March is here and whether we are ready or not, spring is upon us. My daylilies which were barely peeking through the ground 10 days ago are suddenly 5-6 inches tall thanks to the unseasonably warm weather we have had here in Nashville. In isolated spots, I have even noticed cherry trees blooming !! Almost as exciting as spring is the introduction of the AHS Membership Portal which goes live on March 10. I have been busy over the last several weeks developing ideas for blogs, forums and photo galleries just for Region 10 members. The categories are all in place, but it will be up to Region 10 members to provide the content. I'm especially excited about the opportunity for members to upload their own pictures of gardens and flowers and can't wait to see everything going on in Region 10 on one website. And I have enlisted the help of Susan Okrasinski to help moderate the forums which should be fun. I would encourage everyone to register for the AHS portal once we go live and explore all the different categories, both at the national level as well as the regional level.
I've heard from a couple of clubs regarding upcoming events. From Blue Grass Daylily Society, Elizabeth Trotter wrote the following : "I wanted to let you know the Blue Grass Hemerocallis Society will meet Monday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. at the Fayette County Extension Office, 1140 Red Mile Place. Our speaker will be Curt Hanson of Crintonic Gardens in Ohio. For more information, call 502-857-8600 or visit www.daylilyfans.com/bghs. ". From the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society comes the news that Sharon Price, an Alabama hybridizer, will be speaking at their March 8 meeting at Cheekwood at 6:30 PM. And speaking of clubs, I have given each Region 10 Club a group page on the Membership Portal for their yearly calendars. Requests went out last month to all club presidents for 2011 calendars. To date, I have received calendars from Tri-Cities Daylily Society, East Tenn Daylily Society, and the Middle Tennessee Daylily Society. If you want your club's calendar of events posted on the AHS Portal, please forward to me when they are ready.
That's about all for now - if you want a special club event publicized, just send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.