Toad Hollow Daylily & Iris Farm

(620) 343-8655
1534 Rd 170, Emporia, KS 66801
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Toad Hollow,became an American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) daylily display garden in 2004. Two acres of landscaped flower gardens feature a hosta shade garden, a 30' diameter round formal peony and daylily bed, a lilac boarder garden, and a complete roadside bed. These features combine with the massive hillside garden for a peaceful retreat in the country. Toad Hollow features hundreds of feet of limestone retaining walls, two stone stairs and a wonderful assortment of stone architectural pieces from Emporia's past, including the old Butcher School, the YMCA Building, the Santa Fe Depot, and the old drive-in theatre ticket booth. The newest feature is the KP&L and ESU Memorial Union Grand Stairway in the hillside of the Nautilus Bead (2002-2003). Throughout the garden there are cobalt blue gazing balls and garden statuary. The spring garden is full of fragrant daffodils and hyacinths of every color. Viburnums, lilacs, tree peonies, and creeping phlox bloom. Then come the iris. You can enjoy over 300 varieties of iris, from mini, border, and tall-bearded types and in every color combination imaginable. Peonies, poppies, and larkspur will also be blooming, Hostas, columbine, and other perennials fill the peaceful and colorful shade gardens. Toad Hollow's summer garden is for the daylily lover. Experience over 500 daylilies close-up and personal. The array of colors is amazing. From almost white to almost black, you will see every shade of yellow, salmon, orange, rust, pink, and red, not to mention polychromed and eyed blossoms. Form and habit are also diverse. You will see minies, spider form, seersuckering, ruffles, veining, and ribbing. You will want to observe high bud counts for a longer blooming cycle. Seeing daylilies in the field, gives you a better idea of plant vigor, sturdiness, and true color in our climate. Roses, love-in-a-mist, rose campion, larkspur, hollyhocks, bronze fennel, purple cone flowers, and lilies are among other seasonal plants in bloom during the daylily season. Toad Hollow features one of the most complete collections of Brother Charles Reckamp daylilies in the Midwest. A Catholic monk in Illinois, Brother Charles died in 1996, but a number of his hybrid seedlings continue to be introduced. The garden also includes hybrids developed by Kansans including the late Ivan Beyer of Gridley. When fall comes to Toad Hollow, you will find Pampas and Maiden grasses, tall tobacco plants, datura, red salvias, cosmos, tuberoses, and petunias blooming. Heavenly fragrances fill the air and butterflies are everywhere. 4 miles east of Emporia on I-35. Exit I-35 east on Rd R1 & then south on Rd 170.

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