day lillies
Harvey and Nell Shimek
Erica Bird

Members of Lone Star Daylily Society

Shimek's Garden  

Nell Shimek  

Our Celebration of Daylilies came about by chance.  In 1986, members of the Brazosport Daylily Club came to Shimek's Gardens scouting around just before one of the Club's conventions.  We only had a few daylilies back then, but had quite a large collection of roses. 

The members invited us to join Brazosport Daylily Club and become a garden host for our first convention, and we happily accepted. 

We then decided we would enjoy being a National Display Garden for the American Hemerocallis Society.  A National Display Garden represents the national society by growing hundreds of different daylilies from hybridizers all over the United States. The names of the daylily and its hybridizer are labeled, with  beds that are maintained year round. Shimek’s Gardens is an official AHS Display Garden

A display garden is a setting for daylilies growing in a natural environment.  We grow about 850 different cultivars, plus thousands of our own seedlings, which means as a result of spreading pollen from one daylily onto the pistil of another, a unique daylily evolves. We also grow roses, hibiscus, jatrophas, and many unusual plants.  Our original goal was to have year-round color in the garden, and we are pleased that we have achieved our goal.

We are both exhibition and garden judges for the American Hemerocallis Society.  Nell is also a National Council of State Garden Clubs Flower Show Judge

Our Celebration of Dayliliesis an ongoing adventure that we practice daily.  We still consider ourselves hobbyists, with a hobby that has gotten completely out of hand.  It is something that Harvey and I can enjoy together, hoping to pass the love of gardening and hybridizing to our grandchildren.

We enjoy hybridizing, and always look forward to seeing our first babies bloom.  We love to share the beauty of the daylily with visitors that come to the garden.  A special treat of ours is to welcome folks who come, so please come to celebrate the daylilies with us.

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