Camden Daylily Gardens is hosting annual open garden days! Cheer up with daylilies named Enter Laughing, or Laughing Giraffe. Or to remind you of the rollicking seas; Alberta Clipper, Nantucket Navigator, or Sloop Clearwater. Would you prefer Pathway To Peace? Or, if you need help with your writing, there are a few grammatical daylilies; Split Infinitive, and Dangling Participle.

These playful daylilies are registered names to be found in Camden Daylily Gardens, among more than 500 other beautiful daylilies. Other delights in the gardens include many lovely Clematis dangling high on homemade trellises and various hedges.

Enjoy music in the garden and refreshments along with the sea of colorful blooms.

Open Garden Days are Fridays and Saturdays, July 19, 20, 26 and 27. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 13 Mill St. Camden. To arrange another time to visit call 236-4085.


Daylily Day and Tours

The Maine Daylily Society is offering a delightful morning of Daylily events, Sunday, July 21, from 9 to 11 a.m. Wander through the colorful blooms of the Maine Daylily Society Display Garden at Merryspring — the garden has a large collection of modern cultivars showing the variety of colors and forms available in daylilies. Tour the garden in full bloom! Self-directed tour of local gardens will follow.

Merryspring is located at the end of Conway Road off Route 1 at the Rockport/Camden town line.

Informal workshops include:

Daylily Division: How to divide those tired aging clumps and replant them.

Hybridizing Daylilies: How to select daylily parents, use pollen, harvest seeds and plant.

Some blooming daylilies will be offered for sale.

Cost is a $5 donation to benefit Maine Daylily Society educational programs. FMI, call 236-9635.


Sunday, July 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a Daylily Sale at 63 Washington St., Camden. The facility at 63 Washington Street is a friendly assisted-living home for active senior citizens. Set on a beautiful property in town, the generous house has been providing a family atmosphere and delicious meals since the 1970s. Residents enjoy the privacy of comfortable furnished rooms, in a family atmosphere. Delicious meals are shared three times a day.

The communal garden provides delicious vegetables and fruit to enjoy, thanks to garden volunteers, including well-known organic gardener and neighbor Beedy Parker. With a large sunny garden, the facility made an offer in 2010 to provide space for 900 daylily seedlings started by local hybridizer Susan Shaw. They are now large blooming clumps.

Sales on July 28 will benefit programs at 63 Washington Street. FMI, call 236-8732.