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Jun 17, 2013 5:24 AM CST
|A short drive from Myrtle Beach is Georgetown, South Carolina where you will find Browns Ferry Gardens home to the daylily hybridizing program and sales garden of Charles Douglas.|
Once a tobacco plantation, the family farm has been transformed into a daylily lover’s destination. As a young child his great-grandmother would teach him about the plants and flowers in the garden beginning a lifelong love for flowers. In his early years Charles worked on the farm growing tobacco, soy beans and corn and helped his mother, a well known and knowledgeable gardener, growing and starting plants to share with friends and family. They grew daphne, lantana, daisies, phlox and thousands of gladiolus and petunias. Later he owned and operated a paint contracting business. After finding daylilies in 1987 Charles and his mother began to sell daylilies and perennials with the opening of Browns Ferry Gardens. Now thousands of daylilies are potted each year for the sales area and the seedling beds are a place for visitors to wander commenting on favorites which may be future introductions.
Hybridizing priorities include hardiness, branching and high budcount with the ability to bloom for a long period of time. Through the use of northern dormants and selecting for branching, budcount and reblooming the results of these goals can be seen in the Browns Ferry Gardens introductions growing in gardens throughout many regions. His ‘Strawberry Patch’ and ‘Carolina Sun Fun’ were the first Douglas introductions to be awarded the AHS Honorable Mention in 2004. Following these two were ‘Bold Secret’ and ‘Pick of the Litter’ in 2007 and ‘Loose as a Goose’, ‘Cape Romain Harbor’ and ‘Cotton Candy Carnival’ in 2008. ‘My Lips Are Sealed’ and the near white black eyed ‘Black Mingo’ received Honorable Mentions in 2009. ‘A Gathering of Angels’ and ‘Brown’s Ferry Peaches and Cream received the award in 2011 along with ‘Thelma Douglas’ a beautiful yellow cream with a yellow edge he named for his mother. In 2012 garden judges recognized ‘Big Bill’ and ‘Chief Executive Officer’ with Honorable Mentions. Charles recently married Heidi Wiillet a talented hybridizer from Cincinnati. Together they visit daylily clubs, both north and south, showing their presentations of the gardens, seedlings and introductions.
Thelma Douglas (Douglas-C 2008)
I’ve seen Charles speak twice, once with Heidi, and they are a wonderful team to watch as they do their presentations. Funny, warm, and knowledgeable, I hope you get a chance to visit with them either at the garden or as guest speakers. It has been a few years since I heard Charles tell the story of Pick of the Litter, but if I remember correctly there used to be an old dog kennel near the seedling beds and when it was torn down seedlings were planted in the space. Pick of the Litter was a seedling selected from the old kennel area. I’ve had it planted in my “dog bed” since 2005 along with Ned Robert’s Bark at Me, Moldovan’s Francis of Assisi, Mom’s Pet from Joiner, Unconditional Love a Trimmer and a few others.
Pick of the Litter (Douglas-C 2003)
To see more introductions from Charles (and Heidi) Douglas visit the ATP Database or the Browns Ferry Gardens website at
A few of the many ATP Database images...
My Lips Are Sealed (Douglas-C 2004)
Black Mingo (Douglas-C 2004)
Cotton Candy Carnival (Douglas-C 2005)
And a 2013 introduction from Heidi Douglas
Dance with Somebody (Douglas-H 2013)
Jun 17, 2013 7:06 AM CST
|A Gathering of Angels. |
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Jun 17, 2013 10:58 AM CST
|I've only got one, but I love it |
It's my cats world, I'm just here to open the cans.
Jun 17, 2013 1:44 PM CST
|Very pretty color on that one!!!|
Hazel Crest, IL (Zone 5b)
There's a place of quiet rest !
Jun 17, 2013 10:39 PM CST
| - Bryan Cook Memorial. Got Queen Of Everything last summer. This one have scapes. Got Last Frontier this spring, this one have scapes. Harborwalk bloomed last year. Can't locate the pics right now.|
"Life as short as it is, is amazing isn't it ?" Michael Burton
"Be your best you".
