I first started collecting daylilies in 1986 and Denver Scott and Charles (Doc) Branch had the strongest influence on me. I don't remember the names of my first cultivars as I sometimes have a hard time remembering my own name. I do remember that my first 'serious' daylilies came from Bill Munson and Doc Branch. My main interests as a hybridizer are sculpting, teeth, eyes and edges, reds and round and full forms.
My wife Jean tries to keep me under control, but she does encourage me to keep involved with the daylilies to have something to keep me off the streets and out of the bars! :-)
I'm a member of the AHS and have held the position of Region 10 Newsletter Editor for 12 years and am the originator and facilitator of the Region 10 Mid-Winter Symposium for 11 years. I've also held the position of RVP for Region 10. I'm also a member of the Tennessee Valley Daylily Society, The Middle Tennessee Daylily Society and The Central Iowa Daylily Society.
We attend several regional meetings; the Region 10 Mid-Winter Symposium, occasionally the Region 2 symposium, occasionally the Iowa Pollen dabbers meeting, and numerous meetings around the country. I also do a lot of speaking to clubs and Regions.
My daylily business, Chattanooga Daylilies, is best known for round and full forms.
What I enjoy most about daylilies is the hybridizing. If I couldn't hybridize, I probably would not stay in daylilies. To walk the fields in the spring when the seedlings start blooming and see what you have created, is awesome.Lee Pickles
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