Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Remembering gary Schaben: A Tribute from ADS Region One


gary Schaben, award-winning daylily hybridizer and American Daylily Society Region One Publicity Director (RPD) from 2000-2004, passed away peacefully this morning (9/15/2020) while watching the sunrise surrounded by his family.

The original version of this updated article (with title selected by gary) was first published on pages 66-72 in the Spring 2007 issue of The Daylily Journal. Here is the updated version, in tribute to our friend.

About gary Schaben: "I Was Born in a Log Cabin that I Helped My Father Build"
Kathleen M. Lamb and Mary Baker

gary told us he always envisioned that an article written about him would begin with that sentence. It’s the least we can do for gary, who inspires us and countless others to hybridize, including his talented nephew John Becker, creator of the gorgeous Hemerocallis ‘Tie Dyed Moon’ (Becker/Schaben, tet, 2003).

gary Schaben (pic courtesy of Chad Schaben)

gary’s love of gardening began in his home town of La Crosse in central Kansas, which gary describes as a dry and dusty prairie. The lone shady oasis belonged to a neighbor couple who had emigrated from Germany along with their iris collection. While an eight-year-old boy, gary would watch John, a cobbler, work in his shed on leather shoes and harnesses. When John tired of gary, he told gary about the bear hiding in the basement. gary would quickly retreat to the adjacent house, where Pauline welcomed him with freshly baked cookies they enjoyed in her beautiful garden, where it always felt cool on the hottest of days.

gary and Rita Schaben and family (pic courtesy of Chad Schaben)

After moving to Minnesota, gary’s sister-in-law gave him some Hemerocallis fulva to plant in a wet area of the garden. gary liked its vigor and hardiness and then discovered that daylilies also came in yellow. In 1989, gary’s mother-in-law told him that the gentleman from whom she rented pasture land, Marion Hagerstrom, grew and created daylilies in all sorts of colors. gary frequently visited Marion, and Marion gave him lots of seedlings to play with. Gary quickly became enamored with daylilies; as a result, gardening took on a whole new meaning. In addition to physically working in the dirt and designing artistic beds, he became hooked on creating his own daylilies. Sadly, gary’s first promising seedlings bloomed the summer after Marion passed away.

Personal and Cultivar Awards

gary did quite a bit of hybridizing with daylilies before his involvement began with his local club, the Hemerocallis Society of Minnesota (now known as the Daylily Society of Minnesota or DSM), and the American Hemerocallis Society (also known as the American Daylily Society or ADS). It started when gary learned about a seminar at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum by Norm Baker, who owned and operated a nearby daylily nursery. gary joined DSM and ADS, and he quickly became an active member of both societies.

Kathy Lamb met gary and his wife Rita through DSM, and Mary Baker met them while attending ADS regional events. gary served as ADS Region One Publicity Director, a position he held for five years from 2000-2004 while Mary was regional vice president (now known as regional President or RP) and Kathy was regional newsletter Editor. 

Over the years, gary and Rita generously contributed many daylilies and extensive time to local and regional events. Rita served as ADS Region One Director from 2004-2006. gary and Rita received the ADS Region One Service Award in 2003 for their outstanding service and dedication to our region. 

gary received the Honorable Mention award (HM) for H. ‘Debbie’s Vows’ (tet, 2001), ‘North Wind Dancer’ (dip, 2001), and ‘Remembering Joan’ (tet, 2001) in 2004. gary was awarded an HM for ‘Minnesota Morning’ (tet, 2001) in 2005. In 2007, gary received HMs for ‘Emma’s Song’ (Schaben/Rice, tet, 2003), ‘North Wind Drifter’ (dip, 2001), and ‘’Paha Sapa ‘Thundercloud’ (tet, 2003. gary was awarded HMs for ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ (dip, 2005) and ‘Paha Sapa Dreamcatcher’ (tet, 2005) in 2008. In 2011, gary received HMs for ‘Captain Jack’ (tet, 2007), ‘Hakuna Matata’ (dip, 2007), and ‘North Wind Curly Joe’ (dip, 2006). ‘North Wind Dancer’ went on to receive the Award of Merit (AM) in 2007, the Lambert/Webster Award in 2007, and the Stout Silver Medal in 2011.

