2019 Regional Meeting

To the 2019 American Hemerocallis Society's
Region 10 Meeting

Friday June 28 2019 – Saturday June 29, departing Sunday June 30 2019
(Please stay tuned to page as it may change up to time of meeting)

    All of us in the Tri-Cities Daylily Society are very excited to once again host the summer convention. We open our arms wide and invite you to come and “Meet us at the Meadow” at the magnificent Meadowview Hotel and Convention Center here in Kingsport. This hotel (one of Marriott’s finest) is nestled at the base of Bays Mountain and is surrounded by a lush green golf course which is also a nature preserve.
    We are thrilled to feature William Marchant as our speaker. William is the owner and hybridizer extraordinaire of Druid City Daylilies as well as the well loved principal of Lithia Springs Elementary School. Not only is he a very interesting speaker but he is also a friendly guest as well! 
    Saturday morning will be spent touring some of our local garden jewels. We will return to the hotel for a fabulous lunch and then head over the mountain to spend the afternoon with Bob Selman and Eric Simpson at their magnificent Blue Ridge Daylilies outside of Asheville North Carolina.
    So pack your best walking shoes and come on over to “Meet us at the Meadow”.
    We can’t wait to see you!

Hotel – Meadowview Hotel and Convention Center – Convention rate of $112/night




Friday nightDinner on your own

                       - Speaker William Marchant of Druid City Gardens




                      - Region 10 business meeting


Saturday – bus tour              


     Jo and Greg Durham – The Cheagle Garden

The garden known today as the Cheagle Garden was begun in 2002 with predominantly azaleas, roses and lots of annuals. The name began as a family joke due to our beloved dog Ginger who was a Chihuahua Beagle mix and ruled the back yard until daylily beds took up a lot of her roaming space. In 2009, a new neighbor gave us our first daylilies. Up to that point in time we thought daylilies were Stella De Oros. The next summer, after the neighbors gifts bloomed, we began searching for more. In the fall of 2010 we joined the Tri-Cities Daylily Society and the AHS. We presently have about 500 named cultivars, some very old classics and numerous newer ones. By 2015 curiosity about what might be held within those random seed pods in the garden inspired Jo to talk to a hybridizer and thus began her interest in hybridizing. She currently has approximately 300 seedlings and though none have yet been registered, several are under observation for possible future registration. Garden art is scattered throughout the beds and gives clues as to the inspiration for the creation of that bed. While the art may look scattered and random, most pieces represent family history, from the 1800’s through to the creation of the garden. For example, a large wagon wheel represents a great-grandfather of Greg’s, who left Pennsylvania and traveled the Great Wagon Road to become the first permanent white settler in the state of Tennessee. An extremely large turtle represents a great-uncle of Jo’s who was known to the Cherokee as “Big Turtle. His English name was Daniel Boone and he was the brother of Sarah Cassandra Boone, one of Jo’s great-grandmothers. Whimsical art and wind spinners have been added for the enjoyment of the grandchildren. 



                      Earl Hockin and Carol McCreery’s garden

Our garden of Carol McCreary and Earl Hockin is a small backyard garden surrounded by beige vinyl fencing. The fencing eliminates animal pests including deer, rabbits and groundhogs. We moved into the house June 2015 to a backyard full of nothing but Bermuda grass. We brought about 300 pots of plants from our previous home. From July till the end of September most of the yard was covered with plastic to solarize the weeds and Bermuda grass. In October a landscaping company did the hardscape and then we started planting all the potted plants we had nursed through the summer. We have many daylilies but many other plants including several different cultivars of Echinacea of different colors, Asiatic lilies, a shade garden dominated by hosta and a variety of ferns, iris, many of which are reblooming. We over winter geraniums in our basement and them set them out again at the beginning of May. Carol enjoys art in different medium, including clay and we have some of her clay work on display in the garden. A feature in the garden is an above ground 500 gallon pond Earl made to hide a concrete pad. We have a few Koi in the pond and love sitting down in the garden listening to the sound of water movement. Additionally, Earl is keen on vegetable gardening and grows vegetables in raised beds, and containers. We have thorn less blackberries, raspberries and an heirloom Fig tree. We have two compost bins made of pallets, and a 55 gallon homemade rain barrel. Our intent for the garden is to honor the past through the beauty of the present and provide a pleasant place to retreat, relax and refresh oneself. 


