WHAT'S NEW ON CVIDS WEBSITE?

July 17: A big "Thank You" goes to Keith and Lyle for their photography during the recent Garden Tour. Please click here to access their work.

July 15:
Please access the Bulletin Board to find a message from President Keith providing an overview of the 2017 Garden Tour as well as a reminder to check your inbox for two e-mails from Diane Derganz and committee about the evaluation and return of club plants in late August. Note that the deadline for responding is August 6th.

June 30:
The last day of June. How time flies when we're having fun! I have learned that Jackie Westhoff (My Savanna Perennial Plant Nursery, Shellsburg) is having open gardens this upcoming weekend and on the weekend of July 15th. Also, Gary Oster is pleased to announce that he will be hosting a Garden Walk at his house in Lowden on Sunday, July 9th, at 9:00 AM to 5 PM. He looks forward to welcoming you to his garden.

June 29:
Please click here for the June Newsletter. Thank you, Nancy, for another fine issue, which contains imporant information about the July 8th Garden Tour and options for lunch that day, an article by Barbara McCreight on members Frank and Mary Ancell, congratulations to several members for their work (or age!), and some photos from the daylily patch. Don't forget that Lynn and Sherry Moffit, Prairie Fire Gardens, will hold an open garden on July 1, 9-4 pm, 2705 Keokuk-Iowa Road, North English. The last time I looked, the weather forecast for Saturday was excellent.

June 27:
Posted the very latest info about our Garden Tour on the Bulletin Board. If your name is not on Jonathan's list but you'd like to order a HyVee lunch, please note that the deadline to do so is July 1st. Don't delay, please place your order with Jonathan by phone (319-354-1735; use answering machine if necessary), e-mail (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu), or by mail. If you are bringing a guest to the Tour, the cost is $10.00. Don't worry about sending your payment by mail! We trust you, just pay Jonathan on the 8th!

June 6:
Posted information on the Bulletin Board about the July 8th CVIDS Garden Tour.

June 2:
I would like to welcome three new members to CVIDS. They are: Frank Moore (Springville, IA), Karen Mullen (Muscatine, IA), and Melody Russell (West LIberty, IA). Welcome aboard! We look forward to visiting with you at future meetings.

May 16: Only 4 more days until our 2017 Club Plant Distribution & Live Auction in West Liberty! Have you had a chance to look through Zora's PowerPoint presentation and make a list of your top choices? No, not yet? Well, you'd better put that task higher on your list of things that need to get done before Saturday morning at 8:30 AM!

NOW, let's get to the real reason why I'm contacting you tonight. Karmin Mullins, who is kindly overseeing the refreshments for the Plant Distribution, asked me to tell you that coffee, juice, and donuts are already being brought by certain club members, but she'd/we'd be delighted if you would consider bringing some other breakfast items to share with all in attendance. For example, it could be a breakfast casserole, if you are able to keep it warm during your drive to Floral Hall. Thank you for considering her request. Looking forward to visiting with you on Saturday. Drive carefully!

May 11:
The Mount Pleasant Woman’s Club 66th Annual Iris Show will take place on Saturday, May 13th, at 8:30 AM - 11 AM. Click here for more details.

May 8:
Reported on a very successful Spring Sale at Muscatine last Saturday.

May 1:
Posted the May Newsletter as well as the minutes from the April Business Meeting and 2020 Regional Task Force Meeting. Thank you, Nancy, Sally and Keith!

April 27:
Please visit the Bulletin Board for updates about the Public Spring Plant Sale in Muscatine (May 6th) and the Club Plant Distribution and Live Auction in West Liberty (May 20th).

April 5:
Today, I have three exciting items for you from Zora: (i) an updated PowerPoint presentation that shows the 2017 Club Plants (both daylilies and iris) in alphabetical order, (ii) a revised list of club plants, also in alphabetical order, and (iii) a very insightful article on basic culture for Japanese Iris. Have fun perusing them! Thank you, Zora, for all the hard work that you've undertaken on our behalf.

April 3:
Just a few days away from our meeting at Marr Park, where Nan Ripley will be our featured speaker. For more information about Saturday's meeting as well as many other items, please click here to access the April Newsletter. Thank you, Editor Nancy C!

March 30:
Updated the Bulletin Board to reflect some interesting gardening options for April 1st as well as an announcement about our April CVIDS meeting that features Nan Ripley (Walkabout Gardens) as speaker.

March 23:
Please take a look at the Bulletin Board for information about Iowa Arboretum's Spring Fever Symposium on April 1.

March 20:
Uploaded the minutes of the March club business meeting and the 2020 Regional Task Force meeting.

March 7:
Uploaded the March Newsletter that will provide information about next Saturday's Iowa City meeting and lots more! Thank you, Nancy C. Hope to see you there.

March 2:
It is my understanding that, at our March 11th meeting in Iowa City, Zora Ronan will be introducing us to the 2017 Club Plants that she has ordered on our behalf. To take a sneak preview, click on either PowerPoint presentation or club plant list. Thanks for all the hard work you've done, Zora!

February 17:
The 2017 CVIDS Summer Garden Tour will take place on July 8th. Visit the Bulletin Board to see photos of the Rettigs' Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens, one of four stops on the tour.

Valentine's Day: Happy Valentine's Day to you! I hope that you gave some roses to that special person in your life, even if daylilies and iris are currently unavailable. Today, I have posted Nancy Rash's February meeting presentation as well as the meeting minutes. Also, you'll find some information on the Bulletin Board about our March 11th meeting in Iowa City, where we shall have two speakers, Sam McCord and Sara Hankemeier.

February 12:
Please visit the Bulletin Board for the latest information on yesterday's club meeting in Cedar Rapids and the 2017 Summer Garden Tour. Haven't gotten your copy of the 3rd edition of our "Meet The Members" photo gallery? More info about that on the Board too!

February 3rd:
Click here for the February Newsletter. Thank you, Keith and Nancy!

February 1st:
I am very sorry to inform you that Sanders Moffit, the 4-year-old grandson of Lynn and Sherry Moffit and the great-nephew of Robert and Suzanne Moffit, passed away last Monday. Please visit the Bulletin Board for further information.

January 25:
Please mark on your calendar that our next CVIDS meeting will be on February 11 in Cedar Rapids. Club member Nancy Rash will talk on "Great Botanical Gardens and Their Resources". For more details, please visit the Bulletin Board. Should be a good one! If you haven't already picked up your copy of the 3rd edition of the "Meet The Members" photo gallery, they will be available at this meeting.

January 20:
Uploaded the January 2017 Board Meeting Minutes and the Business Meeting Minutes. Thanks, Susie.

January 16:
Uploaded to the Bulletin Board a short report about last Saturday's meeting as well as some photos taken by Lyle (Thanks, Lyle). Please note that we are looking for volunteers to: (a)
assist at this year's events, and (b) open up their garden to the membership on our July Garden Tour. The third edition of the "Meet the Members" photo gallery is now available and will be distributed at our spring meetings.

January 11:
Updated the Bulletin Board and uploaded the latest membership list. Please contact me if you spot any necessary revisions to that list.

January 9:
Thanks go to Nancy C for the January 2017 newsletter that includes a communication from our new President Keith Riewerts. Updated the 2017 calendar of events. Posted an initial list of volunteers serving on the 2017 CVIDS Board. Thank you for your willingness to serve.

January 1, 2017:
On behalf of the CVIDS Board, I would like to wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming club meetings, the first of which is at Coralville on January 14th. I'd like to conclude today's post by adding something new from one of our club hybridizers. Shown below is 'Red Dragon Sunset' that Sue Kramer intends to introduce this year. Wow, so beautiful and 13" across too! Well done, Sue!


December 27:
Uploaded a preliminary calendar for 2017 CVIDS events. This will be updated as more information becomes available.

December 19:
Susie and I would like to wish you all the very best for the Holidays and 2017! As regards the website, all the prize-winning photos in the 2016 Betty Miller Photo Contest can now be viewed here. After Christmas, I shall be reviewing and updating the contents of our website. If there are any revision that you would like made, or if you have any ideas for new items, please let me know by e-mail or phone. Thank you.

December 13:
Please click here to access the wonderful presentation given by Nancy Carlisle in Des Moines at the Celebration of Life for Doug Jones on December 4th. Also, I have uploaded an article and questionnaire from the latest "Daylily Pioneer" (Fall, 2016) that tries to gauge your acceptance of genetically engineered daylilies. Please feel free to return your completed questionnaires to Jonathan Poulton by mail or e-mail.

December 8:
Added a few more winning photos from the Betty Miller Photo Contest.

December 4th:
Looking ahead to the New Year, I have posted some information on the Bulletin Board about our January 14th meeting in Coralville.

December 1:
Yes, it's December already! Two things today. First, I'd like to welcome new member Larry Rettig (South Amana) to CVIDS. You may have already had a chance to meet him at the Banquet, but please introduce yourself to him at our 2017 meetings. Our first meeting will be at the Coralville Public Library on Saturday, January 14th. The program is yet to be decided. Secondly, take a look at the Bulletin Board for a message from Nikki Schmith.

November 26:
I have uploaded the PowerPoint presentation that Doug Jones gave at our Hybridizers' Roundup at Marr Park. Enjoy!

November 23:
Uploaded some photos taken by Keith Riewerts at the Fall Banquet. Thanks, Keith!

November 22:
A Celebration of Life will be held for Doug Jones at 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, December 4th, in Des Moines. Nancy Carlisle will be representing CVIDS and requests that, if you have any stories or memories about Doug that she might like to relate to those in attendance, please send them directly to her ASAP.

The winners in the 2016 Betty Miller Photo Contest can be found here. Congratulations to all! Prizewinners are asked to send their winning photos to Jonathan as e-mail attachments. These images will be uploaded to the website when they become available. Thank you!

