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Donn Fischer Memorial Cup

This is awarded to the most outstanding miniature daylily (registered under 3″). The Donn Fischer Memorial Cup, donated in his memory by his parents, was a rotating silver cup introduced to the Board of Directors in the Fall of 1961.  It is voted on annually by Garden Judges.

More Past Winners

2004 YOU ANGEL YOU Stamile-G.
2003 SPACECOAST TINY PERFECTION Kinnebrew-J.
2002 MORRIE OTTE Salter-E.H.
2001 BUBBLY Joiner-J.
2000 MARY ETHYL ANDERSON Salter-E.H.
1999 BABY BLUES Stamile-G.
1998 BIBBITY BOBBITY BOO Salter-E.H.
1997 DARK AVENGER Salter-E.H.
1996 AFTER THE FALL Kirchhoff-D.
1995 PATCHWORK PUZZLE Salter-E.H.
1994 DRAGON’S ORB Salter-E.H.
1993 JASON SALTER Salter-E.H.
1992 WITCH’S THIMBLE Hudson
1991 SILOAM GRACE STAMILE Henry-P.
1990 TEXAS SUNLIGHT Lewis-J.
1989 SILOAM BERTIE FERRIS Henry-P.
1988 YELLOW LOLLIPOP Crochet
1987 SILOAM TEE TINY Henry-P.
1986 LITTLE ZINGER Lankart
1985 PARDON ME Apps
1984 PEACH FAIRY Viette-A.
1983 SILOAM RED TOY Henry-P.
1982 SILOAM JUNE BUG Henry-P.
1981 FOX GRAPE Allgood
1980 LITTLE CELENA Williamson-L.
1979 STELLA DE ORO Jablonski
1978 RAINDROP Kennedy
1977 BUTTERPAT Kennedy
1976 PUDDIN Kennedy
1975 LITTLE GRAPETTE Williamson
1974 SQUEAKY Winniford-H.
1973 BERTIE FERRIS Winniford
1972 APRICOT ANGEL Holman
1971 TOYLAND Reckamp
1970 RED MITTENS Heinemann
1969 LONA EATON MILLER Kraus
1968 BITSY Warner
1967 CORKY Fischer
1966 LULA MAE PURNELL Kraus
1965 THUMBELINA Fischer
1964 CURLS Kraus
1963 TINKER BELL Stevens
1962 GOLDEN CHIMES Fischer

Donald ‘Donn’ Hubert Fischer was the only son of Hubert Arthur Fischer and Marie Alberta (Puhlman) Fischer. He does not appear to have been involved with daylilies.

He had attended the Art Institute of Chicago and worked for the National Broadcasting Company in New York as a television designer for a few years before becoming a ‘decoreographer’, who designed musical theater sets, scenery, and costumes.

Donn died rather young while Hubert was in office as AHS President. The Donn Fischer Memorial Award, donated in his memory by his parents, was a rotating silver cup introduced to the AHS Board of Directors in the Fall of 1961.

The award was not made official until the Fall of 1962 when AHS President Annie T. Giles announced it as activated for dwarfs and miniatures. At that time a ‘dwarf’ daylily appears to have been any size bloom on a scape 20” or less in height. This is why several early winners had bloom diameters exceeding 3”. It was later changed just to reflect miniatures.

The initial winner in 1962 was ’Golden Chimes’ by Hubert Fischer.

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