| Welcome to Springwood Gardens, the country home of Dick, Karol and Jim Emmerich, and Karolís daylily farm. Weíre located about 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis on top of a wind-swept hill. As such, we experience cold Zone 4 temperatures, usually with little to no snow cover.
Karolís goal is to produce cutting edge, northern hardy daylilies which:
DAYLILY NAMES Ė Producing beautiful plants with inspiring names is the reason Karol started hybridizing. She tries hard to match the name with the face and plant habit. Many of the names have multiple meanings, ranging from serious to playful. Click on the link to see whatís behind the name of each new introduction.
The greenhouse seedlings pictured above have all been moved outside for testing. Some have already been introduced, some will be introduced in the near future (see POSSIBLE FUTURE INTRODUCTIONS link above), some are still being watched, and some have been moved into the display area (budcount is too low to introduce, but the faces are too beautiful to part with). However, most of them are just a nice memory, as they failed to meet all of the criteria for selection as an introduction. I like to call this latter group "performance art". I was able to experience their amazing beauty in person for at least a short while, and am able to share that with others because of the digital camera.
Interested in what's going on at Springwood on a "real time" basis? Go to www.springwoodgardens.blogspot.com to see the latest seedlings, etc. Interested in seeing a television show about what we're doing at Springwood? In the summer of 2010 Karol did a 30 minute interview with Prairie Yard and Garden (out of the University of Minnesota - Morris) that has been shown on public television in several states. It is about daylilies, the operations at Springwood, and daylily hybridizing. We recently discovered that it is posted on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07R-soH9joo (it can also be seen at
http://video.pioneer.org/video/1882915651 ) The interviewer did a great job making sure all the bases and basics were covered. Although it was well past peak in the seedling fields and most of the best things were bloomed out, it is still interesting visually. The part about hybridizing (for beginners) is after the 2 minute break in the middle (which talks about the best time to divide perennials). It might be interesting to forward to friends that you are trying to get interested in daylilies, or to new members in your club who have lots of questions.