Timothy J. Fehr
Region 2 AHS WebMaster
by George M. Lawrence
the early months of fall 1999, I was reading my letters from
the AHS E-Mail Robin when I ran across yet another note from
someone new to daylilies in which the writer asked what some
term meant. It was a term easily defined, and several members
of the Robin posted a variety of definitions, all different
but all correct. But the question drew a response from this
editor that was the genesis of The American Hemerocallis
Society Daylily Dictionary.
In response to
the query from the Robin member and new fancier of the genus
Hemerocallis, I wrote something like, "Ya know, somebidy
oughta create a daylily dickshunery," and the response
was huge and instantaneous. "George, why don't you do
it?" And so this out-of-mind suggestion became a project
that continues to unfold even as this Foreword is composed.
There are many
members of the AHS E-Mail Robin to whom a tremendous debt
of gratitude is owed for their encouragement, criticism and
At the top of
this list must go Melanie Mason, who at the time was the
soon-to-be AHS Publications Chairwoman. Melanie has honchoed
this project from Day One with a firm hand but with kid gloves.
Her suggestions have always been those of the nun who stands,
smiling, with ruler in hand should I get out of line. Not
once did she use the ruler, though I'm certain she had more
than adequate opportunity and reason to do so. I shall forever
be in her debt.
The same must
be said of Tim Fehr, the "fearless leader" of the
AHS E-Mail Robin and AHS WebMaster. Tim's ideas are evident
on every single page, in every definition, in every photo.
His enthusiasm was without bounds. "I can see linking
terms within definitions to those terms elsewhere, and the
terms to images or illustrations that help to define the
was only one of his hundreds of brainstorms. He, too, shall
forever be in my debt.
We are especially
indebted to Frances L. Gatlin, editor of "An Illustrated
Guide to Daylilies," to Binion Amerson of Dallas, Texas,
for use of the terms and definitions found in the FAQ on the
AHS Web site, to Gus Guzinski whose similar project confirmed
some of our shaky terminology and particularly to Steve Webber
for his most generous use of his now-out-of-print work, "A
Daylily Encyclopedia." Without the contributions of
these four, this project would not have gotten beyond the
title page. Our sincerest gratitude to you, one and all.
Many others have
lent their talents with camera, pen and ink, and scientific
knowledge to this project. Susan Bergeron volunteered to
gather information on critters that prove harmful to the
daylily, and went so far as to gather the images of those
critters from her comrades in the scientific community. Without
Sue's help, there would be a great void in this work.
And Lee Pickles
volunteered his article on how to grow proliferations. Thanks,
graciously granted her permission for use of her illustration
of a daylily that appears on the AHS banner, so those new
to daylilydom could see what a daylily looks like, and how
all of its various parts are labeled. Cheryl even went so
far as to offer to do other illustrations should they be
needed, and at some point in the not-too-distant future I
feel certain her most generous offer will be accepted.
We were literally
inundated with photographs of individual blooms and parts
of blooms to enhance the terms and definitions. Among those
who gave of their photographic talents are Bobbie Brooks
of Gloucester, Mass., Cheryl Harris of Hartsville, Tenn.,
and Michael Brown of Cacye, S.C.
to Patrick Stamile for his text and photos for helping to
define "edges" and to Bob Schwarz for his similar and enthusiatic
contributions in the "unusual forms"
are others who have contributed terms, definitions (some
not precisely precise), illustrations and photos we have
not mentioned here, and to each of you we extend our sincerest
apologies, and our sincerest thanks. You have all done much
to give this work to the world of the daylily fancier - indeed,
to the gardener wherever he or she may be on this planet
we all call home.
George M. Lawrence,
editor - 2000