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Daylily Garden Collection blooming in Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens

The City of Oshawa unveiled a plaque in July to commemorate the opening of the new Daylily Collection in the Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens (O.V.B.G.).

The one of a kind collection of locally hybridized daylilies addition to the already beautiful gardens was made possible by the generous donation from Henry Lorrain and the late Douglas Lycett, founders of We’re in the Hayfield Now. The City would like to thank the volunteers including the Oshawa Garden Club, Brooklin Horticulture Society and individual volunteers who dedicated their time to dig, transport, store and replant the daylilies to make this collection a reality.

The 265 daylily collection was established in 2017 and can be found on the east side of the Oshawa Creek directly across from the Peony Garden with access to the Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path. The daylily garden will join the Peony Garden, the Rockery Waterfall and the Memory Garden as a significant garden feature and continue to build on the success of O.V.B.G.

The daylily is a perennial plant of the genus Hemerocallls, which translates to 'beauty for a day'. Each blossom has only one day in which to reach perfection. However, since there are many flower buds on each stem, a mature daylily plant will bloom over a period of several weeks every July.