Amador Flower Farm celebrates peak of season with special event
Rows and rows of daylilies cover much of the 14-acre Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth, California. The farm hosts its annual Daylily Days this weekend.
Courtesy of Amador Flower Farm Amador Flower Farm
Where can you see more than a million flowers in one place? It’s Daylily Days at Amador Flower Farm.
This weekend, June 24 and 25, the 14-acre farm is at its peak of bloom with row after row of colorful daylilies covered with flowers – the best time to hold Daylily Days. Admission is free and the farm will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. (No pets are allowed.)
Located in the heart of Amador wine country and surrounded by vineyards, the flower farm invites visitors to take a garden break from wine tasting and relax under 300-year-old heritage oaks. Besides the vast daylily fields, see four acres of landscaped demonstration gardens with examples of how to incorporate more water-wise daylilies and other perennials into drought-tolerant gardens.
During these annual Daylily Days, visitors enjoy free tram tours as well as a chance to walk and picnic among the many blooms. The farm’s nursery offers more than 1,000 varieties of daylilies for sale and many more varieties grow in the fields.
Daylily Days also includes a garden fair with several vendors, hourly demonstrations and a barbecue.
It’s a celebration of daylilies and garden fun, say the Deaver family, the farm’s owners. “Join the flower farm family for picnicking, demonstrations, shopping, garden-wandering, and free tram ride tours of the farm. There will be hourly gardening demonstrations, garden art artisans, and idea gardens full of unique perennials to delight visitors. Gardening demonstrations about daylilies, the art of bonsai, and unusual air plants will interest curious gardeners.
“Food will be available for sale from our local 4H kids,” they add. “They’re fundraising by cooking up hamburger and hotdog lunches that include chips and a bottle of water for $6, or folks are welcome to pack a picnic.
“The 14-acre farm is alive with color at this time of the year as the daylilies explode in shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, purple and more,” they note. “Stroll the garden paths, find inspiration for your own garden, relax under the oaks, and join in celebrating the Daylily!”
Amador Flower Farm is located at 22001 Shenandoah School Road, Plymouth, about an hour from downtown Sacramento.
From Sacramento, take Jackson Road (Highway 16) east towards Plymouth, merging onto Highway 49 for 2.4 miles. At the roundabout, take the first right onto E16/Shenandoah Road. Continue 4.2 miles and turn right on Shenandoah School Road.
Picnic tables may be reserved ($5) for parties of six or more. Call 209-245-6660.
Details and more on daylilies: https://www.amadorflowerfarm.com/.
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