Our History 

Realizing the desire for a local daylily club in the midlands of South Carolina, Peggy and Jim Jeffcoat sent out written invitations to all known interested persons in the midlands of South Carolina, inviting them to a meeting on April 5, 1987. Twenty-five persons responded and gathered to discuss the possibility of organizing a local club at Clemson Sandhills Research and Education Center in northeast Columbia, SC. Peggy led the group, reporting that there had been a South Carolina Hemerocallis Society which was founded in 1953 and had been supported by the late Charlotte Holman, Loy Singletary and Laura Sims. That organization had not been active for a good many years. Peggy asked if the group would like to reorganize the old society or start a new club. The group was indeed interested in forming a club to promote daylilies and unanimously voted to organize a new club choosing the name Mid-Carolina Daylily Society.

We welcome you to sit in on our regularly scheduled meetings and decide for yourself whether you'd like to join us here at the Mid-Carolina Daylily Society!  As many have said, "You come for the daylily, you stay for the people."  

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us!  We're also on Facebook at: Mid-Carolina Daylily Society @ Facebook


PICTURE GALLERY:  You can view the gallery full screen by clicking on the arrow in the right hand corner.  You can also advance forward or backward and pause the display if you'd like.  

You don't want to miss our January 13th meeting!  2019 is going to be so much fun! We've got two sets of excellent hybridizers joining us as our speakers next year, we've got our Judged Show to do in June with preparation beginning in May so we're going to need all hands on deck to make this a stellar year for MCDS!!

We're going to kick off our season with Heidi and Charles Douglas from Browns Ferry Gardens visiting us for our March meeting and then rounding out our year we'll have Dan Hansen from Ladybug Daylilies in Florida as our guest speaker for September!!  

It's going to be a great year ahead and we look forward to sharing it with all of you!!  
While our focus is on daylily culture and it's many aspects, it's not at all strictly business as we regularly enjoy good fellowship and food while learning about growing and hybridizing daylilies! Whether you're a novice or an experienced hybridizer we'd like to invite you to come on out and meet others who are passionate about daylilies and who are eager to share all they've learned with you! 
MCDS meets on the second Sunday of the month, with the exception of June, July and August, when there are no meetings, at the Garden Club Council Building in Maxcy Gregg Park, 1605 Park St, Columbia SC at 2:00 pm.
"Measure of Happiness"  
(Selman, 2009)

If you've ever seen a beautiful daylily that captured your eye you know for a fact that "beautiful" never goes out of style.  There's something for all tastes to love these days and we look forward to having you join us!  
Did you know that the genus, Hemerocallis, was so named to reference the fleeting beauty of the blooms?  Hemerocallis in the Greek means, "beauty for a day." Each daylily bloom lasts for one day but there's no need to worry as there's sure to be more where that one came from!  

As a daylily club, we often get to enjoy local, Regional and National garden venues and visit the many beautiful daylily gardens and farms that are a part of the vast AHS network.  You haven't lived until you've seen acres of daylilies in bloom at the same time!  We're fortunate to meet and talk with different growers and hybridizers, some who've been cultivating their various introductions for many years, decades even.  There are so many fabulous hybridizers these days, some are doing cutting edge hybridizing, others are preserving the well loved forms we all know, and, of course, there's always the backyard piddlers who love to dabble in the business of making their own creations and let's not forget those who grow them for their beauty alone!  The best part is we get to meet other club members from around the country and make lots of new friends!
 "Peggy Jeffcoat"  (Joiner, J. 1995)

Beverly Breuer, President
Sheila Caldon, Vice President
Cassie Craig, Secretary
Peggy Jeffcoat, Treasurer

Membership dues are $10.00 per person per year.