If you’re a daylily fan and happen to be near Alex and Mary Fife’s Lilywood Farms during bloom season, you’ll think you’ve died and gone to heaven.
Currently, 3 acres of Lilywood Farms in Armstrong nearly burst at the borders each summer with 900 different varieties of daylilies, including doubles, miniatures, ruffled, spider and traditional. A petaled sea of yellows, reds, pinks, purples, oranges and creams greets visitors from every side, making this a perfect central-Missouri trip destination from mid-June through July. Many of the daylilies rebloom and others are fragrant. And these thousands of blooms are set against the Fife’s 1854 antebellum home, Redstone Hall, which adds even more to the beauty of this rural destination.
In 2000, the Fifes decided to diversify their 625-acre farming operation by expanding their hobby of growing plants into a full-fledged daylily business. The Fife’s numerous flowerbeds contain registered-name daylilies as well as newly hybridized seedlings that are under evaluation. The collection includes historic and hard-to-find varieties, too.
Each spring this brilliant array of flowers can be viewed during the Fife’s two-day garden tour, which is free of charge. Try to leave without ordering plants — it’s impossible to do.
This year’s tour will be held June 28-29 during peak bloom time. Last year, more than 1,000 people came to the event. If you can’t make the tour, you may come from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Saturday or Sunday from June 20 to July 13 to see the blooms. Master Gardeners, school groups, 4-H clubs and church groups often make this a day-trip destination. The Fife’s only ask that you call ahead so they can tailor a short presentation to your needs.
For more information, go to www.lilywoodfarms.com. You also may call 660-273-2531 or 573-698-2212.