Daylily society highlights private gardens on fundraising tour
by Jessica Loeding
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Daylily Society Fundraising Tour
Jim Humphreys plants some additional daylilies in his garden. Humphreys says the bulk of his daylilies are historic. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Coming on the heels of its annual daylily exhibition and plant sale, the Northwest Georgia Daylily Society is hoping to grow funds for future endeavors through a garden tour.

Scheduled for Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., the NWGDS will feature five gardens, with all but one being local.

The gardens of society members will be open to the public — perhaps providing inspiration for gardeners while benefiting the organization.

Society member Jim Humphreys, whose Euharlee home will be part of the route, said that despite similar tours recently, the public has expressed interest in the event.

“I realize the Pond and Garden Tour just completed and this might seem to be overkill but feedback from people who attended that tour to Master Gardeners who worked that tour seems to indicate interest in this tour as well,” he said.

According to the NWGDS website,, the handful of gardens on the tour include those of: Morgan and Deb Akin, 135 Weissinger Road, Kingston; Jim and Marcia Humphreys, 236 Amberwood Trail, Euharlee; Vicki and Saunders Jones, 222 Tatum Ridge Road S.W., Cartersville; Doris and David Bishop, 35 Northwoods Drive N.W., Cartersville; James and Tammi Crane, 156 Armuchee Trail N.E., Rome.

Meeting in Cartersville the third Saturday of each month, the society plans to use the funds raised for a statewide gathering in 2014.

“The money raised from the tour will go toward defraying costs for the NWGDS in hosting the Georgia (Region 5) American Hemerocallis Society meeting in Cartersville in June 2014,” Humphreys explained.

The following year, the gardens of two members — the Bishops and the Akins — will be featured as tour gardens for the American Hemerocallis Society national meeting in Atlanta, he added.

Tickets are available in advance from any NWGDS member or at each garden the day of the event. Admission, which includes all five locations, is $10; children 12 and under are free. Visitors’ ticket stubs will be stamped at each garden and, once full, can be redeemed at the group’s July meeting for a free daylily. Plants also may be available for purchase at some garden locations.

In the case of rain, the tour will be held Sunday, June 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 770-336-5367.