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.
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