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Lenington All-American Award

The Lenington All-American Award is given annually since 1970 to the daylily voted the best performer over a wide geographic area.  The American Daylily Society Board of Directors votes on this award at the Fall Board Meeting each year.
Lenington All-American

Award Winners

God Save The Queen
2017
(Morss, 2005) God Save The Queen Photo by Claude Carpenter
Margo Reed Indeed
2016
(Murphy-J.) Margo Reed Indeed Photo by Claude Carpenter
Her Best Bloomers
2015
(Herr-D. 2001) Her Best Bloomers Photo by Don Herr
Victorian Lace
2014
(Stamile) Victorian Lace Photo by Claude Carpenter
Thin Man
2013
(Trimmer, D.,2002) Thin Man Photo by Claude Carpenter
Spacecoast Tiny Perfection
2012
(Kinnebrew, J., 1998) Spacecoast Tiny Perfection Photo by Claude Carpenter
Ruby Spider
2011
(Stamile, P.,1991) Ruby Spider Photo by Claude Carpenter
Peggy Jeffcoat
2010
(Joiner-J., 1995) Peggy Jeffcoat Photo by Claude Carpenter
Trahlyta
2009
(Childs, F., 1982) Trahlyta Photo by Claude Carpenter
King Kahuna
2008
(Crochet, C.) King Kahuna Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Bela Lugosi
2007
(Hanson, C., 1995) Bela Lugosi Photo by Claude Carpenter
Beautiful Edgings
2006
(Copenhaver) Beautiful Edgings Photo by Claude Carpenter
Mary's Gold
2005
(McDonell, H. 1984) Mary's Gold Photo by Claude Carpenter
Red Volunteer
2004
(Oakes, 1984) Red Volunteer Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Jan's Twister
2003
(Joiner-J, 1991) Jan's Twister Photo by Rich Rosen
Midnight Magic
2002
(Kinnebrew-J, 1979) Midnight Magic Photo by Christine Petersen
Ming Porcelain
2001
(Kirchhoff-D, 1981) Ming Porcelain Photo by Claude Carpenter
Jason Salter
2000
(Salter-E.H. 1987) Jason Salter Photo by Claude Carpenter
Orange Velvet
1999
(Joiner 1988) Orange Velvet Photo by Claude Carpenter
Paper Butterfly
1998
(Morss, 1993) Paper Butterfly Photo by Chuck Hubbell
Smoky Mountain Autumn
1997
(Guidry, 1986) Smoky Mountain Autumn Photo by Chris Petersen
Kate Carpenter
1996
(Munson-R.W., 1980) Kate Carpenter Photo by Debbie Monbeck
Designer Jeans
1995
(Sikes, 1983) Designer Jeans Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Chorus Line
1994
(Kirchhoff-D., 1981) Chorus Line Photo by Marifran Hiltz
Beauty To Behold
1993
(Sellers, 1978) Beauty To Behold Photo by Francois Verhaert
1992
No Award Given
Condilla
1991
(Grooms, 1977) Condilla Photo Chris Petersen
Joan Senior
1990
(Durio, 1977) Joan Senior Photo by Lea Ann Williams
Russian Rhapsody
1989
(Munson-R.W., 1973) Russian Rhapsody Photo by Kirsten Hatfield
Lullaby Baby
1988
(Spalding-W., 1975) Lullaby Baby Photo by Marifran Hiltz
Golden Prize
1987
(Peck, 1968) Golden Prize Photo by Chris Petersen
Yesterday Memories
1986
(Spalding-W., 1976) Yesterday Memories Photo by Dave Winter
Olive Bailey Langdon
1985
(Munson-R.W., 1974) Olive Bailey Langdon Photo by Jacki Kropf
Red Rum
1984
(Pittard, 1974) Red Rum Photo by Rich Rosen
Ed Murray
1983
(Grovatt, 1971) Ed Murray Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Raindrop
1982
(Kennedy, 1972) Raindrop Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Prester John
1981
(Allgood, 1971) Prester John Photo by Debbie Monbeck
Green Flutter
1980
(Williamson, 1964) Green Flutter Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Oriental Ruby
1979
(Fischer-H.A., 1968) Oriental Ruby Photo by Chris Petersen
Hope Diamond
1978
(MacMillan, 1968) Hope Diamond Photo by Janice Wood
White Formal
1977
(Lenington-G., 1965) White Formal Photo by Brenda Macy
Clarence Simon
1976
(MacMillan, 1966) Clarence Simon Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Jest
1975
(Searles, 1963) Jest Photo by Bryce Farnsworth
Winsome Lady
1974
(Gates-W.R., 1964) Winsome Lady Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Green Valley
1973
(Fischer-H.A., 1955) Green Valley Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Skiatook Cardinal
1972
(Hancock, 1960) Skiatook Cardinal Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Satin Glass
1971
(Fay-Hardy, 1960) Satin Glass Photo by Oliver Billingslea
Frances Fay
1970
(Fay, 1957) Frances Fay Photo by Oliver Billingslea
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Past Lenington Award Winners

