I expected the Fall 2015 catalog to be our last printed book, but from your mail box you may hold in your hands the proof that the lilies are still growing and blooming at The Lily Garden! I heard from so many of you who share my love of printed catalogs and garden worthy plants that I decided it was
time for one more.
I’m so appreciative that my daughter Catherine van der Salm is willing to translate my photos, field notes, and descriptions into each new catalog;
and this is her 20th! In the final step in printing the catalog, Catherine oversees the press check for the subtle color corrections that assure our photos are true to life. It takes something more than a technician to do this: it requires someone who knows each variety, under field and garden summertime conditions.
The Lily Garden continues to grow and bloom online, too, as we expand our web specials, photos, and links to Judith’s articles on hybridizing and microtechnique.
We want express our enthusiastic thanks to Sherry Wills, who creates our
beautiful website. Sherry is a long-time plant and garden enthusiast, and her
expertise shows in the way she translates our printed catalog into a true-to-life
screen presence each season! Thank you, Sherry!
We are delighted to share both the new catalog and the updated website with
you! Here you will find lilies to please every palate, including many of our own
hybrids that span the spectrum of flower size, color, plant height, shape, and form.
Our own unique Lily Garden creations are marked (LG), born and bred on our
farm! All our lilies have been tested and selected specifically with the garden in
mind—to be strong, persistent, disease-resistant, and above all, beautiful!
Our lilies are arranged in the
printed catalog by color groupings and
genetic types, in sequence of bloom.
The Asiatics begin the season,
followed by the Trumpet and Aurelian
hybrids, then come the “Orienpets,”
and the Orientals provide the grand
finale. Each year you can expect more
flowers to grace your garden with color,
fragrance, longevity and beautiful form.
Be sure to check our website,
thelilygarden.com for updates, afterharvest
additions, web-only varieties,
and the latest treasures for connoisseurs!
Enjoy the lilies!
New! Oriental lily 'Tarrango'
we grow them all ourselves, here on our own farm, we photograph all our
lilies in the field to show you how they really look.
than 30 years, we’ve made it our mission to provide you with beautiful,
reliable garden lilies, and we absolutely guarantee every bulb to grow and bloom.
friend Niels van Noort began growing and hybridizing crocosmias about
10 years ago. We’ve been fascinated by his progress creating new forms
in a wider range of colors, heights, flowering time, and hardiness. We offer some of our favorite crocosmias, including new and exclusive van Noort originations!
Monday & Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST
(Pacific Standard Time)
as available. Phone 360-253-6273
24 hr. fax 360-253-2512
New! Orienpet hybid lily 'Lesotho'
I began working as
geneticist at Oregon
Bulb Farms in
September 1971 and
created this business
in 1979. Breeding the
best in garden lilies
continues to delight
me; I continue to
hybridize and grow my
own crop, to ensure
that our customers
enjoy bulbs that are
true to name, the right
size, and harvested
and stored to give
good garden results.
Lily enthusiasts posing outside the Duck Inn
Just as deeply delightful as breeding and growing lilies is the life-long friendships
with wonderful people, all over the world, who share their love of lilies. In the
spring, Warren Summers asked me to help him find photos of the early American
lily hybridizers. This led me through boxes of photos, letters, books, and memorabilia,
covering my 45 years with lilies, and a deepened awareness of how many wonderful
people have shared in creating today’s lilies!
In July I attended an incredible lily show at the home of Alicia Boyd, president
of the Michigan Regional Lily Society. You can see a corner of her beautiful
garden on our printed catalog back cover. What amazing hospitality, camaraderie, superlatively
grown lilies–and locally bred wonderful new hybrids, too! I was especially thrilled
to see the wide-ranging hybrids from the “black heart” and “frilly papillae” lines by
Charlie Kroell, Rimmer de Vries, Jim Ault, and Peter Schiemann.
After this show, I joined a cohort of hybridizers on a pilgrimage to visit Dr. Bob
Griesbach, learning from a master and savoring his unique lilies in their last season
of bloom in Wisconsin. As he moves with his family to Florida later this year, we
know that his breeding work will continue to ripple throughout the lily world for
many years to come!
As always, I bring back petals, pollen, and buds as I continue 45 years of
pigments in lilies, the
genetics. Below is just a
sample of a bit of the
gene pool I’m currently
studying from this