DAVID AND FRIEDA JERRELL
SERENITY GARDENS is the home of David and Frieda Jerrell. Their garden has been featured on tour for several Region 3 regional meetings and they have hosted many of the summer RADS picnics over the years.
|DAVID, FRIEDA’S DAUGHTER SAMANTHA , AND FRIEDA RELAXING IN THE GARDEN|
|FRIEDA GETS HER ENTRIES READY FOR THE 2009 RADS SHOW|
|FRIEDA RELAXING AT LOUIS WALTON’S GARDEN|
KEVIN WALEK (President of the American Hemerocallis Society) REMEMBERS DAVID
February 23, 2009
A dear friend of all of us in Region 3 passed away last night, David Jerrell. I am privileged to have been able to call David a friend for over 20 years. Whenever things got a bit too serious at a regional daylily event, I could always count on David to come to the rescue and make me laugh. David was an avid hunter in addition to his passion for daylilies and Ed Brown’s son Collier would come up from Florida to hunt with David. David loved dogs and one of his and my favorites was his dog named “Me too”. If you were paying attention to any other animal in the house Me Too would come up and give you that look that said Me Too!About ten years ago two daylily lovers from opposite sides of the Virginia/North Carolina border joined forces and David and Frieda became one at their Serenity Gardens, where David added a gigantic pond for Frieda’s Koi, in addition to adding her daylily collection to his.
I am glad that at this past year’s regional David and Frieda’s Serenity Gardens were on the Region 3 Summer Regional Tour hosted by the Richmond Area Daylily Club. David met us at the bottom of the long uphill dirt road that led to the beautiful gardens, and although stricken with Lou Gehrig’s disease he was joking and commenting on things like always, even if he had to do it through a hand held typing “interpreter.”
I am thankful that I got to spend a part of that tour “talking” to David, as he raised my spirits as only he could.
In the time I knew David he only missed one Regional event attending 21 consecutive regionals and 12 consecutive Lilyhemmers. Many of you may also remember David coming to some of the Nationals on the back of a motorcycle.
I will be looking for him next regional and will be saddened by the fact that he won’t be there!