'North Wind Dancer' (pic courtesy of Janice Kennedy)

gary's introductions have also earned top ranking in the ADS Region One Popularity Poll, with ‘Debbie’s Vows’ placing first in 2003, and ‘North Wind Dancer’ placing first in 2004 and 2005.
Hybridizing Goals

gary says he is always working on everything and enjoys exploiting unexpected characteristics that occur with various genetic combinations. He looks at daylilies from the bottom up, avoiding “to die for” blooms on plants that fail to thrive. His real passion is for vigorous, hardy cultivars with great plant habit, excellent branching, healthy foliage, and overall plant proportion and balance. If all that is in place, he then looks at the blooms, selecting for clear color as well as excellent form and substance.

gary’s favorite hybridizing direction is for complex patterns with fancy faces. His second love is working with spiders and unusual forms, which he admires for their gracefulness. Fancy, full-formed whites also intrigue him, and he works on these a little at a time.

gary never worked toward yellows, but his white program produced some outstanding yellows with large size, excellent form, and substantial green infusion. While visiting gary’s garden, Mary fell in love with ‘Metabelle Beth’ (tet, 2005), which has a Marion Hagerstrom red seedling as a grandparent. ‘Metabelle Beth’, named for gary’s granddaughter, is a pale cream buttermilk polychrome with a pink blush, shocking green throat, heavy substance, perfect form, well-branched scapes, and a bud count of 35 to 42. 

'Metabelle Beth' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

Another outstanding cultivar in the yellow family is ‘Lemon Shadows’ (tet, 2006), with 6-inch bright lemon yellow blooms and fringed edges. ‘Our Friend Craig’, named after the late Craig Stahl, is out of ‘Concrete Blonde' X 'Just Another Yellow' and features flowers ranging between 6 and 7 inches with an intensely green infusion. When Mary first noticed that one, Rita asked, “Have a little yellow with your green?” Mary feels her late hybridizing mentor Oscie Whatley would be pleased with the incredible, perfect yellows gary has created in his quest for whites.

Full Formed Near Whites

We love ‘Apostle of Hope’ (tet, 2001), out of ‘Admiral’s Braid’ X ‘Angel’s Smile’, for its many green-throated gold-edged blooms presented beautifully on well-branched scapes. gary says the cornerstone in his white tetraploid hybridizing program is his lovely pale yellow sculpted seedling TOV, out of ‘Just Another Yellow’ and ‘Great White’.

‘Emma’s Song’ (Schaben/Rice, tet, 2003) is one of the most refined edge-no-eye cultivars we have ever seen. Fertile both ways, each graceful cream white flower becomes lavender at the edge with a clear green throat that complements the flower nicely. Mary used ‘Emma’s Song’ in her hybridizing program, and it is the pollen parent of two of her 2013 registrations ‘Megan’s Smile’ and ‘Princess Molly’.  

gary’s outstanding tetraploid seedling T98O-1, registered in 2007 as ‘Pioneer Panache’, is a creamy white polychrome as radiant as a pearl. ‘Pioneer Panache’ grew en masse in Kyle Billadeau’s lovely 2007 ADS National Convention tour garden. ‘Pioneer Panache’ features 6-inch nicely rolled back blooms with tremendous green throats on vigorous plants. gary generously designated that all sales proceeds from ‘Pioneer Panache’, available for sale for the first time during the 2007 ADS National Convention, will go to ADS Region One—yet another demonstration of gary's continual support for our region.

Spiders and Unusual Forms

A significant parent in gary’s diploid spider and unusual forms hybridizing program is his outstanding award-winning cultivar ‘North Wind Dancer’. A beautiful garden plant in its own right, ‘North Wind Dancer’ has produced spectacular seedlings for gary and many other hybridizers. ‘North Wind Dancer’, out of ‘Lola Branham’ and a seedling, is a bud builder that blooms over a long period of time, and it frequently passes this characteristic as well as its gracefulness to its kids.

'North Wind Dancer' (pic courtesy of Phil Greenawalt and Judie Treangen)

We also love ‘North Wind Drifter’ (dip, 2001), a full sibling to ‘North Wind Dancer’ with a different look yet equally dramatic effect. ‘North Wind Drifter’ has ramrod straight 44-inch scapes featuring many beautiful well-spaced 8 1/2-inch bright lavender pink blooms that draw attention from afar.

‘North Wind Billet Doux’, named for Kyle Billadeau, is from (‘Indian Giver’ X ‘North Wind Dancer’). Although its blooms are smaller, gary feels that ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ might be an even better parent than ‘North Wind Dancer’. In gary’s words, ‘North Wind Billet Doux’ would “grow on an ice cube.” It begins blooming earlier and continues blooming longer than ‘North Wind Dancer’ in Mary’s garden. gary describes it as a “gracefully ruffled violet lavender with pale lavender edge and patterned eye of gray, lavender and blue over chartreuse throat and green heart.”

