What is the american daylily society?

Founded in '46

The American Daylily Society (also known as the American Hemerocallis Society, Inc.) is a non-profit service organization dedicated to educating people about daylilies, promoting the cultivation and enjoyment of daylilies, and fostering the on-going improvement of this perennial flower (genus hemerocallis). Our membership includes over 5,000 avid gardeners and daylily enthusiasts from all over the world.

Past Presidents

Nikki Schmith 2016-2017
Julie Covington 2012-2015
Mary Collier Fisher 2010-2011
Kevin Walek 2006-2009
Maurice Greene 2004-2005
Luke Senior, Jr. 2002-2003
Kay Day 2000-2001
Martha Seaman December-1999
James Brennan 1998-Nov. 1999
Earlene Garber 1996-1997
Ken Cobb 1994-1995
Nell Jessup 1992-1993
Dorothea Boldt 1990-1991
Annie Weinreich 1988-1989
Selma Timmons 1986-1987
Bill Ater 1984-1985
Ned Irish 1982-1983
Luke Senior, Jr. 1980-1981
Clarence Crochet 1978-1979
Martha Hadley 1977
R. W. Munson, Jr. 1976
Betty Barnes 1974-1975
Luther J. Cooper, Jr. 1972-1973
Pearl Hancock 1970-1971
Bertie Ferris 1969
George Pettus 1967-1968
Dr. Richard Peck 1965-1966
George P. Watts 1964
Annie T. Giles 1962-1963
Hubert Fischer 1959-1961
Wilmer B. Flory 1957-1958
Maria Marcue 1954-1956
F. Edgar Rice 1952-1953
Joseph House 1951
Bess Ross 1950* – Dec. 1950
Norman P. Goss 1949-1950*
George Lenington 1948-1949*
Gretchen Harshbarger 1947-1948*
Merritt Whitten 1946-1947*
* Terms began mid-year until 1951
Past Host Cities

An Annual Event - the National Convention

In-person meetings have been in the fabric of our society since the early 40’s when the media of the day would greatly influence the popularity of the daylily. Through a Round Robin formed out of the Henry Field Seed Company, strong feelings developed that the time had come to organize a daylily society. With the Robin member influence, the Midwest Hemerocallis Society was formed. The next year they would hold a second convention, and publish their first journal. From that year forward, reflecting our roots, National Conventions have been held at beautiful cities all over the United States.

1947 Shenandoah, IA
1948 Shenandoah, IA
1949 Bartlesville, OK
1950 Cleveland, OH
1951 Little Rock, AR
1952 Boston, MA
1953 Chicago, IL
1954 Valdosta, GA
1955 Baton Rouge, LA
1956 Omaha, NB
1957 Tulsa, OK
1958 Houston, TX
1959 Washington, DC
1960 Silver Springs, FL
1961 Chicago, IL
1962 Boston, MA
1963 Shreveport, LA
1964 Valdosta, GA
1965 Dallas, TX
1967 Oklahoma City, OK
1968 St. Louis, MO
1969 Albert Lea/Austin MN
1970 Atlanta, GA
1971 Birmingham, AL
1972 Indianapolis, IN
1973 Shreveport, LA

1974 Orlando, FL
1975 Avon, OH
1976 Raleigh, NC
1977 Dallas, TX
1978 Pittsburgh, PA
1979 Indianapolis, IN
1980 Boston, MA
1981 Chicago, IL
1982 San Diego, CA
1983 Birmingham, AL
1984 Orlando, FL
1985 Detroit, MI
1986 Atlanta, GA
1987 Washington, DC
1988 Houston, TX
1989 Savannah, GA
1990 Delaware Valley, PA
1991 Minneapolis, MN
1992 Shreveport, LA
1993 Pittsburgh, PA
1994 Orlando, FL
1995 Knoxville, TN
1996 Denver, CO
1997 Jacksonville, FL

1998 Lafayette, LA
1999 Oklahoma City, OK
2000 Philadelphia, PA
2001 Boston, MA
2002 Troy, MI
2003 Charlotte, NC
2004 St. Louis, MO
2005 Cincinnati, OH
2006 Long Island, NY
2007 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
2008 Houston, TX
2009 Orlando, FL
2010 Valdosta, GA
2011 Baton Rouge, LA
2012 Columbus, OH
2013 Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
2014 Asheville, NC
2015 Atlanta, GA
2016 Louisville, KY
2017 Norfolk, VA
2018 Myrtle Beach, SC
2019 Madison, WI (upcoming)
2020 Savannah. GA (upcoming)

The American Daylily Society

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