Event Details


The Austin Daylily Society is honored to present “Seventh Heaven” – the 2017 AHS Region 6 Meeting – May 25-27th, in beautiful Austin, Texas. The event is being held at the Williamson Conference Center in the Wingate Inn and Suites, located in Round Rock (just north of Austin). We have an exciting three days planned for our region’s members!

Thursday, May 25 – Registration will open at noon. This afternoon, we’ll also offer Exhibition Judge Clinics I–III at the hotel, and the Garden Judge’s Workshop in the garden of Bruce and Jerre Threatte. Attendees may also start shopping at the plant sale or place early bids in the silent auction, until 5pm. For those wishing to explore Austin, your show program will list sightseeing suggestions as well as information on our area’s wonderful nurseries and garden centers. The Regional Officer’s meeting will be held from 5-7pm. Dinner tonight is on your own.

Friday, May 26 – Garden Tours start bright and early! Buses will leave the hotel at 7:30am and 8:00am. Please sign up for your bus time at the registration desk. Your bus time will be the same for both days. Today, we’ll visit gardens on the north side of Austin, including the gardens of: Gary and Suzanne Adair, Bruce and Jerre Threatte, Skottie O’Mahony and Jeff Breitenstein, and Pat and Tom Ellison (see garden descriptions below).  Lunch will be served at the Skottie and Jeff’s garden, aka Tanglewild Gardens. While enjoying lunch, please be sure to visit the Edna Lankart Award bed to vote for the best seedling from a Region 6 hybridizer who is not a member of the host club. We have 21 entries this year! You may also vote on one of the 12 seedlings submitted by members of the Austin Daylily Society for the Annie T. Giles Award. Buses will return to the hotel by 3pm, where the plant sale, boutique, raffle and silent auction will be open until 5:30pm. This evening, dinner is served at 6:30pm at the hotel – fajitas! The Region 6 business meeting will follow dinner, from 6:30-9:00pm. After dinner, check out Austin’s nightlife or rest up for another busy day of garden tours.

Saturday, May 27 – Day 2 of Garden Tours! Buses will again leave the hotel at 7:30am and 8:00am (your bus time will be the same). Today, we’ll visit gardens in the central and south side of Austin, including the gardens of: Mike Peppers, Velia Sanchez-Ruiz, and Don and Janice Heiskell – plus, a visit to the Zilker Botanical Garden which is home to the Austin Daylily Society’s display bed. Last year, the Austin club lifted and replanted the beds, adding many new cultivars – it’s sure to be a highlight of the weekend. Sincere thanks to all of the members who worked on these beds, with special thanks to Skottie O’Mahony for the detailed new garden plan and to Don and Janice Heiskell for coordinating the workdays and making our plant tags. Lunch will be served at Zilker and the buses will return to the hotel by 3pm. The plant sale, boutique, raffle and silent auction will close at 6pm, last chance to get in your bids! The names of the winners will be posted outside of the boutique, for pick up after dinner. Dinner tonight is PoK-e-Jo’s Texas BBQ – serving up some of the best BBQ in Austin since 1979. 

We are thrilled to welcome special guest speaker, Rich Rosen. Rich served as the President of the Austin Daylily Society 1988-1989, and served as both an Exhibition and Garden Judge. Rich and his wife, Anna Marie's, AHS Display Garden (in Austin) was on the Region 6 Meeting tours in 1992, 2001, and 2010. Rich served Region 6 as Regional Vice President 1996-1997, Garden Judges Liaison 2000-2001, and AHS Region 6 Director 2002-2007. He also served as Awards & Honors Chair 2002-2008 and as AHS Vice President. In 2010, Rich was honored as the recipient of the AHS Region 6 Service Award for his service to both our region and to AHS. Rich and Anna Marie now live in Fairmont, Kentucky and we are excited to welcome them back!

Register today!

Registration for Seventh Heaven is still open, but will close once we have 125 attendees. Spaces are filling up, so don’t delay. Fees are $120.00 per adult, and $95.00 per youth (17 or younger). The host hotel is the Wingate Inn and Suites, 1209 North IH 35 (Exit 253) in Round Rock. Phone: 512-341-7000. We’ve arranged for a special room rate of $99, which includes a hot breakfast. Make your reservations by May 10, 2017 and ask for the Austin Daylily Society rate.

Garden descriptions follow

Gary and Suzanne Adair
Gary and Suzanne have been working on their yard for the past 35 years. As original owners of the house, the backyard was first a playground to the left and a vegetable garden to the right.  But the kids grew up and fighting squash bugs and trying to grow tomatoes became too frustrating. So they now have flower beds around the perimeter of the yard.  Since deer frequent the neighborhood, they have all the tasty daylilies in the backyard. They continue to work on plant selection, composting, mulching, and design. After 35 years, they still consider it a work-in-progress.  They love to share their garden and Gary will tell you about his many staghorn ferns, too, while you’re there.

