Welcome to The Cats Meow Daylily Garden, 
an official American Hemerocallis Society(AHS) Display Garden, certified Bay - Wise Environmentally Sound Landscape
and North American Butterfly Association (NABA) Garden, based in the rural country setting of Manchester,
Carroll County, Maryland.

Cats Meow Daylily Garden - Daylilies for Sale
The Cats Meow Daylily Garden
2016 Season: June 2 - August 28,2016 Hours: Thursday - Sunday
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


 Gardens Closed: August 6, 2016

The gardens will be featured as an Open Garden on July 8 and 10th, 2016,
as part of the Region 3 AHS Summer Regional meeting,
being held at Perfect Perennials, York PA.
Special English Tea in the Garden
will be offered for the price of $9.00 tax included.
(see Tea in the Garden)

Now Offering Daylily Seminars and Butterfly Lectures for Groups.
Please call for scheduling and pricing.

Cats Meow Daylily Garden: Garden Plots
Cats Meow Daylily Garden Plots - Download Your Copy
for your visit to our gardens.

Price for a minimum of two fans or clumps
of Daylilies - $ 12.00 
(Includes MD Sales Tax)

Abner the Cat - Cats Meow Daylily Garden  Cali the Cat at The Cats Meow Daylily Garden 410-239-7009
                        Abner the Cat                              Cali the Cat

History of Cats Meow Daylily Garden

         In June 2008, with my husband having just completed thirty years and myself ,thirty-three and a half years of working in State Government, we decided it was time to retire and actually start living each day, as we wanted. For me, that meant being outside, in my gardens, every hour of every day possible. 

We live in a brick farmhouse built in 1895 on twenty four acres, in a beautiful valley in Carroll County, Maryland. Up until I retired, I did all my gardening on weekends and a couple of nights during the week while my husband was bowling or golfing. Over the past twenty-three years, we have put in numerous flowerbeds, reclaiming the land from wild roses, weeds, poison ivy, and brambles. These flower beds were filled with peonies, bearded iris, sedum, roses, coneflower, and, black-eyed Susan, just to name a few. Then several years ago, I stumbled onto the internet and did a search on daylilies. I was dumb founded by what I saw. Never before had I seen such beautiful and unusual blooms. I was used to the orange roadside daylilies. I had no idea the daylily had become so removed from the roadside plant.
I started buying large ones, small ones, doubles, spiders, yellow, pink, purple, red, burnt orange, and even green. Now my flowerbeds are brimming over with this kaleidoscope of varying colors and shapes, along with the other tried and true perennials. I have added new flowerbeds and expanded existing ones to hold the extra daylily plants that come from dividing mature clumps. At last count, I have over six hundred and fifty varieties. Over the years, I have added garden statuary, benches, fountains, and most recently a good old fashion bottle tree.   We have brought back many ideas from gardens we have visited during our trips to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Italy, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, and Jamaica. By no means do our gardens look anything like Sissinghurst, Hidcote , or Kiftsgate; but all of these gardens were inspirations for ours when we returned home.
With no room to add new flowerbeds, since we rent out the major portion of the acreage to a local farmer, I have taken part of the meadow garden and put in large planting beds. These beds are now used to grow all of my extra daylily plants. What good is it warehousing all the extra plants, I asked myself. I decided it is time to sell these extra plants, so other people can enjoy them. And thus begins my second career, the Cats Meow Daylily Garden.
What is in a name you may ask? I love cats, therefore; I decided to have the face of Abner my orange cat superimposed onto a daylily blossom. In this way, I was merging two of my great loves - that of cats and daylilies.
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