Hybridizer's Garden, Mostly Flat Terrain, Small Garden (less than one acre), Features Other Plant Collections
More about the garden:
Pheasant Gardens, Cecil & Lillian Dunlap
Our garden was created in 2007 as a commercial daylily garden. At the time we lived in Halifax, NS, about an hour away. The garden was created in preparation of building our retirement home so we commuted to work the gardens the first couple of years.
After building our home and operating the backyard business for 2 to 3 years, Lillian expressed an interest in various perennials. Our area is populated by a huge population of deer, and they began to develop a taste for the daylilies and forget about trying to grow other perennials. So in 2014 we fenced the backyard off and began growing plants of all kinds, while maintaining our daylily beds. At this time we also developed holding beds for our commercial stock and Cecil’s seedlings. Cecil’s favorite form has always been Doubles so we grow a large variety of them. He was encouraged to add small and mini forms to his breeding program a few years ago, and now we have a fairly large variety of them as well. In 2018 Cecil registered his first 2 cultivars.
We now have more than half an acre of perennial and daylily display beds in addition to our commercial holding beds. Our gardens have been visited by many garden clubs over the years as well we were on tour for the 2018 AHS Regional 4 event hosted by the Nova Scotia Daylily Society. The garden is open for visits most days throughout the summer and especially so during our peak bloom, usually mid-July through the first week in August. We also hold an “Open Gardens” for customers and friends, traditionally during the last weekend of July.