NOTICE: This will be our last season of regular business hours, five days a week. After over 44 years as an open garden we will ask you to call us before you come to visit. We will probably be here - but beginning next season (2014) - call first to be sure the gates are open. We would like to visit other gardens and attend summer meetings and conventions - the fun part!
Today as I write this, the temperature is recovering from a low of 26° last night. Yesterday we drained all the waterlines in preparation for the low temperatures. We should have freezing or near freezing temperatures at night hereafter. It is a wonderful time to move shrubbery, trees, and even perennials if you can move them with some dirt. We have been more aware of the fact that perennials sold in garden center have been sprayed to keep them from growing tall. They have to fit on the shelves of delivery trucks. That "special" border plant might end up 4 feet tall next season! We have laughed at several of our experiences.

Congratulations to the Foothills Daylily Society for hosting a wonderful Fall meeting in October. For a "newbie" club, the members came together and put on a great event.

Vic was thrilled for his 'Carnival In Mexico' to be the recipient of the 2012 Stout Silver Medal. This cultivar performs well here and, apparently, does well elsewhere. A big "Thank You" to all the Garden Judges who voted for it.

The wonders of the daylily! The magnificent patterns, colors, and sizes continue to evolve at a rapid pace. It seems that the patterns are almost limitless - with various colors and hues adding to the potential. The extreme interest in "blue" has added to the possibilities. One of these mornings we will wake to find the daylily world abuzz with news that someone finally has a true blue eye or even a blue daylily. Won't that be fun!

Alas, we still have only one cat, Snowflake, and he has only three friends: Vic, Van, and Julio. He is afraid of all other people and races for the bushes as soon as anyone else arrives in the yard. He follows us around all day and constantly moves into our shadows to keep out of the sun. He loves to be stroked. Ah, the life of a cat!

The 2012 daylily season was very good. We had enough early rains to make for excellent blooms. "Days" were not excessively hot either, and this made seed-set much easier than the previous few seasons. We were thrilled to get most of the crosses we wanted. With a spring seed-planting and a mid-summer transplanting, we should have "lots" to see in 2014. We cannot bear to "pitch" any seed; so they may fill the seedling field! Come join us!

If you are interested in becoming more involved in learning about daylilies you can visit or join one or more of our local Daylily Clubs. Here are a few in our area:


Meetings: On the fourth Saturday of each month at 10:30 AM., at The Arts and Science Center on the S.A.L.T. Block in Hickory, NC. No regular meetings in December, June, July or August. We usually plan unofficial outings or social events for the off months. Membership dues are $10.00 per year for adults with youth members admitted free. Contact: Richard Garren at


Meetings: On the 2nd Sunday of each month at 2 P.M., at the County Courthouse Annex located at 289 N. Main St. in Rutherfordton, NC. No meetings in December and January. Dues are $10 per year Contact: Nancy Womack at


Meetings: On the third Saturday of the month, at 9:00 A.M., at Carmel Presbyterian Church. The address is 2048 Carmel Road in Charlotte, NC. No meetings are held in June, July, August, or December. Dues are $15 annually for an individual, or $25 per year for a family. Contact: Mitchell Hagler at


Meeting: Usually on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9:00 A.M. for breakfast and chatter at various venues. After breakfast we try to plan some activity like visits to gardens, arboretums, garden centers and greenhouses, slide shows, etc. No meetings in June, July, and August but member gardens are often on tour. This is an informal group with no dues or officers. Contact: Vic Santa Lucia or Van Sellers at

UPCOMING CONVENTIONS for Region 15 - North and South Carolina !

The Regional meetings are a wonderful way to meet daylily enthusiasts from North and South Carolina. The National Convention is a chance to meet daylily folks from other parts of the country, as well as Canada and Europe. So mark these dates on your calender and start planning now for a great vacation in Asheville in June 2014!

2013 Region 15 Summer Meeting - June 7th, and 8thM

The Georgetown Area Daylily Club will host .Blooms At The Beach.
Headquarters will be the Georgetown Quality Inn - (843) 546-5656
Contact: Heidi Douglas at

2013 Region 15 Fall Meeting - September

Raleigh Hemerocallis Club will host the event
Contact: Ken & Ann Cobb at or
Ray & Wanda Quinn at

2014 AHS National Convention - June 25-28, 2014

Western North Carolina Daylily Club will host:
Headquarters will be the Crowne Plaza Resort, Asheville, NC
Contact: Janice Parker at or
Libby Gallion at
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