Monday, November 11, 2013

From the HVIDS Fall Newsletter

The following is from the Hudson Valley Iris and Daylily Society Novemeber Newsletter:
     Unfortunately, September speaker, Kathryn Mohr had to cancel due to a death in her family.   However, we are very pleased to have her as our November speaker.  Her presentation is “Historical Iris and Daylilies”.  She is a vital and active member of both Capital Hudson Iris Society and the Hudson Adirondack Daylily Society, both located in the Greater Albany area. Kathryn has been growing historic iris since she was a teenager. “I recently became interested in historic Hems, and enjoy their beauty and the fact  that many are season extenders. I also love newer iris and daylilies”.
     The HVIDS meets at the Marlboro Free Library. Members begin gathering around 1:30PM for refreshments and socializing. At 2PM there is a short business meeting followed immediately by the talk. The public is invited and all are welcome.  

 Presidents Message  By Jim Robinowitz
            I represented our society at the Annual Region 2 Meeting on October 18 & 19 hosted by the Greater Rochester Iris Society.  The activities included a Board of Directors Meeting and General Membership Meeting.  The Keynote Speaker was Stephanie Markham, hybridizer and co-owner of Toadland Gardens in Norfolk, MA. Additionally, she presented 2 judges training sessions on both Tall Bearded Iris and Medium Iris.  The meeting also included a Silent auction. HVIDS contributed four lovely items.  This years annual meeting also included:  Show dates for 2014 and Region 2 Show Awards (we get the Peckham Historic Iris Award),  Region 2 Awards Presentation, and the election of 2014 officers Regional Vice President - Judy Tucholski-Zon, Assistant Regional Vice President – Dorothy Steifel, Secretary - Marilee Farry, and Treasurer - Vaughn Sayles.

·      2014 HVIDS Officer Elections:  Jim Robinowitz - President;  Georgette Martin - Vice President; Sue Rivard - Secretary; Frank Sorbello - Treasurer.

·      Presentation of updated HVIDS By laws (see below)

·      Discussion of possible future meeting locations

Dec 1               Annual HVIDS Luncheon, Shadows  1:30 PM
March 2            Greg Draiss,  Wappingers Falls Adam’s Fairacres Farms Manager will discuss herb                                     gardening
April 6            John Stahl  “Garden Photography
May 4                        TBA
May 24            2014 HVIDS Iris Show
May 25            Open Gardens          
July 19            2014 HVIDS Daylily Exhibition
July 20            Open Gardens 

President, Jim Robinowitz
Vice President, Georgette Martin
Secretary, Sue Rivard
Treasurer, Frank Sorbello

Since the HVIDS is both an iris and daylily club, we annually present two public shows.   Our iris show was on May 18.  We had three skilled judges:  John Heimke, Gene and Mildred Koscara.  Frank Sorbello won Best of Show with Joyce Terry.  The show AIS silver medal went to Frank for most blue ribbons and the bronze went to Sondra Tillou for the second most blue ribbons.  Unfortunately, our Open Iris Gardens were cancelled due to terrible weather.  On July 13, we presented our annual daylily exhibition. Our annual summer fundraising activities included: iris rhizome and daylily fan sales at Adams Fairacre Farms, in Poughkeepsie on August 17, and our Annual Iris Rhizome & Daylily Sale on the Saturday and Sunday, August 24/25, at the Poughkeepsie Galleria.  HVIDS sent a check to the AIS Region 2 earlier this fall.  Additionally, we held a special raffle of the 2013 Dykes winner “That’s All Folks” at our Galleria sales.  HVIDS is donating all the money raised ($70) to Region 2 and our club picked up the cost of the rhizome.

In 2013, HVIDS provided our members with many educational and enjoyable experiences including a series of excellent speakers:   We started off our spring season at the March meeting with a slide show presentation of the National Daylily Convention by President Jim Robinowitz.  Next, we had a wonderful April presentation by Mark Adams of Adams Fairacres Farms on the Best Plants of 2013 and at our May meeting, John Capobianco, former President of the Bonsai Society of Greater NY, provided an interesting and informative commentary while creating a bonsai from nursery stock.  John is the Bonsai instructor at the NY Botanical Gardens.   Gretchen Hitselberger, our talented HVIDS Webmaster, graciously stepped forward, last minute, and gave our September meeting lecture on the “Bones of a Garden”.  Unfortunately, September speaker, Kathryn Mohr had to cancel last minute, due to a death in the family.   However, we are very pleased to have her as our November speaker.  She will give a talk on “Historical Iris and Daylilies”.  Lee Reich, our October speaker, presented an enjoyable slide lecture taking the mystery out of pruning, so that lilacs, roses—all trees and shrubs, in fact—can be pruned to look their best and be in vibrant health.  The year will conclude with our annual Holiday Brunch on Sunday, December 1.

That’s all folks!
See you next Sunday at the meeting.

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