2018 Photo Contest Results

We had a great time at our kick-off meeting for 2018.  Thanks to photographer Mike Leonard for his helpful tips on how to take great photos.

Here are this year’s winners:


Category 1 (And Best in Show), Green Arrow by Lee Harvie

Category 2, Summer Joy by Sue Labonville

Category 3, Bama Bound by Stirling MacLean

Category 4, Multiple Hosta by Cris Blackstone

Category 5, Hosta Landscape by Sue Labonville

Category 6, Rex & Craig Hybridizing by Ed Norton.

April 8: Photo Contest and Mike Leonard, Professional Photographer.

Our April Meeting will be next Sunday, April 8, 2018 and will feature our annual photo contest, and a professional photographer to help us improve our photos. We will be meeting back in our old faithful meeting spot-The Hort building at SMCC on Slocum Dr. (Greenhouse building-Please park across the street.)

Mike Leonard, professional photographer will be joining us, to help us improve our photos.

He will review our photos in our contest, and help us see small ways to improve them.

He will also be happy to review any photos you bring to see how they can be improved, and answer your questions.

We expect him to join us at 1 PM.

April Photo Contest

This contest is open to all SMDHS members.

Members will bring photos for the contest to the meeting on April 8.

All entries must be received by 12:00 pm.

Entries must meet the following requirements:

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
  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 2018 Lobstah Classic.

Grand prize “Best in Show”: $25 in auction credit for the  2018 Lobstah Classic

Bring your lunch.

2017 Holiday Party

Join us for our annual SMDHS Holiday Party.  The meeting will be on Saturday, December 2 at noon at the University of Maine Extension, 75 Clearwater Drive, Falmouth.

Bring something tasty to share and if you are interesting in joining in on the Yankee Swap, bring a gift with a maximum value of $15.




We will also be playing bingo for some fantastic prizes:

– $100 gift certificate to O’Donal’s Nursery

– $50 gift certificate to Broadway Nursery

– 50 Kinkaid Markers

– Lobstah Classic Auction Bucks

We look forward to seeing you there.

Oct 7 Meeting: Business Meeting & Fred Michel, Horticultural Art

This month’s meeting was held at the U-Maine Extension in Falmouth.

We started with the annual business meeting.

  • The December 2 meeting will also be at the Falmouth site.  It will be our annual holiday party, potluck and Yankee swap.  Items for the swap should be no more than $15.
  • Cheri reported that she in in discussion in SMCC about holding meetings in the hort building again.
  • A tentative schedule of meetings for 2018 was put forth.  Most meetings will be on Sundays in keeping with the response from the latest survey.  The tentative schedule will be published separately.
  • Cheri discussed the idea of renting a bus for the 2018 National Hosta Convention in Philadelphia.  Most members felt favorable about this.
  • Paul discussed that the AHS (Daylily) Regional meeting in 2018 will be in Nova Scotia.  Exact dates are not known but will be published once we know.
  • Paul gave a treasurer’s report.
  • Paul proposed a change to the bylaws on what happens to the club’s funds if the club dissolves.  This will be published in a separate report and will be voted on at the December meeting by the membership in attendance.
  • The annual meeting was completed and closed.


This month we had a speaker, Fred Michel.  Fred practices “Scanography”, the art of making pictures using a scanner.  Fred uses a number of horticultural subjects in his work, but for us, he focused on daylilies and hosta.  His work used all different parts of the plant: foliage, flowers and flower parts, pods, bud, stems and just about anything else.  The parts are painstakingly arranged on a scanner in a dark room to create some amazing art.  Here are some examples that Fred shared with us.  These were very interesting and imaginative images.  Fred’s work can be found on Flickr (linked to his name above) and he can be followed on on Twitter at @HortArt.

Daylily buds

Hosta buds

Daylily petals and sepals

Daylily CHICAGO ROSY in bloom and past bloom

Hosta leaves

Hosta pods


Hosta blooms

Daylily pistil pinwheel


Upcoming Meetings – New Location

Our next meeting will be Oct 7, Sat from noon to 3 PM at the UMaine Cooperative Extension Service at 75 Clearwater Dr, Falmouth

Just off Rt 1

(Directions to follow)


Please bring a sack lunch. We will hold our annual business meeting while we are munching. The main topic will be dates etc for next year’s meeting. If you have topics you’d like to have speakers on, or any other business you think we should discuss, please email kwcheri@roadrunner.com


At 1 PM, we have professional photographer Fred Mitchell coming to talk about Photographing Plants in the Landscape.

Please email your burning questions about photography to kwcheri@roadrunner.com as soon as possible, so we can get them to Fred right away. Of course your questions are also welcome at the meeting.


Our Christmas/Holiday Party will be held Sat, Dec 2 from noon to 3 PM at the UMaine Cooperative Extension Service at 75 Clearwater Dr, Falmouth.

This will be a pot luck , and will be our last meeting of 2017. Please bring a wrapped gift (under $15) for our Yankee Swap.


Looking forward to seeing you all. Feel free to bring a friend to our Oct meeting.


75 Clearwater


Just off Rt 1

University of Maine Cooperative Extension 75 Clearwater Dr, Falmouth, just off Rt 1


View a map and get directions.

From Yarmouth/Cumberland Foreside: Head South on I-295. Take Exit 10 toward I-95/US-1 and turn left onto Bucknam Rd. Travel 0.3 miles and then turn right onto US-I. Travel about a half mile and turn right onto Clearwater Drive.Travel about 0.4 miles and bear left to stay on Clearwater Drive. The University of Maine Regional Learning Center, #75, is the large yellow building on the right.

From Portland: Head North on I-295 toward Falmouth. Take Exit 10 toward I-95/US-1 and turn  left, taking the ramp towards US-1/I-495. Turn left again onto Bucknam Rd. Almost right away, turn right onto US-I. Travel about a half mile and turn right onto Clearwater Dr. Travel about 0.4 miles and bear left to stay on Clearwater Drive. The University of Maine Regional Learning Center, #75, is the large yellow building on the right.

From West Falmouth: Head East on Mountain Road. Mountain Rd. will become Falmouth Rd. Travel on this road for about 3.9 miles. Take a right onto Lunt Rd. Lunt Rd. becomes Depot Rd. Travel about 0.9 miles. Turn right onto US-I and travel 0.2 miles. Turn right onto Clearwater Drive and travel for about 0.4 miles. Bear left to stay on Clearwater Drive. University of Maine Regional Learning Center, #75, is the large yellow building on the right.

From Cumberland Center: Head South on Main St./Rt. 9. Travel on rt. 9 for about 5 miles. Turn left onto Buckam Rd. for about a half mile. Turn right onto US-I. Travel about a half mile and turn right onto Clearwater Dr. Travel about 0.4 miles and bear left to stay on Clearwater Drive. The University of Maine Regional Learning Center, #75, is the large yellow building on the right.

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:  https://goo.gl/maps/qC7DiWG3KHm

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

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