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NDSU Daylily Collection Open House

NDSU has the largest daylily collection of any land-grant university in the nation.

Mary Baker, former regional vice president of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) Region One was honored during an open house at North Dakota State University’s first public AHS Historic Daylily Display and modern AHS Daylily Display Gardens on the southwest corner of the NDSU campus on Monday, July 29.  According to Dr. Esther McGinnis, Extension Service horticulturist and assistant professor, Baker was instrumental in preserving the daylily collection at NDSU. Her award was presented by NDSU Plant Sciences Department Head Dr. Richard Horsley, who thanked her for her years of work and service.

Baker then announced that hybridizers are working on a special NDSU series of daylily cultivars which will be registered and planted in the NDSU garden. The daylilies in this series will be excellent garden performers with good branching, bud count, and beautiful flowers that bloom over a long period of time. 

Barb Laschkewitsch, vegetable and perennial research specialist in the Plant Sciences Department, said, “The gardens would not be well-maintained without NDSU employees and local Master Gardener volunteers who help me with all the work.”  Master Gardeners provide hours of volunteer service as part of their training and service.

Dr. McGinnis said that “NDSU has the largest collection of daylilies at any land grant university in the U.S.” The gardens are official AHS Historic Daylily Display and modern AHS Daylily Display gardens. Established in 2004, NDSU’s public AHS Historic Daylily Display Garden is the first established in the U.S. and includes more than 1,200 cultivars registered before 1980.  The garden is located at the corner of 12th Avenue North and 18th Street and is open for public viewing.

NDSU Department of Plant Sciences - August 7, 2013
Source: Esther McGinnis, 701-231-7406,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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