The Ohio Hybridizer Historic Daylily Garden was originally created in 2005 as a display garden for the American Daylily Society. It was designed to showcase the daylilies created by Ohio Hybridizers. Daylilies from seventy Ohio hybridizers are now found in this collection of 650 daylilies located at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. The collection is located in several flower beds including the Species and Early Hybrid bed, the Award Winners Ohio Daylily bed, the Stout Silver Medal Award bed and the Moldovan Memorial Collection beds. These flower beds are jointly maintained by the Franklin Park Conservatory and the Metropolitan Columbus Daylily Society. See the current brochure created for the garden in April, 2020.
Several articles have been written about the Ohio Hybridizer Historic Garden including: From Simple Beginnings, A Work in Progress, and Time Passages. These articles describe the history of the garden and how it was created. The recent ADS publication Historical Dayliles- Species through 1990 Oliver Billingslea (2020) contains a number of photos taken in the Ohio Historic Hybridizer Garden. This publication provides detailed information on the history of the daylily and historical daylilies and their hybridizers.
An updated List of Cultivars by Bed Location in the Hybridizer Historic Garden as of August 2021 is shown. Pictures of most of the daylilies were taken by Karen Ciula and are shown in her Photo Gallery. These gardens are located at Franklin Park Conservatory and there is no charge to stop by and visit them. The peak bloom season is in July and August although some daylily cultivars are likely to be blooming during May through October. Plan a visit to the Conservatory and spend the day there. There are many indoor and outdoor exhibits to see. (Last updated 1-12-23)