Daylilies came to Kingwood Center when
Daylily Shows were held on Saturday's in July starting in the 1960's. The
first cultivar to win Best in Show in Mansfield, at Kingwood Center, was h.'Mary
H.'Mary Todd' is a 1967 registered cultivar and in 1976 was awarded the
Medal by the AHS.
The Ohio Daylily Society (officially designated as the Ohio
Hemerocallis Society) was certified as a non-profit organization in May of
Officers were: Bruce Kennedy - President, Charles Applegate - Treasurer, an
active member to date.
Trustees were: Doris Emig, Handy Hatfield (who had been president prior to Kennedy), Doris Kennedy (wife of Bruce Kennedy), Steve Moldovan, Dottie Warrell, Albert Whatman.
Jerry Stites, who was then the Director of Kingwood Center,
signed the Certificate as did State Rep. Sherrod Brown.
In 1992 founding member,
Steve Moldovan, was awarded the Bertrand Farr Silver Medal for outstanding
results in the field of hybridizing. Before Steve died, in 2006, he saw
a life long goal of seeing true blue in the eye of his daylily seedling.
That seedling was registered and released as h.'Piece Of Sky'. In 2008 the
AHS established a Steve Moldovan Mentoring Award.
Dotty Warrell is
currently known for her unusual form and spider form daylily cultivars.
In 2005 she was given the Region 2
Howard Hite Award to recognize her work to improve daylily cultivars.
Charles Applegate is
still an active member of the ODS. He has registered 38 cultivars and was awarded the Region 2 Englerth Award
for best seedling in 1992, h.'Land Of Promise.' In 2006 Charles
and fellow ODS member, Ken Blanchard, tied for the award.
On July 5, 2013 Charles Applegate died
following a surgery. His death was quite unexpected. He will be
greatly missed by his family, club members and staff at Kingwood. His
obituary can be read here. Obituary.
As a daylily enthusiast and hybridizer, he originated 45 daylilies that can be
found here by searching the name "applegate" in the hybridizers section.