Summer Tour, July 29 – UPDATE

Our summer tour will take place on Saturday, July 29.

We will meet at O’Donal’s Nursery , 6 County Rd, Gorham, where Jeff O’Donal will give us a tour of the Barth daylily gardens at 11 AM.

Get there early if you want to browse the nursery or buy anything.

At noon, we will proceed to the garden of Al Lambert at 10 Greenwood Lane, Portland to enjoy picnics (bring your own, and a lawn chair) and see his marvelous garden. Al has a double lot, which he has filled with flowers of all kinds, trees and shrubs. Hostas and daylilies are only part of what he grows.

Hypertufas made at Cheri’s will be at Al’s for your pickup.

After Al’s garden, we have been invited to Lee Coutures wonderful garden.  Her address is 168 Egypt Rd, Raymond

Here is a link to a Google map of the tour:

Club Picnic, Plant Swap & Hypertufa / Papercrete Demo

We will hold a club picnic and plant swap will be June3 at Cheri’s house-154 Port Rd, Kennebunk.  Cheri is located in Kennebunk, Lower Village, on the way to the beach.  Take Summer St Off Rte 1 thru town until it changes to Port Rd., then stay on Port Rd.  Cheri and Roger own both 152 and 154 Port Rd.  The garden is on both properties.

Come when you can. 


From 10-noon, Cheri will be demonstrating Hypertufa and papercrete.

Noon-1 BBQ-Cheri will grill dogs and hamburgers. Members should bring a salad or dessert.

1 PM Plant swap. Please bring some plants, books or other gardening aides and we’ll have a great time trading.


Please bring a chair for yourself.

2017 Photo Contest Results

There were some wonderful photos presented this year.  Congratulations to this year’s winners:

Category 1:  Daylily, Single Flower:  SUGAR IN THE MORNING by Sterling MacLean (Also winner of Best in Show)

Category 2:  Hosta Leaf or Flower, Single:  Hosta Leaf by Scott Nelson


Category 3:  Multiple Daylily Flowers:  RAM by Sterling MacLean

Category 4:  Multiple Hosta Leaves or Blooms:  WHEEE! by Cheri Ellenberger


Category 5: Landscape:  Landscape by Pat Norton

Category 6:  People and Critters: Salem & Ruby by Valerie Jo Feeney

2016 Business Meeting and Holiday Party

20161203_114320Well, another gardening season comes to a close.  We opened up with our business meeting.  A schedule was set up for 2016 and we elected new officers for a two-year term.   The schedule will be up soon on our Events page.   The following slate of officers was elected:

  • President:  Cheri Ellenberger
  • Vice President:  Leslie Barteau
  • Treasurer / Secretary:  Paul Bourret.

Thank you to our outgoing officers for your service to the club.

20161203_114358After we took care of business, we had our holiday pot-luck dinner.  Everything was again delicious.  We finished the meeting with our annual Yankee Swap for presents.

Our next meeting will be in April.  Enjoy the holidays, stay strong through the winter months, and we will see you all in the Spring!

Field Trip: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens – July 30

We will be holding a field trip to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, Maine on Saturday July 30. We are signed up for a group tour with a docent at 10 am. We’re scheduled to meet there at 9:30 am. Groups of 10 or more get a reduced admission rate of $12.
If you are interested in going, please let President Rex know by emailing him at as soon as possible.  We need a head count on who is going.

2016 SMDHS Photo Contest Results

SMDHS welcomed spring by sharing memories of last year’s gardening season in our annual photo contest.  Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Category 1: Daylily, Single Flower – SHORES OF TIME by Pat Norton


Category 2: Hosta, Single Flower or Leaf – TIE:

Ice Follies by Pat Norton


White Sprite by Ed Norton


Category 3: Multiple Daylily Blooms – Unknown cultivar by Cheri Ellenberger


Category 4: Multiple Hosta Flowers or Leaves – Craig Cote


Category 5: Landscape, Ed Norton (Also Best in Show)


Category 6: People and Critters,  by Cheri Ellenberger



SMDHS Photo Contest, March 19

Are you tired of the white stuff outside? And the cold? Are you looking forward to Spring? Well now’s a good time to stay warm and go through your photos because it will not be long before SMDHS photo contest is upon us! That’s Right! Saturday March 19 is our first meeting of 2016 and it’s our Annual Photo Contest! SMDHS Photo Contest

Contest Rules:
– This contest is open to all SMDHS members.
– Members will bring photos for the contest to the meeting on March 19.
– All entries must be received by 10:00 am.
– Entries must meet the following requirements:
– Photos must have been taken in 2015.
– Photos must be a maximum of 5” x 7” in size.
– Photos must not be matted or framed.
– The category, name of the photographer and the name of the cultivar should be written on the back of the photo.
– Photos should not contain any names, copyright marks or other information that would indicate the photographer.
– Members may enter up to 5 photographs in each category.

Categories are as follows:
1. Single daylily flower.
2. Single hosta flower or leaf.
3. Multiple daylily flowers.
4. Multiple hosta flowers or leaves.
5. Landscapes featuring daylilies or hostas.
6. People, sculpture or critters with daylilies or hostas.
Votes will be tabulated and winners will be announced.
Winners from each category will also be judged “Best in Show” by the membership in a separate round of voting.

Prizes will be:
Category winners: $10 in auction credit for the June Auction 2016.
Grand prize “Best in Show”: $25 in auction credit for the June Auction 2016.

We look forward to seeing you all in March!  Stay warm!

July 25 Club Picnic @ Rockhaven Daylilies

Here are the directions to Paul and Lisa’s for the SMDHS pot-luck club picnic on July 25. Plan on showing up between 11 and noon. We start eating at noon. Bring a camera. Peak bloom is approaching. Don’t forget to bring something good to eat!

Address is 11 Keepaway Lane, West Newfield, Maine. Our phone (if you get lost) is 207-793-4521. However you get to West Newfield, head north on Maplewood Road for 1.8 miles. Keepaway Lane is a left. We are the first house on the right.

If the driveway is filled (which is likely) then head up Keepaway about 100 yards and there is a shop on the left. You can park there and walk down.

If you are coming and haven’t RSVP’d, please let Paul know at


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