Delano Daylilies

An AHS Display Garden (AHS Region 10; USDA Zone 6 – bordering on 7)

At Delano Daylilies, garden visitors roam through four acres in a rural setting and enjoy nature and over 1,400 varieties of daylilies during bloom season. There are always garden specials available! There’s a price range for everyone. If you’re simply looking for color for your garden or if you’re collecting the latest double, spider or full formed introduction, there’s something in the garden that will fit your budget and your taste. Prices begin at $5.00/clump and there are several $5.00 beds. There are also several beds which are priced as marked (from $5 to $150).

With rare exception, plants are lined out in July and August for sale in the spring of the following year. Any increase in that plant from line-out to sale is passed along to our customer.

 

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Latitude: 35.275294 Longitude: -84.549059 Elevation: 756 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Adrian Lambert

Recreational Opportunities

For those who are bringing family members to look at daylilies, but you are more interested in sitting in the shade and drinking a cold Coke, we’ll point you to the covered pavilion. There you’ll find comfortable chairs, picnic tables, a koi pond and a garden restroom.

While you’re enjoying your Coke and watching the koi, those of your party who are roaming the beds will take a handful of locator flags. Each customer gets their own color to avoid confusion on orders. They will place a locator flag by each clump they want us to dig. When they have gone through the beds and made their selections, they simply come to the pavilion and tell us they are ready for us to dig their choices. Then they can rest and cool off while we do the work. We dig and double-bag the plants (a plastic bag then a paper bag). The registration information is written on the outside of the paper bag. You’ll be on your way home to plant in a very short time.

Seasons Accessible

Late May through early July

How to Get There

Delano Daylilies is located 3/10 mile off Highway 411 about halfway between Etowah and Benton–approximately a five minute drive to either town.

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If you’re traveling South, go through Etowah and continue South on Highway 411 for approximately 4.5 miles. When you reach the Conasauga Creek Bridge, you’ll be able to see the Huber chemical plant on your left and a small subdivision on your right. Take the first right after crossing over the Conasauga Creek Bridge. That will be County Road 859. Then immediately (within 15 feet) turn left onto County Road 854. If you go over the Railroad Overpass Bridge on Highway 411, you’ve gone too far! The gardens are located 3/10 mile down County Road 854 on your left. There’s a sign by our mailbox. Just look for the blue metal roofs on our house (a gray A-frame) and the pavilion located behind the house. You’ll drive down in the hollow and park behind the pavilion by the daylily fields. You won’t be able to see the daylily fields from the road except four display beds coming down the drive.

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If you’re traveling North, continue through Benton on Highway 411 past Benton Shooters’ Supply. When you reach the Hiwassee River Bridge, you’re within 3.2 miles of the gardens. You’ll pass the Delano Post Office, the Mr. Zip Convenience Store and Wetmore Baptist Church . When you pass over the Railroad Overpass Bridge on Highway 411, turn immediately to your left onto County Road 859. Then make another immediate turn onto County Road 854. If you cross the Conasauga Creek Bridge on Highway 411, you’ve gone too far. Your exit onto County Road 859 is within 15-20 feet of the Railroad Overpass Bridge and your turn onto County Road 854 is in another 15-20 feet. Be alert! We’re 3/10 mile down County Road 854 on your left. There’s a sign by our mailbox. Just look for the blue metal roofs on our house (a gray A-frame) and the pavilion located behind the house. You’ll drive down in the hollow and park behind the pavilion by the daylily fields. You won’t be able to see the daylily fields from the road except four display beds coming down the drive.

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If you’re coming from the Chattanooga area, travel North on I-75. Exit the interstate at Exit 20 (Highway 64 East). Turn right at the end of the ramp. Travel 6.3 miles. Take Highway 64 East at the split (right). Travel 7.5 miles. Take the Highway 411 (Maryville) exit. At the end of the ramp, turn left on Highway 411 north. Travel 15.3 miles. Turn left on County Road 859. The left is IMMEDIATELY after you cross over a railroad overpass bridge. Take another IMMEDIATE left onto County Road 854. Delano Daylilies is 0.3 miles on the left. Proceed down the drive to the pavilion at the end of the road. Park in the field behind the pavilion.

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If you’re coming from the Knoxville area, you can come one of two ways:

  1. You can get on Highway 411 South at Maryville. Your only turn will be when you get on Highway 859 (3/10 mi. from the gardens).
  2. Take Interstate 75 South to Athens. Take the Tennessee Wesleyan/Decatur Exit. Turn left onto Highway 30. Go through Athens to Etowah on Highway 30. Turn right onto Highway 411 at Etowah and continue through town for approximately 6 miles to County Road 859 (3/10 mi. from the gardens).

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