Please click here to access Keith Riewert's presentation at October's Hybridizers' Roundup. Excellent work, Keith! Thanks for sharing it wth us.

November 21:
Last August, Nancy Carlisle gave a 15-minute presentation to club members at the August Fall Sale on "Dividing Iris". Her handout can be accessed here.

November 19:
Click here to see a slideshow of photos that I took at the Region One Regional Meeting near Flandreau, SD, this summer. The first few slides show artwork preserved in the hallways of the Indian casino where the meeting was based.

November 16:
I have posted information about a Celebration of Life for Doug Jones at 1:00-4:00 PM on Sunday, December 4th, in Des Moines.

November 14:
I have posted on the Bulletin Board information about the funeral service and reception/visitation for Doug Jones on Sunday, November 20th, in Olin. His obituary can be accessed by clicking here.

November 12: FACEBOOK ALERT: Nikki Keeton Schmith, President of the American Hemerocallis Society, will be livestreaming part of her presentation today at CVIDS' Fall Banquet, beginning at 12:45 PM CST. Her presentation is titled: "Join the Conversation: Technology as a Garden Tool". To access her talk, open up the AHS Facebook page by going to Facebook and entering "AHS daylilies" in the search engine at top-left. Enjoy!

November 10:
I am sorry to tell you that our good friend Doug Jones has passed away. Please see Bulletin Board for further information. On behalf of the entire CVIDS membership, I would like to extend our condolences to his mother Caroline and sister Ellen.

November 10:
Please take a look at this slideshow showing cultivars that will be auctioned off at Saturday's Banquet in Coralville and consider bidding on them. Thanks, Keith, for organizing the auction for us.

November 9:
In mid-October, our club met at Marr Park near Ainsworth, IA, for our first visit there. If you have never been to this park and its visitors' center and nature center, you have certainly missed a treat. I recommend it highly. We were delighted and proud to learn that our members Lyle Moen and Nancy Rash were key players in establishing this center. Click here for a few photos taken by Keith Riewerts during our meeting.

November 6:
Less than a week now until our Fall Banquet in Coralville! I can hardly wait! It's always a lot of fun, and this year we're honored to have AHS President Nikki Schmith as our featured speaker. I am sure that you'll enjoy her presentation. Today, I have uploaded Gerald Hobbs' presentation at the recent Hybridizers' Roundup; this includes his latest introductions.

October 30 reminder:
The final club events of the year are the November Banquet and associated Betty Miller Photo Contest. This year, these events will take place on Saturday, November 12th, at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center (1220 1st Avenue, Coralville; Exit 242 on HWY 80). CVIDS provides the meal free-of-charge to all members. Guests are welcome, but the meal costs $25 per person. All reservations are due by Monday, November 7th, to Nancy Rash at nrash2000@gmail.com or 319-591-1419. Please email or call with any changes to your reservation (even if you need to cancel or that you find out you can attend past the deadline).

October 29:
Uploaded Sue Kramer's presentation at the 2016 Hybridizers' Roundup. Please take a looksie!

October 21:
Uploaded two additional presentations from Barb and Bob Papenhausen: (i) Favorite Play Things for New Futures, and (ii) Barb's Garden 2016. Enjoy!

October 20:
Thank you, Heather and Zora, for the (2003-2016) Master Lists for Club Plants and Auction Plants. Today, I'm starting to upload the presentations given at the recent Hybridizers' Roundup in Ainsworth. Many thanks to the speakers for giving permission for me to do this. Here are two presentations given by Barb Papenhausen and Jonathan Poulton.

October 18:
Please consult the Bulletin Board for information about the Memorial Service for Susan Minger. I have also posted a link to her obituary.


October 17:
Please take a look at the Bulletin Board for information about the upcoming November Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest, noting the respective final deadlines for registration (Nov. 7) and photo submission (Nov. 1). I also have some sad news on the Board about the passing of Susan Minger, one of our longtime CVIDS members. Uploaded the October meeting minutes. Thank you, Sara!

October 12:
A big "Thank You" goes to Lyle Moen and Nancy Rash for introducing us to the Washington County Conservation Education Center at Marr Park, where we held last Saturday's meeting. Our thanks also go to the hybridizers who spoke at this year's Roundup. I have uploaded the lists showing who received Club Plants in 2015 and 2016. These lists also indicate who purchased the remaining plants in the May live auction in those years.

October 6:
Updated the Bulletin Board. Please check it out!

October 1:
Uploaded the October Newsletter. Thank you, President Nancy!

September 11:
A beautiful fall day out there today, cool but plenty of sunshine! A great day to welcome some new club members. They are: Lori Winkle (Cedar Rapids), Trasee Killerby (Anamosa), Darcy Stoll (Anamosa), and Frank & Marcia Rowley. Welcome aboard! We enjoyed meeting several of you at the Fall Sale and club meeting in Monticello in August and look forward to seeing you all at the Hybridizers' Forum on October 8th at the Washington County Conservation Education Center in Ainsworth (potluck lunch at noon, meeting at 1 PM). Keith Riewerts kindly provided us with photos taken at the Monticello meeting. To access these, click here. Thank you, Keith!

August 25/September 8:
Uploaded the April and August meeting minutes. Thank you, Sara, and sorry for the delay in posting.

August 15:
Uploaded the August Newsletter written by President Nancy. Thank you, Nancy! Enjoy!

August 13:
Only a week before our Fall Public Sale in Monticello that will be followed by the club members' potluck lunch, a 15-minute talk by Nancy Carlisle on dividing iris rhizomes and treating iris borers, and a daylily and iris auction. Quite a day! A newsletter from Nancy will be sent to members by e-mail in a few days. Please take a moment this upcoming week to dig some of your favorite daylilies or companion plants to donate to the sale. If you're unable to attend, ask one of your nearest CVIDS members to transport them to the sale for you.

August 12: On behalf of the CVIDS board and membership, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to several new club members. They are: Kathie Eck (Cedar Rapids), Deb Hays-Duncan (Coralville), Colleen Kint (Cedar Rapids), Debra Kriegermeier (Cedar Rapids), Darrin & Shelly Lett (West Branch), John MacDonald (Cedar Rapids), Sam & Mary McCord (Cedar Rapids), Leo Offerman (Center Point), April Phillips (What Cheer), and Joanne & Tim Schilling (Cedar Rapids). Also, a welcome back to Patrice Sligh (Cedar Rapids). We hope that they will attend the sale, potluck, and auction on August 20th. Please introduce yourselves to them then.

August 9:
Please check out the Bulletin Board for important information about our Silent Auction and the August 20th public plant sale and auctions in Monticello.

August 6:
Zora informs me that Schreiners have sent many iris bonus plants; these will be available for auction on August 20th. Visit the Bulletin Board to view them.

August 3:
Posted a personal tribute to Verne Moore on the Bulletin Board. Also, I posted a list of participants in this year's Swap & Seek as well as information regarding their next steps to take in this event.

July 18:
If you'd like to take part in this year's Swap & Seek but don't see your name on the list of participants on the Bulletin Board, please contact Jonathan at your earliest convenience. He will be sending the master list to participants on July 31st. Thank you!

July 14:
Please visit the Bulletin Board for information about the funeral arrangements for Verne Moore as well as a link to his obituary. Also on the Board you will find a revised list of members interested in participating in this year's Swap & Seek.

July 12:
I am very sorry to relay the sad news that Verne Moore passed away this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mary and the Moore family at this time. Arrangements are pending (Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Marion) but will be posted here as soon as further information is available.

July 12:
Jonathan is creating a master list of club members who'd like to participate in this year's Swap & Seek. Please click here for further details.

June 28:
Please click here for all you need to know about the July 9th CVIDS Garden Walk plus other upcoming events.

June 22:
Please take a look at the Bulletin Board for an update on CVIDS, Region One, and other club activities. I am also sorry to inform you that you will also learn of the passing of club member Harlan Preuss.

May 30:
What a great Club Plant Distribution we had! A big "Thank You" goes to all who were involved in this club event to make it such a huge success this year, starting with Zora who ordered for us a fine selection of beautiful cultivars. Then we should thank the crew of 15 who came on Friday to set-up for the distribution, the auctioneers and record keepers, those who brought refreshments to share, and finally members who selected club plants and/or purchased daylilies and iris. Please click here to see photos taken by Keith on both days. Thanks, Keith!

May 19: 7:00 PM.
You can now consult the 2016 Club Plants page for all updates of lists and slideshows. Good Luck in the hunt for your club plant! Also, here are the guidelines for the 2016 Swap & Seek.

May 9:
Click here for a brief report about last Saturday's Spring Sale in Muscatine. Thanks, Lyle, for providing some super photos of the event.

May 2:
Uploaded President Nancy's May Newsletter. Please visit the Bulletin Board for the latest information about the May 7th and May 21st club events. This info includes the most recent lists and slideshows of daylilies and iris for the May 21st Club Plant Distribution and Auctions. Thank you, Nancy and Zora!

April 13:
I have set up a webpage for Sue and Dave Kramer, giving you easy access to Sue's seedlings as well as to Kramers Flower Farm. Enjoy the day!

April 12:
Hey, check out the Bulletin Board for lots of exciting news about our past and future club events!

April 11:
We enjoyed an excellent meeting last Saturday at Muscatine. In the next few days, I'll be updating the website to reflect some of the events that took place but, in the meantime, I'd like to give you access to Sue Kramer's presentation at the 2016 Pollen Dabbers meeting in Marshalltown last month.

April 5:
Just a couple of things tonight. First, please note that the date for our first public plant sale, to be held at the Gazebo at Environmental Learning Center in Muscatine, is Saturday, May 7th. Secondly, I have added a link to the database for the North Dakota State University AHS Historic Dalyily Collection. According to director Bryce Farnsworth, "historic" signifies 1980 or earlier, but the collection also has contemporary beds, to which the Stout and Lennington Award winners are added annually.

