For many years, Joan and her husband spent their weekends looking for native azaleas. Most of her plants were found in a 50-mile radius of their home in Coweta County, GA. She was introduced to these beautiful plants by her brother. Joan preferred the yellow, orange, and red colors and thus collected mostly R. flammeum and few R. canescens. Flammeum occurs in a wide band across central Georgia and is frequently found along drainage of Georgia's rivers, including the Flint River. It often occurs with canescens, with which it readily hybridizes. Joan now realizes that some of her best plants are in the pink spectrum of canescens. Joan's collection is over 6,000 plants, perhaps the largest collection of flammeum and flammeum hybrids in existence. Joan is an Azalea Chapter member.