June 2nd through July 11th.
Wednesday through Sunday, 9 AM to 2 PM. We are closed Monday and Tuesday.
If you find it convenient to visit at another time, please call ahead to
be sure there will be someone here to help you, and the gates are open.
It is now the last week of October and it has been an exceptional season:
good rainfall and good blooms! Now we are completing a somewhat major
overhaul of the garden. Almost all beds were re-worked and re-planted,
including the selected seedlings, hybridizing areas, and display beds.
We have test-dug a few; so we know the roots look terrific.
Vic's pond is being completed with a mini perennial garden "next door" to
it. You will enjoy seeing his Agaves.
Our hybridizing programs continue, and we bloomed some of our finest reds
ever in '09. Other "colors" also appeared, with several interesting hues
of purple blooming for the first time. Be sure to visit this coming
summer for the pleasure or curiosity!
Our new "Introductions" listed in our catalogs are actually registered
the previous year.
So, for example, our 2010 introduction
, is a 2009 registration. This is important to our
customers who have AHS Display Gardens and need the correct registration
date for their garden name tags.
We are introducing four diploid doubles this season:
'Cotton Kiss', 'Peach Whip', 'Plum Lucky',
and 'Rose Flash'. All four have some distinctive characteristics.
'Cotton Kiss' and 'Plum Lucky' have
very distinctive coloration. Both would be very pretty in the garden.
'Peach Whip' is more common in color, but it sends up repeat scapes
continually and is always double. 'Rose Blush' has clear coloration
of a bright distinctive shade of rose-pink. Like most doubles, an
occasional single bloom will occur, but most are "double."
As usual, our "Featured Introductions" this year vary somewhat. We
have two large-flowered UF's. 'Cameron's Charisma' is tall and
spectacular for the rear of the border; the other, 'Charlotte Shout',
is a bright red to honor a Charlotte festival. 'Dragon Moon' is
orange with a darker eye. Very pretty. 'Paul Cranford', at 6"
is larger and brighter than most cultivars with this coloration.
'Cherryville' has flaws like most daylilies, but this is getting
closer to what we want in a red daylily. Not perfect, but closer.
Region 15 Hybridizers
We are very pleased to pronounce that Region 15 has some wonderful
hybridizers. With a large number of voters, the Region 15 Hybridizer's
Award for 2009 still had a 5-way tie. When you have a chance, check out
the hybridizing efforts of these people:
- Terry Baucom and Jennifer Prowe
- Judy Davisson
- Cindy Dye
- Betty Earl and Bob Marshall
- Bill Hemmingsen
- Dale Hensley (wonderful reds)
- Peggy and Jim Jeffcoat
- Paul Owens
- Bob Selman
- J. D. Stadler
- Judith Weston
These are only a few people who have major hybridizing programs and live
an hour or so from us. The total region has many more fine hybridizers.
Some wonderful plants for your garden: a red buckeye (certainly one of
the prettiest flowering trees), the Cannas 'Tropicanna', 'Australia',
and 'Bengal Tiger' have pretty flowers and spectacular foliage.
Camellia sasanqua 'Sparkling Burgundy', which always blooms in the
fall before any freezing weather. Also, plant some garden mums. Email
Van for some sources. We have also used many varieties of Rohdea,
Aspidista, and hardy Agaves for form and textural effects.
Ah, the cats! No, THE cat! We now have only one of Kiwi's kittens
left: SNOWFLAKE, who loves all the personal attention. We have learned
that "Siamese" genes do not work well for outside garden cats. SNOWFLAKE
does hunt a little but is very high strung and afraid of his own shadow.
He prefers to trot along with us and get lots of petting. Strictly a
two person cat. He hides when there are any visitors in the garden.
In the spring, we hope to get 2 new kittens that are barnyard bred,
hunters, loveable, and trainable.
The Carolina Breakfast Club meets monthly, usually the second
Wednesday, for breakfast and chatter. We try to plan for some activity
after breakfast like visits to gardens, arboretums, garden centers,
greenhouses, slide shows, etc. Come and join us. Call or email for
For information about Region 15, North and South Carolina, go to our
Region 15 website at
www.ahsregion15.org. On this site you are able to view
information about our regional officers and activities, club
information and activities, hybridizer and garden galleries, and
sources for daylilies. You will also find information about our
Summer Regional Meeting hosted by the Sandhills Daylily Club in
Fayetteville, NC on June 11th and 12th, 2010.
We are located between Kings Mountain and Cherryville on
Hwy. 216 (eight miles north of Kings Mountain and four miles
south of Cherryville). We are about 10 miles north of I-85,
depending on which exit you take from the interstate.
are coming north on I-85, it is easiest to exit at Hwy 216,
marked "Kings Mountain" or "Kings Mountain Military Park."
Continue north through downtown Kings Mountain on Hwy.
216 until you see the "Iron Gate Gardens" signs on the left.
you are going south on I-85, take exit 10B, "74 West, Kings
Mountain - Shelby." Continue for about 2.5 miles to the third
exit. It will read "Cherryville-Kings Mountain, Hwy 216." Turn
right (north) at the exit onto Hwy. 216 and travel about eight
miles. Our signs will be on the left.
Our shipping season runs from about April 1st until the first week of June. We accept no catalog orders after June 1st. Garden sales have then begun. We mail no catalogs after June 1st. Any requests received after June 1st will be honored the following year.
Clubs are encouraged to call to receive details about orders and availability.