Daylilies in Delano

May 11, 2012

By Blair Thomas

Delano Daylilies in Tennessee

The perfect perennials are on display at Delano Daylilies, which has been open since 2000. Steve and Karen Newman manage the garden in Delano, Tennessee, a small community to visit on Highway 411.

It began as the couple’s hobby, something to keep them busy a few months of the year. But when Karen’s first 350 daylilies needed dividing, she began trading her flowers for dump truck loads of topsoil. Soon, the pair had drilled a well to help keep their garden watered during the dry summer months and had purchased a Bobcat so more flower beds could be built. Today, it’s a full-time job.

In addition to growing and selling their flowers, Delano Daylilies is in its 11th year as an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden. This means the garden must keep track of its annual visitors – about 1,200 to 1,500 of them come through the Newman’s garden annually – as well as work to educate garden visitors about the perennial blooms, serve other gardeners with problems and questions, and remain active in local daylily clubs.

Daylilies in Delano, TN

The garden is also required to grow a wide range of daylilies. Currently, the Newman’s grow 1,400 varieties. And while that may sound like a lot, some 75,000 different daylily varieties are registered with AHS.

Delano Daylilies also serves as a U.S. Southern test garden for Avalonia Daylilies. This Canadian garden hybridizes and grows daylilies and registers new varieties with AHS. But before they can register and sell the flowers, they have to see how the plants will grow farther south. So the Newman’s accept Avalonia’s future introductions and grow them for a couple of years to see how they perform in a more Southern climate. This kind of testing prevents customers buying flowers that won’t survive the climate they live in.

For more information, visit the Newmans’ website at delanodaylilies.com or call (423) 263-9323.

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  1. nancy bills says:

    what days of week and time can one visit your gardens and what larger city are you close to?

    • Jessy Yancey says:

      Hi Nancy,

      Delano is located between Chattanooga and Knoxville, though closer to Chattanooga, and just outside of Etowah in East Tennessee. For more information, visit the Newmans’ website at delanodaylilies.com or call (423) 263-9323.

      Thanks!
      Jessy Yancey, editor
      Tennessee Home & Farm

  2. Ruth Kottler says:

    Karen, just visited your web site and viewed those beautiful daylilies. I am amazed at how much you and Steve continue to do with your daylilly farm.

    Wishing you a Blessed Holiday Season and Happy New Year.