Our daylily club is located in Columbia, SC. We meet the 2nd Sunday of the month at Asbury United Methodist Church off of Leesburg Rd. We're affiliated with the American Daylily Society (ADS), Region 15.
*Important Meeting Information*
CURRENT as of September, 2021. Club members will be required to follow the church's Covid guidelines. These include social distancing, masks and we have sanitizer on hand.
Your health & safety are of the utmost importance! Be mindful of your personal health.
We have reinstated the raffles so please bring a raffle item, for example, a gently loved garden item, things that you don't mind parting with but that someone else would enjoy,
or various plants, indoor/outdoor, things of that nature.
Realizing the desire for a local daylily club in the midlands of South Carolina, Peggy and Jim Jeffcoat sent out written invitations to all known interested persons in the midlands of South Carolina, inviting them to a meeting on April 5, 1987. Twenty-five persons responded and gathered to discuss the possibility of organizing a local club at Clemson Sandhills Research and Education Center in northeast Columbia, SC. Peggy led the group, reporting that there had been a South Carolina Hemerocallis Society which was founded in 1953 and had been supported by the late Charlotte Holman, Loy Singletary and Laura Sims. That organization had not been active for a good many years. Peggy asked if the group would like to reorganize the old society or start a new club. The group was indeed interested in forming a club to promote daylilies and unanimously voted to organize a new club choosing the name Mid-Carolina Daylily Society.
MCDS 30th Anniversary, 2017
(L to R) Ann Coggins, Peggy Jeffcoat, Gene Crocker
While our focus is on daylily culture and it's many aspects, it's not at all strictly business as we regularly enjoy good fellowship and food while learning about growing and hybridizing daylilies! Whether you're a novice or an experienced hybridizer we'd like to invite you to come on out and meet others who are passionate about daylilies and who are eager to share all they've learned with you!
PLEASE NOTE: Updated AUGUST, 2020. Due to a fire in December, 2018 which caused extensive damage to our regular meeting place we are now meeting at the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church on Leesburg Rd., Columbia, SC until further notice. Meeting time is 2 pm.
Sheila Caldon, President
Cassie Craig, Secretary
Peggy Jeffcoat, Treasurer
Membership dues are $10.00 per person per year.
Our new club logo is CATAWAMPUS (Jeffcoat, J. 2004) painted by Carolyn Rightsell. Catawampus was Third Place Runner-up to the President's Cup at the ADS National Convention in Myrtle Beach in 2018 and Second Place Runner up for Ned Roberts Spider/Unusual Form Award. It also has won Best Clump of a Region 15 hybridizer in a garden on tour at one of our Region 15 Summer Meetings.
If you've ever seen a beautiful daylily that captured your eye you know for a fact that "beautiful" never goes out of style. There's something for all tastes to love these days and we look forward to having you join us!
As a daylily club, we often get to enjoy local, Regional and National garden venues and visit the many beautiful daylily gardens and farms that are a part of the vast ADS (AHS) network. You haven't lived until you've seen acres of daylilies in bloom at the same time! We're fortunate to meet and talk with different growers and hybridizers, some who've been cultivating their various introductions for many years, decades even! There are so many fabulous hybridizers these days, some are doing cutting edge hybridizing, others are preserving the well loved forms we all know, and of course, there's always the backyard piddlers who love to dabble in the business of making their own creations and let's not forget those who grow them for their beauty alone! The best part is we get to meet other club members and marvelous people from around the country, making lots of new friends!
Did you know that the genus, Hemerocallis, was so named to reference the fleeting beauty of the blooms? Hemerocallis in the Greek means, "beauty for a day." Each daylily bloom lasts for one day but there's no need to worry as there's sure to be more where that one came from!
"There are many tired gardeners but I’ve seldom met old gardeners. I know many elderly gardeners but the majority are young at heart. Gardening simply does not allow one to be mentally old, because too many hopes and dreams are yet to be realized. The one absolute of gardeners is faith. Regardless of how bad past gardens have been, every gardener believes that next year’s will be better. It is easy to age when there is nothing to believe in, nothing to hope for; gardeners, however, simply refuse to grow up. Thomas Jefferson said once, 'Though an old man, I am but a young gardener.'"