  • 2004 RED VOLUNTEER (Oakes)
  • 2003 JAN’S TWISTER (Joiner, J.)
  • 2002 MIDNIGHT MAGIC (Kinnebrew)
  • 2001 MING PORCELAIN (Kirchhoff, D.)
  • 2000 JASON SALTER (Salter, E.H.)
  • 1999 ORANGE VELVET (Joiner)
  • 1998 PAPER BUTTERFLY (Morss)
  • 1997 SMOKY MOUNTAIN AUTUMN (Guidry)
  • 1996 KATE CARPENTER (Munson-R.W.)
  • 1995 DESIGNER JEANS (Sikes)
  • 1994 CHORUS LINE (Kirchhoff-D.)
  • 1993 BEAUTY TO BEHOLD (Sellers)
  • 1992 (No Award was given…)
  • 1991 CONDILLA (Grooms)
  • 1990 JOAN SENIOR (Durio)
  • 1989 RUSSIAN RHAPSODY (Munson-R.W.)
  • 1988 LULLABY BABY (Spalding-W.)
  • 1987 GOLDEN PRIZE (Peck)
  • 1986 YESTERDAY MEMORIES (Spalding-R.W.)
  • 1985 Olive Baily Langdon (Munson-R.W.)
  • 1984 RED RUM (Pittard 1974)
  • 1983 ED MURRAY (Grovatt 1971)
  • 1982 RAINDROP (Kennedy 1972)
  • 1981 PRESTER JOHN (Allgood 1972)
  • 1980 GREEN FLUTTER (Williamson-L.)
  • 1979 ORIENTAL RUBY (Fischer 1968)
  • 1978 HOPE DIAMOND (MacMillan 1968)
  • 1977 WHITE FORMAL (Lenington-G.)
  • 1976 CLARENCE SIMON (MacMillan 1966)
  • 1975 JEST (Searles 1963)
  • 1974 WINSOME LADY (Gates 1964)
  • 1973 GREEN VALLEY (Fischer 1955)
  • 1972 SKIATOOK CARDINAL (Hancock 1960)
  • 1971 SATIN GLASS (Fay-Hardy 1960)
  • 1970 FRANCES FAY (Fay 1957) and LUXURY LACE (Spalding 1957)

George E. Lenington (1902-1950)

At its third convention in 1948, George Lenington of Missouri was chosen to serve as President of The [then-called] Hemerocallis Society. During his presidency, from mid-1948 to mid-1949, ten regions were established to serve the membership. He formed the first committees to survey existing color charts.

In an open letter to members, Lenington referred to “high speed days of political speeches, world unrest, and jet propulsion.” He wrote of the calm reassurance he found when he put on his garden clothes and moved among the flowers.

As President, Lenington repeatedly stressed the need to initiate guidelines for objective evaluation of daylily cultivars, not only for their beauty or other qualities as exhibition flowers, but as garden subjects requiring vigor and hardiness.

Lenington worked for the Kansas City Life Insurance Company as superintendent of the home office building and grounds. In a mutually beneficial arrangement, Lenington could develop a picturesque setting for the display of daylilies. The grounds of the outstanding Neoclassical structure were enhanced. Visitors to the gardens evaluated plants identified only by numbers, not by names. Once evaluated, they received a sheet with corresponding names.

In early 1950, Lenington organized The Kansas City Hemerocallis Society. That year Board minutes stated that “being the first such society formed within the ranks of the parent society…the club acts in the capacity of a model…” Board minutes also stated that the club was “further privileged to take out the first sustaining membership in the Hemerocallis Society.”

Lenington went on to serve the Society as a Director, as Secretary, as Treasurer, and as part of the Membership Committee. He also encouraged the collection of 35 mm color slides for the Society Library.

George Lenington made his first registrations in 1951; 139 daylilies were registered just in his name, including both diploids and tetraploids. Seven of his cultivars achieved Awards of Merit. The Lenington family’s commercial garden was officially established in 1952, with the publication of its first catalog. It became known for introducing the daylilies of James Marsh, as well as his own and later the Lucille Lenington plants.

In 1955, George Lenington was honored with the AHS Helen Field Fischer Award, the Society’s highest honor, in recognition of his service to the Society. In 1970 he received the Bertrand Farr Medal, for obtaining outstanding results as a hybridizer of daylilies.

Lenington originated the Lenington All-American Award. He wanted to encourage affordable, time-tested, plants that performed well in many regions of the country.
– Courtesy of AHS Archives

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