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2016 Calendar

April 18-25
Shipping begins (Weather Permitting)

May 28-29 &
June 4-5
Open House

Early June
Gardens Open
Thurs-Sun 10-5

June 9
Iris Days begin

July 4 Closed

July 2nd-ongoing
Garden Stroll 6-8pm

July 14th
Peak Season Begins
peak-season hours
Open 7 days 10-5

Peak Blueberry Season begins: Organic PYO

July 16th-July 17
Rock River
Studio Artist Tour

July 30-July 31
Daylily Sale Weekend
Sat-Sun 10-5 pm

August 18th
Peak season ends
post-season hours
Thurs-Sun 10-5 pm

September 5th
Gardens close
open by appointment


The farm yesterday 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 plant scientists.

The Farm Today

The farm today


Chris 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.

Who We Are
We have been or are members of:  
American Heather Society
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)
American Hemerocallis Society

Contact Information:
Olallie Daylily Gardens
129 Augur Hole Road
South Newfane, Vermont 05351
Driving directions
Telephone: (802)-348 6614
E-mail: info@daylilygarden.com
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