“I started about five years ago and it kind of took on a life of its own,” Deb Akin said. “At this point, I have over 600 registered cultivars, [which is what] they’re called. But I’ll be honest, as far as this particular garden, I have lots of great daylilies here but this property itself is the real feature here. It’s located on the Etowah River and there’s a barn here that’s been restored.
“There’s an old stone house. ... Those are features that people will enjoy when they come here. ... It’s a gorgeous natural setting here and I say that not from an egotistical standpoint but it’s like I tell people — ‘I feel so fortunate to have this property and I just kind of feel like a steward of it.’ So yes, I think people will [be] in for a nice treat when they come here.”
Located at 135 Weissinger Road in Kingston, the Akins’ property will be one of five featured on the Northwest Georgia Daylily Society Garden Tour Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The other property owners and their gardens, which will be situated in Cartersville, include Fran and Richard Beavers, 19 Valley Creek Drive; David and Doris Bishop, 35 Northwoods Drive N.W., an American Hemerocallis Society Display Garden; Vicki and Saunders Jones, 222 Tatum Ridge Road S.W.; and Venia Etta McJunkin, 7 Ferry View.
“It’s sort of an educational [event],” NWGDS Secretary David Bishop said. “Most of us are familiar with the ditch lilies — the orange wild ones on the side of the road or ... [the] yellow one that’s in front of the banks and other businesses and [buildings] — but this is sort of to introduce people to the fact that there’s many, many different colors and sizes and shapes and heights and things like that. Plus, they can see them in a garden setting instead of on the side of the road or in front of a business.
“... [The selected gardens] really [do] run the gamut. We have everything from a small subdivision lot, which is what most people have to ... [the Akins’ property and] we’ve got here 3 1/3 acres and most of that has flowers, shrubs — something on it,” he said, referring to his garden. “So it’s everything from a large, large, high maintenance garden to a subdivision lot.”
Many of Saturday’s designated gardens were toured June 14 during the AHS Region 5 Spring Meeting in Cartersville. In the case of rain, the upcoming event will be rescheduled for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets, costing $10 per person, can be purchased the day of the event at any of the gardens or in advance by contacting a NWGDS member.
For more information, visit www.nwgds.org or call 770-386-0438.