AHS Region 2/Great Lakes Newsletter
A Presentation by gary Schaben:
28 gauge syringe needle into the scape of a diploid daylily
just below the young flower bud that he wishes to target.
He then fills the hub with a colchicine solution which
Reported by John Sheehan, Madison, Wisconsin
migrates up the scape, into the developing bud, and causes
the conversion of some of the pollen to the tetraploid form.
gary Schaben (note: gary
This process does not result in an entire tetraploid plant but
prefers to write his first name
does provide Gary with tetraploid pollen to use for crosses.
with a lowercase letter g. ) has
The method is relatively quick and does not threaten the
been hybridizing daylilies for
whole plant being treated.
about 11 years in Monticello,
Gary's philosophy is that we are all artists even if we
Minnesota. His garden,
have never picked up a brush or carved out a figure with a
with a Northern Exposure
chisel or knife. He loves to walk though gardens all over
located on the 45th parallel.
the country to see just how each gardener's artistic sense
Other garden spots of the world
has been expressed. Often a stately arbor entry says,
with that same latitude are
Please come in there is no closed door to my garden.
Caribou, Maine, Odessa, Russia,
gary Schaben from
Sometimes there are creatures such as fairies and elves
and Bozeman, Montana. Brr!
scattered among the beds to create an air of whimsy or
However, make no mistake about
mystery. A bench might be located in a quiet corner to
Lee Alden, Michigan.
it Gary has managed to develop
give a visitor a bit of a shady respite while still allowing
a very fine daylily hybridizing
one to see flowers from afar. Or, that same bench could be
program by recognizing and then exploiting what advan
placed at the confluence of several beds to create an
tages the Master Hybridizer has given to the northern
overwhelming sense of color. A few gracefully fluttering
spider daylilies could be situated on the side of a hill where
Gary reported that he has had trouble getting the popular
scrambled egg edges to be expressed in his Minnesota bred
gary's philosophy is that we are all artists
plants. The constant, warm, humid weather seen in the
even if we have never picked up a brush or carved
Deep South is not to be seen (or felt) on the 45th parallel.
out a figure with a chisel or knife. He loves to walk
Instead, warm summer days and cooler nights are the norm
though gardens all over the country to see just how
for Monticello. That is OK, though, for this micro climate
each gardener's artistic sense has been expressed.
produces wonderfully bright, rich colors in Gary's daylil
ies. Schaben registrations, such as MOON DOG, GRAM
MAR SCHOOL BULLY, NORTH WIND DANCER, SWEET
gentle breezes can make them almost seem to beckon to us.
SAMMIE, and HARLOW, all show the clear, rich, intense,
Clumps of plants with contrasting colors or forms located
coloration indicative of northern grown plants.
within a single bed can serve to exaggerate their unique
Gary has focused much of his recent hybridizing efforts on
beauty. A bed of flowering seedling plants can give us
developing complex, sometimes subtle, eye patterns in his
significant insights on the gardener's sense of artistry. Are
flowers. His 2002 introduction,
the plants tall with the blossoms looking imperiously
SURFING ON THE STYX
has a smoky, sultry, dark eye broken up with a white
down at us OR are they on 16 inch scapes whispering,
pattern against the dark, rose red petal. The spectacular
Hey, check me out! ? Are the flowers monochromatic
pattern seen on the Becker/Schaben 2003 introduction,
with perfectly formed edges or wildly busy with eyezone
patterns, multiple edges and snaggly teeth (and perhaps a
DYED MOON, is becoming the corner stone of Gary's
patterned eye breeding program. As shown during his talk,
Gary's seedlings from parents such as SURFING ON THE
All of the expressions described above are created or
STYX, APOSTLE OF HOPE, ANGEL'S SMILE, SOMETHING
arranged by the gardener for the warm, summer, months.
WONDERFUL, and KING BOREAS are also providing him
Gary told us that in the winter there is artistic expression
with a rich supply of breeding material to develop his
too by the Master Hybridizer. A heavy blanket of snow
can create wonderfully contrasting patterns broken up by
Gary described the scape injection method that he uses to
rows of plant labels. Heavily burdened trees can seem to be
convert diploid plants to tetraploids. He places the hub of a
bowing to one another after a fresh snowfall. On a sunny
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