Daylilies forum: Road Trip recommendations (IL and MO)

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Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
May 28, 2017 12:53 AM CST
I might be going through Illinois and driving to St Louis, Missouri sometime this summer. Any recommendations on daylily gardens to visit and purchase daylilies from?

I'm hoping to find one or two on my way that have a lot of daylilies (and maybe irises or hostas, too) to pick from at low prices, especially since some may not survive in my northern garden.
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
May 28, 2017 12:56 AM CST
(Ifor the record, I had a hard time getting to the recommendation pages on my cell phone...and when finally got to it, there didn't seem to be a way to search by state. I don't remember if the PC version of the page allows for state searches in the Green Pages, but the mobile page definitely doesn't appear to.)
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
May 28, 2017 2:38 AM CST
There aren't a lot of places to choose from here in central Mo.

Homestead Farms is in Owensville, Mo and would probably have the best selection, but it may be too far out of your way.

Nature's Melody Nursery is in Warrenton, Mo. They have a good selection online, but I haven't had the chance to visit yet and I think you have to call ahead and make arrangements for a visit. But they're about an hour west of St.L

My in-laws have a daylily farm, as well as hosted and bunch of other plants, in Perry, Mo (not far from Hannibal, Mo), called Lake Country Gardens. But they aren't online. He has a few hundred varieties on around 3+ planted acres. Most are from the 90s/early 2000s, and priced affordably.

If you just want to view some daylilies, the botanical gardens in St.L has a large variety, courtesy of Mr. Michael Bouman.

Bear in mind our peak bloom here in central Mo is right around July 4. Are you wanting to find a place where the plants can be dug then and you can take them home right away, or are you okay with viewing, selecting, and then having them shipped at a later date? I will be watching for anyone who knows about western Illinois...I could road trip myself if there was a good place Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Char
Vermont (Zone 4b)
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Char
May 28, 2017 4:57 AM CST

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The AHS Source List can be a good place to find daylily gardens with plants for sale when planning a trip.
http://www.daylilies.org/AHSso...

You might also want to take a look at the AHS Display Garden page to see if there would be any display gardens along the route you plan to take. Some display gardens also have daylilies available for purchase.
http://www.daylilies.org/AHSga...
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
May 28, 2017 6:39 AM CST
Char, thanks for the links. I actually started with the AHS region 2 list, but the listings for Illinois and Missouri are really lacking. I went to a couple of local daylily clubs' pages, too, but they didn't list the members (although one did have a calendar saying there was a meeting at Tom Hood's).

After striking out so gloriously with those methods, I turned to the knowledgeable world of people here! Smiling Smiling Smiling Smiling
Name: Dnd
SE Michigan (Zone 6a)
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DogsNDaylilies
May 28, 2017 6:49 AM CST
Amber, thank you for the recommendations! We will be going down much later in the season, so it will probably be more helpful to us to have a place with online pictures... I just recently ordered from Laura Hood at Nature's Melody (she sells on the LA) and it appears that she is about an hour and a half north of St Louis...that might work. Thank you for the recommendation! I'm going to keep my fingers crossed I can also find someone in Illinois (in addition to 5 Acre Farms).
Name: Amber
Missouri (Zone 6a)
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amberjewel
May 28, 2017 8:14 AM CST
@Char

Thanks for those links. Found a place called Daylilies of the Valley a few hours from me that I will probably check out this bloom season!

@DogsNDaylilies I understand about wanting to see them online first. I have been telling my FIL that for some time now...so he's asked me to set up a website for him this summer Hurray!
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