Specializing in unique lilies for your garden.
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Fall 2013 & Spring 2014

Welcome to
The Lily Garden!

Catherine in her home studio
Catherine in her home studio

In 2011 we asked for your ideas as we considered whether or not we’d keep printing an annual catalog. We received a flood of responses, a resounding “Keep the catalogs coming!” The consensus was that while we all enjoy the convenience of a website, it’s a complementary experience rather than a replacement for a permanent, printed catalog. And here it is, again! I’m so appreciative that my daughter Catherine van der Salm was willing to translate my photos, field notes, and descriptions into the new catalog, her seventeenth!

We’ve heard from many of you, saying “Thanks for the catalog! And we love your website, so don’t drop it, either!” We want express our enthusiastic thanks to Sherry Wills, who created 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! (Sherry in her garden,below.)Sherry in her garden

You spoke, we listened, and Catherine and Sherry agreed...and 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 & bred on our farm), 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!

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 thelilygarden.com for updates, after-harvest additions, web-only varieties, and the latest treasures for connoisseurs!

Enjoy the lilies!

Monday & Thursday
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST
(Pacific Standard Time) as available.
Phone (360) 253-6273

Because 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.  For more 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. 


Our 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!

Dear Friends,
I began working as geneticist at Oregon Bulb Farms in September 1971, and it’s been a continuing pleasure to work with, to grow, and to study lilies for over 40 years!

Breeding the best in garden lilies continues to delight me, but producing a large crop has become more difficult in recent years. Lilies require a long crop rotation cycle, and finding enough suitable land (with water rights) and enough helpers to manage the fall harvest have become much harder than in the previous decade or two! I’ve decreased my acreage a bit, and I’ve dropped the wholesale accounts that require a large acreage. (I’m still selling wholesale to White Flower Farms, so when you see my LG lily varieties from other sources, you can be sure that they didn’t originate from my stocks and don’t benefit me in any way.) I’m not listing quite as many varieties as last year, to simplify our harvest season.

Judith pollinating lilies

I continue to breed and grow my own crop, to insure that our customers enjoy bulbs that are true to name, the right size, and harvested and stored to give good garden results. I’ve seen truly appalling lily bulbs in recent years from garden centers and Big Box suppliers, and there are reasons that their prices are so low.

What’s cooking in Grandma Judith’s kitchen in 2013?
It’s still a bit different from most, with its cupboards of tissue culture and microstaining chemicals, its microscopes, its summertime sea of pollen samples and slides, and its yearround test tubes started from bits of buds, scales and leaf axils. This summer my granddaughters Juliana and Annelies have also had fun with making paper chromatograms of lily and crocosmia flowers and pollens. These separate the color pigments and are basic tools in understanding the genes that govern them. And did you know that lily pollen and crocosmia petals carry the same pigment that give saffron its distinctive color, fragrance, and flavor? Judith Freeman

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Annelies and Juliana wit 'Silk Road'
Annelies and Juliana wth 'Silk Road'
Carte Blanche
Orienpet Hybrid Lily 'Carte Blanche'
NEW! Crocosmias
Asiatic lilies: pink, white, peach, yellow, orange & red
Trumpet & Aurelian lilies | Connoisseur's Garden
Orienpet hybrid lilies | Oriental lilies
Lily seeds | Special collections
Free gift bulb | Lily index | Growing lilies
HOW TO ORDER | About The Lily Garden | Gift certificates
Contact The Lily Garden:
Phone: 360-253-6273, 24 hour fax: 360-253-2512
Telephone hours:
Monday & Thursday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST
as available.

Email: thelilygarden@aol.com
Note: Columbia-Platte indicates our own unique Lily Garden creations,
born and bred on our farm.
Copyright © The Lily Garden 2013