Who We Are
Christopher's grandfather, Dr. George M. Darrow
(Dr George Darrow by Wikipedia)
began collecting and hybridizing daylilies back in 1957, after he
had retired from his work as a geneticist for the USDA. Dr. Darrow
was highly selective regarding his breeding program. The result,
we feel, is a unique collection of daylilies, representing many
highly desirable characteristics.
Origin of the Name Olallie
Dr. George Darrow who first collected many of the day lilies grown here at Olallie Daylily Gardens, originally worked for the USDA as a breeder of small fruits and berries. He had a Pick Your Own strawberry business and many types of berries on his farm in Maryland.
While traveling through Oregon collecting blueberry seed stock, he came across the name Olallie. Olallie is a west coast native American name which translates loosely to Place Where Berries Are Found. Dr Darrow thought this would be a great name for his farm in Maryland because of all of the berries he was growing there. And thus named his farm in Maryland Olallie Farm.
When he began to develop and name new daylily cultivars he gave the prefix Olallie to all the day lilies he developed and registered. Now decades later Chris Darrow is continuing this tradition by giving all his registered dayliles the same prefix.
Move to Vermont
In 1979, Dr. Darrow invited his son Dan, Dan's wife, Ellen, and
their son, Christopher, to come to Olallie Farm in Maryland and
dig up a piece of all of his dayliles. Dan and Ellen's farm in Vermont
would be the perfect site to continue the Darrow daylily work. Thus,
in 1980, Olallie North was born. In 1993, the American Society for
Horticultural Science (ASHS) inducted Dr. Darrow into the ASHS Hall
of Fame, becoming its 8th member. He joined the ranks of Gregor
Mendel, Liberty Hyde Bailey, Luther Burbank, and other distinguished
The Farm Today
This is our 30th year in business in Vermont.
The farm is managed by Christopher with help from his mother Ellen and his children Quinn and Anwyn. And of course his faithful dog Brom.
Chris continues the breeding work began by George. Chris has tried to follow Dr Darrow ideals of exploring daylily attributes. Extra early bloomers, extra tall, pigmented scapes and other overlooked attributes are all part of Chris's work.
have been or are members of:
American Hemerocallis Society
American Horticultural Society
North American Rock Garden Society
Seed Savers Exchange
Species Iris Group
Vermont Assoc. of Professional Horticuluralists
Newfane Business Assoc.
Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA)
Olallie Daylily Gardens
129 Augur Hole Road
South Newfane, Vermont 05351
Telephone: (802)-348 6614