Oct 19, 2017 – Jason Delaney – A Passion for Daffodils
Jason Delaney began breeding daffodils – and daylilies, lilies, and crinums – in the late 1990s and will share his love of bulbs – especially daffodils – with us on October 19. For nearly twenty-one years, he worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden as North Gardens Supervisor and Bulb Collections Specialist and the champion of the Samuels and Heckman Bulb Gardens. The splendid spring show in these gardens, beginning with little crocuses and snowdrops and then progressing to a breathtaking crescendo of hundreds of different daffodil cultivars, is a tribute to Jason’s favorite flower.
Jason has participated in conservation-focused plant collecting expeditions to the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, the Caucasus mountains of the Republic of Georgia, the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, and the Changbaishan mountains in northeastern China. He has also traveled to Taiwan, New Zealand, the Netherlands and throughout the U.S. for his work with daffodils, his greatest passion. Jason’s work with bulbs has been featured in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, and television programs.
After Jason left Missouri Botanical Garden, he became a Horticulturalist at Bellefontaine Cemetery and Arboretum in St. Louis. Bellefontaine, which occupies 314 acres, was established in 1849 during an era when many great landscaped, park-like cemeteries were created. Bellefontaine is the final resting place of notable soldiers, beer barons, fur traders, engineers, poets, suffragettes, rascals, politicians, and athletes, among many others. It is also a living museum of plants and landscape design, a distinguished horticultural setting, with many possibilities to explore. Within a few years, as more daffodils are planted, Jason hopes the cemetery will be added to the list of American Daffodil Society display gardens.
After hours, Jason operates Professional Horticultural Services which specializes in residential garden design and maintenance, and PHS Daffodils which specializes in daffodil production. Jason’s daffodil collection is situated on three acres of family land in Flora, IL where over 2,500 varieties of daffodils are grown for commercial production, breeding, and evaluation. Collecting novel garden varieties and preserving historic varieties are Jason’s primary foci. Jason’s daffodil collection was one of the major tour attractions during the 2016 World Daffodil Convention held in St. Louis.
As is tradition, CHS will hold its annual bulb sale the same evening. Come early for the best selection! Proceeds from the sale will help to defray costs associated with our involvement at the 2018 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, February 22-25, 2018.
Program starts at 7:30 p.m. but come early – 7 p.m. – to socialize, browse the CHS library books, participate in raffle items (proceeds go to our scholarship fund – click here for details), look at travel fliers or get your plant questions answered by our resident horticulturalist, Kevin Wilcox.
Location: Emanuel Auditorium, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford. Cost for non-members is $10 (free for full-time students with a valid ID).
Speakers for the 2017-2018 Season:
September 14, 2017: Larry Weaner – Garden Revolution: An Easier, Smarter Way to Garden
October 19, 2017: Jason Delaney – A Passion for Daffodils
November 16, 2017: John Lonsdale – Woodland Treasures
January 18, 2018: Dawn Pettinelli – Soil, Sense and Sustainability
February 15, 2018: Don Leopold – Terrestrial Orchids of the Northeast
March 15, 2018: Eric Hsu – Lessons from Chanticleer: Plants & Planting Style For Your Garden’s Micro-Climates
April 19, 2018: Eugenia Bone – Mycophilia: All Things Mushroom
May 17, 2018: Louis Raymond – At Play, with Nature: Snoozes & Celebrations on your Terrace
June 21, 2018: Paul Zimmerman – Roses are Plants, Too
Past Speakers from 2017-2018:
Larry Weaner is nationally recognized for combining expertise in horticulture, landscape design, and ecological restoration. His latest book Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change (Timber Press, 2016), co-written with CHS member Tom Christopher, recently received a 2017 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Larry’s presentation on September 14 will explain the revolutionary garden practices discussed in his award-winning book. Click here for meeting handout. Click here to evaluate Larry’s presentation.