March 31:
The Membership Committee has been assembling information packets to be given to new members when they join CVIDS. Two key components are the Members' Handbook, which gives newcomers insights into club operations, and the Meet The Members Photo Gallery. With President Nancy's help, Jonathan has revised the Handbook. The 2nd edition can be accessed by clicking here. Please note that the deadline for inclusion in the 3rd edition of the Photo Gallery is June 1st. For more information, please consult the Bulletin Board.

March 28:
Uploaded Zora's recent 15-minute presentation "2015 AHS Awards".

March 23:
Join me in welcoming our new member Deb Bentley (Muscatine, IA). Please introduce yourself to her at upcoming meetings. Uploaded the latest membership list.

March 20:
Posted a reminder on the Bulletin Board about our April 9th club meeting.

March 18:
Just a gentle reminder that, according to our eligibility requirements for club plant distribution (approved 11/12/11), to be eligible to receive a club plant for 2016, a member must have paid membership dues for both 2015 and 2016 by April 1 of each year. If you're unsure whether you've paid dues for 2016, please check with our treasurer Sue Kramer.

March 14: Please take a look at the Bulletin Board for information about the Region One Meeting that will take place in Flandreau, SD, in July. The Pollen Dabbers meeting was a huge success last weekend. Lee Pickles, David Kirchchoff, and CIDS' Phil Fass were the featured speakers. In addition, several other hybridizers, including CVIDS' members Barb Papenhausen, Sue Kramer, Don Lovell, Nan Ripley, and Jonathan Poulton took the opportunity to present photos of their introductions and seedlings. If you'd like to view Jonathan's presentation, click here.

March 13:
Today, I uploaded the March Newsletter from President Nancy that contains lots of important and interesting information. You can access the Newsletter here by clicking on either Word or pdf. One item in the newsletter is contributed by Diann Pavelka, who informs us about the availability of a wide range of peonies being brought by Hollingsworth to the Iowa Flower, Garden and Landscape Show on March 18th-20th (Des Moines Fairgrounds) Click here to access the exceptionally nice selection this year. However, please note that inventory might fluctuate some. A second item was contributed by Zora who notes that she has replaced 2016 Club Plants orders to Karol Emmerich by an order to Bill Waldrop. Click here for access to the plants ordered from Mr. Waldrop. Finally, last but certainly not least, I am delighted to welcome on your behalf some new members. They are: Cindy Light (Lisbon), Barb Freyenberger (Iowa City), Mary Kaufman (Cedar Rapids), Laura Friday (Normal, IL), and Lois Friday (Iowa City). We hope to visit with them at our April 9th meeting at the Environmental Learning Center in Muscatine.

March 10:
Thank you, Zora, for a revised selection of 2016 Club Plants. These cultivars can be viewed as a slideshow or as an alphabetical list.

March 7:
Nan Ripley and I have been working for several weeks to establish a website for her Walkabout Gardens in Nevada, IA. The first version is up and running as of today and can be accessed by clicking here. Enjoy! Nan will be participating in the Hybridizers' Session at Pollen Dabbers this upcoming weekend in Marshalltown. Hope to see you there.

March 6:
On your behalf, I'd like to welcome two new members to our gang. They are Tony Brown (Blue Grass, IA) and Kimberly Beukelman (North Liberty, IA). We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.

March 5:
I added two items of interest to my previous Bulletin Board announcement regarding possible activities to attend in March. Take a look at an article in the Quad City Times that featured Nancy Carlisle's garden iris. Also, please note that Keith Riewerts is giving a talk on daylilies on Wednesday, March 30, in Fulton, IL. I have updated the 2016 volunteers list. There are still some spots to fill. If you'd like to help, please contact Nancy or Jonathan. Thank you!

February 27:
At the February meeting, we decided to go ahead with a 3rd edition of the "Meet the Members" photogallery. For more details, including the deadline to be included, please click here.

February 26:
If you having any winter-blahs, you may enjoy reading this recent Cedar Rapids Gazette article about Jonathan's "Lily Love" (includes 5 photos).

February 22:
Updated the 2016 calendar page. Please note that CVIDS will not be holding an official March meeting. I have posted a notice on the Bulletin Board describing several interesting alternatives that you might consider.

February 17:
Please take a look at the Bulletin Board for the minutes of the February meeting as well as some great photos taken by Lyle.

February 9:
Uploaded the February Newsletter from President Nancy. Thank you, Nancy!

February 5:
Many thanks go to Zora for all the time and energy that she has already invested in choosing and ordering the 2016 Club Plants on our behalf. She has assembled a wonderful selection that can be viewed as a slide presentation or as an alphabetical list. Undoubtedly, there will be revisions as we head towards the Distribution Day in May, but you will be made aware of these via the website and at meetings. Don't forget, our next meeting will be on February 13th in Iowa City! Mark your calendars!

February 2:
Many volunteers are required during the year to organize club events and assist at these gatherings. If you are interested to volunteer, please take a look at this list (list updated on 2-26-16) and see where your talents might be put to best use. Thank you in advance for your help!

January 29:
Almost out of January, a day closer to Spring! Today, I'd like to extend a warm welcome to two new CVIDS members, Sandy Miller (Marion, IA) and Heidi Butler (Iowa City, IA). Please introduce yourselves to them at upcoming meetings. Uploaded an updated membership list. Please let Sue Kramer and me know, if you spot any revisions to be made. Thank you!

January 21:
Please take a look at the Bulletin Board to obtain minutes of last Saturday's club meeting in Coralville. Lyle has also kindly provided some photos taken at the meeting. Thanks, Lyle!

January 6:
I am delighted to share with you the January CVIDS Newsletter that has been kindly prepared for us by President Nancy. Thank you, Nancy! Click here to get the latest news. Please note that our first club meeting is on January 16 in Coralville.

January 1, 2016:
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and fulfilling New Year! Please note that our first club meeting this year will be at Coralville Public Library on January 16th. Zora will be giving two presentations: the '2015 AHS AWards" and a first glimpse at our 2016 Club Plants. In other matters, I am currently updating our website with the major focus on establishing the 2015 club archives as well as setting up the 2016 pages. If you have any contributions (photos, presentations, documents, etc.) for the archives, please forward them to me via e-mail or US mail. Also, if you have any revisions for the website, please let me know. Thank you for your help!

December 30:
Posted the club calendar for 2016. Please note that this is a tentative schedule, so there may well be changes made in the next 2-3 weeks. Nevertheless, it sure looks like we're going to have another interesting year!

December 27:
Posted the minutes from our October and November club meetings and from the December Board meeting.

November 20:
The winners in the 2015 Betty Miller Photo Contest can be found here. Congratulations to all! Prizewinners are asked to send their winning photos to Jonathan as e-mail attachments. These images will be uploaded to the website when they become available. Thank you!

November 18:
Please consult the Bulletin Board for a follow-up on our recent Fall Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest.

November 10:
Four more days until the Fall Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest. Keith has asked me to post photos of plants kindly donated by Karol Emmerich that will be in the Bucket Raffle and in the Auction. Please visit the Bulletin Board to access these photos. I hope to see you on Saturday.

November 4:
Only two days left to register for the Fall Banquet that will be held at the Coralville Holiday Inn (HWY 80, Exit 242) on November 14th. For details as to how to register, please visit the Bulletin Board. Please note that a Google map can also be accessed on the Board. Don't miss this great event in the club calendar. It's lots of fun.

October 21:
Posted instructions for the 2015 Betty Miller Photo Contest on the Bulletin Board. Please note the October 30th deadine. Only ten days to go!

October 19:
Please see the Bulletin Board for a follow-up to our October 10th meeting.

October 13:
I am sorry to inform you that Heather's father-in-law Stewart passed recently away. Services are pending. We extend our condolences to Heather and her family. With apologies for the delay, I have today posted Nancy's Fall Newsletter. In the next few days, I shall be posting the Powerpoint presentations of the speakers at last Saturday's Hybridizers' Roundup.

September 19:
I have two items for you today. First, I'd like to thank Zora for updating the Club Plant Master List so that it also contains the club plants that were chosen last May as well as other cultivars bought at that live auction. The lists have been sorted either by year or by cultivar name. Thank you, Zora! Secondly, I have learned from Donna that the bridge construction that would have caused us to take a detour when traveling to the October 10th meeting has now been concluded. The bridge is open for traffic, so no worries there!

September 1:
Posted a first announcement about our Hybridizers' Roundup on October 10th. Uploaded photos taken by Lyle Moen at our Fall Sale in Monticello. Thanks, Lyle!

August 7:
On Saturday, August 22, CVIDS will be holding its Fall Plant Sale at the Youth Center, Jones County Fairgrounds, in Monticello. This sale is open to the public and will be followed by a potluck lunch and auction for CVIDS members. For more information about these events, please visit the Bulletin Board.

July 28:
On behalf of the committee that worked on Plant Swap & Seek-2015 (Nancy Carlisle, Keith Riewerts, Jackie Westhoff, and Jonathan Poulton), I am pleased to provide two lists that can be accessed by clicking here. The first lists cultivars that are being offered by members as part of a swap. The second lists cultivars that are being sought by club members. We encourage you to take part in this event. The guidelines are provided here. We hope to distribute an updated membership list by e-mail soon.

July 13:
Click here for today's letter from President Nancy to the membership regarding several issues including two imminent deadlines. Our next event is the new one called Swap and Seek. Please see the flier for more information. Keith is requesting that you send to him by July 15th names of cultivars that you are seeking or willing to swap. Secondly, our Silent Auction Chair Heather Harroun is needing to know how many fans of the 2013 or earlier Club Plants that you are returning, so that she can put together the flier for the silent and live auctions at our August Monticello plant sale. Please send them to her by July 20th. Last but not least, I have posted photos that Lyle Moen took during last Saturday's garden tour. Thank you, Lyle, for taking photos in the rain!

