By Karin Glendenning
Community News Writer
The 2006 Tennessee Valley Daylily society show will be held at Northgate Mall Sunday, June 11. Hours for the event are 1 to 5:30 p.m. and admission is free.
At noon a plant sale will be conducted, and members of the local society will be on hand to talk with visitors about how to grow daylilies.
In addition to the show, entitled “Daylilies: A Rainbow of Color,” several area gardens will be open to the public on June 12.
Lee Pickles, who has grown daylilies for years in his Hixson garden and sells them to gardeners across the country and even in Canada and Europe, said that he expects to see many new varieties of daylilies at the show and plans to exhibit some of his own flowers.
“You’ll see almost every type of daylily at the show,” he said. “Daylilies are really easy to take care of. They pretty much grow on their own and are pretty maintenance free.”
He said he is always asked what his favorite daylily is. “If I had a special color, it would be yellow. Yellow is so easy to see in the landscape,” he said.
He said that although daylilies don’t make good cut flowers since their bloom lasts only one day, “they’re fine to break off and put in a floating bowl. That’s what my wife, Jean does.”
For more information about the event, call Kirk Steely, show chairman, at 893-5206.
E-mail Karin Glendenning at email@example.com
Tour these daylily gardens:
Lee and Jean Pickles’ Chattanooga Daylilies
1736 Eagle Drive, Hixson
Hours: 9 a.m. to noon throughout the week and 2 to 4 p.m. on the weekend
Everett and Peggy Dyer
144 Lynda Drive, Chattanooga
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week
Scotty and Ron Innes’ Moutaintop Garden
1629 Sawyer Springs Trail, Signal Mountain
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, June 20
LaVonne Jolley’s Rocky Dell Garden
2706 Wilson Road, Signal Mountain
Hours: 2 p.m. until dusk Monday, June 20
Gregg Connell’s Favorite Things Daylily Garden
675 Newtown Church Road
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week
Phone: (706) 629-0081
Ruby Sunday’s Bethlehem Garden
1248 Tunnel Hill Varnell Road, Dalton, Ga.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday
Phone: (706) 694-3487
Dave and Vicki Rhyne’s Sunshine Hollow Gardens
1198 County Road 82, Athens, Tenn.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday
Phone: (800) 669-2005
Karen and Steve Newman’s Delano Daylilies
153 County Road 854, Delano, Tenn.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday