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    May 23, 2018 Meeting    

Christopher von Kohn:
Daylily Daze- the Past, Present and Future of Daylily Breeding


The Beltsville Garden Club will meet on Wednesday, May 23 at 7:30 pm in the multi-purpose room of the Duckworth School, 11201 Evans Trail, Beltsville, MD.

Christopher von Kohn will talk about daylily species and cultivars from the 1890ís to the present, and will discuss the steps and considerations that were required to create the perennials we know today.

Mr. von Kohn has an undergraduate degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University, and a Masterís degree in plant breeding and plant genetics from the University of Wisconsin. He has researched an endangered species of Magnolia as a support scientist with the National Arboretum, and since February 2016 has been the curator of the National Boxwood and Perennial Collections (including daylilies, of course), also at the National Arboretum.

Mr. von Kohn grew up in Arlington, Texas, where his parents instilled in him a love of gardening and an interest in plants. Daylilies captured his attention, and he tried his hand at breeding them as a teenager. Please join us to hear from an early admirer of this lovely, reliable perennial, and learn how its forms have changed with time.

The public is welcome and admission is free. You are encouraged to bring something to exchange: a plant, cutting or garden tool or magazine: bring something, take something! Refreshments will be served after the talk.

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