Thanks to the generosity of Jill Yost, a Granville Garden Club member, the Robbins Hunter Museum now has a growing collection of hybridized daylilies.
Daylilies belong to the genus Hemerocallis, and the name refers to the blooms which last no longer than 24 hours. The flowers are replaced by another on the same stem the next day. These perennials are a wonderful complement to the Jill Griesse Memorial Garden’s daffodils, and, when mature, will provide the gardens with a spectacular summer show.
Jill’s late husband Rick won national awards for his efforts. His most famous specimen is “George Jets On,” which won an Award of Merit, and the Annie T. Giles Award for best small flower from the American Hemerocallis Society. “George” can be found at the bottom of the entrance ramp under the Victoria Woodhull sign. All the other day lilies in the ramp were hybridized using George as one of the parents. “Jane Hiz Wife” is immediately behind George, with “Dot Her Judy” and “Hiz Boy Elroy” closer to the building. At first glance, they all seem to be the same cultivar, but sharp eyes will soon see the subtle difference.
Watch the Library area garden for daylilies in shades of reds, golds, and orange and on the east side of the Octagon Room are even more.