'North Wind Billet Doux' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

Other exciting daughters of ‘North Wind Dancer’ (with ‘Susan Weber’ as the pollen parent) include ‘North Wind Curly Joe’ (dip, 2006), a soft clear pastel pink becoming cream and then green in the throat on twisting, curling flowers over 8 inches in size, and its very different sibling ‘North Wind Moe’ (dip, 2006), featuring 7-inch-plus diameter pinched crispate flowers in screaming hot clear pink.

gary’s ‘North Wind Larry’ (dip, 2006), out of (‘Noel Weston’ X ‘Marked by Lydia’), is the third of “The Three Amigos” gary introduced in 2006. ‘North Wind Larry’ features ruffled yellow flowers with delicate beige overlays on multiple branched scapes that present the blooms well.

Complex Patterns on Fancy Faces

gary initially used his greenhouse to get something really dormant with dramatically patterned eyes. Out of (tetra ‘Exotic Echo’ X ’Flameburst’), he produced ‘Surfing on the Styx’, a 4-inch red with a variable smoky black eye pattern that changes with the weather. ‘Surfing on the Styx’ has five- to six-way branching and a high bud count. Its dormancy and hardiness are dominant, and it is incredibly fertile both ways. gary has crossed it with a variety of cultivars, beginning a line of patterned faces on ultra hardy plants.

From gary’s ‘Surfing on the Styx’ line came the exquisite ‘Ciara Marie’ (tet, 2006) as well as a future registration. ‘Ciara Marie’, from (‘Surfing on the Styx’ X ‘Magnificent Rainbow’), is named for the granddaughter of Karen Schock, an ADS Region One friend from North Dakota. ‘Ciara Marie’ produces many heavily diamond dusted violet lavender blooms with a patterned eye, small silver edge, and deep green throat on very well-branched scapes. Flowers are fertile both ways. gary’s future registration out of (‘Surfing on the Styx’ X ‘Tie Dyed Moon’) features large flowers with an amazing eye pattern present on the sepals as well as the petals on vigorous, very dormant plants.

The work of Steve Moldovan inspired gary to cross his award-winning ‘Debbie’s Vows’ with Steve’s 'Mountain Majesty’ to create the beautiful ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’, which consistently reblooms in Kathy’s garden. gary feels that ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ is the prettiest bi-tone he grows. ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ is a rich purple with lavender sepals and a lovely, graceful form with an exotic broken eye pattern. It is fertile both ways, hardy, and very vigorous, and is yet another gary says “could grow on an ice cube.” Curt Hanson grows ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ in his garden and feels it is spectacular.

The cross ‘Paha Sapa Thundercloud’ X ‘Gerda Brooker’ produced the elegant ‘Paha Sapa Dream Catcher’ (tet, 2005). The triple-edged blooms, presented on well-branched scapes, tend to dramatically change color depending on weather and soil. Per gary’s web site description, “I have seen this eye so blue it will take your breath away with lavender cream petals, and then I have seen it pink/peach with red violet edging and more of a purple eye; sure wish it would stay blue but that tends to come with cooler temperatures I think, or it could be that it just has an attitude.” Whatever the color, it’s always striking and is fertile both ways.

‘Captain Jack’ (out of ‘Pioneer Panache’ X ‘Julie Newmar’) features an incredible high contrast eye pattern, dramatic edges, and shark’s teeth on a plant that has proven to be winter hardy in gary’s zone 4a garden. Can daylilies get any fancier?

'Captain Jack' (pic courtesy of Mary Baker)

The Schabens’ beautiful Gardens with a Northern Exposure was a featured tour garden during the 2007 ADS National Convention jointly hosted by DSM and ADS Region One, an open garden during the 2013 ADS National Convention hosted by DSM, and a tour garden during regional meetings hosted by DSM.

gary, thank you and Rita for all you have done for our region, for DSM, and the mentoring and inspiration you gave to so many daylily enthusiasts. You will be missed. 

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Attention, Region One Garden Judges: An Update from ADS

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some regions have canceled their annual summer daylily meetings. The 2020 ADS National Convention scheduled for May 25-27 has also been canceled. 

