Many AHS Display Gardens are located in individual, private daylily collector's gardens, some are at larger commercial daylily gardens and others are maintained in public gardens. The individuals must belong to the AHS for at least 2 years to be eligible for Display Garden status. They are required to grow a wide variety of daylilies, including newer introductions. The garden must be well kept - fertilized, weeded, mulched etc. - and all daylilies must be clearly labeled.
Zazu Pitts (Carter - M.)
Those people who have Display Gardens really enjoy showing their gardens to visitors. The visitor might be brand new to daylilies, or someone who has grown daylilies for a long time. AHS Garden Judges often visit AHS Display Gardens in search of the daylilies listed on their awards ballots.
One of the best things about visiting a Display Garden is that the daylilies are often in clumps. Some clumps really make a statement in the landscape and are a real treat to see!
Shadow Dream Song (Hanson - C.)
When visiting a Display Garden, feel free to ask the owner questions about his plants, soil preparation, which plants are favorites, or how well a particular plant grows. My experience has been that the people who have Display Gardens love to talk about their plants and are more than willing to answer any questions that you might have.
Lindy Twirl (Warrell - D.)
Because many Display Gardens are located on private property, be sure to contact the owner first to set up a time to visit.
The best time of day to visit a Daylily Garden is the morning when the flowers are freshly opened. The worst time would be mid afternoon if the sun is bright and it is hot outside.
To find out more about Display Gardens, as well as AHS Daylily Cities - Click Here.
To find a Display Garden near you, Click Here. Locate your Region, and click on it's link. You will go to a listing of all the Display Gardens in your Region. The list includes contact information so that you may set up your time to visit.
Find the gardens near you, contact the owners and ask when their peak bloom season is. Then put it on your calendar to arrange a visit during that time!