Daylily Garden Tours
Now that Hattiesburg has experienced plenty of April showers, it’s time to enjoy all our wonderful May flowers! Bright patches of orange, yellow, red, and peach are appearing in lush gardens as Hattiesburg’s official flower, the daylily, bursts into bloom alongside our gleaming magnolias, bright hyacinths, and trailing jasmine.
Since 2008, the daylily has been the official flower of Hattiesburg, replacing the Black Eyed Susan, which had previously represented the city. Advocates of the blossom, Hub City’s Area Daylily Society is one of the largest and most active daylily societies in the country and hosts several events throughout the year including a Daylily Show, plantings in public gardens, plant sales, and monthly meetings. In fact, this year the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society is celebrating its 25th Anniversary! For fans of the flower, there is no limit to ways of growing your interest and love of daylilies!
Each spring, the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society offers garden tours across the city. Both private homes of members of the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) and public gardens will be open for daytime visits by daylily lovers. This May, many of the private gardens are open on the 29th for guests to stop and smell—not the roses!—the daylilies. Most locations are open to the public from 9AM-5PM, and a full list of addresses, driving directions, and display times will soon be available on the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society’s website.
Later, on Saturday, June 3, the Daylily Society will host its 22nd Annual Daylily Show. In 2016, over 400 flowers were entered into the show, and the 2014 Daylily Show was the largest in the nation! Hattiesburg, Mississippi is many things, and an unexpected oasis for flower lovers is one of the most surprising.
If you are interested in involvement with the Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society, now is the time to join! Hattiesburg is the host city for the American Hemerocallis Society Region 14 Spring Meeting in May 2017. The regional meeting will take place May 25-27 at Lake Terrace Convention Center and features such notable personalities as the president of the AHS, Nikki Schmith, and Ludlow Lambertson of Art Gallery Gardens.
These beautiful daylilies may only bloom a few times during the year, but luckily, Hattiesburg’s hospitality blossoms each and every day, so enjoy this chance to meet daylily growers and other enthusiasts from all the city.
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