Because Garden Judges Workshop 2 (GJW2) must take place in a garden during daylily bloom season, it is difficult if not impossible to take GJW2 if:
·        Summer daylily meetings are canceled
·        Transportation to a meeting becomes unavailable
·        You are at high risk and need to stay home to avoid potential exposure to Covid-19

ADS leadership listened to our concerns. I am happy to announce the following information ADS Garden Judges Records Chair Claude Carpenter sent to all ADS Garden Judge Liaisons on March 25, 2020.
·        All Garden Judges with terms expiring in 2020 will get an automatic one-year extension of their Garden Judge terms. If your Garden Judge term expires in 2020, you can now take GJW2 in 2021 to renew. This automatic one-year extension applies ONLY to Garden Judge terms expiring in 2020. Your 2020 Awards & Honors Ballot will include a memo about this. Note: If your GJ term expires in 2020 and you took GJW2 during 2018 (year 3 of your term) or 2019 (year 4 of your term), you do not need to take GJW2 in 2020 or 2021.
·        Anyone currently in the process of becoming a new Garden Judge who successfully completed Garden Judges Workshop 1 will get an extra year to take GJW2 and complete their training. See the Judging Daylilies in the Garden handbook for a full description of how to become a new Garden Judge.

Finally, per ADS President Scott Elliott, all Garden Judges must vote the 2020 ADS Awards & Honors ballot, even if they submit a blank ballot (see the 2020 Awards
& Honors Ballot for voting instructions).

Please contact me with any questions. As always, I am happy to help!

Mary Baker
ADS Region One Garden Judges Liaison

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Greetings from Kathy Lamb, ADS Region One Editor  

On Friday evening, 11/22/2019, I emailed (via Constant Contact) the digital issue of the Fall/Winter 2019 issue of The Region One Daylily Pioneer to all Region One members who had provided us with email addresses. I am following up on email addresses, so if you did not receive the email, please contact me. I will check my member list for missing information and for errors.


You may want to print a copy of the Pioneer, but please wait until I post a pdf version on the Region One website at www.ahsregion1.org

The email version—which is optimized for screens—will not produce the best print document: 1) It uses low-resolution images; 2) It's not sized for letter-size paper; and 3) It will be close to 100 pages long in its current form.

The Fall/Winter 2019 issue is packed with daylily news—from last summer to upcoming events—with lots of photos to take you there. Our dedicated Region One contributors who helped with this issue deserve a big thank you!   

Please contact me with comments, questions, ideas, and concerns about the Pioneer. I welcome your feedback! And keep the Pioneer in mind for future articles and photos.

For your convenience, I am including a link to the emailed version of the Fall/Winter 2019 Region One Daylily Pioneer.

See the digital issue here: https://conta.cc/2rdVs0h

Monday, May 13, 2019

2019 Region One Meeting—Early Registration Drawing

Fireworks in the Gardens
2019 ADS Region One Meeting • Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society—click HERE for registration form
Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens, Guest Speakers

Extra, extra! All full registrations to attend our 2019 ADS Region One Meeting postmarked on or before Saturday, May 25, 2019 will be entered into a drawing to win a very special prize: a potted three-fan plant of Dave and Val Jean Hansen’s PAPIO KYLIE RAE (2018, tet, pictured below). 
'Papio Kylie Rae' (Dave and Val Jean Hansen, 2018, tet)pic courtesy of Dave Hansen
PAPIO KYLIE RAE has dormant foliage and features lovely 5 inch burgundy red blooms with large white toothy edges and green throats. Scape height is 32 inches with three-way branching and 15 buds. Parents are {(VELVET EYES x FORESTLAKE RAGAMUFFIN) x GOD SAVE THE QUEEN} X LARRY’S OBSESSION. Thank you, Dave and Val Jean Hansen, for generously donating this beautiful daylily. 
The lucky winner will be announced and presented with PAPIO KYLIE RAE during the Region One Business Meeting on Saturday, July 6.
So why wait? Click HERE to access the registration form with typable/fillable fields, and mail it to our Registrar Leslie Rule today (her address is on the registration form). Don’t let the only thing missing be you!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

2019 Region One Meeting Open Garden—Quick Reference Guide

 Fireworks in the Gardens
2019 AHS Region One Meeting • Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society—click HERE for registration form

Charles & Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens, guest speakers

The Nebraska Daylily Society (NDS) invites you to join us Friday, July 5 through Sunday, July 7, in Omaha, Nebraska, for the 2019 AHS Region One Meeting.