Jun 18, 2013 6:21 AM CST
|Hey Mike, very nice!!!|
Jun 19, 2013 2:43 PM CST
|All very pretty, love the color on A Gathering of Angels.|
Found another one. This one has been here since 2004, the name is kinda fun and the colors are very clear. Takes our horrible winters just fine and with all the rain we've been having the "goose" is big and fat ( her fans that is).
Loose as a Goose
Others that grew here and now have moved on to other gardens are
Jun 19, 2013 5:55 PM CST
|The Georgetown Daylily Club hosted the Region 15 Summer Meeting. It was so nice to visit Brown's Ferry Gardens and the other gardens. Charles and Heidi both are so passionate about their hybridizing programs and their love of flowers. They make a great team. Charles took us through his seedling beds and explained how he picks his best. To me all his seedlings were beautiful and would be proud to have any one of them in my garden. One thing learned is they don't keep or sell a daylily unless it reblooms. If you ever have get to Georgetown, SC a visit to Brown's Ferry Gardens is a must. We left happy customers.|
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger .
Jun 22, 2013 6:11 AM CST
|Here are just a few of Charles's cultivars:|
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER and DEBORDIEU BEACHl
SOLAR ECLIPSE and YANKEE PRINCESS:
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Apr 7, 2014 5:52 PM CST
| Loved seeing the carload of daylilies again. |
An AHS Awards update...
'Browns Ferry Sweetheart' (2005), a 5' peach with a red eye,
'Browns Ferry Sheer Magic' (2009) a lovely cream with a pink blush,
and 'Yankee Princess' (2006), a large creamy yellow with yellow edge,
all received AHS 2013 Honorable Mentions.
Apr 7, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Jun 23, 2015 7:11 PM CST
|BrownsFerry Gardens is "my Disneyland".. Because it really is one of the happiest places on earth. As many have stated above, Charles and Heidi are very passionate about their daylily programs and growing the best plants they possibly can. They will gladly take all the time you need, to answer any question, show you around their beautiful garden, and make sure the plants you buy are full pots of quality plants. Both are long time personal friends of mine. And when you leave, I promise, you will leave friends as well. This daylily is Donna Lynne's Delight by Charles Douglas 2015 Tet. 6.5", Dor, ML, - Re, 26", 22 buds 3 to 4 way branching, Frag. (THELMA DOUGLAS x (LESLIE RENEE x GARY COLBY))|
Jul 25, 2015 5:30 AM CST
This is Deal or No Deal -- C. Douglas 2011. Bright medium pink with triangular rose red eye that fades into yellow to green throat matching rose red picotee edge wide petals, oink veining & slight sculpting in throat
Jul 25, 2015 5:43 AM CST
This is Springmaid Beach -- C. Douglas 2015 Tet, dormant, mid season, 31" scape, 24 buds, 4-6 way branching, fragrant
Jul 26, 2015 3:51 PM CST
|I love their daylilies....I'm planning on getting Frame of Mind in the fall.|
Jul 28, 2015 1:50 AM CST
Sheer Pleasure -- C. Douglas 2014, Tet. Semi Evergreen, 31" scape, 6" bloom, Midseason, Rebloom, bud count 21-25, 3 way branching, edged. Clean pink blooms with frilly edge and yellow picotee. Heavy substance due to the slight sculpting in the yellow to green throat
Jul 28, 2015 2:15 AM CST
|Anyone growing I will Love You Through It? I met Heidi in the Fall of 2013. We were staying the week at Garden City Beach. On a trip down to Charleston we found them using the GPS ! A daylily person WILL find you lol. |
I came home with Black Mingo and Garden City Beach of their cultivars. I also had been wanting Wispy Rays and they had it, so it made the trip back home too.
I LOVE Thema Douglas!
Aug 1, 2015 4:39 PM CST
|Bluegrassmom did you make it to Georgetown to their garden? It's a MUST!!! Awesome place.... Awesome people!!!|
Aug 1, 2015 4:46 PM CST
|I love Thelma Douglas and have wanted it for some time now. They always sell out. I finally got it at the Summer Regional auction. I also got two of Heidi's this year -- First Try and Papa Goose!!|
Aug 1, 2015 4:49 PM CST
|I didn't know if I should post the pics since this is supposed to be Charles' flowers.|