In living color!
There are nearly 300 official display gardens throughout the United States, Canada and Europe where you can view a variety of modern daylilies in a garden setting. Below you can locate them, apply to be one, renew your status, or submit an evaluation online.
Where can you see daylilies?
An American Daylily Society Display Garden is established to display the very best daylily cultivars to the general public. Its purpose is to educate the visitor about modern daylilies and how they can be used effectively in landscapes.
Download a current list of display gardens in Excel format. Please remember to call or email ahead before visiting display gardens.
OR, use the interactive map below to plan your next daylily adventure! To enlarge the map, click on the white square in the upper right of the map and use your mouse trackball to zoom in. Then click on a pin to get more details on the gardens. Updates to contact information should be sent to the Display Garden Chair.
Become an official American Daylily Society Display Garden! Renew your Display Garden Status!
Below are links to 3 pdf forms that can be printed and mailed. If you prefer to submit the online forms, please scroll past the list of eligibility criteria.
In an approved Display Garden, a visitor can view a large number and wide variety of labeled daylilies in a well-maintained garden setting. To obtain official Display Garden status, certain criteria must be met:
- The owner or public garden liaison must be a member for two years or more, and must maintain his or her membership in good standing, to be eligible for a garden to be designated as either a Display Garden, an Historic Daylily Display Garden, or both.
- Although the number of daylily cultivars is not set, the garden must include a wide variety of daylilies (e.g., diploids and tetraploids; full, round, and spiders; small, miniatures, and large flowers; and eyes and selfs) from a number of hybridizers. For Historic Daylily Display Gardens, it is recommended that the garden contain a minimum of 50-100 historic daylily cultivars and species.
- The garden must be well maintained (i.e., water, fertilizer, mulch, etc.) and relatively free of weeds.
- Plant markers should be maintained in good condition, with the name of both the cultivar and the hybridizer showing clearly. Date of registration is often included on the marker as well, and must be included on the plant marker for historic daylilies. Historic daylilies are defined as all daylily species plus daylily cultivars registered on or before 1980. Gardens must contain a representative collection of historic daylilies. A minimum of 50 cultivars registered in, or prior to, 1980 is the main requirement to qualify as an Historic Daylily Garden.
- The garden should be open to the public during bloom season. The American Daylily Society’s insurance policy does not include Display Garden visitation. Garden owners are encouraged to carry their own insurance.
- Commercial gardens are requested to maintain a specific area designated as a Display Garden.
- By September 1 of each year, Display Garden owners will be notified about renewing their status. Forms must be mailed or submitted online by October 1.
To be added to the list of official Display Gardens and Historic Daylily Display Gardens, the qualifying garden must be inspected and approved by the appropriate Regional President (RP) or their designated representative and recommended to the Display Garden Chairman.
To be removed from the list of Display Gardens and Historic Daylily Display Gardens, request should be made by the garden owner (or, if a public garden, the garden liaison person) by contacting the appropriate RP who should then forward the request to the Display Garden Chairman.
We also invite your city to consider designation as an American Daylily Society Daylily City. The objective of this program is to create and maintain an awareness of the benefits of daylilies for landscape usage in public locations and increase the overall usage of daylilies through educational and promotional events within the city.
For additional information about Display Gardens or Daylily Cities, contact the national Display Garden chair Melodye Campbell, 21 Ambleside Drive, Fairport, NY 14450-3212 (585) 749-7433 firstname.lastname@example.org
Become an official Display Garden
You can submit an online application to become a Display Garden. The application is forwarded to the national Display Garden chair and it will be evaluated using the criteria above. Thank you for your interest!
Already a display garden?
Renew your Existing Status Annually
Display gardens are required to renew annually. Its important you keep your status updated so visitors to your garden are not disappointed and you are not caught unprepared. Please renew your Display Garden status online, or contact email@example.com with your questions.
a required step in the process
Regional President's Evaluation
As part of the certification process, Regional Presidents or their designee are required to visit and evaluate the applicants in their region. Regional Presidents can now easily provide this evaluation ONLINE!