The year 2000 wasn’t just the beginning of a new millennium. For us, it was the beginning of a new phase in our daylily experience…it was the year we first opened our garden to the public. The following year (2001), our garden was approved as an AHS Display Garden. So far, our health has remained good and we hope to 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 (the Delano Community Farm Market) here in Delano has benefits. During bloom season, over 90% of our walk-in garden visitors have either been to the Amish market, they’re going to the Amish market or they’re asking where it is located. A visit to the Amish farm is a unique experience and a reminder of what hard work is all about. We also have a new restaurant in Delano located on Highway 411 between our garden and the Amish farm. Stadium BBQ is owned and operated by the same folks that had the previous restaurant at that location. They have just changed the name of the restaurant to Stadium BBQ and the menu is now mostly pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken and burgers. You may enjoy eating there!

We are very proud to have been given the hybridizing garden of Jeff & Jackie Pryor and Doug & Becky Holder from the Knoxville area. They have, for personal reasons, chosen not to continue operating their garden and the garden was relocated to Delano in the spring of 2013. By 2014, the plants completely adjusted to the move and they were available in the sales area. In 2015, plenty of their plants will still be available. Those folks know how to choose and grow good daylilies. And I know you’ll agree when you see their plants in bloom. We’re honored by their kindness and generosity.

We’re also honored that Jack Forrester asked us to grow his new introduction, GOLIATH ON STEROIDS (Forrester 2012). Jack said this spider measures 16.5” when it clumps up. So far, it has met Jack’s expectations. I can’t wait to see it bloom again next season! It is located in the heart of one of the Region 10 display beds. Jack served in Vietnam and was exposed to Agent Orange. After a valiant fight, he succumbed to spinal cancer as a result. It was a huge loss for the daylily community.

Some of you know that we collect daylilies introduced by Region 10 hybridizers. Several of our Region 10 hybridizers have allowed us to grow a collection of their plants:
1) Herbie & Gale Phelps of Magnolia, KY
2) David Kirchhoff & Mort Morss of Lawrenceburg, KY
3) Marguerite Oakes from Trenton, KY with her Trenton series, and
4) Linda & Sam Hassler of Crossville, TN

In addition, we have nearly the full collection of introductions from Jeff and Jackie Pryor, Geraldine Couturier, Bill Schardein and most of Denver Scott’s baseball registrations. In addition to those just mentioned, we also grow several others from AHS Region 10 (TN & KY) Phil and Carol Sims, John Rice, Rick Keith and Lee Pickles. And there are a multitude of cultivars from hybridizers who are outside Region 10—Carpenter, Bachman, Petit, Santa Lucia, Carr, Moldovan, Whatley, and Curt Hanson (just to name a few).

We still introduce for Geraldine Couturier, noted spider and unusual forms expert, who has made the move back to her home state of Michigan to help take care of her mother. She left us in charge of ADORABLE CURLS (Couturier, 2013) before she left as well as two potential future introductions that we are growing-on for her. She wants to see how these final seedlings do in her cold Michigan winters before she makes a decision on them. At any rate, she says these will probably be her final introductions.

The USA Test Garden for Avalonia Daylilies, the gardens of Mick and Lanny Morry and Jennifer Patterson from Canada is coming to an end here in our garden. It has become too large for us to handle, but was successful in that it has met the original goal–determining if their plants will grow well in our area. They have far exceeded our expectations!

Their entire garden has been freshly lined-out for 2015 and all plants will be available for sale. For several years, the Morry family has 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. 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 grow many plants that are not included in the Price List link. If you’re looking for a particular cultivar, just ask. We may have it available.

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 (that is, when the weather is not too hot—in which case he will be napping in the AC). In his absence, Mick and One-Too-Many (the two outside cats) are always around and busy hunting moles/voles, field mice (and an occasional frog).

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 tomorrow morning’s breakfast. You’re always welcome to bring your camera and take home a memory!


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