The highest award given to a daylily

Stout Silver Medal

The highest award a cultivar can receive is the Stout Silver Medal, given in memory of Dr. Arlow Burdette Stout, who is considered to be the father of modern daylily breeding in North America. This annual award–as voted by AHS Garden judges–can be given only to a cultivar that has first received the Award of Merit not less than two years previously.
Years of Excellence

Award Winners

Entwined In The Vine
62 Votes
(Emmerich) Entwined In The Vine Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Heavenly United We Stand
41 Votes
(Gossard, 2009) Heavenly United We Stand Photo by: Clalude Carpenter
Rose F. Kennedy
? Votes
(Doorakian, 2007) Rose F. Kennedy Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Dorothy And Toto
85 Votes
(Katisue Herrington, 2003) Dorothy And Toto Photo by Tim Herrington
Webster's Pink Wonder
63 Votes
(Webster-Cobb, 2003) Webster's Pink Wonder Photo by Julie Covington
Heavenly Angel Ice
60 Votes
(Gossard, 2004) Heavenly Angel Ice Photo by: "Claude Carpenter
Carnival In Mexico
69 Votes
(Santa Lucia, 2000) Carnival In Mexico Photo by Julie Covington
North Wind Dancer
55 Votes
(Schaben, 2001) North Wind Dancer Photo by: Hybridizer
J. T. Davis
50 Votes
(Grace, 1999) J. T. Davis Photo by: Claude Carpenter
54 Votes
(Roberts-N., 1997) Skinwalker Photo by: Claude Carpenter
All American Chief
96 Votes
(Sellers, 1994) All American Chief
Lavender Blue Baby
82 Votes
(Carpenter, 1996) Lavender Blue Baby Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Ed Brown
78 Votes
(Salter, 1994) Ed Brown Photo by: Oliver Billingslea
Fooled Me
62 Votes
(Reilly-Hein, 1990) Fooled Me Photo by: Oliver Billingslea
Moonlit Masquerade
50 Votes
(Salter, 1992) Moonlit Masquerade Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Primal Scream
76 Votes
(Hanson C., 1994) Primal Scream Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Bill Norris
58 Votes
(Kirchhoff D., 1993) Bill Norris Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Ida's Magic
88 Votes
(Munson I., 1988) Ida's Magic Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Elizabeth Salter
98 Votes
(Salter, 1990) Elizabeth Salter Photo by: Oliver Billingslea
Custard Candy
79 Votes
(Stamile, 1989) Custard Candy Photo by: Claude Carpenter
Strawberry Candy
150 Votes
(Stamile, 1989) Strawberry Candy Photo by: Claude Carpenter
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Dr. Arlow Burdett Stout 1876 - 1957

Daylily Pioneer

1876 – 1957

Dr. Stout was a botanist and the pioneer of the modern hybrid daylily. He was born in Jackson Center, Ohio in 1876, and grew up in Albion, Wisconsin. His early years were spent roaming and observing the woods around his home.

While attending Albion Academy in 1895-96, in his first study of botany he became impressed with the processes of seed reproduction. The following summer he ‘was both surprised and perplexed to observe that the two plants of our garden that had the most conspicuous flowers did not produce capsules and seeds. At one end of the porch there was a cluster of plants of the old familiar fulvous daylily, at the other end was a colony of the tiger lily.’ {Autobiography, Herbertia, 1939}

In 1911 while pursuing his Ph.D. at Columbia University he accepted a position as Director of Laboratories at the New York Botanical Garden, thus beginning a 36-year career as a geneticist, plant breeder and educator. His curiosity about the daylily’s habit of reproduction led him to study its taxonomy involving the importation of wild clones from the orient, their hybridization, heredity, and selective breeding. It was decided that H. fulva and the tiger lily were not sterile, but ‘incompatible’ with others of their species.

By 1919 he had obtained seed from several hybridizations and had made thousands of controlled pollinations of daylily flowers. Since the Botanical Garden was not interested in propagating these new cultivars an arrangement was made with Bertrand Farr, a nurseryman. The Farr nursery was to propagate and evaluate the most promising seedlings and offer them to the public at a relatively low price. Any royalties paid to Dr. Stout went to a fund at the Botanical Garden and to establish the AHS Stout Medal in 1950.

Dr. Stout originated and Farr Nursery introduced 83 of his daylilies. Twelve more of his selections were introduced posthumously. Dr. Stout died at his home in Pleasantville, N.Y. on October 12, 1957.

Dr. Stout wrote a book about daylilies in 1934 and published hundreds of articles about his research. He made other contributions to plant science; notably seedless grapes, avocados and potatoes.

– Betsey Clark, AHS Archives & History Committee

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