for eyed or banded daylilies

Don C. Stevens Award

Annual award for the most outstanding eyed or banded daylily. Mr. Stevens became known for wide-eyed daylilies, unique amongst the daylilies of the 1970s, to include the seedlings that produced Stout Medal Winner ‘Fooled Me’ (Reilly-Hein, 1990).  Voted by Garden Judges.

 

 

(Go to bottom of page for link to spreadsheet with votes  for all 2021 Specialty Awards)

Don C. Stevens

Award Winners

Hotlanta
2021
40 Votes
(Waldrop) Hotlanta Runner up: Along Came Amanda (Herrington-T, 2012) 17 votes
Thomas Tew
2020
51 Votes
(Stamile) Thomas Tew Runner up Flight of Orchids (Reed 2005) 36 Votes
Walter Kennedy
2019
51 Votes
(Stamile) Walter Kennedy Runner up: 'Hotlanta' (Waldrop) 50 Votes
God Save The Queen
2018
76 Votes
(Morss God Save The Queen Runner Up: 'One Eye Willie' (Herrington, T) 46 Votes
Mayor of Munchkinland
2017
130 Votes
(Herrington-T.) Mayor of Munchkinland Runner up:'Woman at the Well' (Emmerich) 32 Votes
Carnival In Caracas
2016
59 Votes
(Santa Lucia) Carnival In Caracas Runner up: 'Thundercat' (Gossard) 55 Votes
Sun Panda
2015
44 Votes
(Culver, B.) Sun Panda Runner up: 'Blue Hippo' (Lambertson) 41 Votes
Starman's Quest
2014
91 Votes
(Burkey) Starman's Quest Runner up:'Walter Kennedy' (Stamile) 41 Votes
Gavin Petit
2013
89 Votes
(Petit, T.) Gavin Petit Runner up: 'Carnival in Caracas' (Santa Lucia) 64 Votes
Fashion Police
2012
98 Votes
(Trimmer) Fashion Police Runner up:'Gavin Petit' (Petit T.) 79 Votes
Carnival In Mexico
2011
106 Votes
(Santa Lucia) Carnival In Mexico Runner up:'Fashion Police' (Trimmer) 86 Votes
Celebration of Angels
2010
98 Votes
(Trimmer) Celebration of Angels Runner up:'Carnival In Mexico' (Santa Lucia) 84 Votes
Jane Trimmer
2009
105 Votes
(Trimmer) Jane Trimmer Runner up:'Carnival In Mexico' (Santa Lucia) 62 Votes
Adorable Tiger
2008
82 Votes
(Rasmussen) Adorable Tiger Runner up:'François Verhaert' (Stamile) 76 Vote
Lavender Blue Baby
2007
205 Votes
(Carpenter) Lavender Blue Baby Runner up:'Celebration of Angels' (Trimmer) 104 Vote
Mister Lucky
2006
94 Votes
(Sellers) Mister Lucky Runner up: 'Celebration of Angels' (Trimmer) 93 Vote
Marked By Lydia
2005
104 Votes
(Temple) Marked By Lydia Runner up: 'Mister Lucky' (Sellers) 82 Vote
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Past Winners

2004 AWESOME BLOSSOM Salter
2003 BROOKWOOD LEE CAUSEY Sharp
2002 SABINE BAUR Salter
2001 EL DESPERADO Stamile
2000 CANADIAN BORDER PATROL Salter
1999 SILOAM MERLE KENT Henry-P.
1998 PAIGE’S PINATA Hansen
1997 PIRATE’S PATCH Salter
1996 SILOAM DAVID KIRCHHOFF Henry-P.
1995 STRAWBERRY CANDY Stamile
1994 JASON SALTER Salter-E.H.
1993 ALWAYS AFTERNOON Morss
1992 PUMPKIN KID Spalding-W.
1991 NEW SERIES Carpenter-K.
1990 JANICE BROWN Brown-E.C.
1989 SILOAM VIRGINIA HENSON Henry-P.
1988 WILL RETURN Spalding-W.
1987 PAPER BUTTERFLY Morss
1986 BETTE DAVIS EYES Kirchhoff-D.
1985 SILOAM BERTIE FERRIS Henry-P.

Don C. Stevens, educator, artist, and daylily hybridizer, was born April 7, 1930 in Reading, Massachusetts, and was raised in New Hampshire.

Mr. Stevens became known for wide-eyed daylilies, unique amongst the daylilies of the 1970s, to include the seedlings that produced Stout Medal Winner ‘Fooled Me’ (Reilly-Hein, 1990). Cultivars that interested him included ‘Rocket City’ (Hardy, 1967), ‘Darius’ (Harris –H., 1974), and ‘Dance Ballerina Dance’ (Peck, 1976). He attributed many of his breeding lines to Virginia Peck. Other hybridizers that interested him included James Marsh, Bro. Charles Reckamp, and Pauline Henry.

Mr. Stevens was awarded three Junior Citations for the cultivars ‘Bandit Man’, ‘Hot Town’, and ‘Love Is’. He was awarded Honorable Mentions for the above mentioned as well as for ‘Black Eyed Susan’, ‘Classic Caper’, ‘Cool One’, ‘Flaming Delight’, ‘Holiday Delight’, ‘Looking Up’, ‘Outrageous’, and ‘Sandra Elizabeth’. Registration is shared with Bob Seawright for ‘Jerusalem’, and ‘Margaret Seawright’, both also Honorable Mention winners.

In 1985 the American Hemerocallis Society announced the first winner of the newly established Don C. Stevens Award for hybridizing, H. ‘Siloam Bertie Ferris’ (Henry-P., 1981). Nominated cultivars are voted on by Garden Judges only and represent what the judges believe to be the most outstanding eyed or banded cultivar.

Mr. Stevens taught reading and English in Bedford, Massachusetts for twenty seven years. Upon retirement, his year was split in half; from April to October, he gardened, and in the “off–season”, October to April he was self-employed, concerning himself with custom faceting of gemstones and silversmithing for jewelry. In 1980, his garden was part of the Boston National Convention garden tours. He became ill between the years of 1981 and 1982, but still hybridized until his last summer, 1983. Mr. Bob Seawright retained the seeds and planted them. Mr. Stevens passed at the age of 53, in Reading, Massachusetts.

– Courtesy of AHS Archives and Rachel S. Flaksman

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