The Ontario Daylily Society is pleased to introduce you to members who have hybridized and registered their own daylilies as well as to members who are up and coming hybridizers. These members are serious hybridizers with goals of developing vigorous, hardy daylilies that perform exceptionally well in northern climates.
If you are a Canadian member of the Ontario Daylily Society and are an active daylily hybridizer, please email us a picture of yourself, with a short bio, including your hybridizing goals, and whether you have registered any cultivars, or plan to.
John Burgener, Lowbanks, Ontario
John says: I am an avid daylily hybridizer and run a daylily business in Lowbanks, Ontario, John and Paula's Daylilies. I have hybridized eleven registered daylily varieties.
Gary Carlson, Orillia, ON
Gary registered his first cultivar 'Sexy Thing' in 2003. In 2004, he registered 'Soldier's Memorial' - all proceeds from that daylily go to Soldier's Memorial Hospital in Orillia. He has 11 registered cultivars.
Gary says: I began the hobby of Daylilies in 1997 after
seeing Tom & Kathy Rood's Grace Gardens. I knew instantly, that I wanted to
grow Daylilies, create a display Garden, and eventually hybridize.
John Clarke, Barrie, ON
John's Clarke Farms is located in Barrie, Ontario, 90 km north of Toronto.
John says: Clarke Farms is what I blissfully call my small backyard daylily hobby garden. Because of space restrictions, each year as more and more seedlings need to be kept for evaluation, it seems to leave less room for registered daylilies.
Bryan Culver, Oakville, ON
Bryan lives in Oakville, Ontario and grows his
daylilies at Culver Farm outside of
Waterford. He registered his first cultivars in 1999 and now (2009) has 69 registrations.
Bryan says: Some of the goals we have at Culver Farm Daylilies are hybridizing daylilies that are hardy, vigorous and healthy plants for our northern climate. We try to pick out of our hybridizing program daylily flowers that have good clear colours. All the daylilies are grown in field conditions without the aid of any artificial benefits to enhance daylily growth. The freeze thaw cycles we received during most of our winters weed out the weak and unsuitable daylilies for our climate. Daylilies that will flourish under ordinary garden conditions are a major goal for me.
Betty Fretz, Moorefield, ON
Betty and Marv, her husband of 35
years lives on Conestoga Lake north of Elmira. Together they operate
Floral and Hardy Gardens
with over 1500 registered Daylilies, plus about 10,000 of thier own
seedlings, 350 types of hosta, and 30 heuchera and assorted other plants?
Her garden is an AHS Display Garden. She has an active life and keeps her
Betty says: My hybridizing goals are VERY hardy plants with good bud counts and a pretty bloom. Especially concentrating on early and late; love the glowing throats, warm colours, pinks. Biggest goal is very very hardy. I plant my seeds outside, and the plants are never babied or coddled. No mulch. We have very heavy clay soil.
Claude Gauthier, Montfort, QC
Claude Gauthier was born in Montreal in 1949 and passed away in November 2012
Claude's spouse Linda Lagroix says: Claude's passion for daylilies began in 1993 when he bought the daylily stock of another Quebec grower. In 1996, he decided to start selling daylilies through mail order (Hemerocallis Montfort).
Mike Georges, Guelph, ON
Mike's 10 acre property, Georges Daylilies, is located just outside Guelph, On.
Mike says: I have been hybridizing for several years. My goal is to produce pretty flowers with exceptional plant habits. I have not registered any daylilies and it will be a while before I do primarily because this is a hobby and I do not want to get involved with packaging and shipping. I am a confirmed lazy guy and I strive to keep work to a minimum!!
Paul Judge, Clinton, ON
Paul's Field of Dreams Daylily Garden is located in Clifford, Ontario. He has registered two cultivars: 'Happenstance' (pictured here) and 'Internal Combustion'.
Paul says: I have been growing and hybridizing daylilies since
about 1997 at my parents' farm near Clifford, Ontario. Garden space is not a
limitation here, only time is! That keeps my program to a manageable size of
approximately 1,000 seedlings per year. These are primarily tetraploids.
Jack Kent, Dunnville, ON
Jack maintained a commercial dairy goat operation for nearly 20 years. Sale of the herd allowed time to start gardening for a hobby. Daylilies quickly became the plant of choice and the old "breeding instincts" kicked in again. Jack now has 54 registered cultivars.
Jack says: The Potting Shed is a hobby out of control. My goal is to produce "southern looking plants" that in a northern climate actually look like the pictures and perform well. Specifically I am giving the colour ORANGE a lot of attention.
Henry Lorrain, Orono, ON
Henry runs We're in the Hayfield Now in Orono, Ontario, east of Toronto. Henry continues to introduce daylilies under Lorrain and Lorrain/Lycett names, continuing the spirit of Doug Lycett, his friend, partner and cofounder of We are in the Hayfield Now. There are 339 cultivars registered to Lycett, Lorrain/Lycett and Lorrain.
