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. Click HERE to see Mary’s Garden of the Week on Charlotte’s website.
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'
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)
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