Guest speakers are hybridizers Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens of Georgetown, South Carolina. Browns Ferry Gardens was a 2018 AHS National Convention tour garden. Charles and Heidi will present their programs on Saturday evening following the banquet. Click HERE to read all about Charles and Heidi, Browns Ferry Gardens, and their gorgeous daylily cultivars.

The host hotel is the Marriott Hotel, 10220 Regency Circle, Omaha, Nebraska 68114-3706, 402-399-9000. Mention “Nebraska Daylily Society” to get the reservation group rate of $106 per night. Click HERE for more information about the host hotel, and information about fun things to see and do while you're in Omaha.

Your registration includes the bus tour and four meals: Friday banquet, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch at Keast Daylily Gardens, and Saturday banquet. Guest meals for Friday banquet and/or Saturday banquet and/or Saturday breakfast are also available. Please see the registration form for details and fees. For your convenience, the registration form has fillable fields, so you can use your computer keyboard to type your information—no handwriting is necessary!

Four large tour gardens and five lovely open gardens await you. Three tour gardens and all of the open gardens belong to hybridizers, so in addition to seeing the latest and greatest well-known daylilies, you will meet several “new to you” daylily introductions and seedlings from our very own metro-area hybridizers. To supplement all the beautiful daylilies in the four tour gardens, NDS gave each tour garden funds to purchase a collection of daylily club plants from the hybridizer of their choice (to be auctioned off during a future NDS meeting).

·         Keast Daylily Gardens (Oakland, Iowa) Tom & Mary Keast—Jamie Gossard club plant collection—click HERE for garden description
·         McIntosh Daylily Place (Omaha) Phyllis McIntosh—Charles & Heidi Douglas club plant collection—click HERE for garden description
·         Daylilies on the Fritz (Cedar Creek, Nebraska) Lyle & Rita Kahnk—Paul Owen club plant collection—click HERE for garden description
·         Farmony Gardens (Omaha) Nancy Lee Anderson—Richard Norris club plant collection—click HERE for garden description

·         Mary Baker’s Garden (Omaha) Mary & Rich Baker—click HERE for open garden hours, directions, and garden write-up
·         Hansen’s Daylily Haven (Papillion, Nebraska) Dave & Val Jean Hansen— click HERE for open garden hours, directions, and garden write-up
·         Ferguson Fantasy Flowers (Omaha) Scott & Linda Ferguson— click HERE for open garden hours, directions, and garden write-up
·         Doug Bremers’ Garden (Omaha) Doug Bremers—click HERE for open garden hours, directions, and garden write-up
·         Bob & Joanne Langabee’s Garden (Bellevue, Nebraska) Bob & Joanne Langabee—click HERE for open garden hours, directions, and garden write-up

The Region One Daylily Auction begins on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. and credit cards will be accepted. 
Shop our Bargain Table for outstanding daylily buys on Friday and Saturday (see the registration form for bargain table hours). Click HERE for more information about the daylily auction and bargain table, plus a description of two large, fabulous area nurseries (don't miss checking them out!).

Region One garden owners, please donate daylilies for the auction and bargain table! Auction Plant Chair is Doug Bremers (dbremers@cox.net) and Bargain Table Chair is Susanne Milbourn (srmilbourn@hotmail.com).

Phil Fass will chair and instruct Garden Judges Workshop 2 with Don Lovell from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday at McIntosh Daylily Place (outdoor restroom facilities will be available). Garden Judges Workshop 1 is canceled due to lack of available Garden Judge Instructors (it will be offered during the 2019 ADS National Convention the following week). Click HERE for more information about Garden Judges Workshop 2, plus everything you want to learn about garden judging (and then some).

But wait—there’s more! On Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., Tim Morrissey (teleost.tim@gmail.com) will host the Region One Hybridizers Slide Presentations. See the latest, greatest daylily creations from our very own hybridizers! All Region One hybridizers are invited to participate—contact Tim Morrissey with any questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to share your latest and greatest daylily introductions and seedlings with our guests, and a great way for our guests to enjoy all the beautiful daylilies created by our very own talented Region One hybridrizers.

While you’re in Omaha, don’t forget to sample some of the many delicious restaurants Omaha is famous for. Click HERE for a long list of wonderful dining experiences.

Questions? Contact our 2019 AHS Region One Meeting Chair, RP Val Hoefer (hoefrv@gmail.com) or Registrar Leslie Rule (Leslie1967.2003@gmail.com).