Henry says: We have been breeding daylilies for over 25 years, with vigour, hardiness, bud count and, of course, beauty, for the Canadian climate. We guarantee all our hybrids.
Douglas Lycett - 1937-1998 Tribute from Globe & Mail, October 9. 1998
James Douglas Lycett died of heart failure on Sept. 15, 1998, aged 60. When Doug and Henry Lorrain moved to the farm near Orono in 1984, Doug made his first attempts to hybridize new daylilies. It was after his mother died and he was at a low spot that he phoned Bill Munson, a renowned daylily hybridizer in Gainesville, Fl, asking if he could come and see his garden. For 13 years Doug, and later Henry, made regular visits to Florida, learning all Mr. Munson could teach them. Doug Lycett and Henry Lorrain were partners and owned We're in the Hayfield Now.
The Ontario Daylily Society created the Douglas Lycett Award for Achievement in Canadian Hybridizing in the memory of Douglas Lycett.
Anne Martin, Shelburne, NS
Anne moved from Ontario to Nova Scotia and has continued her hybridizing efforts there. She has 17 registered cultivars.
Anne says: My main desire or goal
is to produce vigorous daylilies with a high bud count and good branching
that will thrive in our northern gardens. I want good foliage, strong
clear colours, and colour fastness in my dark daylilies. I have had too
many deep reds and purples in our garden which sun spot or fade by mid
day. Of course I want a beautiful flower with great substance, and if
possible fragrance too!
Barry Matthie, Bloomfield, ON
Barry is making significant in roads in breeding formal, ruffled, gold-edged, double-edged and rounded red ruffled flowers that perform reliably in northern areas.
Dave Mussar, Guelph, ON
Dave's garden, Hillside Daylilies is located in Guelph. He registered his first daylily in 2010. He moved and relocated his garden in 2009.
Dave says: In August 2000, a friend and former neighbor from Guelph visited our garden. It was then I learned that he had been seriously hybridizing daylilies for a couple of years. He gave me some pollen to play with and a few fans of some of his newer cultivars and an addiction was borne. I set my first few pods that summer and the following spring joined the Ontario Daylily Society and the American Hemerocallis Society. I am now a certified AHS garden judge and my personal collection is up to about 350 - 400 named cultivars. I plant about 450 - 500 seedlings annually and bloomed my first large crop of seedlings in 2003.
Nancy Oakes, Belfast, P.E.I.
Red Lane Gardens started life as Flowering Perennials, as a way to introduce more unusual plants to the gardeners' palette, it evolved into a Daylily nursery once garden centres finally figured out that gardeners wanted something besides Yarrow and Phlox.
Nancy says: I try my best to garden as organically as I can. It was very easy when the Daylily list numbered 70, but now with over 900 cultivars, I have been known to use Round-up and in 1999 when the garden was overrun with Tarnished Plant Bug, I resorted to Cygon on the cultivars that seemed to be the most attractive to them, as well as their favorite food plant, Lamb's Quarters. But for the most part, it's just a lot of manure and stoop labour
David Retallick, Millbrook, ON
Dave moved his entire garden, now called Dave's Daylily Farm, from Sunderland to Millbrook in October, 2011. In 2005 he registered his first daylilies GAINERS TO HEAVEN & GEORGETTE'S EDGE. He now has has 13 registered cultivars, including 4 registered in 2011.
Dave says: We have over 200 varieties now and have been selecting our own crosses for several years now. I have a full time garden maintenance company.
Brian Schram, Stevensville, Ontario
The space on Brian's one acre property is shared between a garden with a large collection of hostas, heucheras, primulas, and Japanese Maples (and daylilies!) and his English setters which he breeds and shows under the Kennel name "Briary" which is also the name of the garden.
Brian says: I started hybridizing daylilies in 2006. My goals have been round formed, fancy flowers in hot colours and eyes and edges. I grow an average of about 1000 seedlings each year.
Gil Stelter, Guelph, ON
Gil Stelter's garden in Guelph is on a huge 3/4-acre city lot. Picture a century stone house, white picket fence with a "species walk" starting with historic daylilies and meandering through different time frames of cultivars. The walk concludes with new intros plus seedlings and other perennials and shrubs. Then add a pretty pond, "map" garden and a huge patio. Gil has registered 5 daylilies.
Gil's hybridizing goals:
Dawn Tack, Donwood, ON
Dawn lives outside the City of Peterboroough in Donwood, right across from the Donwood Fire Hall.
Dawn says: I became serious about of daylilies while visiting the late Douglas Lycett. His passion was transferred. My collection grew from 10 to 500+ in 8 years. Garden Plus is now an AHS approved display garden.