The Historic DAYLiLY Garden, is a Registered Historic Farmstead that has been continuously occupied since 1819. A sheep and dairy farm for many years, it is now a daylily farm. My grandmother had a large flower garden and grew daylilies. I began hybridizing in the 1970s with the curator of the Detroit Botanical Garden as
my mentor. He gave me KINDLY LIGHT (original) and told me how to use the pollen, “put it on everything,” even tetraploids,
(knowing nothing about unreduced gametes then). Spiders became a passion.
When I retired in 1994 I gathered up many hybridized seedlings that were given away over the previous 25 years. The West Michigan Daylily people picked my first registration, ZOLA’S PINK NIGHTGOWN, an early early stunning bright pink
which re-blooms in the South.
There are some 20 different gardens here, the largest of which is the Historic DAYLiLY Garden, a Historical AHS Display Garden, containing 1200/1300 registered cultivars; plus several thousand experimental plants and future registrations. Over 600 are registered historical daylily cultivars
from species dating 1500s thru 1979, arranged by decades and year
in one garden 160 feet long; plus the Harris Olson Memorial Spider Garden;
and a large Al Goldner daylily collection.
All are in a wooded, park-like setting on 3 acres with pergola, gazebo,
150 year old pear tree, a wild blue bird meadow, Saltbox horse barn and chicken house.
~ LaVere Webster