Ron Valente, formerly of Valente Gardens, North Berwick, Maine, was a complex and delightful person: a modest Yankee gentleman, a great husband, a devoted father, and a truly significant friend to have - but, most of all, he was a passionately talented, exacting daylily hybridizer.
Tragically, in July of 2001, Ron was taken from us, way too soon. Through his patient, careful mentoring of Jim and I, summer after summer, along with his ebullient, Italian, loving personality, Ron changed our lives forever. We remember him, every day, with great admiration and love, and we will miss his absence deeply, always.
This year, with our introduction of Owl's Head Light, Jim and I complete our exhaustive, painstaking, 15-year review of all of his daylily genetic materials, created by Ron's between the mid-80s and 2001. Ron lived long enough to introduce 27 of his lovelies, personally. In 2004, Ron's family entrusted Jim and I to review Ron's work notes and all of his work, seeking out future intros and making use of his fine genetic materials - and, with the introduction of Owl's Head, the Valente Collection now numbers 54 - and it is complete.
We are honored to continue presenting Ron's fine work, by presenting all 54 of these lovelies to the world, and by moving his genetic materials forward as breeding components in countless future daylily crossing experiments.
And BELOW you'll find pics and full details of the Complete Collection of Valente Introductions: ENJOY!!
Please Note: the Valente pics are in RANDOM ORDER. To see FULL DETAILS on any of the 54 cultivars, Just click on the photo. and if you double-click of the small pic, a large, more details one will come up for you to enjoy!
--- and, each Product Page has an "ORDER" Button; click on it to place a double fan of the plant(s) of your choice into your shopping card!
THANKS for visiting with us today On Line! Do come back again, soon! Great Gardening to you, always!!
Rod Kroemer and Jim Wuersch