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Name: Char
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Oct 28, 2013 6:24 AM CST

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Central Florida, home to Walt Disney World, is one of the most popular destination spots for families. For daylily growers and collectors this area of Florida is also home to the southern Daylily Mecca. Each year in May during peak bloom daylily lovers travel to this gathering which includes open gardens, cook outs and…daylilies. Thousands of the newest creations from some of the leading hybridizers of daylilies are seen during this event. In this hybridizer feature we will be exploring the daylilies of the Kinnebrew family.

East of Disney World on the coast of Florida is the John F. Kennedy Space Center, NASA Visitor Center and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. A short drive north is Scottsmoor, home to Kinnebrew Daylily Garden and the Kinnebrews series of Spacecoast daylilies. Beginning in the 1970’s daylilies became a family affair for John Sr., Marjorie and John Jr. as they traveled exhibiting daylilies and began hybridizing as a hobby. An increasing interest in hybridizing and demand for their cultivars during the late 1990’s was timed perfectly with the retirement of John Sr. from the Kennedy Space Center and the hobby was elevated to business.

The first cultivar to be registered by John was ‘Midnight Magic’ in 1979, a black red tetraploid which was awarded the AHS Lenington Award in 2002 for a cultivar with outstanding performance across many areas of the country. ‘Spacecoast Starburst’ (1998) with its vertically raised edge became the foundation for the Kinnebrews breeding line of daylilies with ruffled edges.
Spacecoast Starburst ( Kinnebrew – J., 1998)

Earning the respect of garden judges, ‘Spacecoast Starburst’ received a 2002 Honorable Mention and 2005 Award of Merit. This early interest in producing fancy edged daylilies led to the award winners from Spacecoast Starburst’ including ‘Darla Anita’ (1999) with a 2003 Honorable Mention and 2006 Award of Merit,
Darla Anita ( Kinnebrew – J., 1999)


‘Jerry Nettles’ (2002) a 2005 Honorable Mention
Jerry Nettles (Kinnebrew – J., 2002)


and ‘Lori Goldston’ (1999) with a 1999 Junior Citation and 2002 Honorable Mention.
Lori Goldston (Kinnebrew – J., 1999)


Their desire for fancy petal edges includes cultivars showing the toothy petal edges popular today. Cultivars such as ‘Iwanna Piranha’ (2006) with a 2009 Honorable Mention, ‘Randy Stephens’ (2007) a 2010 Honorable Mention recipient, Spacecoast Chomp! Chomp! (2011) a toothy Unusual form and Spacecoast Snaggle Tooth (2009) are a few of their cultivars displaying toothy edges.
Iwanna Piranha ( Kinnebrew – J., 2006)

Randy Stephens (Kinnebrew - J., 2007)

Spacecoast Chomp! Chomp! ( Kinnebrew - J., 2011)


Saturated color in purples and reds, lavenders, pinks, yellows, near whites and eyezones are all a part of the Kinnebrew hybridizing program. A successful line of intriguing appliqué patterns can be traced to ‘Catcher in the Eye’ a 2001 registration coming from a cross of a seedling with Jeff Salters “Daring Deception’ (Salter 1994). ‘Catcher in the Eye’ received a 2004 Honorable Mention and in 2008 was awarded an Award of Merit and the R. W. Munson Jr. Award for the best patterned daylily.
Catcher in the Eye (Kinnebrew - J., 2001)


From ‘Catcher in the Eye’ came “Spacecoast Sea Shells’ (2003) a 2006 Honorable Mention winner and following in its parents footprints received both an Award of Merit as well as the R. W. Munson Jr. Award in 2009. Outshining its parent ‘Catcher in the Eye’, ‘Spacecoast Sea Shells’ was a runner- up for the Stout Silver Medal in 2011 and again in 2013.
Spacecoast Sea Shells ( Kinnebrew - J., 2003)


For the Kinnebrews ‘ Spacecoast Sea Shells’ has produced the cultivars ‘Spacecoast Behavior Pattern’ (2006) with a 2009 Honorable Mention and ‘Spacecoast Pattern Plus’ (2007).
Spacecoast Behavior Pattern (Kinnebrew - J., 2006)

Spacecoast Pattern Plus (Kinnebrew - J., 2007)


Daylilies hybridized by the Kinnebrews have received a wide range of awards, Junior Citations, Honorable Mentions, Awards of Merit and the Lenington All American Award not once, but twice. Specialty Awards including the R. W. Munson Jr., Extra Large Diameter, Annie T. Giles, Donn Fischer Memorial and multiple AHS Achievement Medals in AHS Exhibitions. In August of 2009 the family suffered a great loss with the passing of Marjorie Kinnebrew and in early 2013 it was announced that Jamie Gossard of Heavenly Gardens would be joining John Jr. in continuing the hybridizing program of the Kinnebrews.


To see more registrations and images of the Kinnebrew daylilies check out the ATP Daylily Database - click Search By Characteristics and enter "Kinnebrew" in the hybridizer box, then click the green search button.

The Kinnebrew Daylily Garden website link -
http://spacecoastdaylilies.com/

Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Oct 28, 2013 7:52 AM CST
Have Spacecoast Sea Shells somewhere. Moved a few plants around and didn't mark them carefully. Waiting for next Spring for it to surprise me. Big Grin
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daylily
Oct 28, 2013 10:09 AM CST
Char, I did not realize Midnight Magic was their first registration.

