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a picture of John talking about daylilies

 

John and Nancy live in the beautiful little town of Fairhope, Alabama , on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Hem Haven Daylily Nursery is located on 4.7 acres at 20205 Lawrence Road, just off County Road 48. In the gardens surrounding the house and the commercial area, John and Nancy grow well over 750 cultivars.

As a retirement interest, John's father, bought out Shipp Nursery and purchased some Lake daylilies. John's interest in daylilies that his father loved really peaked after his stint in the Navy in 1968. They began and put daylilies on the as yet undeveloped 4.7 acre site just east of Fairhope. In 1978 the two story dutch colonial house was built and the gardens were begun. Now well manicured lawns and gardens surround the house and commercial area.

They are beginning to hybridize, John's interest is large tets, and Nancy dabbles with minis, smalls, doubles and spiders. Both are exhibition judges, garden judges and serve on the master panel that set standards for judging daylilies for students who take the course become judges.

John and Nancy are members of the Mobile Hemerocallis Society and the Riveria Daylily Society. John is Regional Vice President for AHS Region 14 ( Alabama and Mississippi ), past treasurer for Region 14 as well as the president of the Riveria Daylily Society, vice president of the Mobile club, and has been president of the Mobile club several times. Nancy has served as secretary many times, and is serving as secretary now. John and Nancy play a major role in Mobile's daylily shows.

Since their retirement, many changes have been made at Hem Haven Daylily Nursery. They grow hundreds of Daylilies in pots and continue to build raise beds to house their seedlings. There are several beautiful brick trimmed display beds located in the front of the house. Still more changes are to be made on several areas of the property.

Among the assets of Fairhope is beautiful Mobile Bay with a great pier and lovely rose garden nearby, quaint little shops, and most of all-- Hem Haven Daylily Nursery and the two folks who own it.

 

a picture of John selling daylilies out of the commercial bed

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