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     R. W. "Bill" Munson


The R. W. Munson Award was established in 2001 for the most outstanding distinctly patterned daylily. Roswell William “Bill” Munson, Jr., is an AHS icon. At the time of his death in 1999, Bill had won more major awards than any hybridizer in the history of the Society (except for the Stout Medal).

Bill was born in 1929, in Gainesville, Florida. He received a degree in Architecture from the University of Florida and worked in this field until his retirement in 1980. He became involved with daylilies as a young man, and with his mother Ida Munson, established Wimberlyway Gardens in Gainesville.

He became interested in tetraploid daylilies in the early 1960’s and decided to dedicate himself to the development of what he felt were potentially superior cultivars. This was a risk, because of the deep contention between the dips. vs. the tets. camps in the AHS at the time. However, he and his mother persevered and succeeded in producing 35,000 seeds from induced tetraploids in 1972. From these and others, he built his award-winning tetraploid hybridizing program. He was a primary force in the development and acceptance of tetraploid daylilies.

Besides Bill’s many successes in hybridizing and many awards for individual cultivars, he was a stalwart member of the American Hemerocallis Society, serving as a board member and President. He received both the Society’s highest personal awards, the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal in 1967, and the Helen Field Fischer Gold Medal in 1991.

In 1975, he established the Ida Munson Award for the best double daylily, in honor of his mother, herself a well-known hybridizer whose Hemerocallis ‘Ida’s Magic’ won a Stout Silver Medal in 1991. He later authored a book which was considered by many to be the definitive volume on daylilies: Hemerocallis, The Daylily (Timber Press, 1989)

Courtesy of Betsey Clark and the AHS Archives

 
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R. W. Munson, Jr. Award

Annual award for the most outstanding distinctly patterned daylily. Voted by Garden Judges.

Rose F. Kennedy

2016 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award,
'Get Jiggy' (Patrick Stamile)
Photos: Oliver Billingslea, used with permission.

 2016 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 83 Votes
  Best Patterned Cultivar

'Get Jiggy' (Stamile, P.)
  Runner Up: 'Alien DNA' (Selman) 74 Votes

  Photo: Oliver Billingslea, used with permission.

 2015 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 54 Votes
  Best Patterned Cultivar

'Jessica Lynn Bell' (Bell-T.)
  Runner Up: 'Alien DNA' (Selman) 53 Votes

  Photo: Tim Fehr, used with permission.

2014 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 106 Votes
  Best Patterned Cultivar

'Magic of Oz' (Herrington-H.)
  Runner Up: 'Cosmic Kaleidoscope' (Carpenter-J.) 104 Votes

  Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Rose F. Kennedy

 2013 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 153 Votes
  Best Patterned Cultivar

'Rose F. Kennedy' (Doorakian)
  Runner Up: 'Cosmic Kaleidoscope' (Carpenter-J.) 109 Votes

  Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Entwined In the Vine

2012 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 138 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar

'Entwined in the Vine' (Emmerich, K.)
Runner Up: 'Cosmic Kaleidoscope' (Carpenter-J.) 105 Votes

Photo: Oliver Billingslea, used with permission.

Starman's Quest

2011 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 80 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar

'Starman's Quest' (Burkey)
Runner Up: 'Spacecoast Behavior Patternt' (Kinnebrew-J.) 73 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Texas Kaleidoscope

2010 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 115 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar

'Texas Kaleidoscope' (Carpenter, J.)
Runner Up: 'Jerry Hyatt' (Hanson-C.) 65 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Catcher In the Eye

2009 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 211 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar

'Spacecoast Sea Shells' (Kinnebrew, J.)
Runner Up: 'Texas Kaleidoscope' (Carpenter, J.) 63 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Catcher in the Eye 2008 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 138 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar



'Catcher In The Eye' (Kinnebrew, J.)

RUNNER UP:' Raspberry Winter' (Trimmer) 76 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Web of Intrigue 2007 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 176 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar



'Web Of Intrigue' (Stamile)

RUNNER UP: 'Catcher In The Eye' (Kinnebrew, J.) 118 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.

Julie Newmar 2006 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 112 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar



'Julie Newmar' (Morss)

RUNNER UP: 'Catcher In The Eye' (Kinnebrew, J.) 90 Votes

Photo: Dave Mussar, used with permission.

Gerda Brooker

2005 R. W. Munson, Jr. Award, 110 Votes
Best Patterned Cultivar

'Gerda Brooker' (Morss)
RUNNER UP: 'Roses In Snow' (Hansen, D.) 101 Votes

Photo: Julie Covington, used with permission.


Past Winners:
2016 GET JiGGY Stamile
2015 JESSICA LYNN BELL Bell-T.
2014 MAGIC OF OZ Herrington-H.
2013 ROSE F. KENNEDY Doorakian
2012 ENTWINED IN THE VINE Emmerich
2011 STARMAN'S QUEST Burkey
2010 TEXAS KALEIDOSCOPE Carpenter-J.
2009 SPACECOAST SEA SHELLS Kinnebrew-J.
2008 CATCHER IN THE EYE Kinnebrew-J.
2007 WEB OF INTRIGUE Stamile
2006 JULIE NEWMAR Morss
2005 GERDA BROOKER Morss
2004 TUNE THE HARP Hansen
2003 MYSTICAL RAINBOW Stamile
2002 ETCHED EYES Kaskel
2001 WITCH STITCHERY Morss
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