“Breathtaking,” “beautiful,” “exquisite” and “inspirational,” the Cabarrus County Master Gardeners exclaimed as they walked the paths of Mitchell and Judy Hagler’s gardens last week.In March, the American Hemerocallis Society designated the Haglers’ daylily garden as a Display Garden. The Haglers invited the master gardeners to see their blooms and enjoy some refreshments.When the Haglers moved to Concord five years ago, they brought 350 daylily cultivars with them. A cultivar is a plant variety that originated in cultivation and has been given a common name.The Haglers added 6 tons of rock and 150 more cultivars to build the garden to its present size, about half an acre. While creating winding paths among the flowers and sculptures around his home, Mitchell added name markers to each plant. If the plant is a daylily, he includes the hybrid name, the name of the hybridizer – the person who created it – and year the cultivar was created.Among his prized plants are the daylilies that hybridizer Cindy Dye created in 2012 and named “Mitchell Hagler.” That variety hadn’t bloomed in time for the tour, due to heavy rains, but he was proud to say that some are on display at the Biltmore Gardens in Asheville.Hot, labor-intensive workMaintaining a daylily garden is labor-intensive and must be done in the hot sun that daylilies require to bloom. The blooms last only a day, hence the name “daylilies.” Each plant must be deadheaded frequently, to remove the dead blossom heads so the new growth can bloom.Judy smiled as she said she prefers “anything that grows in the shade. There will be thousands of blooms, and for the appearance of the garden, you have to deadhead every day.”Besides all the daylilies, many other species of plants grow around the house in flower beds, a shade garden and a butterfly garden – all areas where daylilies will not grow. In one corner, a child’s bed has been converted into a flower bed, with flowers and a stuffed animal included.Gardeners gush praiseMaster Gardener Mary Quay asked Mitchell’s advice on how much water to use on her two gaura plants when she offered that his garden was “breathtaking; it is so beautiful. Spectacular specimens, and everything is labeled so clearly.” She added, “Mitchell, this is exquisite, very inspiring to people like me.”Past Master Gardeners president Debbie Smith was also delighted with the garden. “Absolutely amazing. It is so detailed and organized, with everything labeled. That is what is so amazing about it,” Smith said. David Goforth, Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension agent for horticulture, teaches the master gardeners class. “I am impressed,” he said of his visit. Camille Wells enjoyed the tour so much that she yelled to her sister, Nicky Macaluso, “You can pick me up tomorrow. This is so breathtaking I don’t want to leave!” Judy Hagler replied, “If she stays around long enough, we will put her to work.”
Monday, Jun. 17, 2013
Cabarrus master gardeners tour ‘breathtaking’ daylily garden
To learn more To learn more about daylilies, including how to plant and grow them, visit the American Hemerocallis Society website at www.daylilies.org. The Cabarrus County Master Gardeners meet at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. David Goforth, Cabarrus County Cooperative Extension agent for horticulture, teaches a course each year for those who want to become certified as volunteer master gardener. This year’s course is over. If you’re interested in taking the course for certification next year, call Goforth at 704-920-3320 for information.
Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at email@example.com.
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