Celebrate daylilies with us in Omaha on July 5-7. Visit with friends and meet new ones while we all enjoy beautiful daylily Fireworks in the Gardens—don’t let the only thing missing be you!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

2019 Region One Meeting Open Garden—Mary Baker’s Garden

Fireworks in the Gardens
2019 ADS Region One Meeting • Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society—click HERE for registration form
Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens, Guest Speakers
Mary Baker’s Garden—Mary and Rich Baker

Mary Baker’s Garden is a state-licensed and inspected urban daylily, allium, and daffodil nursery. Mary Baker’s Garden is .2 acres in size. Garden layout and design plus spacious grass paths maximize efficient use of available space and provide the illusion of much larger size. 
Welcome to Mary Baker's Garden—pic taken during late midseason by the Sarpy County Assessor's office
Terraced backyard beds of graduated height with stairs in the middle transformed a formerly steep back yard into usable multi-level gardening space. 
Backyard terraced beds shortly after collapsed steps and side walls were replaced during early to early midseason daylily bloom—this pic and all subsequent pics courtesy of Mary Baker
Mary Baker’s Garden was a 2002 ADS Region One Meeting tour garden and an International Garden of the Week 13th Winter Series 2018-2019 on February 2 on Charlotte Chamitoff’s Daylily Diary.  
 A portion of the backyard terraced beds accented by Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink; front) and Lysimachia punctata (back left)
Over 325 registered daylily cultivars grow in Mary Baker’s garden. Almost all are tetraploids. About 200 are newer daylily cultivars registered during the past ten years. Daylilies created by many hybridizers are featured, including several from Daylily World (David Kirchhoff and Mort Morss), Michael Bouman, Bryan Culver, Judy Davisson, Di DeCaire, Karol Emmerich, Dan Hansen, Curt Hanson, Kathy Lamb (registered cultivars plus Kathy’s selected tetraploid seedlings), Linda Michaels, Lee Pickles, and Guy Pierce. 
David's Gift' (David Kirchhoff/Mary Baker, 2018) 
'Joseph Christopher' (Mary Baker, 2013)
'Picasso's Dream' (Mary Baker, 2013)
You will also see Mary’s favorite cultivars from retired hybridizers Bob Schwarz and Nan Wilkerson as well as the late Oscie Whatley.
'Isaiah James' (Nan Wilkerson/Mary Baker, 2016) 

'Nan Wilkerson' (Nan Wilkerson/Mary Baker, 2017) 
'Sharyn Jones DVM' (Nan Wilkerson/Mary Baker, 2016)
Mary started hybridizing daylilies in the early 1990s before joining the American Daylily Society in 1992. Mary served as Region One President for five consecutive years from 2000 to 2004. She has registered several daylily cultivars so far. Mary’s training as a Garden Judge since 2000 and a Garden Judge Instructor since 2004 helped formulate her approach toward seedling selection. 
First batch of daylily seedlings planted in the garden on July 3, 2018 (the rest were planted later in July). Mary always gets a late start in the garden due to her annual seasonal income tax preparation position.
Mary’s creations include MARY BARBARA (Mary Baker, 2020 advance registration, tet), an unusual form cascade named for Mary’s mother. Parents are DRAGON NATION (Bryan Culver/Dave Mussar, 2014, tet) X BUSY BEING FABULOUS (Nan Wilkerson, 2013, tet). MARY BARBARA has pronounced fragrance and is an early midseason bloomer. Graceful lemon yellow blooms have feathered red, darker-edged eyes and measure from 8 inches to 9 inches as naturally standing on 30 inch scapes with three-way branching and 14 buds.
 'Mary Barbara' (Mary Baker, 2020 advance registration)
FRACTURED HEART (David Kirchhoff/Mary Baker, 2020 advance registration, tet) was a generous gift from David Kirchhoff and is registered with his permission. Parents are (UNIVERSAL SOLDIER x seedling) X seedling. FRACTURED HEART’s distinctive blooms feature darted bright green throats and corduroy texture. Blooms measure 5.5 inches on 30 inch scapes with three-way branching and 15 buds. FRACTURED HEART is an early midseason bloomer. 
'Fractured Heart' (David Kirchhoff/Mary Baker, 2020 advance registration)
You will also see ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM (Mary Baker, 2019, tet) which will be introduced in 2020. Parents are ALIENS IN THE GARDEN X WAVES OF JOY. Dramatic 7 inch near white blooms are edged in dark purple and feature contrasting feathered dark purple eyes. Scapes are 33 inches tall with two-way branching and 14 buds. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM begins blooming in early season and continues through midseason. It sometimes forms proliferations on the lower portion of the bloom scapes, making baby elephants in the room. 
'Elephant in the Room' (Mary Baker, 2019)
Following are some of Mary’s favorite daylily registrations. 
'Bryce Farnsworth' (Mary Baker, 2013)
'Driving through Des Moines' (Mary Baker, 2013)
'Sean Michael' (Mary Baker, 2013)

