Legacy Project Page

Marshy Point Azaleas

‘Anne Reinhoff’
Azalea ‘Anne Reinhoff’, Photo by Carolyn Beck

Legacy Lead: Donald Hyatt ⇐ Click to send Donald an email

Hybridizer: Harry Weiskittel

For many years, Harry ran one of the largest azalea wholesale nurseries in the region but that was not his original career. He had enlisted in the Army after college and served as a counterintelligence officer based in Berlin from 1966 to 1969. When he returned from that tour of duty, he earned a law degree. Eventually, what started as a hobby raising azalea seedlings on his ping pong table evolved into a major wholesale nursery operation.

Harry often said how fortunate he was to have the land where the nursery resided. He was officially Harry C. Weiskittel III. Marshy Point is north of Baltimore on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay at Middle River. They originally used it for hunting but it is a very scenic location. Harry transformed part of that area into his nursery where he had acres of hoop houses, automatic watering systems, and then a large and beautiful display garden covering many acres.

As the nursery business grew, his son Austin joined the firm as its Vice President. They not only sold standard azaleas, rhododendrons, and other plants, but the main attraction was always the new azalea cultivars that Harry had developed. Those beauties were not available anywhere else.

Harry Weiskittel passed away on May 5, 2019, at the age of 77, after suffering with Alzheimer's disease for a number of years.

Harry Weiskittel and 'Annapolis'
Photo by Don Hyatt

Waterfront Vista at Marshy Point
Photo by Don Hyatt

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Reflections on Harry Weiskittel and the Marshy Point Azaleas Don Hyatt

A sampling of Marshy Point cultivars
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© Carolyn Beck

'Marshy Point Daisy'
© Don Hyatt

'Marshy Point Love Lace'
© Carolyn Beck

'Marshy Point Show Girl'
© Carolyn Beck

'Marshy Point Fancy Pants'
© Carolyn Beck

'Sarah's Wedding'
© Don Hyatt

'Pam's Passion'
© Don Hyatt

'Marshy Point Pink Sparkle'
© Don Hyatt