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Fall 2016 & Spring 2017

Orienpet hybrid lily 'Bell Tower'
Orienpet hybrid lily 'Bell Tower'

Welcome to
The Lily Garden!

Judith Freeman pollinating lilies.

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'
New! Oriental lily 'Tarrango'

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!

Crocosma 'Vera Cruz'
Crocosmia 'Vera Cruz'
Lilies available
only through the website:

Pink Asiatic liles 'Avonlea' and 'Marilla'
Yellow Asiatic lilies 'Gold Twins', 'Istanbul' and 'Eleanor Roosevelt'
Orienpet hybrid lily 'Sarabande'

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 hybrid lily 'Lesotho'

New! Orienpet hybid lily 'Lesotho'

Dear Friends,

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.
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 studying fertility, chromosomes, and pigments in lilies, the underpinnings of understanding their genetics. Below is just a sample of a bit of the gene pool I’m currently studying from this summer’s trip!

Lily petals, pollen, and buds brought back for further study.
Asiatic lily 'Midsummer's Eve' (LG)
Asiatic lily 'Midsummer's Eve' (LG)
The Lily Garden field in bloom, 2016.

Asiatic lilies: pink, white, peach, yellow, orange & red
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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. Pacific, as available.

Email: orders@thelilygarden.com

Note: LG indicates our own unique Lily Garden creations,, born and bred on our farm.
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