Welcome to Jubilee Gardens! What an adventure we've been on since 2005! Join me for the journey...
My husband, Lyle, and I moved to a home with acreage in Hendersonville, TN in 2005. Since it was my 50th year, I named our gardens - Jubilee Gardens - in reference to the year of Jubilee, a time of new beginnings in Scripture. We began installing what would become 42 different flower beds, mostly containing daylilies, but peonies, hydrangeas, tulips, daffodils, roses and clematis would all join the party.
I began crossing daylilies around 2008 just to see what I could do. Upon first bloom of my "babies", I was bitten by the hybridizing bug! I began to hybridize more specifically in 2010 and 2011, but then I decided to open a retail home and garden store in April 2012. That adventure consumed all my waking hours for the next 7 1/2 years! In the meantime, a herd of 30 deer had suddenly made our yard their home and began to decimate our entire garden! Every cross I would make that produced a pod was eaten. Every baby that tried to bloom would be eaten before it fully opened. I was SO frustrated! I closed the retail store in 2018 and began to refocus on my hybridizing program.
In November of 2019, we finally moved to a new house with NO deer and I'm happy to report that I was able to make many successful crosses in 2020 & see the babies bloom the summer of 2022! Our new gardens are a work in progress as you can imagine. We have a lot less acreage so every bed is strategically placed. So far we have installed 19 beds, a new deck & patio, water features, a perimeter fence and removed 13 trees!
We were excited to have our gardens featured on the Volunteer Gardener TV show a few years ago. In 2022, we were asked to be one of the host gardens for the Sumner County Master Gardeners Club's first annual Garden Tours. We had 100 people that toured that day. Karen has also been invited as a guest speaker for the Nashville Rose Society, Master Gardeners' clubs, and the Perennial Plant Society. Karen has registered 22 daylilies so far with many more to be registered in 2023 and beyond.
Our OPEN GARDENS are usually the 2nd Sat. in June. If you are driving here from a distance, please call in advance for hours and parking instructions. Our peak bloom season is June 1st - 30th. We are in zone 7.