The daylily garden
Four years of building a magnificent daylily collection at Massee Lane has resulted in a wonderland of daylilies spilling down the hillside to the restored wetland below. More than 700 varieties are displayed in free-form beds with individual hybridzers’ blooms growing together.
Fort Valley’s Billy Dick led the acquisition of outstanding lilies for the garden. Thanks to his efforts, and considerable donations from Billy himself, and gifts from leading daylily hybridizers, have led to the garden at Massee Lane being named an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden. Leading hybridizers who have donated lilies to the garden at Massee Lane include Tim and Linda Bell, Kinnebrew, Dan and Jane Trimmer, Ralph and Jane Carson, Salter, and Billy Dick of Peachland Daylilies.
Bloom starts in early May and is in full bloom from mid May through June, but quite a few of the selections repeat bloom through the summer. Marvel at the diversity of color, form and patterns. By mid June the large collection of Crepe Myrtles cultivars add another whole layer of color for the summer months.
Life-sized characters following the Alice in Wonderland theme are featured in the daylily garden to entice the younger set to admire and learn about daylilies. Martin gourds and blue bird houses attract colorful birds to the garden.