July 1:
See the Bulletin Board for several open gardens which you have been invited to tour. If you're attending CVIDS' Summer Garden Tour on July 11th, please note the imminent deadlines for ordering the meals.

June 25:
Please view the Bulletin Board for important information about our Summer Garden Tour (July 11) and the Region One Summer Regional meeting (July 17-19). Uploaded the June Newsletter and the minutes from our May meeting in West Liberty. Thank you, Nancy, Gerald and Sara for the info and updates.

June 21:
This summer, our club is giving a trial run to what we're calling "CVIDS Plant Swap & Seek". Click here for further information. We hope that you'll find this new club venture useful as you try to increase the diversity within your daylily collection.

May 27:
Many thanks to all who volunteered to make the 2015 Club Plant Distribution a huge success, starting with set-up last Friday. Please click here to access photos taken by Bob Papenhausen, Lyle Moen, and Keith Riewerts. Thank you to these photographers too.

May 21:
Two days to go until the Distribution! I received a flurry of e-mails yesterday and today. I uploaded the May Newsletter from Nancy, photos taken by Colleen at our Spring Sale in Muscatine, and the final list of club plants from Zora that includes some late additions (for photos, click here). Many thanks to all three ladies for their time and expertise. See you on Saturday!

May 20:
On Saturday (May 23rd), CVIDS will be holding its annual Club Plant Distribution, one of the most exciting events in the club calendar. Please visit the Bulletin Board for more information. Look forward to seeing you in West Liberty! Uploaded Zora Ronan's 15-minute presentation on "2014 AHS Awards".

May 2:
Only one week to go before our Spring Sale, and it looks like we should have pretty good digging weather this upcoming week. Look forward to seeing you in Muscatine. I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome on your behalf new CVIDS member Mary Boland (Cedar Rapids). If you didn't get to meet her at the April meeting, please say Hello to her at an upcoming CVIDS event.

April 29:
Please visit the Bulletin Board to get the latest information about our Spring Sale in Muscatine on May 9th. I have also uploaded a handout from our April speaker Feryl York describing exercises that help prevent injuries while gardening. Zora has provided an updated master list of club plants.

April 27:
Uploaded the April meeting minutes (thank you, Sara) and an update on 2015 Club Plants to be provided by Woodhenge Gardens.

April 26:
I returned last night from a superb two-week vacation in Colorado and am eager to bring our website up to date. Many apologies for the hiatus. The first items that I'm sure you'd like to see are the 2015 Club Plants List and PowerPoint presentation. Please note that I have added a new "box" on the Home Page called 2015 Club Plants. To access this, please click here. Thank you, Zora, for a wonderful selection. Zora will be revising the list at intervals during the next month, so keep checking back to obtain the updated information.

April 7:
Uploaded the April Newsletter. Thank you, Nancy!

April 4:
Added further information about Doug Jones' talk at our club meeting next Saturday. Click here to view.

April 1:
No, this isn't an April Fool's joke, I really did update the Bulletin Board today. Take a looksie!

March 31:
Many congratulations to Barb Papenhausen on her 2015 introduction 'Katty Did It' ('Border Music' x 'Eyes Right Jones').


March 30:
Uploaded a slide presentation of Lynn Stoll's daylily introductions. Posted new information about our July 11th Southern Garden Tour ("Daylilies Galore & More").

March 29:
Added Barb Papenhausen's presentation at Pollen Dabbers-2015. Please note that this presentation doesn't include her 2015 introduction 'Katty Did It' ('Border Music' x 'Eyes Right Jones').

March 28:
Added the presentation of Lynn Stoll and Colleen Hansen to the Pollen Dabbers-2015 page.

March 27:
Posted some photos taken by Nan Ripley at Pollen Dabbers-2015.

March 26:
Phew, running late today, sorry! Still have Matthew at home two weeks after his surgery. Please click here and enjoy a few photos taken by Nancy Carlisle of Sylvia's garden last summer. It was wonderful to have her garden on last year's tour. Thank you, Sylvia!

March 25:
On March 13th-14th, the Central Iowa Daylily Society held Pollen Dabbers-2015 in Marshalltown. It was an excellent meeting with Tom Keast being the keynote speaker. Three CVIDS members gave presentations in the hybridizers' forum. For those unable to attend the meeting, I hope to post all their presentations on this website. In the meantime, please click here for Jonathan's presentation.

March 24:
Updated the club membership list. Posted the first draft of the 2015 Committee Members list. Please advise me if you see any errors or omissions on these lists. Thank you!

March 23:
At last Saturday's meeting in Davenport, CVIDS celebrated the 25th anniversay of its founding. Please access the Bulletin Board to find photos taken during the festivities as well as minutes recorded during the business meeting. Zora provided first insights into the 2015 club plants, a preliminary list of which can be accessed via the Board.

March 16:
On behalf of CVIDS, I'd like to welcome the following new members: Beverly Byram-Howe (Columbus Junction), Linda Cornelius (Clinton), John Hansen (Wilton), Diane Hueschen (West Burlington), Steve Lyons (Iowa City), Ewing and Carol Miller (Clinton), and Twyla Peters (Columbus Junction). Please introduce yourselves to them at upcoming meetings.

March 15:
Uploaded the March Newsletter (Thank you, Nancy) and the 2015 Club Plants list as of today (Thank you, Zora). Zora warns us that this list is a work in progress. Expect a few changes before we reach Distribution Day!

March 10:
Check it out! I've added a 15-minute talk to our October meeting and provided some information from Nancy on our March 21st meeting that will feature Zora Ronan ("2015 Club Plants") as speaker as well as a celebration of CVIDS' 25 years as a society. Come join the fun!

March 2:
Updated the club calendar to reflect that Barb McCreight will be unable to present her 15-minute talk on pre-emergents at the upcoming March meeting. Her talk will be presented at a later meeting. Instead, the March meeting will include some highlights of CVIDS being a society for 25 years.

I am still hunting for photos taken in Sylvia's garden on the 2014 club tour. I have received a couple from Kathy Kephart (thanks, Kathy!) but would love to add a few more to the club archives.




March 1:
Updated the club calendar including a revised program for Pollen Dabbers as well as a location for our October meeting.

February 26:
I finally found a few photos that I took at last fall's Plant Sale in Monticello during that thunderstorm. Do you remember it? A bit scarey, wasn't it? I would have taken more photos but was politely urged not to do so, because my flash made folks even more nervous! Does anyone have any other photos from that memorable day? Please send them my way. Thank you!


I can't believe how many people crammed in under the pagoda, but we were
all glad to have some shelter.



Look how dark it got; even the street lights turned on!


You can always count on Keith to provide a ray of sunshine for us! He's a keeper!


February 25: Updated the club calendar and bulletin board.

February 18:
Uploaded photos taken by Keith at last Saturday's meeting in Iowa City. Thanks, Keith!

February 17:
Mary Thompson alerted us to the fact that after Saturday's meeting she brought home someone else's spoon by mistake and would like to swap it for her own spoon. Click here for more details.

February 16:
Posted the minutes of our February 14th club meeting. Thank you, Sara!

February 15:
A big Thank You goes to Barb Papenhausen, Sherry McCarville, and Karmin Mullins for their excellent talks at yesterday's club meeting. Thanks also go to the many who made the trip to Iowa City in cold and blustery conditions. Please click here to access some literature from Sherry on essential oils and home stills. I'm already hunting for a spare teapot! Present at yesterday's meeting were Brian and Mary Thompson, new members from Williamsburg, IA. Welcome to CVIDS! We look forward to visiting with you at future meetings.

Valentine's Day:
Posted photos taken by Keith Riewerts at our January meeting.

February 10:
Uploaded the minutes of the February 8th Board meeting.

February 9:
Posted the February Newsletter.

January 21:
Click here for proposed changes to eligibility requirements to receive a club plant.

January 20:
Posted the January meeting minutes. Uploaded a list of the workshops and seminars being offered during the next four weeks by Iowa City Landscaping and Garden Center.

January 18:
What a fun meeting we had yesterday at Coralville Public Library with over 50 members attending. Click here for the presentation given by Dave Appelquist. Zora's talk will be posted soon.

January 13:
Please click here for the January 2015 Newsletter.

January 11:
Posted an agenda for next Saturday's meeting at Coralville Public Library as well as a list of upcoming events that may be of interest to you. Stay warm! We hope to see you at Saturday's meeting.

January 8:
Happy New Year to you and your families! We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Saturday, January 17, at the Coralville Public Library. Doors open at noon for potluck lunch and social hour. The meeting itself will begin at 1 PM. Today, I have posted a few items on the website for you. There are minutes of the November meeting as well as minutes from two Board meetings held by teleconference on November 17 and November 23, respectively. Additionally, I have posted an Expense Reimbursement Form. If you have incurred expenses on CVIDS business, you may now complete this form and submit it to our Treasurer Sherri Baldonado by mail or at a club meeting.

December 30:
With great sadness, I am relaying to you that Lynn Stoll passed away yesterday. Funeral arrangements have been posted on the Bulletin Board. Lynn was a charter member of CVIDS. I shall greatly miss her kindness, skills as a daylily hybridizer, willingness to help "rookie hybridizers" like myself get established, and insightful publications in The Daylily Journal, The Daylily Pioneer, and our CVIDS Newsletter.

December 21:
Completed uploading the winning photos in this year's Betty Miller Photo Contest.

December 15:
Updated the membership list. Please let me know if you spot any errors. Thank you.

December 14:
Two things today, some information given and some requested! First, if you're already suffering the mid-winter blahs, consider registering for some winter daylily meetings. Secondly, I'm trying to assemble the CVIDS 2014 Archives page and have several blanks to fill. Would you be able to help me, please? Click here for specifics.

