Several members of the Austin Daylily Society will have open gardens on Sunday May 28th from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Come visit an astounding variety of gardens from South to North Austin. In addition to a wonderful display of daylilies, enjoy the many other features of these wonderful gardens, including ponds, sitting areas, gazebos and greenhouses.
GARDEN OF MIKE PEPPERS
6902 Ponca Pass, Austin TX
After moving to Texas 18 years ago, Mike was introduced to daylilies by a co-worker -- the son of award-winning hybridizer Inez Tarrant. He went to a flower show, then visited the garden and selling field of Leon and Paula Payne. His initial purchase of 10 cultivars from the Paynes eventually grew to a collection of more than 400 and became an AHS Display Garden. Relocating from Houston to Austin in 2013, Mike downsized both house and garden. He designed and completely reconstructed the yard and garden of his quarter-acre suburban lot. He now has "only" 200+ different cultivars. The garden also features a 600-gallon pond.
GARDEN OF AGATA LA RUE
1212 Bentwood Road, Austin TX
Agata gardens in Austin since 1992. First her interest was captured by succulents and desert plants. Then came roses. She owned Stella d'Oro not even knowing that it is a daylily. Her friend and co-worker 'into daylilies' since 1980's talked her into joining Austin Daylily Club. She did so in November of 2014. Since then she took part in every major Club event as well as Region 6 convention in Pearland in 2015. Very recently she reached 40 as a number of roses and 160 as a number of daylily cultivars. Most roses are from Antique Rose Emporium. Daylilies are from various web based sales, plant swaps, auctions, and gifts from friends and family. All plants in Agata's little, centrally located garden are clearly marked and named. She has couple cultivars as recent as 2015 and 2014 and many older varieties. She considers she still has plenty of space even for her hybridizing program she started in 2015. Come and see what is possible on a small lot!
GARDEN OF PAT AND TOM ELLISON
3600 Bonnie Road, Austin TX
The Ellison’s is a cottage garden where fern, nandina, canna, and Lily of the Nile are among the many plants that accompany daylilies in creating the beautiful scenes of plant interplay. In the southern-exposed front yard, the sun-loving annual and perennial beds encircle a grass core. The shady backyard hosts the shade-loving plants and found object sculptures Tom makes, all located under a giant American Elm tree. One side yard is a dry garden where zeric plants like kidney wood thrive without irrigation. The other has two ponds connected by a babbling brook to enhance garden enjoyment. The first daylilies were planted years ago for the simple love of lilies. Then after attending an Austin Daylily Society show and being smitten by H. ‘Sweet Patootie’ and a room full of other beauties, daylilies (now totaling 80 cultivars) began taking center stage in the garden.
GARDEN OF SKOTTIE O’MAHONY & JEFF BREITENSTEIN
12229 Tanglewild Drive, Austin TX
Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Skottie and Jeff spent 22 years in Seattle where they packed a collector’s garden into a 50x100-foot city lot. Their daylily addiction, which started with a dozen unnamed Munson seedlings and a few passed down from family (including a red daylily from Skottie’s grandmother’s garden in Poland), has grown to a collection of over 800 cultivars and 200+ seedlings. In 2013, they found a 1.7-acre property in north Austin and their dream of starting a daylily hybridizing nursery grew into the larger goal of establishing a botanical garden - Tanglewild Gardens. In addition to daylilies, Tanglewild is home to many varieties of palms, brugmansia, arisaema, and coleus. The nursery and garden is their retirement plan from the tech world (someday) - in the meantime, it’s a place to recharge, relax, and share good times with friends and family.