Shady Rest Gardens is an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden since 2009 on 3 1/3 acres north of Cartersville, Georgia (Bartow County). It is located in Northwest Georgia about 50 miles northwest of Atlanta and only about 2 miles west of Interstate 75. We grow over 2000 registered daylily cultivars and hundreds of our seedlings along with a wide variety of other perennials, annuals, shrubs, and trees for color and diversity. Our peak daylily bloom is usually mid June, but we have many blooms into early July. Many of our daylilies are grown in raised beds that contain pine bark fines and composted horse manure. We fertilize with a fertilizer with a 3:1:2 ratio, Milorganite, alfalfa pellets, and epsom salt. We had a well put in 6 1/2 years ago solely for the purpose of watering our daylilies. Daylilies DO love water! We are fortunate to live in a part of the country where we can grow most evergreens, semi evergreens, and dormants.
We are a licensed garden by the State of Georgia. We have a spray program for insects and rust. We do receive new daylilies each spring from rust prone areas. Invariably, we do find some rust on a few of these new daylilies. We immediately trim the foliage to just above the crown and treat the affected daylilies and those growing around the affected plants. This procedure has been successful for us along with our spray program to keep rust from spreading and eliminating rust in the garden. We will not ship any daylilies with visible rust. We do not like to receive daylilies with rust and will never knowingly ship any with rust to a customer. Our winters are cold enough that rust does not overwinter here. If rust is an issue for you, please do not order. At this time we do not ship to California or out of the continental United States.
Our garden was on the 2015 National Convention tour in the Atlanta, GA area. We thank all who attended the National and our garden. So many were very complimentary of our garden. We appreciate your kind words. In preparation for the 2015 National, we moved all of our Ned Roberts' introductions to one area. We now have over 100 of his introductions which have clumped nicely and will offer many of these for sale in 2017. We relocated our Wizard Of Oz bed three years ago, and those daylilies have gone crazy. We will be adding additional Oz daylilies as well as more memorabilia. Tim Herrington's MAYOR OF MUNCHKINLAND stole the show during the National!
We have been "attempting" to downsize for a few years and are making progress, but we continue to add. We will once again post a SUMMER SALE LIST of over 200 daylilies in July for fall shipping. Be sure to check back in mid July for some good bargains.
From time to time we are asked about the availability of DISPLAY daylilies. These may be daylilies that we have recently added and want to increase before offering for sale. They may also be daylilies that are being used for hybridizing or just ones that we really like and want to keep for now. Some DISPLAY daylilies may be available in the fall. Feel free to inquire about availability and price.
We try to check our email daily and respond ASAP. During the busy season, we may miss a day checking. The best time to reach us by phone is before 8:30 a.m. and after 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer months. We spend as much time as possible working in the garden during these busy months.
**Spring shipping will begin April 22, 2017 (weather permitting).**
We are currently accepting orders for 2017.
David has made a few YouTube video tours of the garden that may be viewed from this link:
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