. 

Please enjoy this site and come back to visit us often.  I look forward to the opportunity of meeting many of you in person along the “daylily trail” at a future convention or meeting.

Best wishes,

Julie Covington

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