Terrace Hill Farm is the Bloomfield, CT home of Cheryl Fox and Phillip Douville. Informal, lush and expansive mixed borders and island beds sur-round an 1870 farmhouse and outbuildings with a view of Talcott Ridge. Over four hundred daylily hybrids are interplanted with perennials, dwarf conifers, clematis, ornamental grasses, flowering shrubs and specimen trees. Hand-some brownstone, from the smallest stone to large boulders reclaimed from the land, figure largely in the hardscaping. A garden devoted to hens and chicks and sedum is in front of a small barn. Elsewhere, paths wind through a shade garden featuring Japanese maples, hosta, native plants and wildflowers. A fenced-in nursery area where the Stanley Saxton Seedling Award bed can be found has turned into more than just an area for lining out daylilies, as other perennials, raspberry bushes and shrubs have been added. In the lower, wet-ter part of the property where a brook and farm pond add water interest, sev-eral species of willows have been planted. A collector at heart with a particu-lar addiction to daylilies, Cheryl has succeeded in creating outstanding gar-dens that are pleasing combinations of a variety of choice plants.
CT Daylily is owned and operated by Rich Howard on his two acre prop-erty in Wallingford in South Central Connecticut. This area of Wallingford is home to a horse farm, winery, dairy farm and orchard along with abundant wildlife. CT Daylily is primarily a mail order business, and includes selling seeds on the Daylily Auction. Rich has registered about two dozen daylilies, and is also the distributor of Fran Harding's introductions; Fran is the creator of Forestlake Ragamuffin, perhaps the most famous "toothy" daylily ever in-troduced. He grows about 1700 named varieties in pots and has about 5,000 seedlings in the ground in various stages of evaluation. Besides daylilies, you will see interesting tropicals including brugmansia and citrus (including a clementine tree started 15 years ago from seed) as well as hardy banana trees (musa basjoo). Rich has a 1500 SF greenhouse used primarily for hybridizing. The greenhouse will be off-limits as it will contain many fragile seed pods, but there will be plenty to see outside the greenhouse. Potted daylilies will be available for sale during the visit to satisfy anyone with room in their gardens for “just a few more.”
As you enter the backyard of Peggy and Roland Corbeil’s Wilbraham, MA garden, you will surely gasp at the waves of color and the sheer number of daylilies packed into the ¾ acre parcel. While Peggy won’t venture a count, certainly it figures in the thousands. The Corbeils have created swirling beds of Peggy’s exquisite seedlings and countless breathtaking registered daylilies. Peggy often can be seen at dawn creating more beauty, and her art background is apparent everywhere you gaze. Look for ‘Ann Santaniello,’ an exquisite introduction that Peggy named in honor of her mother. The gardens feature many lovely companion perennials including hosta, peonies, tree peonies and roses, and according to Peggy, a cottage garden developed by the birds and the bees! You’ll see a garden plaque that quotes artist Vincent Van Gogh that reads: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” With her artistic eye and using her daylilies and garden treasures, Peggy has created splendor in this garden paradise that reflects her passions for nature and elegance.
Knoll Cottage Daylilies is the garden of Lori-Ann Jones, located in both Southampton and Westfield, MA. The garden is nestled on Hampden Ponds and is packed to the hilt with mostly tall, large daylilies, unusual forms and even a few spiders hybridized by Lori-Ann. Incredibly, she grows up to 400 seedlings a year in this small Zone 5 hardy garden! Because Westfield is known as “Whip City,” a nod to its history as a whip manufacturing center, the majority of Lori-Ann’s introductions have “Whip City” in their names. The names of most other of her introductions begin with “Big Honking,” referring, of course, to this hybridizer’s penchant for huge blooms on strong scapes. If you think you know what big is, wait until you feast your eyes on Lori-Ann’s goliaths! Also on display will be the wonderful seedlings of Mark Labbe, so expect to see ruffles, teeth, patterns and maybe some blue babies from him. Birds and Blooms magazine described this garden as “a perfect place for a day trip,” and when you visit this lakeside oasis, you will surely agree.