New Palestine resident enjoys tending to natural beauty on his property and sharing it with others


Chuck Conover said when he was working, day lilies were a hobby. Now that he is retired, "it's become my addiction," he said. Conover is a member of two day lily clubs in Indianapolis and enjoys discussing the flowers with others who appreciate their beauty. (Kristy Deer / Daily Reporter)

Chuck Conover has planted more than 750 types of day lilies in his yard. He spends at least three hours a day cutting away the dead flowers to make room for the new blooms. (Kristy Deer / Daily Reporter)

NEW PALESTINE — Every night, just as the sun is going down, Chuck Conover sits in a chair on what he calls his perch, high above his two-acre backyard.

It’s where he relaxes and takes in the colorful view of what he’s created.

“You’ll notice there is no railing on the front of my perch because it would spoil my view,” Conover, 68, of New Palestine,  said.

Over the past 20 years, he’s filled his back and front yards full of lilies and other flowers and plants.

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