November 28:
The Hawkeyes fell to Nebraska this afternoon! To cheer myself up, I've added information about the crosses made by Don Lovell to reach the beautiful seedlings that he showed at our October Hybridizers' Roundup. Click here to revisit his presentation. Thanks, Don, for sharing these blooms with us.

Thanksgiving Day:
I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with family and friends. Today, I've posted a preliminary schedule for 2015. Yes, it's clearly a work in progress, but it'll give you a glimpse of what we have in store for you next year. I'll fill in the gaps as things get finalized.

November 17:
What fun we had at this year's Fall Banquet! A big Thank You should go to Bob Faulkner for his humorous and inspiring presentation and to the many club members who volunteered to make this event a great success. Click here to view some photos taken by Keith Riewerts, clear evidence that a fun time was had by all. Prize-winning photos in the 2014 Betty Miller Photo Contest will be posted as soon as I can round them up!

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome several new members to CVIDS. They are: Pete & Pat Connolly (Bellevue, IA), Kit Fillenworth (Marion, IA), and Cynthia & Ronald Huss (Independence, IA). A warm welcome to you all! We look forward to chatting with you at upcoming meetings.

November 6:
Only two more days until our Fall Banquet! It'll be great to see you all. Don't forget to come at 11 AM for the social hour and to cast your votes in the Betty Miller Photo Contest. Can't wait to hear Bob Faulkner's talk. Bob is bringing several of his recent introductions that will find new owners via a bucket raffle and an auction. Click here to see photos of these cultivars.

I am also excited today to add several other items to our website. I have now uploaded the presentations given by Don Lovell and Selwyn Rash at our recent Hybridizers' Roundup. And last but not least, it is my pleasure to direct your attention to the first edition of our CVIDS Members' Handbook. This handbook is written as an introduction to the mission and operations of our Society. We hope that it will also encourage new and seasoned members to join the Board or volunteer at one of the many exciting events in the Society’s calendar. The Board is extremely grateful to the following individuals for their contributions to this first edition: Nancy Carlisle, Mike Carstensen, Clay Dawson, Donna Denly, Scott and Debbie Hansen, Gary Oster, Barb and Bob Papenhausen, Jonathan Poulton, Nancy Rash, Keith Riewerts, Zora Ronan, Sylvia Seymour, and Lynn Stoll.

One item that doesn't appear in the Handbook is the mechanism by which club officers are elected; this is being addressed by the proposed amendment to our Bylaws that is on the agenda for our January meeting.

October 26:
Posted Loren Hass' fifteen-minute presentation on "Water Barrels".

October 26:
Uploaded Diann Pavelka's fifteen-minute presentation on creating a Facebook page for CVIDS (April 2014).

October 23:
Uploaded photos taken during this summer's daylily garden tour by Keith Riewerts and Jonathan Poulton. Does anyone else have photos they'd like to contribute, please?

October 21:
Uploaded some photos taken by Keith Riewerts during the October meeting including Carol Hodgden's presentation. Thank you, Carol and Keith!

October 20:
Uploaded the presentations of Jack and Doug Jones and of Lynn Stoll and Colleen Hansen from our Hybridizers' Roundup. The remaining presentations will be posted soon (see November 6 posting).

October 16:
The next and final exciting events on the club calendar for 2014 are the Fall Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest. Click here for details. Please note the deadlines for reserving banquet tickets (October 31st) and submitting entries for the photo contest (November 3). Added a new component to the home page called "Education". This will among other things archive our 15-minute presentations as well as articles written by club members on daylilies and irises. Authors are requested to send information about their articles to the webmaster. Thank you.

October 14:
Uploaded several of the presentations from last Saturday's Hybridizers' Roundup. The remaining presentations will be posted as soon as they become available.

October 6:
Posted minutes of the October 4th CVIDS Board meeting. Please check your e-mail inbox for an epistle from Zora.

September 18:
Wow, yet another 5 weeks have flown by, but tonight I have posted information about our October 11th club meeting at the Coralville Public Library. Looks like it's going to be a fun event. Click here for full details.

August 7:
Wow, a whole month has gone by since posting the last information! Been up to my eyeballs in daylilies in the field, but the season is winding down now. Hope you've had great bloom seasons too. Now to business. Our Silent Auction organizer Heather Harroun has kindly provided the bid sheet for us. Please click on here for further information. Most important is that the bid deadline is August 16th.

July 7:
Please check your e-mails for two that you should have received this week. There was an e-mail from the family of Arlene Oster (sent by Rex and Barb McCreight) inviting you to attend a Celebration of Her Life in Gary Oster's garden on Sunday, July 13th, from 1-5 PM. The second e-mail, sent by Sue Kramer, provided information about opening hours at Kramers Flower Farm and alerted you to a potted plant sale. Please contact me if you didn't receive these e-mails; I'd be happy to forward them to you.

July 6:
Lynn & Sherry Moffit invite you to tour their Prairie Fire Gardens in North English on July 12th. For more information, please click here.

June 8: For updated information on the July 19th Garden Tour, please click here. Please note that the lunch buffet is free to members in good standing.  Guests are welcome, but we request that you pay the $15.00 cost of the meal.  We are required to provide a guaranteed number of meals two weeks in advance.  That means that once we give the caterer a number, we are committed to pay for that number of meals.  Karmin would like you to contact her with your reservation information by July 1.  Contact Karmin at 319-849-2595 (home phone), 319-360-5927 (cell phone; voice or text), or via e-mail (flowergirlklm@aol.com).

May 27:
Preliminary information regarding the 2014 CVIDS Garden Tour on July 19th can be accessed by clicking here.

May 21: Club Plants Final Alert!
Many apologies, but the club plant list posted on May 20 contains an error. It shows that 'Batgirl' has been deleted and that 'Stargirl' still remains on the list. In reality, the exact opposite is true; this error has been corrected in the May 21 revision. This concludes any revisions to the list prior to Saturday's distribution. Good Luck in the drawing on Saturday!

Please click here for a message from President Zora regarding Saturday's Club Plant Distribution and Auction.

May 20: Club Plants Alert!
Keith and Sally would like you to know that, as of today, there are two deletions from the May 15 listing; they are 'Stargirl' (Gossard) and 'Sunset Ruffles' (Polston). However, we now have five additions to the list; they are: 'Cyberhawk' (Gossard), 'Dr. Doom' (Gossard), 'Red Nova' (Gossard), 'Winged Gargoyle' (Gossard), and 'Angel Constellation' (Polston). Please go to the 2014 Club Plants webpage if you'd like to access an updated plant list or slideshow.

May 15:
Keith and Sally would like to alert you to two additions to our 2014 Club Plants. Bob Faulkner is kindly sending us two beautiful gift plants, 'Mug Shot' and 'The Trouble with Tribbles'. Please go to the 2014 Club Plants webpage if you'd like to access an updated plant list or slideshow.

Many apologies for not posting anything during the past month, but we have been traveling to Florida for our niece's wedding (with a side-trip to Jane and Dan Trimmer's Water Mills Garden) and then to Boulder, CO, for our elder son Christopher's graduation in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado.

April 12:
We had a super meeting in Muscatine today at which Keith Riewerts showed us some tantalizing photos of the 2014 club plants. Then Diann Pavelka gave us an introduction to Facebook and raised the question whether CVIDS should go on Facebook. We decided to give it a try until the fall and see how things go. For a link to CVIDS' Facebook page, please click here. Have fun!

April 2:
Updated the Links page. Added a note on the Bulletin Board about a new Price and Reference Guide for Lilies. Updated the Join CVIDS page.

April 1:
Uploaded notes taken at the January and March 2014 meetings and a list of the 2014 club committees. If you'd like to volunteer for a committee, please contact Zora.

March 29:
Several items were posted this morning on the Bulletin Board, including information about our May 10th Plant Sale in North Liberty and the April 12th club meeting in Muscatine. Zora also made a final call for anyone wishing to order Kincaid Labels through her. An update on 2014 club committees will follow soon.

March 21:
This morning, I added a new item to Home Page, namely 2014 Club Plants. Many thanks to Keith and Sally Riewerts for all their work during the past six months to choose and order plants for the Distribution in May. Here you will find their initial list of plants and the corresponding slideshow for you to "Ooh" and "Ahhh" over. Needless to say, this list and slideshow will be updated as the Riewerts receive feedback from the hybridizers. Please look for these updates under "2014 Club Plants".

March 19:
Please note that our Daylily Garden Tour will take place on July 19 and will include a visit to the Quad Cities Botanical Garden.

March 18:
I have several items tonight for you. First, if you are expecting to receive a club plant in the distribution on May 24, please make sure that you have paid your 2014 membership dues to club treasurer Sherri Baldonado by April 1. I bring this to your attention because payment of the current year's dues is an absolute requirement for eligibility (see here for details). Please check with Sherri if you're uncertain whether you've paid dues for this year. Secondly, I have posted an updated membership list. Thirdly, Jonathan Poulton is presenting a talk on "Daylilies: Past, Present, and Future" at the English Valleys History Center on Sunday, March 30, at 2 PM. More information can be found here.

March 17:
It is my pleasure to welcome six new members to CVIDS. They are: Doug Cocklin (Muscatine, IA), Sandra Jurgens (Davenport, IA), Shelley Schafer (Independence, IA), Louise Stoffel (Rickardsville, IA), Joan West (Marion, IA), and Diane Yoder (Lone Tree, IA). We look forward to getting to know them at future club meetings. And talking about future meetings, there has been a change in the topic for the 15-minute presentation at our next meeting on April 12 at the Environmental Learning Center in Muscatine. Instead of having a group discussion on "Garden Myths", Diann Pavelka has kindly agreed to explore the possibility of creating a Facebook page for CVIDS. One final note: Thanks should go to Keith Riewerts for securing Bob Faulkner (Natural Selection Daylilies) as the guest speaker at our Fall Banquet in November.