'Tripping through Tekamah' (Mary Baker, 2013, tet)
Click HERE to see Mary Baker’s Garden’s website, where you will find pictures and complete descriptions of her registered cultivars. 
In addition to Mary’s registered daylily cultivars, several of her selected daylily seedlings grow in her garden. Mary’s garden has very little shade, so she breeds for tetraploid daylilies with good sun resistance. Her primary goals are full-formed flowers and unusual forms of all sizes with good green throats and clear, clean colors. 
Mary Baker tet seedling: 1520MIE 'Dragon Nation' X 'One Hot Mama'
Mary Baker tet seedling 1504F: 'Blood, Sweat and Tears' X 'The Ultimate Sacrifice'
Mary Baker tet seedling 1503-5: 'Blackthorne' X 'Black and White Ball'
Mary’s late mentor and friend, Oscie Whatley, often said a green throat makes a daylily stand out from a distance, especially if the daylily is red. Mary is especially interested in hybridizing red and near-white daylilies. 
Mary Baker tet seedling 1567FE: 'Zola's Tribute to Mary Baker' X 'Cardinal Kisses'
Mary Baker tet seedling 1567W: 'Zola's Tribute to Mary Baker' X 'Cardinal Kisses'
'Bison Blizzard' (Mary Baker, 2020, tet) out of 'Sparkling Snow' X 'Tripping through Tekamah'
Mary is also working on a promising purple line. 
Mary Baker tet seedling 1532: 'Mount Ararat' X 'The Dream Society'
Mary Baker tet seedling 1529-3: 'I Can Only Imagine' X 'Faith that Moves Mountains'
Mary Baker tet seedling 1533W: 'Mount Ararat' X 'The Ultimate Sacrifice'
A wide variety of Mary’s favorite companion plants are interspersed throughout the garden, including Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink); Echium amoenum (red feathers); Baptisia (false indigo); clematis; and lysimachia. 
Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink) 

Echium amoenum (red feathers) in the middle photobombed by Verbena canadensis in front

Lysimachia punctata (or is it another Lysimachia species? Foliage is soft and felted.)
Tiger lilies, iris, blue flax, and peonies from Mary’s grandmother plus modern iris and peonies; Oriental and Orienpet lilies; and many other types of companion plants complement the daylilies, alliums, and daffodils.
Eastern black swallowtail butterfly enjoying tiger lilies in Mary's garden
Mary grows dill and varieties of milkweed throughout her garden for monarch, swallowtail, and other butterflies to enjoy. 
Wildflowers can be majestic—goldfinches love munching on Verbascum thapsis (common roadside mullein) seeds and butterflies love Knautia macedonica, which blooms from spring until stopped by frost in the fall
Mary and Rich invite you to visit their beautiful urban oasis during the 2019 ADS Region One Meeting on July 5-7. Don't let the only guest missing be you!
 Early-blooming Mary Baker tet seedling 1564FRW: 'Wigglesworth' X 'Twisted Mint Julep' illuminating a backyard path
Portable restroom facilities will be available for your comfort, supplied by Drop In Portables. Click HERE to access Drop in Portables' website, and click HERE to access their Facebook page.

Friday, February 15, 2019

2019 Region One Meeting Open Garden—Hansen’s Daylily Haven—David & Val Jean Hansen

Fireworks in the Gardens
2019 ADS Region One Meeting • Omaha, Nebraska • July 5-7, 2019
Hosted by the Nebraska Daylily Society—click HERE for registration form
Charles and Heidi Douglas of Browns Ferry Gardens, Guest Speakers
Hansen’s Daylily Haven–David and Val Jean Hansen

