ADS Region One 2022 Summer Meeting

Hosted by the Central Iowa Daylily Society, the ADS Region One 2022 Summer Meeting took place in Marshalltown, IA, on July 15-17th. Sporting the title "Back in the Saddle", this was the first regional summer meeting since the pandemic began in 2020. On Friday morning, attendees were offered the opportunity to visit four beautiful open gardens. These were: Kramer's Flower Farm Wind Chime Gardens, The Brannaman Garden, Walkabout Gardens and Timbercreek Gardens. In the afternoon, many activities took place at the Hampton Inn (boutique and silent auction, off-scape flower show, photo exhibit and Region One Board Meeting) and the Marshalltown Community College (Region One hybridizers' slides). The social hour, dinner, and Region One Auction (with Mike Grossman doing a fine job as auctioneer) completed the day's activities.

On Saturday morning, tour buses headed out at 7 am. The 76 meeting attendees were divided between the North and South buses but, by the end of the day, everyone had visited four exquisite gardens (Ginny Geetings Garden, Wilson Gardens, Asher Creek Haven and Husak Gardens). Thanks to timely rains, the daylilies were full of blooms and, speaking now as a Colorado daylily enthusiast, their foliage was "to die for"! The first photo shows the South bus gang at the Husak Gardens. I should mention that the Weather Committee did a fabulous job. It was cool and overcast all day, the latter allowing greater appreciation of bloom colors. Phil Fass was bus captain on the South bus, while the North bus was captained by Deb Deemer.

At 6 pm, the Banquet took place in the Midnight Ballroom and was preceded by a social hour. Thereafter, there was a short Region One Business Meeting at which Keith Reiwerts, supported by 17 other CVIDS members, gave an announcement about the 2023 Region One Summer Meeting to be held in Muscatine, IA. The evening concluded with excellent presentations by guest speakers Margo Reed and Jim Murphy (Woodhenge Gardens, North Garden, VA). A Garden Judges Workshop 2 took place at Prairie Wind Gardens on Sunday morning with Mary Baker as lead instructor and Bertrand Farr Award winner Jim Murphy and Stout Medal winner Nan Ripley assisting.

Our gratitude should go to Phil Fass and other members of CIDS' planning committee for organizing a stellar meeting that has gotten us back in the saddle again after a two-year hiatus. Speaking personally again here, I found it wonderful to return to Region One from Colorado and be able to meet so many fine friends from all over the Region and resume conversations again mid-sentence! I miss having my leg pulled by Bob Papenhausen, but he took advantage of the situation to make up for lost time! Our thanks should also go to Lyle Moen for kindly providing the following photos.