Alex Burnett (1922-2012)
Alex Burnett hybridized the infamous Night Flyer asiatic lily, right here in sunny Alberta. The year Alex passed away (2012) was the year this same lily was mass produced in the Netherlands, making it readily available around the world. Although I am sure he would have had something derogatory to say about the lack of royalties paid to him by these big companies for this stunning hybrid, I'm certain he still would have been very pleased to know it achieved such popularity.
I am pleased to be growing and evaluating Darm's hybrids. Unfortunately due to hail and personal health problems I was unable to get an accurate evaluation their first few years in the ground here (starting 2008). Pictured here is Darm Crook, myself and Terry Willoughby (l to r). Photo taken at the NALS 2007 show in Edmonton, AB.
Dr. Ronald standing with an established clump of Starburst Sensation, in front of his home in Manitoba, July 2001. Dr. Ronald is over 6 feet tall, giving you an idea of how tall this orienpet he hybridized can grow! I was fortunate to not only meet Dr. Ronald during this trip, but to see his very efficient nursery operation as well.