                       Dennis and Rebecca Hall’s garden      

The Hall’s live just outside the Kingsport City limits on 3 acres of property. Their daylily journey began 40 years ago in 1978 when they married and bought their first house in the country. It happened to be Rebecca’s grandmother’s farm house with two acres of land. They began growing roses and had 50 different named varieties. They also started collecting daylilies with Rebecca’s mother. They moved to South Carolina in 1982 for 7 years and grew both roses and daylilies. However, they eventually gave up on roses. In 1989 they moved to Kingsport bringing all 250 daylily cultivars they had collected. The Hall’s current collection of daylilies consists of 400 cultivars from various hybridizers including Selman, Simpson, Hensley, Kirchhoff, Salter, Miller, and Bell. Included in the garden are daylilies from 14 different Region 10 hybridizers – Coltharp, Hale, Hassler, Keith, Kirby, Kirchhoff, Massengill, Morss, Oakes, Peck, Pickles, Pryor, Rice, and Wagner. During recent years the garden has been reworked several times trying to keep the size at a manageable level. The Hall’s add 25 to 50 new daylilies per year and cull about that many. Greater than 50% of the current cultivars are less than 10 years old. For sentimental reasons, Dennis and Rebecca have kept two daylilies that were purchased at the beginning of their daylily journey - Homeward Bound (Spalding W. 1976) and Hudson Valley (Peck 1971). They tend to favor large showy flowers; although the garden has several spiders. Kingsport is located in US Zone 6. The daylily garden is on the south slope of the lot so sunshine is plentiful. The Hall’s were a realtor’s nightmare as they searched for just the right location with good soil and not a lot of trees. After looking at 67 homes, they bought a house that was constructed in 1947 – with “good dirt” in the back yard. Besides daylilies, there are other perennials, a vegetable garden, a cutting-flower garden including cosmos, zinnias, sunflowers, and Mexican sunflowers, a 1,000-gallon water feature, as well as multiple container plants. The deck provides a splendid view of the North Carolina mountains in the distance where you can observe the seasons changing. In winter, the front of the house provides a view into Virginia. 



       Lunch back at Meadowview (included in the registration fee)



Blue Ridge Daylily 

Blue Ridge Daylilies is owned by Robert Selman and Eric Simpson and is one of the finest daylily gardens in the country.  It is located in the beautiful mountains of Alexander North Carolina, a hop skip and a jump from Asheville NC. After a scenic bus ride from Tennessee, you will get to amble through 2 acres of beautifully grown, mountain hardy daylilies including 1,500 registered cultivars and thousands of seedlings!  Because these are grown at a high altitude and withstand frost into mid May, these daylilies are VERY hardy. In addition, Bob and Eric are consummate plantsmen and collectors. They have traveled far and wide to find unusual specimens. They have surrounded the daylily beds with many rare plants such as conifers, ornamental shrubs and lots of other perennials and grasses.  They like nothing more than strolling and talking about this magnificent collection. There is a wonderful creek that meanders through the garden, and in addition to providing most of the water for the daylilies, this creek is also home to a flock of Welsh Harlequin ducks who take all visitors in stride. To enter one side of the garden you pass over a bridge where you can pause to view the delights on either side.  This is a “don’t miss” photo opportunity.

Bob and Eric are generously donating convention plants, so you will get to take home two Blue Ridge daylilies (one from each of them) to remember your visit.  You can order daylilies while you are visiting and they will try to dig as many as they can while before the bus leaves. Any they can’t get to they will bring to the hotel later that evening.  They also plan to be open on Sunday in case anyone would like to return and spend more time in their garden.



   Banquet (included in the registration fee) convention awards and auction

Depart Sunday

email change notice. If donating plants email Dennis Hall at his new email
Registration Form
John S. Wagner,
Nov 20, 2018, 4:40 PM