Good article, I learned a lot!

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Newyorkrita
Oct 28, 2013 10:25 AM CST
I have had Spacecoast daylilies here but no more. Moved out every single one that I know of because they just never thrived in my garden.
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Casshigh
Oct 28, 2013 11:16 AM CST
Spacecoast daylilies DO thrive in NW GA. If you ever heard John, SR. speak, he was very entertaining! Dry sense of humor, but so down to earth! We went to their garden about 8 years ago, and it's amazing what they were able to produce what they did in such a very small operation. They really know what crosses to make to come up with wonderful seedlings! I wish I could learn what that takes. Maybe one day! Jamie Gossard will continue to advance their introductions in the future, we believe.
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floota
Oct 28, 2013 11:16 AM CST
Midnight Magic was registered by John Kinnebrew SR. and is indicated as Kinnebrew in the database. Almost ALL of the others were registered by John Kinnebrew Jr. and are indicated as Kinnebrew-J. in the AHS database. ( although, to be honest, as is stated above, this WAS a family operation. But I think the parents were fine with John Jr. doing the registering and then taking the credit when those registrations won awards.) Marjorie was always the one who I talked to ( when Awards chair) when it came time to put their cultivars on the Awards and Honors ballot. We'd spend a long time on the phone each January and I heard some good stories from her over the years.
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Oct 28, 2013 1:27 PM CST
They do quite well here in central Maryland. My mom seems to really gravitate to them.
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Hemlady
Oct 28, 2013 3:38 PM CST
I think I have 4 of them and they do well here.
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Oct 28, 2013 4:24 PM CST
Spacecoast Tiny Perfection has been in my garden for years and thrives perfect little bagel blooms.
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blue23rose
Oct 28, 2013 4:25 PM CST
I have seven Kinnebrews. Really like Spacecoast Sea Shells, but just never got it.





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Hemlady
Oct 29, 2013 5:45 AM CST
DARLA ANITA
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SPACECOAST CRANBERRY KID


SPACECOAST EASY RIDER


SPACECOAST STARBURST
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spunky1
Oct 29, 2013 7:10 AM CST
I have grown a lot of Kinnebrew flowers over the years and all did great for us.
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Name: Mike
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Hazelcrestmikeb
Oct 29, 2013 7:39 AM CST
Char, thanks for the detail info no the "Kinnebrews". I have four of his. Two was new this year. One of the two bloomed.
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Natalie
Oct 29, 2013 12:28 PM CST
I have two Spacecoast daylilies, and they did great for me in my zone 5a garden. Maybe they will do even better in my new zone!
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blue23rose
Oct 29, 2013 4:14 PM CST
Really like Sp. Easy Rider!
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Oct 29, 2013 5:37 PM CST
Thanks Vickie!!!
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tveguy3
Nov 1, 2013 6:18 AM CST
One that I like a lot is Spacecoast Scrambled


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EdBurton
Nov 1, 2013 7:10 AM CST
SC Starburst & Darla Anita do well for me NE Wisconsin, the few others I have struggle
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tveguy3
Nov 1, 2013 7:44 AM CST
I have Spacecoast Starburst, but it's been a slow grower, and doesn't bloom consistantly, also, it's colors are quite muted here, not as nice as some of the pictures I see of it on here. I think I've had it about 5 years, and it's bloomed about 3 of them. Maybe I need to move it.
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floota
Nov 2, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Back when the Kinnebrews were just getting started, I'd routinely order their entire collections. ( those days are gone!) Over the years, some have left but many remain.
Here are some that either grow or have grown here, plus some I saw at the Kinnebrews garden or on tours.

The Butler Did It and Spacecoast Butterfly Effect:

Spacecoast Eye For Passion and Spacecoast Irish Illumination:

Spacecoast Dragon Prince and Sp. Behavior Pattern

Sp.Bold Scheme and Sp. Cherries and Cream

Sp. Color Scheme and Sp. Cotton Candy

Sp. Cranberry Breeze and Sp. Cranberry Kid

Sp. Dark Obsession and Sp. Devil's Eye

Sp. Dixie Chick and Sp. Dream Catcher

Sp. Easy Rider and Sp. Extreme Fashion

Sp. Frances Busby and Sp. Firestarter
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Sp. Fancy Dancer and Sp. Frills and Finery

Sp. Gator Eye and Sp. Gilded Robe

Sp. Gold Bonanza and Sp. Hot Topic

Sp. Miss Margaret and Sp. Mulberry Motif

Sp. Ojo Rojo and Sp. Pansy Pinafore

Sp. Passion Released and Sp. Peach Fringe

Sp. Royal Ransom ( one of the best performers here) and Sp.Royal Rumble

Sp. Sea Shell and Sp. Small Talk

Sp. Southern Belle and Sp. Spice Girl

Sp. Starburst and Sp. Technical Knockout ( a favorite)

Sp. Tiny Perfection ( great performer!) and Sp. Two Eyed Jack

Sp.Tiny Inferno and Sp. White Chocolate

Lil' Red Wagon and June Williams Memorial

Darla Anita and Jerry Nettles:


There are more, but enough already!
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