Join us for this free event with guest speaker, Nate Bremer of Solaris Farms in Reedsville, WI. Discover what makes a good cultivar, identify many of the marketing deceptions in retail & explore many more hidden gems for growing this beautiful flower in your landscape.
Nate Bremer is a hybridizer specializing in northern-hardy daylilies and Peonies. He has served as an American Hemerocallis Society Garden Judge and owns and operates Solaris Farms. Currently he is the vice president of the American Peony Society. The century-old farmstead, located near Reedsville, Wisconsin is an Official American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) Display Garden and commercial daylily, Peony and Lilium nursery.
Solaris Farms is home to more than 2,000 registered daylilies and a test garden of 10,000+ seedlings and new cultivars under propagation. The farm has been featured in numerous television and magazines profiles, and is a frequent destination of master gardener groups, garden clubs and specialist gardeners. Bremer’s Solaris Farms also boasts an active Herbaceous and Tree Peony hybridizing program with thousands of plants at various stages of development.
Before discovering daylilies, Bremer was a nationally awarded hybridizer of Phragmapedium orchids. During the late 1980s his father, Hale, gifted Nate a few Hemerocallis and it wasn’t long after that the first daylily seedlings from these plants bloomed in the Bremer garden. In 1999, he opened Solaris Farms, where he sells plants, gives tours, hybridizes and serves as a passionate advocate of naturally field-grown, hardy Hemerocallis, Paeonia and Lilium. After 20 years of hybridizing Hemerocallis, 100+ registrations and a huge compost pile, daylilies still hold special place in the gardens.
Hybridizing goals have changed through the years and are now centered on: 1) Hardiness 2) Plant habit 3) Scapes (branching) 4) Clear color s 5) Overall plant performance. The program is based on the premise that a small percentage of plants have the five attributes listed above and that northern gardeners value these characteristics the most.
Bremer lives with his wife Kimberly and numerous critters at Solaris Farms.
Biography Courtesy of Nate Bremer