AHS Regional 4 Convention 2018

Remember Nova Scotia, at home

Thank you!

The 2018 AHS Region 4 Regional Conference is over, but the friendships that were made are going to continue for life! Great friends, great food, and beautiful gardens make a fantastic Conference!

We would like to thank everyone who helped support the event and who helped make this a reality! We couldn't have done this without the donations that we received and the people who helped us out.

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Late Friday afternoon, Michelle (the driving force behind the conference) and Alco (your webmaster) opened their garden for an informal meet and greet.

Guests were treated to a barbecue, tropical beverages and other refreshments and lots of daylilies after they had spent the day visiting open gardens and exploring Peggy's Cove. For dessert there was birthday cake, in celebration of no less than three guests who almost or just celebrated their birthday.

A few guests won great prizes by answering some impossibly hard trivia questions and going through the garden to 'name that daylily'.

On Friday and Sunday, Cecil and Lillian Dunlap opened their Pheasant Gardens to the conference guests.

The land they purchased in 2007 was devoid of trees and topsoil. After many truckloads of topsoil, compost and horse manure, they began building the gardens. In the beginning Cecil would travel from Halifax to work in the gardens, and then they built their home and moved to Truro in 2010. Their garden name was chosen because they were constantly visited by two cock pheasants while constructing the gardens.

Currently they grow 650 plus registered daylilies, along with Cecil's half dozen seedling beds. In addition, Lillian has added perennial beds, effectively removing that sales bed atmosphere. However they continue to operate a small sales business. Initially they were plagued with a large population of destructive deer. Cecil finally gave in and fenced the back yard, allowing them to grow shrubs and perennials and actually see them mature. As with all active gardeners, their ideas continue to evolve.

Also on Friday and Sunday, Norm and Heather Patton opened their Sight 4 Sore Eyes garden to the conference guests.

This compact residential garden has a foundation of gravelled pathways, conifers, boxwood, barberry hedges and Japanese maples, among wooden structures. All designed in concert to highlight 15 years of daylily & perennial plantings.

Various pieces of garden art contrast between the seamless blend and strikingly visual, to enhance the viewing experience. Stroll the many paths and relax at seating venues as you absorb sights & sounds in what some have suggested... "a garden of little rooms".

Lots of garden viewing of daylilies past & present, of various forms & surely some soothing eye care at 'Sight 4 Sore Eyes' garden.

The program for Saturday started after lunch at Harbour Breezes Daylilies & Japanese Iris, located in Salmon River Bridge on Nova Scotia's eastern shore, about ten kilometers east of Musquodoboit Harbour.

The gardens are on a south facing hillside with beautiful views overlooking the eastern arm at the head of Jeddore Harbour. The steep hillside protects the gardens from northern winds, and its south-facing (climate zone 6a/5b) position is also moderated by the close proximity to the ocean.

They grow over 750 varieties of daylilies and add new ones every year. They are also hybridizers with a few hundred of their own seedlings and a couple of their own registrations starting in 2011. They have a wide cross-section of daylily cultivars, encompassing singles, doubles, spiders and unusal forms. Hybridizers represented within the cultivars are mainly from areas with similar climates. They use no chemical fertilizers to grow daylilies.

Saturday ended with the more formal part of the conference at the Salmon River Country Inn.

To an audience that filled the venue to capacity, guest speaker Michael Falconer from Goderich, Ontario, spoke about his experiences with hybridizing at his Falhaven Farm. He spoke about exceptionally tough conditions of drought in 2018, as well as his own personal challenges and hybridization results.

Dinner was served with salad or chowder to start, followed by pork schnitzel or salmon and topped off with warm apple strudel or black forest cake and coffee or tea. After dinner, the winners of a fifty-fifty draw, a raffle and silent auction were announced. The executive meeting was held, during which Brian and Linda Smith received the Region 4 Service Award.

Key note speaker Allan Banks of Harbour Breezes Daylilies & Japanese Iris then spoke about the highly varying climate in Nova Scotia, and how each region in the province comes with its own challenges and benefits when it comes to growing daylilies.

The evening ended with a plant auction, lead by Dave Mussar of Hillside Daylilies on the outskirts of Guelph, Ontario. No less than 80 plants found their way to new gardens throughout region 4.