Non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of daylilies and iris

Our society meets once a month from March to September at the Nature Center at Holliday Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Monthly meetings at the Nature Center are open to the public and guests are welcome.

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June 7, 2016

Dan Bachman discovered daylilies in 1984 during a move to a new house. Dan and wife, Jackie became members of the Greater Cincinnati Daylily & Hosta Society and the American Hemerocallis Society in 1988. Dan has served as local club president and vice president and the Bachmanís are life members of AHS as well as Garden Judges. Dan has been AHS Garden Judge Chairman and served on various Regional committees. Dan received the Region Service Award in 2005. Their garden, Valley Of The Daylilies, has been on regional tour and was a tour garden for the 2005 AHS National Convention. Dan was Chairman of the 2013 Region 2 Summer Meeting held in Cincinnati. As well Dan Co-Chair of the Region 2 Winter Meetings in 2009 through 2013.

Dan began hybridizing in the early 1990ís. During the mid decade he focused on the spider form in both dip and tet and realized moderate success with registrations beginning in 2001. To date he has registered approximately 207 cultivars, garnered 30 Junior Citations and 28 Honorable Mentions. The Bachman cultivars SUZY CREAMCHEESE and MASCARA SNAKE have won the AHS prestigious Eugene Foster Award for late blooming daylilies. SUZY CREAMCHEESE also won the Harris Olson Award for best spider. Danís seedlings have won the Region 2 Englerth Award 3 times and he was presented the Howard Hite Award hybridizing excellence. B.J. MCMILLEN was tied for the Ned Roberts Spider Award at the 2012 AHS Convention.

While recently working more with the tetraploid spider/uf lines Dan still hybridizes diploid spidery forms specializing in late bloom. The tet program leans toward big blooms on strong scapes and he is dabbling with some bagel lines also. Always at the front of the Bachman breeding program is the emphasis on good garden performance.

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