Gardens was formed in 1976 in San Jose California. We were specifically
interested in tall bearded iris and had little familiarity with
daylilies. Our one acre field of iris in downtown San Jose was
set up primarily to focus on walk-in business. By 1985, we owned
an additional 6 acres in Gilroy California and had over an acre
of daylilies in addition to an extensive planting of iris. We
had plans to sell dayliles, but were too busy with the iris. In
1997, we sold the land in San Jose and moved to Corralitos California,
north of Watsonville and just four miles from the ocean.
now have five acres devoted entirely to daylilies plus an additional three acres adjoining our property we lease from our neighbor. We have now been breeding daylilies exclusively since 1998. Now with the availability of our large greenhouse, we can make about 4000 pollinations and line out about 12 to 15 thousand seedlings each year to evaluate. We introduced our first varieties into commerce in 2004 and now have cultivars being evaluated for introduction each year. It normally takes us three years to properly evaluate a seedling before introducing it. It must perform both in the greenhouse and in the field and must be an advancement over similar varieties. We also
acquire many new varieties each year in an attempt to maintain a current listing of the best cultivars available anywhere.
climate here in Corralitos is like no other we're aware of. We
have mild temperatures, little precipitation, and lots of midday
sun year around. We have fine sandy loam and unlimited water.
Our daylilies bloom continuously from May until November.
sorry we can't be open to the public, but our location doesn't
lend itself to walk in trade. We will continue to provide quality
stock in a timely manner just as we have for the last 30 years.