Hansen’s Daylily Haven is a suburban American Daylily Society (ADS) Display Garden featuring clumps of over 230 registered tetraploid daylily cultivars from a variety of hybridizers.
Welcome to David & Val Jean's Hansen's Daylily Haven—all pics courtesy of David and Val Hansen
A beautifully blooming backyard daylily border
Dave and Val Jean grow daylilies that are hardy with good height. Dave and Val Jean’s friend, the late Bob Smith, introduced them to hardy hibiscus, which adds lots of color and different form to their garden.
Hibiscus seedling and garden art
Hosta grow here, too, as do colorful annuals such as small red begonias. Large pots of dragon wing begonias, vinca, and Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ (Sprengeri fern) accentuate the garden.
Colorful blue pots filled with dragon wing begonias accentuate the garden
Dave is a hybridizer, and his gorgeous registered daylily cultivars and cutting-edge seedlings are ADS Region One’s best-kept secret. It’s time to let the cat out of the bag and introduce Dave’s cultivars to the rest of the daylily world.
David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 14-47A: 'Papio Leah Serenity' X 'Thistles and Thorns'
Dave hybridizes exclusively with tetraploids, and he’s been hybridizing for the past 20 years. His goal is to produce toothy flowers, and red toothy flowers take center stage when it’s time to select keepers from his annual seedling crop.
David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 16-19: Seedling 11-162A X 'Papio Trevor Thomas'
Dave’s first daylily registration is named for their oldest granddaughter, CAITLYN MCKENZIE (2006), a round flesh gold with a rosy mauve halo and a large yellow to deep green throat.
'Caitlyn McKenzie' (Hansen-D.V., 2006)
Eight more registrations followed for Dave and Val Jean’s other eight grandchildren, plus four for their four great-granddaughters and others. So far Dave has registered 23 daylily cultivars. Many of the 2019 ADS Region One Meeting registration gift plants are Dave’s lovely registered daylilies.
Dave’s favorite registration is a beautiful green-throated toothy rose red daylily named IN VAL’S HONOR (2016) for his wife of 61 years, Val Jean.
'In Val's Honor' (Hansen-D.V., 2016)
Another favorite from Dave is the beautiful KURT REMEMBERED (2013), a saturated rose red named for Dave’s late brother.
'Kurt Remembered' (Hansen-D.V., 2013)
Another stunning daylily from Dave is AVIANNA GRACE (2016), a rose pink with light pink eye and white teeth on all segments.
'Avianna Grace' (Hansen-D.V., 2016)
Yet another of Dave’s gorgeous toothy creations is the spectacular PAPIO KYLIE RAE (2018), with saturated bloom color and contrasting white teeth.
'Papio Kylie Rae' (Hansen-D.V., 2018)
The lovely PAPIO BRIANNA LYNNE (2018) features a frosted watermark and a pale sharky edge.
'Papio Brianna Lynne' (Hansen-D.V., 2018)
But wait—there’s more! Many lovely toothy tetraploid seedlings are waiting in the wings. Following are just a few potential future registrations and introductions.
David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 13-159A: 'Avianna Grace' X Seedling 8-327A 

David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 15-25C: Seedling 11-17A X 'All Things to All Men' 

 David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 15-26: Seedling 11-17A X 'Larry's Twilight Bite'

 David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 15-159: 'Heartbeat of Heaven' X 'Happy Holidays to You'

 David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 15-207A: 'Oklahoma Sand Burr' X Seedling 13-159A

David & Val Jean Hansen seedling 16-69: Seedling 8-292B X Seedling 13-159A
Dave and Val Jean’s good friends Tom and Mary Keast grow several of Dave’s beautiful, toothy daylily creations at their Keast Daylily Gardens in Oakland, Iowa, where they are listed for sale. Click HERE to view pictures and descriptions of available daylily cultivars on Dave and Val Jean Hansen’s page on Keast Daylily Gardens website.
 A portion of Dave and Val Jean's colorful backyard daylily bed
Dave and Val Jean cherish the friendships they have made over the years from the many Nebraska Daylily Society (NDS) and ADS Region One meetings they attended. Their daylily friends enrich and enhance the joy of the flowers.
Conifers, Japanese maples, and garden art set off the daylilies like jewels
Dave and Val Jean have been ADS and NDS members for many years. Dave served several terms as NDS President, and he also chaired past ADS Region One meetings hosted by NDS. Dave and Val Jean’s garden (then in Bellevue, Nebraska) was a tour garden during the 2002 ADS Region One Meeting. Dave and Val Jean received the ADS Region One Service Award in 2015.
A windmill, shed, bird bath, and specimen Japanese maple frame this colorful splash of blooming daylilies
Dave and Val Jean invite you to visit Hansen’s Daylily Haven. They enjoy visitors, and welcome everyone to tour their beautiful garden. You’ll see Dave’s spectacular registered cultivars and his exciting future registrations in addition to many cutting-edge tetraploid cultivars created by other hybridizers.
A sea of colorful daylilies at Hansen's Daylily Haven