Welcome to Gladiolus Exoticus, our catalog of designer glads at Honker Flats. We are the Wallace family, Lew, Tammy and Marcus. We are pleased with the response from the past year and appreciate our new customers, friends and repeat orders.
Special thanks go to hybridizers Bob Longhenry, Don Selinger, Dave Kollasch, Sue
Jackson, Jeff Radunz, Robert Schalow, Lyle Madeson, Mel Schrimpf, John Meyer, Dave Selinger, and Reg & Marlene Powys-Lybbe for allowing us to showcase their fine creations. The class of 2013 promises to be very exciting indeed!
John Meyer captures his second All America Select award with Red Hot Kisses. What a
sizzling crowd pleaser! First Farmer’s Daughter, now Red Hot Kisses! Throw a kiss my way! OH YEAH BABY! Also very loud is John’s Mr Z a really intense orange. The artfully done Peach Patina, will be awesome in arrangements. Cloud Dancing won the Ed Squires Award this summer, and is soooo fluffy.
Reg and Marlene have showered us with gladiolus blessings. Queen Katherine is destined to be on the Court of Honor. I can hardly wait to see it in the hands of our master showmen, maybe even at the NAGC convention show this fall. Sugared Rose will also be right there, with its huge wide open florets of sugared rose. Island Girl has caught attention in the seedling class. It’s an unforgettable color, as well as Wasa Angel. What fun to have exotic new colors to play with. This year’s intros are loud and exotic, promising to yield loads of joy. Thanks hybridizers for sharing your best.
Our friend Bob Longhenry passed away in October. We have been blessed over the years with his and Pat’s friendship and generosity. Bob was a great mentor, we have learned lots about growing glads. Bob would bring along seedlings to the shows just to see what we could come up with in designs. We delighted together in the wide diversity of glads. Probably his most fantastical variety to date is named for his bride Patricia Ann. His legacy to the glad world will live on as Bob continued to make crosses and selections these last years. In the fall of 2011 he gifted us his entire collection. There are marvelous seedling in propagation-each one brings back memories of time well spent.
What a fun show season. First at New Ulm-Marcus excelled, winning the Carl Fischer Award for top design with his “Jack and the Bean Stalk”. Lew and Tammy had the champions at the MN State Fair show and Lew won the Honker Flats Glad Festival Show with a gladiolus chandelier, using Red Hot Kisses! The Glad Society has such a talented group of people and we do have a great fun time together. Many of these people made the drive up to Middle River to make the Honker Flats Glad Festival happen. Our number of local exhibitors continues to increase, with many first time exhibitors. If you grow glads bring them to show in Minnesota. Our Mn society also provides glads if you want to participate in the design shows.
A big announcement! No Glad Festival this year! Because the Minnesota Glad Society is hosting the NAGC(North American Gladiolus Council)Convention, starting Labor Day weekend 2013. “The Great Gladiolus Get-Together” Mystic Lake Casino see pg. 19 for more info. This will be the very first time the convention and full scale show(8-31 & 9-1) will be held in gladiolus growing season. A big change from a January time frame. This is a very exciting time to belong to the MN Gladiolus Society and NAGC. We personally invite each of you to the convention and show. It will be one of a kind!
Our main business of Honker Flats Greenhouse continues to flourish. We now prepare for our 39th season. We appreciate those that “come home to Honker Flats” each year to shop for their bedding plants, exotic annuals, perennials and nursery stock. The walk in cooler is a huge success for our Bare Root Barn. We specialize in the newest introductions to horticulture. Late summer and through fall visit our glad fields, check out our produce-the tastiest melons, tomatoes, peppers, ground cherries etc. Whether you purchase glads from our catalog, visit our greenhouses, visit a show or join a society, “Welcome to our Honker Flats Family!”
Lew, Tammy and Marcus Wallace