February 27: Our next meeting will take place in the Washington Public Library on Saturday, March 8. Zora will be sending out an agenda by e-mail in the next few days. The social hour will begin at noon. The meeting, which will include a presentation by Lyle Moen and Nancy Rash on their recent Alaska trip, will begin at 1 PM.

Nancy Carlisle has kindly agreed to deliver the seeds to those members who wished to participate in Blues Fest 2014. If you're interested to learn how Jonathan starts his seedlings, please click here for a slideshow.

February 5:
Please note that there is a change in the program for Saturday's meeting at North Liberty Public Library. Recent illness has forced Lynn Stoll to postpone her presentation on "Recent Developments in the World of Siberian Irises". Instead, we will be showing an AHS presentation called "Shapes of Distinction". This slideshow takes a close look at sculpted daylilies, the newest form of daylilies. Also, Loren Hass will be giving us a 15-minute talk on "Water Barrels".

Update on Bob Papenhausen: As of last night, Bob was doing well at UIHC and will soon be transferred to Genesis West in Davenport for rehab.

February 3:
Perhaps you already know this, but I wanted to inform you that Bob Papenhausen underwent successful back surgery last Friday at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clincs. If you have a free moment, please send a Get Well card to his home address. Thank you!

Jonathan will not be attending Saturday's meeting because he'll be at the Midwinter Symposium in Nashville. However, Susie will be attending and will deliver packets of seeds to those who expressed interest in Blues Fest 2014. If you prefer to receive your seeds at a later date, please e-mail Jonathan or call 319-354-1735. If you'd like to have your seeds picked up by somebody else on Saturday, please notify Jonathan who that person will be. Thanks again!

January 27:
Two items of news today. First, please visit the Bulletin Board to learn about the successful conclusion to the "Gerald Hobbs Project". Secondly, I am delighted to tell you that a dozen club members have expressed interest in "Blues Fest 2014". I am planning on delivering their seed selections at the February meeting in North Liberty. There are still plenty of seeds left over, so, if you'd like to take part, please let me know your selections ASAP. Thank you.

January 22:
Got the winter blahs yet? Consider participating in "Blues Fest 2014". Click here for more details.

January 14:
Lots of new items today to distract you from the arctic conditions outside your homes. First up, new information about the February 8th CVIDS meeting in North Liberty, where Lynn Stoll will give a presentation on "Recent Developments in the World of Siberian Irises" and Loren Hass will tell us about "Rain Barrels" in his 15-minute presentation. Next up, the program and registration form for CIDS' Pollen Dabbers on March 14-15 can be accessed here. Finally, you can find the program and registration form for the Region 1 Regional in Sioux City (July 11-13) here. Have fun!

January 13:
It was great to see such a large attendance at our first meeting last Saturday in Coralville. We enjoyed two very interesting presentations given by Barb Papenhausen and Zora Ronan. As promised, here is the January Newsletter together with a list of members eligible for 2014 club plants (provided their dues are paid by April 1).

January 4:
A Happy New Year to you all! I hope that you have enjoyed the Holiday Season with family and friends and that you'll stay safe and warm through the extreme cold forecasted for the next few days. Now, I'd like to alert you to a several new items today:

1) Our speaker at our January 11th meeting will be Barb Papenhausen. Barb with take us on a photo-journey to the 2012 Region 10 Regional meeting, Browns Ferry Gardens (Charles & Heidi Douglas), Slightly Different Nursery (Paul Owens), and Bluegrass Daylily Gardens (2013 Region 10 Regional).

2) The agenda for the January business meeting has been posted on the Bulletin Board.

3) The Program Committee is looking for a speaker for the February 8th meeting at North Liberty Public Library. If you have any suggestions, please contact Karmin Mullins or Lynn Kroemer ASAP.

4) Consider attending the "Art Of Gardening" at the Muscatine Community College Campus on March 15 (8:30 AM - 3:45 PM; cost $40). This event will take place in Strahan Hall.

5) More information is now available about the Region 1 Regional Meeting in Sioux City on July 11-13, including a registration form.

December 18: Filled a few more gaps in our 2014 CVIDS Calendar. More details are now available about the Winter Garden Fair at Kirkwood College on February 15th and the Region 1 Regional Meeting in mid-July.

December 6:
Filled a few more gaps in our (tentative) club calendar for 2014.

December 5:
Uploaded the minutes of the November Board meeting.

December 2:
I hope that you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. Our sons were home for a week from college and left yesterday to complete their semesters. Our house is again quiet, and I'm ready to update the website this week, starting with the 2014 Calendar.

November 21:
Updated our membership list.

November 20:
Please join me in welcoming new members Jo Lynn Johnson (Vinton) and Joe and MaryJo Duffy (Iowa City).

November 19:
Visit the Bulletin Board for a fun overview of what club members accomplished in 2013.

November 18:
Uploaded a tentative calendar for club meetings for 2014.

November 10:
Uploaded photos taken by Keith Riewerts and Lyle Moen at the Fall Banquet. Click here for slideshow. Thanks, Keith and Lyle.

November 8:
Uploaded the October and November meeting minutes kindly provided by Donna Denly. May I take this opportunity to remind you that the Board is still looking for a volunteer to assume the role of Secretary. If you wish to learn more about the responsibilities of this office or are interested to become Secretary, please contact Zora Ronan, Nancy Carlisle or Donna Denly at your earliest convenience.

November 7:
Thanks to one or more anonymous donors, there were wonderful door prizes to be won at our recent Fall Banquet. Click here to access a list of lucky recipients. Thank you, Nancy Rash, for organizing this raffle.

November 6:
The final club events of the year - the Fall Banquet and the 2013 Betty Miller Photo Contest - are over, and what a great time was had by all on November 2nd. Many thanks go to all who were involved in organizing this special day and to Jamie Gossard for his inspiring presentation and beautiful auction plants. During the next couple of weeks, I shall be posting documents pertaining to the banquet and photo contest. Many apologies for the delay, but I have other deadlines that must be met during November. Today, I uploaded the list of winners from the photo contest. Please keep checking back!

November 1:
Keith has asked me to correct the photo for Rainbow Butterfly in Jamie Gossard's Raffle Plants. Please click here for revised slideshow.

October 29:
Uploaded a slideshow of Jamie Gossard's Raffle Plants for Saturday's Banquet.

October 28:
Please visit the Bulletin Board to see new information about Saturday's Fall Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest. Don't forget, the deadline for making Fall Banquet reservations is 5 PM tomorrow, October 29th. Contact Nancy Rash (nrash2000@gmail.com or 319-653-5566) for reservations. Also, if you wish to participate in the Photo Contest, your entries must reach Sylvia by tomorrow.

October 25:
Click here to access the presentations given by Dave Appelquist, Gerald Hobbs and Jonathan Poulton at the recent Hybridizers' Roundup.

October 24:
Uploaded the presentations given by Lynn Stoll, Barb Papenhausen, and Doug Jones at the Hybridizers' Roundup. Click here for access.

October 23:
Returned last night from six days in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado. An excellent trip, visiting our older son Christopher, attending a Northern Colorado Daylily Club meeting, and hiking in the foothills. In the next few days, I shall be posting the presentations given at the Hybridizers' Roundup in North Liberty. Today, I have uploaded the last of our 15-minute presentations. Click here to view "Proliferations - Cheap Clones". Finally, don't forget that all entries for the Betty Miller Photo Contest must be received by Sylvia by October 29th.

October 13:
What a fun meeting we had yesterday in North Liberty! Many thanks go to all who attended, to those that brought lunch items to share, to Jackie Westhoff for providing the "Green Arrow" door prizes, and to those who showed us their latest botanical marvels in the 3rd annual Hybridizers' Roundup. As promised, here is the relevant information about the plantlets given away in the "Pickles Sweepstakes": Those plants marked C12 through C30, D1 through D30, E1 through E30, F1 through F30, G1 through G30, and H1 through H36 are proliferations taken from Lee Pickles' seedlings. All other plants are proliferations derived from Jonathan's seedlings. I hope that you were a winner!

See you on November 2nd at the Fall Banquet! In due course, I hope to post the PowerPoint presentations of yesterday's Roundup speakers as well as my 15-minute talk on "Proliferations - Cheap Clones".

October 8:
The deadline for making Fall Banquet reservations is 5 PM on October 29th. Click here for updated information on our Fall Banquet and Betty Miller Photo Contest.

September 29:
Your help is urgently wanted! Several Board positions will become open at year's end. If you are interested to serve as a club officer, please access the Bulletin Board.

September 26:
Updated the Bulletin Board.

September 21:
Sylvia Seymour has kindly offered to serve as Chairperson for the 2013 Betty Miller Photo Contest. This year's rules and entry submission deadline can be found here in Word and pdf formats.

September 17:
Please be advised that our Hybridizers' Roundup on October 12th will take place at the North Liberty Community Library (520 W. Cherry Street; 319-626-5701).

I am pleased to hear from the Papenhausens that Shirley Waters has returned home from hospital after having back surgery. We wish her a speedy recovery.

September 14:
Been working on the 2013 Archives page today. Were any photos taken by our volunteers at the CVIDS booth at the Kirkwood Gardening Fair this spring?

September 13:
From the 2013 Archives page, you can now access the photos taken during the 2013 Garden Tour on July 6th by Heather Harroun, Doug Jones, and Jonathan Poulton.

September 11:
I have three items of good news for you today. First, I learned from Gary Oster that Verne is doing much better now. Secondly, I finally found my photos that I took at our Garden Tour. Click here for access. Thirdly, I have also received some photos from Doug Jones that I'll upload tomorrow.

September 1:
Still haven't found the photos that I took on this year's Garden Tour so I'm very grateful to Heather Harroun for sending me some that she took. Click here for access. Thank you, Heather! If others have some photos of that event, please send them to me or bring them on a flash drive to our October meeting.



