We invite you to join the Central Iowa Daylily Society. CIDS was created by people passionate about daylilies, and our mission is to promote Daylilies through education and community outreach. We are a non-profit organization open to the public and pursue our mission through public meetings, auctions, and tours of member gardens. This provides a warm community in which CIDS members benefit from the experience and friendship of their peers.

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We meet seven times annually. Prominent hybridizers who represeningt large breeding programs have spoken to CIDS, as well as hybridizers just beginning to get attention in the daylily world. Speakers have included Curt Hanson, Patrick and Grace Stamile, and Steve Moldovan. Most speak at our Pollen Dabbers Symposium held annually each March. Since 2004, guest speakers at Pollen Dabbers have included Dan Bachman, Gus Guzinski, Dan Hansen, Bret Clement, Linda Michaels, Phil Korth, Jim Murphy, Margo Reed, Terry Mann, Jamie Gossard, Bob Faulkner, Richard Norris, Paul Owen, Bob Tankersly-Clarke, Mike & Sandy Holmes, Charles & Heidi Douglas, Nikki Schmith, Bill Waldrop and Michael Bouman, Mike Grossmen and Kathleen Nordstrom, Tom Keast, David Kirchhoff, and Lee Pickles.


Two CIDS auctions are held annually. The spring auction offers newer cultivars by nationally known hybridizers. Our fall auction is supported by generous donations from members of cultivars that have proven their garden value in Iowa’s zone 4 climate. Our auctions represent the best of both old and new, so no matter what your taste, you will always find something for your garden.


The Annual club tour is a highlight of our summer activities. We usually visit from three to five member gardens during peak bloom, and enjoy a day of daylily fellowship. Of course, the public is always invited to attend.

American Hemerocallis Society Display Gardens
A number of member gardens are American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) Display Gardens. This is a distinct honor, and makes these gardens excellent starting points in the education of the novice daylily grower. These gardens are also a great place for experienced gardeners to observe varieties they are thinking of adding to their collections.


Active hybridizers in our club provide a wealth of information and inspiration to novice gardeners as well as those who have been digging in the dirt a while. And if you are lucky, you will be around when they’re ready to move some old things out in preparation for new seedlings.

An Eight Dollar Investment

It’s hard to believe that a membership is only $6 annually ($8 for couples). These days, few good things cost so little, yet offer so much.

Volunteer Opportunities

As an active club we welcome volunteers. Our members volunteer at our two annual public sales (in spring and fall), and at times assist elderly members with heavier seasonal gardening chores. If you’re interested, please contact one of the club members listed below.

Kathy Larson: 641-752-2264
Don Lovell: 641-752-6807


Meeting are held at the Marshalltown Community College. Click link to get a map.

A Star Is Born (Bob Wilson 2006)


Nan Ripley (Nan's First Blush 2004)


Introdution Seedling (Kathy Larsen)


Peppermint Ice (Don Lovell 2004)

Other Iowa Growers

Cedar Valley Iris & Daylily Society

Turkey Ridge Daylily Farm
David & Shirley Halverson

Walnut Hill Gardens
Barry & Lynn Stoll


American Hemerocallis Society

AHS Region One
Iowa, Manitoba, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota

Other Useful Links

Tinkers Daylily Database

Charlotte’s Daylily Diary

2017 Schedule

Saturday, February 18th
Daylily Basics
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Marshalltown Community College
Room 608

Friday & Saturday,
March 17th-18th

Pollen Dabbers
Friday Night, 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Marshalltown Community College,
Room 608/610

Guest Speakers:
Rich Howard
Barry Matthie

2017 Registration Form:
Registration Form in PDF
Registration From in Word

Saturday, April 15th
Patti Waterman
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Marshalltown Community College,
Room 608

Saturday, May 20th
Annual spring plant auction
2:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.
Marshalltown Community College,
Room 608

Saturday, June 17th
Ed Seims and Teresa Vokoun “Photographing Flowers”
2:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.
Marshalltown Community College,
Room 608

July 28th - 30th
Region One Convention, “Daylily Dreams in ’17”
Plymouth Minnesota

2017 Registration Form:
Registration Form in PDF

Saturday, August 12th
Pot luck and fall plant auction
12:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.
Marshalltown Community College
Room 608

Saturday, September 16th
Mike Grossman and
Kathleen Nordstrom

2:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.
Marshalltown Community College
Room 608

Saturday, October 21st
Scott Keller “Nebraska Hybridizers”
2:00 PM - 5:00 p.m.
Marshalltown Community College
Room TBA

Holiday Party - Date and Location, TBA

For further information contact:
Don Lovell
3352 275th Street
Marshalltown, IA. 50158

Email: dmlovell@aol.com
phone: 641-479-1190
cell: 641-691-5070

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