Daylily gardens open Memorial Day

The Hattiesburg Area Daylily Society (HADS) annual Daylily Garden Tour and the 22nd annual Daylily Show will offer a true daylily spectacular to the South Mississippi area. The tour is set for the Memorial Day weekend, May 29. The show will be held on Saturday, June 3, at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

Celebrating its 25th year, HADS was chartered in 1992, and represents membership from more than 32 towns and municipalities throughout South Mississippi.  It is one of the largest local daylily organizations in the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS), the national daylily organization. The annual show is accredited by the AHS.

Gary Campbell of Bassfield is the current president of HADS with Jon Tibbetts of Hattiesburg serving as show chair. 

Open Garden Tours will be available in Hattiesburg, south and west of Hattiesburg and the surrounding area featuring the daylily, the official flower for the City of Hattiesburg. Two gardens will be open in Stone County and one in Picayune.

The tours will provide the opportunity for the public to view breathtaking daylily gardens, at their leisure. Gardens will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. May 29. Driving directions to the gardens will be available on the HADS web site

Private gardens on the tour include: Suburban Daylilies, Barbara and Earl Watts, 60 Serene Meadows Drive, Hattiesburg;  The Wesley Garden at Lake Serene, Evelyn Wesley, 32 Serene Blvd., Hattiesburg;  Figlily Acres, Edd and Nancy Chain, 47 Nobles Road, Sumrall; The Montgomery Garden, Don and Connie Montgomery, 8 Melissa Hill Drive, Hattiesburg; Penny’s Daylily Patch, Penny Stringer, 509 Old Hwy. 24, Oloh; The Tree Topp, home of Jimmy Reeves, 17 Marine Circle, Hattiesburg; Lily Meadow, Jon and Jeanette Tibbetts, 5 North Heron Cove, Hattiesburg; Downtown Daylily Garden and Historic Cottage; Glenn Nobles and F. Durwood Blackwell, owners, 820 East Laurel Ave., Downtown Hattiesburg; “Come See What’s Bloomin’,” home of Vonda and Bill Martin, 274 City Road, Perkinston; Chisel Ridge Garden, the garden of Kenny and Debbie Hatten, 341 Paramount Road, Perkinston; The Cline Garden, Picayune, 68 miles south of Hattiesburg on I59 and Kay and Gerard Cline, 4 Oak Lane, Picayune.

Public planting areas are open daily – Lake Terrace Convention Center, Hattiesburg Visitors Center, Hattiesburg Zoo, Main Street Baptist Church, the VFW in Downtown Hattiesburg and The Truman Roberts Memorial Daylily Garden at the Petal Civic Center.

The 22nd annual Daylily Show, is set for June 3 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center. Theme for the 2017 show is “Daylilies Win!”  In addition to showing a variety of daylilies entered for judging, the show will also feature a gigantic daylily sale and daylilies used in arrangements. The 2014 show was the largest daylily show in the nation.

Activities at the show begin at 7:30 a.m. when daylilies begin to arrive and are prepared for judging. Daylilies are received for judging until 10:30 a.m.. Judging begins at 10:45 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. When judging is completed, around 1 p.m., exhibition hall doors are open for the public to view the winners and all the entries, until 4 p.m. An information desk will be available for general information about daylilies and the Daylily Society.

A gigantic plant sale will begin at 11 a.m. The sale will continue until all plants are sold. The plants for sale are quality daylily plants, all washed and ready to plant. Some plants will be available in pots.

Entries for judging in the daylily show are welcomed, and are not limited to membership in the Daylily Society. For more information, visit