Jason Delaney

Jason began breeding daffodils–and daylilies, lilies, and crinums–in the late 1990s.  For nearly twenty-one years, Jason Delaney worked at the Missouri Botanical Garden as North Gardens Supervisor and Bulb Collections Specialist, maintaining and specializing in the bulb, daylily, and iris collections.  Jason has participated in conservation-focused plant collecting expeditions to the Altai mountains of southern Siberia, the Caucasus mountains of the Republic of Georgia, the High Atlas mountains of Morocco, and the Changbaishan mountains in northeastern China.  He has also traveled to Taiwan, New Zealand, Netherlands, and throughout the U.S. for his work with daffodils, his greatest passion.  Jason’s work with bulbs has been featured in numerous magazines, journals, newspapers, and television programs.  Jason is currently a horticulturist at Bellefontaine Cemetery, where he began working in June of 2016.  Jason operates Professional Horticultural Services which specializes in residential garden design and maintenance; and PHS Daffodils which specializes in daffodil production.   Jason’s daffodil collection is situated on three acres of family land in Flora, IL where over 2,500 varieties of daffodils are grown for commercial production, breeding, and evaluation.  Collecting novel garden varieties and preserving historic varieties are Jason’s primary foci.  Jason’s daffodil collection was one of the major tour attractions during the 2016 World Daffodil Convention held in St. Louis.