Drive a few miles south of Floyd, VA on Route 221 and you will come to Wildwood Farms, a treasure trove of daylilies. Mid-June to mid-July is their peak blooming season, but they are open through September with late-blooming varieties available.
Judy Bowman and her family operate this tastefully landscaped garden in a way that provides a memorable customer experience. You are greeted when you arrive and you get a price list that helps you wander through the garden beds and identify the plants you want to buy.
Judy has made daylily buying a pleasant family excursion even for spouses who are not up to browsing 30 beds of daylilies. These spectator spouses can relax in the comfort of a padded swing seat while sipping ice-cold bottled water provided by Wildwood Farms management. Life doesn't get much better!
When the lily buyers finish their selection, the staff digs up the selected plants and bags then for your trip home. They will even ship your plants, if you are just visiting Floyd from a distant location.
There are over 50,000 named, registered daylily varieties available worldwide and the team at Wildwood Farms is adding to that list every year. While I was there I spoke with Judy's niece, Caitlin, who was working on new hybrids for the next season.
The daylilies at Wildwood show many variations in color, form and texture. They also come in a variety of sizes. If you browse through the two Wildwood Farms photo albums on the right side bar, you will see a hundred different plants that caught my eye while my wife was selecting ten varieties to plant in our garden.
One thing I learned from Judy was that daylilies are not prone to disease and insects. I saw Japanese beetles swarming on the blossoms, but they were not eating them. For those of us who have had entire trees denuded by these hungry pests, daylilies offer a welcome rest from battling beetles.
Make Wildwood Farms a stop on your trip through Floyd, VA, even if you aren't yet in the market for daylilies. You will come away inspired and will have beautiful memories of possibilities that you never anticipated.
2380 Floyd Highway South
Floyd, VA 24091