The Lily Garden!
|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.)
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 (), 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
|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!
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.
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?
|Annelies and Juliana wth 'Silk Road'