My hybridizing goals have always been simple: clear colors with good plant habits. Simple as that sounds, it's not always easily accomplished. I breed with plants that perform well for me, whether they're my own or from other breeders. I like most all colors, forms, and sizes, but during the past few years have focused mostly on large flowered tetraploids since that seems to be what people are most interested in. I've been getting very interesting patterns from my 'Angie Alabama', and have been working with my favorite daylily color - yellow.
I was born and raised in Michigan and grew up with parents and grandparents who were gardeners. In fact, my early gardening skills were learned at the end of my grandmother's cane. I studied horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, and after graduating, worked there as a gardener for 12 years. One of my tasks was to recreate a daylily garden honoring geneticist Dr. Arlow Stout - one of the pioneer daylily hybridizers. Dr. Stout worked at the New York Botanical Garden for 48 years and introduced about 100 daylilies. Like many daylily breeders of his time, Dr. Stout used species daylilies as the building blocks for his program. By developing reds, pinks, purples, and eyezones, he was able to break away from the yellow and orange colors common to that era.
I currently operate a small gardening business in central North Carolina with emphasis on design and maintenance for residential properties. I hope that you'll find some interesting daylilies among my hybrids. Several named cultivars are currently available for shipping in summer/fall of 2009. Feel free to email me with questions or comments.
5414 US 70 W
Mebane, NC 27302
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