August 31:
Uploaded a few photos taken at our Fall Plant Sale and Auction.



August 30: I have some very welcome news for you today. Mary Moore has reported that "Verne is home and glad to be there. He has a doctor's appointment today and hopefully he will get a good report and be back to the daylilies". We hope so too. (Thanks, Jan, for forwarding Mary's message to me).

Please join me in welcoming new CVIDS member Rose Niemeyer Hartsook of La Porte City, Iowa. We look forward to meeting her at upcoming meetings. Our next meeting will feature the Hybridizers' Roundup, which will take place at noon on Saturday, October 12, at the Coralville Public Library. Those hybridizers wishing to present photos of their new seedlings and introductions should contact Jonathan Poulton (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu) at their earliest convenience. Jonathan will present a 15-minute presentation on "Proliferations - Cheap Clones".

August 24: Just returned home from our Fall Plant Sale and Auction. What a fabulous day! The weather remained pretty kind to us, although retiring to the shade garden to hold our live auction was an excellent idea. There was a wonderful turnout of members who came laden with delicious food. Also, there were plants galore with some left over at day's end. I'll post some photos later. Many thanks to those who organized today's events. Mary Moore and I would like to share some sad news with you. You may have seen Verne early in the day, but he was feeling poorly, so Mary took him to the hospital in Anamosa where they admitted him for a few days. If you have a free moment, please send him a get well card either to his home address or to: Room 111, Jones Regional Medical Center, 1795 Hwy 64 East, Anamosa, IA 52205.

August 19:
Thanks to Keith Riewerts, here is an updated list that shows the recipients of club plants during the period 2003-2013.

August 13:
Visit the Bulletin Board for the Silent Auction Bidsheet and instructions for bidding. Please note: The deadline for bidding is August 21st.

August 12:
Nancy Carlisle is requesting photographs of many of Gerald Hobbs' introductions so that they can be submitted to the AHS Cultivar Database. See the Bulletin Board for details.

August 9:
Please don't forget, tomorrow is the deadline by which you should notify Heather Harroun about the number of fans of the 2011 club plants (or any stragglers from previous years) that you'll be returning for the silent auction later this month. The current list of plants expected back can be accessed here: (Excel), (Word), or (pdf). Heather can be reached via the following contact information: Phone: 563-554-0028, e-mail: jhsharroun@qconline.com.

August 6: On July 13, a service was held at the Jones Family farm in Olin to celebrate the life of former CVIDS member Jack Jones. It was a wonderful occasion during which many family members and friends recalled stories of Jack and the impact that he'd had upon their lives.


After the service, those in attendance toured the gardens, which were in full bloom and looked outstanding, and enjoyed a delicious lunch. Jack's seedlings were on display that day and will be showcased by Doug at our annual Hybridizer's Roundup in October. Doug will also introduce us to the first seedling of his own. Seems as though the torch has been passed from father to son. Click here to view a few photos taken on that most memorable day.

August 5:
I owe you an apology. It's been almost a month since I last uploaded something to our website. It's been a busy month for club members with our Garden Tour (July 6), a Celebration of Life service for Jack Jones (July 13), the AHS National Convention (July 25-27), not to mention daily gardening activities including making crosses. After last year's dismal year, we were rewarded with masses of scapes and blossoms (and quite a few bugs too!). This past month has been crazy! My seedlings are in three locations, about 500 at home in Iowa City, another 1,250 ten miles north of town, and about 100 in a university greenhouse. But the season is now drawing to a close with scores of pods resulting from crosses between "blue-faced" daylilies. Heaven knows where those seedlings are going to get planted next year, but I have Winter to find an answer to that problem! Anyhow, before you vote to expel me as your webmaster, I'm here to tell you that I'm back in action again and will be posting announcements, reports, and event photos on a more regular basis until I get caught up with the backlog. Many apologies to you all for my delinquency. Please now visit the Bulletin Board for information about the Fall Sale, Silent Auction, and Live Auction that will take place in Monticello on August 24.

July 8:
You are cordially invited to take part in the 2013 CIDS Garden Tour. Details may be accessed here.

June 27:
Three items today. First, if you're attending our Daylily Garden Tour on July 6 and would like to partake in the lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips, and a dessert plus iced tea and lemonade, don't forget to contact Sherry Moffitt at 319-664-3585 or smoffit@netins.net  with an RSVP by June 29.  Lunch is complimentary for club members.  Guests are welcome but lunch will be $10.00 per person.

Second, the Daylily Journal that has just arrived has a terrific article on branching - what it is and is not and how to count branches.  Click here to access the article. Sylvia Seymour will be leading a tour through Suzanne and Robert’s garden to talk about how to identify a good daylily. One of the most important attributes of a quality daylily is good branching.  How to describe it has been something of a controversy. Sylvia will be using AHS's standard to count branches.

And last but certainly not least, take a look at Lynn Stoll's article in the latest Daylily Journal on "The color purple: Garden-tested hardy purples for the North". Nice work, Lynn!

June 26: Gerald Hobbs has kindly issued the following invitation to visit his garden.

June 25:
Many thanks to Nancy Carlisle for providing photos of the Brucemore-Iris Garden Tour that took place on June 9th.

June 23:
A Celebration of Life service for John "Jack" W. Jones will be held on Saturday, July 13th, at 11 am at the Jones family farm at 13824 Newport Road, just north of Olin, Iowa. Please click here for further information including driving directions. Please note that, if you cannot attend that day but would like to visit the gardens at the farm, they will be open on the weekends throughout July from 9 am to 5 pm.

June 22:
Only two weeks before our Daylily Garden Tour. Full details can be found by clicking here. Please note that lunch will be a catered lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, pasta salad, fresh fruit, chips, and a dessert plus iced tea and lemonade.  Contact Sherry Moffitt at 319-664-3585 or smoffit@netins.net  with an RSVP by June 29. 

June 18:
I'd like to draw to your attention a new webpage on Local Events. If you're planning on having an open garden this year, or if you're aware of a special event that might be of interest to CVIDS members, please send the information for me to post (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu). Thank you! Please note that this next weekend is My Savanna Perennial Plant Nursery's Lily Garden Walk that is open to the public on June 21st-23rd from 10 am to 6 pm. The nursery grows 275 varieties of true lilies.

June 14:
Please click here for an announcement about the June 29th Garden Walk in Lowden.

May 30:
I hope that you enjoyed the Plant Distribution last Saturday. I was sorry to have to leave so early, but we were holding a high school graduation party for our son Matthew that afternoon, and there was plenty of work to be done to stage the party indoors rather than outdoors. Thanks to Lyle Moen, we have a few photos to remind us of the distribution and auction. Here's one below. The rest can be found on the Bulletin Board.




May 24:
Thanks to Lynn for the May Newsletter.

May 23, 10:45 AM:
Keith has now received plants from all the hybridizers. Please visit the Bulletin Board to see the deletions and additions to the list posted on April 13. You will also find a revised list (the "final, final list") as well as photos of all additions. Good Luck on Saturday! Many thanks to Keith and Sally Riewerts and their volunteers.

May 22:
Please visit the Bulletin Board for new information about Saturday's Club Plant Distribution and the June 9th Iris Garden Tour.

May 16:
Thanks go to Lyle and Zora for kindly providing photos taken at last Saturday's Spring Sale in North Liberty.

May 11:
Just returned home from a rather breezy but successful Spring Plant Sale in North Liberty. A big Thank You to all who donated plants and assisted buyers with their purchases. Zora asked me to relay an update on the proposed Iris Garden Walk.

May 8:
Just three more days until our Spring Plant Sale in North Liberty! Please see the Bulletin Board for details. We hope that you can bring plants for the sale and stay to help. Don't forget, please notify Heather Harroun by May 11 which 2010 plants are coming back and the approximate number of double or single fans.

May 3:
Click here for information on the Indian Creek Nature Center Plant Sale (May 4) and Kramers Plant Farm.

May 1:
Check out the Bulletin Board for a message from President Zora as well as a few other new items.

April 25:
Uploaded a complete list of 2010 Club Plants plus their descriptions to go along with the slideshow that I posted on April 19.

April 22:
Responding to an excellent suggestion by one of our members, I recently set up a new page called "Local Events" that can be accessed from the home page. The goal of this page is to make you aware of happenings such as regional shows and conventions, open gardens that you can visit, and community involvement by CVIDS members. Please e-mail me contributions for this page. Thank you.

April 21:
Any signs of Spring at your place? Frustrating, isn't it? Well, how about reading the April Meeting Minutes while you're waiting for Spring to arrive!

April 20:
Uploaded Sylvia Seymour's 15-minute presentation on the Betty Miller Photo Contest.

April 19:
For details about our Club Plant Distribution & Live Auctions on May 25, please click here. You will also find here a list of 2010 club plants due for return on May 25 as well as a link to a slideshow that includes these cultivars. Happy hunting!

April 16:
Click here for details about our May 11 public Plant Sale in North Liberty.

April 14:
Uploaded a few photos taken by Lyle Moen at yesterday's club meeting in Eldridge. For a slideshow and a list of the one hundred and twenty 2013 club plants as of April 13, please click here. Meeting minutes will follow as soon as they become available.

April 12:
Keith and Sally have added more beautiful cultivars to this year's club plant list. Take a peek at the 13 contributions from Bob Faulkner and 24 from Jamie Gossard. Lists of the Faulkner and Gossard plants are available here. In addition, here is the most up-to-date listing of all 120 of the 2013 Club Plants. Hope to see you tomorrow at the Eldridge meeting. One last item. I have uploaded Zora Ronan's 15-minute presentation on the AHS Awards System.

April 8:
Keith and Sally have secured twelve beautiful club plants from Margo Reed and Jim Murphy. Click here to view them. A list of the "vital statistics" of these cultivars is also available by clicking here. The Riewerts are expecting to hear mid-week from Bob Faulkner about his club plants. Thereafter, I'll post the final list of 2013 club plants.

