"Welcome to Pat's Oakleaf Daylily Garden"
When I was but a toddler, my mother introduced me to gardening by leading me by the hand on a tour of her garden. As I got older, I assumed responsibility for some of the family garden beds. College studies and a degree in chemistry put a hold on gardening, but after I settled down with my husband in our Corvallis, Oregon home, my gardening interest re-awakened.
My present garden was a blank slate 35 years ago. A landscape designer helped determine the bones of the landscape, but since then, the garden has sort of evolved on its own. Many bigleaf maples (Acer macrophyllum) had to go, as well as some Douglas-firs, (Pseudotsuga menziesii) to make way for more sun. The madrones (Arbutus menziesii) and white oaks (Quercus garryana) are treasured, and have been allowed to stay. The garden beds contouring the gentle slopes were gradually added. From the start, I was determined to grow a few daylilies, and found some in the "big box" seed catalogs. Then came daylilies from Gilbert Wild of Missouri. A few years later I realized that the plants needed to be divided, and was curious about what else was "out there". I went "on line" with my computer to the Prodigy network, where I found some daylily people in the Gardening forum. At first, I lurked, then I announced my presence. To make a long story short, I ended up joining the American Hemerocallis Society in 1994, and soon became involved in AHS Region 8 and the Willamette Valley Daylily Club (WVDC).
I was curious about what it was like to hybridize new daylilies, so I used some cultivars in my limited but growing collection and in a few years, registered a few seedlings. I spent many years finding a focus, but am currently emphasizing patterns and applique throats in daylilies that open easily in our cool climate. My program remains small, so that some years I don't register anything. This photo of me is with my other passion, mountains. In fact, the "Olympic" prefix that I use for naming many of my seedlings was inspired by Olympic National Park's mountains and shoreline.