Skottie O’Mahony and Jeff Breitenstein
Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Skottie and Jeff spent 22 years in Seattle where they packed a collector’s garden into a 50x100-foot city lot. Their daylily addiction, which started with a dozen unnamed Munson seedlings and a few passed down from family (including a red daylily from Skottie’s grandmother’s garden in Poland), has grown to a collection of over 800 cultivars and 200+ seedlings. In 2013, they found a 1.7-acre property in north Austin and their dream of starting a daylily hybridizing nursery grew into the larger goal of establishing a botanical garden - Tanglewild Gardens. In addition to daylilies, Tanglewild is home to many varieties of palms, brugmansia, arisaema, and coleus. The nursery and garden is their retirement plan from the tech world (someday) - in the meantime, it’s a place to recharge, relax, and share good times with friends and family.

Bruce and Jerre Threatte
Bruce and Jerre's backyard garden is an eclectic mixture of typically Texas native plants, plants attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, hostas, calla lilies, ginger, and of course lots of daylilies – including Bruce’s seedlings.  Their love affair with daylilies began in Virginia Beach, VA when they happened upon the local club’s fundraising sale at a nursery.  Daylilies quickly supplanted azaleas which had been their backyard mania.  Moving to Texas nine years ago, they packed their cars with a few favorites, but sadly left behind hundreds of beauties.  Deer in their neighborhood resulted in a decision to fence the backyard. Now, they can sit on the back porch and enjoy the fruits of their handiwork, especially when the daylily blooms make their annual appearance.

Pat and Tom Ellison
The Ellison’s is a cottage garden where fern, nandina, canna, and Lily of the Nile are among the many plants that accompany daylilies in creating the beautiful scenes of plant interplay. In the southern-exposed front yard, the sun-loving annual and perennial beds encircle a grass core. The shady backyard hosts the shade-loving plants and found object sculptures Tom makes, all located under a giant American Elm tree. One side yard is a dry garden where zeric plants like kidney wood thrive without irrigation. The other has two ponds connected by a babbling brook to enhance garden enjoyment. The first daylilies were planted years ago for the simple love of lilies. Then after attending an Austin Daylily Society show and being smitten by H. ‘Sweet Patootie’ and a room full of other beauties, daylilies (now totaling 80 cultivars) began taking center stage in the garden.

Mike Peppers
After moving to Texas 18 years ago, Mike was introduced to daylilies by a co-worker -- the son of award-winning hybridizer Inez Tarrant. He went to a flower show, then visited the garden and selling field of Leon and Paula Payne. His initial purchase of 10 cultivars from the Paynes eventually grew to a collection of more than 400 and became an AHS Display Garden. Relocating from Houston to Austin in 2013, Mike downsized both house and garden. He designed and completely reconstructed the yard and garden of his quarter-acre suburban lot. He now has "only" 200+ different cultivars.  The garden also features a 600-gallon pond.

Velia Sanchez-Ruiz
This special garden is situated on a picturesque corner lot in South Austin. The entire front yard has been converted into a flower garden with daylilies growing alongside herbs, roses, iris, tomatoes, verbenas, carnations, and many other perennials and annuals.  It has been featured on the Central Texas Gardener television show and its wide variety of plant types makes it a popular destination for other garden clubs.  Velia welcomes all to stop by and check out her little piece of heaven!

Don and Janice Heiskell
Don and Janice retired to Austin after gardening for 30 years in California, building their gardens here over the last seven years.  They have grown daylilies for a long time and now have a collection of 180.  Their previously all-Bermuda lawn is now home to five garden rooms with very little Bermuda remaining. The rooms vary from full sun to full shade, hosting collections of iris, roses, salvias, and many different native and adapted perennials and flowering trees. Their objective is to have color nearly year-round, trying new plants to see how well they can handle the Texas climate.  One garden features a number of trellises with climbing roses, espalier Rose of Sharon, and various tropical vines. Several rooms have water features.

Zilker Botanical Garden
The Zilker Botanical Garden is located on 26 acres of varied topography on the south bank of the Colorado River near downtown Austin. Its diverse topography is especially suited to depicting different habitats and displaying an array of native, hybrid, and exotic plants. The Garden is the centerpiece of Zilker Park and the Lady Bird Johnson Lake (Colorado River) corridor and is its most extensively used facility. Over 300,000 people annually visit the gardens from across Texas and the U.S., as well as over 100 countries.  The Austin Daylily Society maintains several large beds of daylilies located prominently near the front entrance and strikingly visible to thousands of people passing by on the busy street each day.