Don't forget that our next meeting will be at noon at the Scott County Library in Eldridge this upcoming Saturday. We shall have two speakers. Sylvia Seymour will give a 15-minute presentation on "Flower Forms for Photo Contest", and Keith will give a slideshow of the 2013 Club Plants. Hope to see you there.

April 7:
President Zora yesterday sent out an e-mail to the membership that included the agenda for next Saturday's meeting at the Scott County Library in Eldridge.

April 6:
We have learned from Donna Denly that Betty Capps passed away on April 4. Please visit the Bulletin Board for Betty's obituary.

April 4:
Please visit the Bulletin Board for some exciting updates to our 2013 club calendar. Uploaded the March meeting minutes.

April 2:
I've posted the handouts from Gerald Hobbs' 15-minute presentation on 'Hybridizing ABCs'.

April Fools' Day:
Beware very wary of pranksters today! In the webmaster's home country of England, April Fools' pranks were "legal" until noon; thereafter, pranks "reverted" to their instigator. The following is not a prank. I have uploaded Nancy Carlisle 15-minute presentation on "Marking Daylilies". If you missed that meeting, here's a chance for you to see her presentation. Enjoy the day!

March 31:
Wow, hasn't March just flown by? Soon be time to plant seedlings! On this beautiful Easter Sunday, I'd like to welcome new member Melvin Bauguess (Davenport, IA) to our club and post an updated membership list. Hope you've had a moment to take a first peek at the 2013 club plants.

March 29:
As promised, here is the preliminary list of 2013 Club Plants kindly provided by Keith and Sally Reiwerts. This list will be updated in due course after they have had word from the final hybridizer. Many thanks go to the Reiwerts for all their hard work in securing us this year's club plants.

March 28:
On Saturday, April 13, our club will be meeting at Scott County Library in Eldridge, where Keith and Sally Riewerts will present an overview of this year's Club Plants. In preparation for that meeting, they have kindly provided a preliminary slideshow of the cultivars being offered. A final version of this slideshow will be posted on the website as soon as the Riewerts have received word from the last hybridizer. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the beautiful cultivars that they know will be available. As soon as I can, I shall post a plant list for you to print off and annotate.

March 25:
Just back from Spring Break vacation in Cozumel, your webmaster has much to add to our website, starting with a warm welcome to new club member Scott Feddern of Marion, IA. Please introduce yourselves to Scott at upcoming meetings. I have also uploaded the March Newsletter.

February 27:
Updated the membership list.

February 25:
Greetings to Fran Stueck, a new member joining us from Vinton, IA! Please join me in welcoming her at future meetings. Don't forget, our next club meeting will be at the Coralville Public Library on March 23.

February 22:
Hurrah, the 2013 CVIDS Board is now complete! Thank you, Nancy Rash, for your willingness to serve as Hospitality Chair.

February 17:
Check out the Bulletin Board for a few photos taken by Keith Riewerts at February's meeting in Solon. Thanks, Keith!

February 12:
Uploaded the February Meeting minutes. Please note that our March meeting will be on March 23rd in Coralville. Also, the Garden Tour is now set for July 6.

February 5:
Take a look at Barb & Bob Papenhausen's 2012 seedlings! Nice work! If there is anyone else who wishes to have me upload some photos of their seedlings, gardens or favorite cultivars, please send them to me (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu). Please don't exceed about 8-9 MB per e-mail.

February 2:
Please check out the Bulletin Board to find details about our next club meeting in Solon on February 9th. Hope you can join us at the meeting. Uploaded the January meeting minutes and the February Newsletter. Thank you, Donna and Lynn!

January 25:
Susan Minger, our new Program Chair, tells me that the programs for our February and March club meetings have been finalized. On February 9, Lynn Moffit will be presenting on 'Amish Barn Quilts', giving "a little history and some hands-on". On March 23, Master Gardener Deb Walser will talk on 'New Perennials for 2013'. Sounds great! Hope that you can attend both meetings!

January 22:
Just back from the Midwinter Symposium in Nashville. It was a blast! Hung out with Bob and Barb Papenhausen, Nan Ripley, Don Lovell, Lee Pickles, David Kirchhoff, Mort Morss, and many more. Learned a lot from presentations and chatting, saw lots of amazing introductions for 2013 and, of course, added to my post-Christmas waistline!

I hope to add a few things to the website this week, so please come on back! For today, Zora is providing the proposed agenda for the February meeting at Solon Public Library and some information about upcoming daylily meetings. Also, Keith Riewerts has kindly sent some photos taken at the January meeting in Cedar Rapids. Thank you, Keith!

January 7:
Please click here for final details about Saturday's Club Meeting.

January 6, 2013:
Happy New Year to you and yours! I hope that you had an enjoyable Holiday Season. I have several items for you today after a three-week lull during which I have been tinkering with the appearance of the website. There's still plenty more to do, but I hope you like it and would value your feedback. Please click here to access the January 2013 Newsletter. Don't forget that our next meeting will be on Saturday, January 12, in Cedar Rapids. See the Club Calendar for more details about the location and program. Click here for a letter from Zora and the meeting agenda (minus proposed 2013 budget; this can be found in the e-mail Donna recently sent you). Finally, you can access an updated membership list here. Please contact Debbie Hansen if you have any questions or concerns.

December 16:
I am saddened to inform you that CVIDS member Jack Jones died last Wednesday. Please click here to access his obituary.

December 7:
Please note that completed elements of the Members' Handbook can be viewed by clicking here. We intend to finish the remaining sections by May and distribute the manual to the membership this summer. Please address any comments or concerns to Zora. Uploaded the minutes from the Fall Banquet.

December 5:
We welcome new member Harlan Pruess (Lowden, IA) to CVIDS and look forward to seeing both him and Ginger at our club events in 2013. Uploaded a revised membership list as well as the November 2012 Board meeting minutes.With one exception, all winning photos from the 2012 Betty Miller Photo Contest can now be accessed here.

December 2:
Tinkering a bit with the appearance of the CVIDS website, doing a page or two per day. Please let me know what you think of it (jonathan-poulton@uiowa.edu).

November 26:
I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. It's been two weeks since our most enjoyable Fall Banquet at the Ox Yoke Interstate. Many thanks go to Lynn and Sherry Moffit and Jim and Bev Seamans for organizing such a memorable feast and to Sylvia Seymour for running the Betty Miller Photo Contest. Please click here for a slideshow of photos taken by Keith Riewerts at our Fall Banquet. Thanks, Keith, for the excellent photography.

November 19:
Uploaded a provisional Schedule for 2013.

November 16:
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Betty Miller Photo Contest! Please click here to view the list of winners. If they have not already done so, the winners are requested to send their entries to Jonathan via e-mail (as jpegs) or via US mail if photos. Thank you.

November 6:
On July 1, Lynn, Sherry, Robert, and Suzanne Moffit held their annual garden walk in North English. Please click here to access some photos taken by Manda Marshall of the English Valleys Star. They make you want to cancel winter and go straight to next summer!

Guy Fawkes' Day:
Uploaded the November Newsletter. Thank you, Lynn!

October 29:
Please click here to access the slideshow given by Lynn Stoll at the 2012 Hybridizers' Roundup. All five presentations made at the Roundup can be easily accessed at 2012 Archives. Just a reminder: All entries for the 2012 Betty Miller Photo Contest should reach Sylvia Seymour by Monday, November 5.

October 27:
Uploaded the September 2012 Board Meeting Minutes and the October 2012 Club Meeting Minutes.

October 26:
Please click here to access the slideshow given by Jonathan Poulton at the 2012 Hybridizers' Roundup two weeks ago.

October 25:
I am pleased to announce that Steve Hobbs (Fort Madison, IA), Kent and Jalayne Riewerts (Morrison, IL), and Paul Ronan (Central City, IA) have become new CVIDS members. Please join me in welcoming them to our club. I have uploaded Gary Oster's 2012 Hybridizers' Roundup presentation. Please click here to access it. Updated the membership list. Please contact Jonathan if you notice any errors that require correction.

October 24:
Information about the November 10th Fall Banquet and 2012 Betty Miller Photo Contest is now available on the Bulletin Board. Please contact Sherry and Lynn Moffit as soon as possible to make banquet reservations. Click here for the 2012 Hybridizers' Roundup slideshow of Caroline and Jack Jones as presented at Coralville by Doug Jones. What a fun presentation that was! A tough act to follow.

October 23:
If you were unable to attend the October meeting and therefore missed the opportunity to see Gerald Hobb's 2012 seedlings, here's another chance! Please click here to open his slideshow. Other 2012 Hybridizers' Roundup slideshows will be available shortly. Please check back!

October 17:
All went well at our October CVIDS meeting in Coralville last Saturday. In due course, I hope to post here on the website the slideshows given by the five presenters at this year's Hybridizers' Roundup. At the subsequent business meeting, a lively discussion resulted in some changes to the categories in this year's Betty Miller Photo Contest. Please click here to view these changes. Notice also that Sylvia Seymour has kindly agreed to extend the deadline for receipt of entries to no later than Monday, November 5.

October 8: Please visit the Bulletin Board to view information about next Saturday's club meeting at the Coralville Public LIbrary. We hope that you will join us for the 2nd Annual Hybridizers' Roundup at which several club members active in hybridizing daylilies will present photos of some of their recent seedlings. If you would like to contribute towards the refreshments, please bring along something to share.

October 5:
One of the highlights of our club calendar is a Photo Contest held in honor of Betty MIller, a past president of CVIDS and daylily hybridizer. The Contest will take place at the November Banquet, and Sylvia Seymour has kindly agreed to organize the event this year. Please click here for contest rules. Please note that entries should reach Sylvia by November 1. Sylvia will be attending our October 13 meeting at the Coralville Public Library, so one option is to give your entries to her then.