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The year 2013 marks our 13th year being open to the public–our 12th as an AHS Display Garden–and we’re optimistic that our health will remain good and we’ll have a few more bloom seasons ahead. We owe a great deal of thanks to all of you who have encouraged us and supported our efforts. You’re the reason we are here and we’ll do everything possible to keep earning your trust and support. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy.
Being located two miles from the Amish market and farm here in Delano has benefits. During bloom season, over 80% of our walk-in garden visitors have either been to the Amish market, they are going to the Amish market or they are asking where it is located. A visit to their farm is a unique experience and a reminder of what hard work is all about.
We still introduce for Geraldine Couturier, noted spider and unusual forms expert from Knoxville, Tennessee and display/sell nearly all of her introductions. We also manage the USA Test Garden and handle USA sales for Avalonia Daylilies, the gardens of Mick and Lanny Morry and Jennifer Patterson from Canada. For several years, they have been cutting the latest Southern bred daylilies to hardy northern stock in order to develop a daylily that will grow equally well from Canada to Florida. Their success is evident in how exceptionally well their plants perform here in Southeast Tennessee. (See separate links for more information on Geraldine Couturier and Mick Morry as well as the Price List link for their available plants.)
While about 30% of our business is mail order, the balance is from walk-in garden visitors–anywhere from 1,200 to 1,500 during a typical bloom season. We love to see repeat customers, many of whom have become good friends. But we also love to see new people who are curious as to what all the excitement is about and wonder why people get so worked up about daylilies. We get to educate them… and another daylily addict is born!
We run a small community daylily nursery with the personal touch. Our customers deserve nothing less. All plants are freshly dug by Steve or me. We intend for our web site to be primarily an educational tool for the novice gardener just getting started in their love of the daylily. The Photo Gallery contains well over 2,900 images of various daylilies ranging from the older classics to the newer introductions of nationally known hybridizers. Please note that we do not presently stock every single cultivar represented in the Photo Gallery. See the Price List link to match pictures with available stock. We attempt to enlarge our Photo Gallery every year because someone is always looking for an image of a particular daylily and we’re glad to share. Although many of the pictures are not professional in quality, we hope that in thumbing through the images you will be able to see how hybridizing has evolved from the simple self of years ago to the intriguing patterned eyes, ornate edges, elaborate ruffles and neon colors of today. The daylily of the new millennium is more than just a pretty face.
Because we are a small community nursery, many of the cultivars in our Price List are new and extremely limited. Orders are filled on a first come/first served basis. You may wish to order early (i.e. during the winter months for spring delivery) for the best selection. It is wise to include a substitution list in case some plants are sold out.
We hope you enjoy navigating through this site and that you are inspired to visit our garden often during bloom season if you are in the area. We can promise you that no two bloom days are the same–each visit is a new experience! We don’t have growling guard dogs or vicious animals. We do have a cat named Brother Harold (affectionately named after our former Pastor) who loves to greet visitors, ride the golf cart and supervise our weeding and digging. We have a few rabbits and deer that (so far) have not been very destructive. The only noise is from the songbirds (including Purple Martins), fish jumping in the koi pond, the wind chimes in the pavilion and the passing trains on the back side of the property. There might also be the cackle of a hen who is proudly announcing that fresh eggs are now available for tomrrow morning’s breakfast. Bring your camera and take home a memory.
Steve & Karen Newman
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