Perennial daylily event thrives in hot summer

The heat hasn’t harmed the daylilies in Pam Erikson’s gardens.

If anything, they’ve grown too much. 

Like the fruit and berry crops across Langley, the unseasonably warm spring sent Erikson’s daylilies into bloom weeks earlier than usual.

Fortunately, she still has plenty of flowers in bloom for this weekend’s big event, the annual open house at Erikson’s Daylily Garden.

“No matter what the weather, there’s always something blooming,” Erikson said.

It’s the 25th anniversary for Erikson’s Daylily Garden, and visitors to the by-donation event will get to see quite a few different flowers thanks to the seasonal shift.

The Last Man Standing variety, which usually blooms in August, is already out now, Erikson said.

They may be early, but they’re not wilting.

“They’ve got big water nodules on their roots, so they hold on to the moisture,” said Erikson. “They’re smart plants.”

The daylily and hosta collections at the gardens are continually growing, with Erikson adding more and more varieties each year.

The current count is more than 3,200 kinds of daylilies and 520 varieties of hosta. Increased Asiatica, Oriental, and trumpet lilies are also in the garden.

The gardens are closed to visitors for most of the year, so the annual open house is the only chance most people will have to see the flowers, hedges, and winding paths.

There will also be a harpist, and a raffle with prizes from local merchants such as JD Farms, Krause Berry Farms, Chaberton Estate Winery, Well Seasoned, and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

The even will also feature exhibitors and a harpist playing for the crowd as they wander amid the thousands of daylilies.

For the 25th anniversary, Erikson and her husband will be setting up “then and now” photos at several locations, showing what the garden looked like when they moved in a quarter century ago, and what it looks like today. The differences are striking.

The open house runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Money donated for admission goes to the B.C. Children’s Hospital.

The garden is located at 24642 51st Ave.

Just Posted

Langley chamber joins call to kill ‘no pipeline ever’ law

Bill C-69 will hurt the local Langley economy, Chamber warns

World Day of Prayer returns to Langley

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is hosting the annual day on March 1.

Young Langley family plagued by angry cab customers

A couple rents a house formerly used by a cab firm, and unwelcome visitors knocking.

Woman groped on Langley’s 208th Street

Police are asking for tips to identify the man responsible.

PHOTOS: Family Day a success at Aldergrove Telephone Museum

A record number of people visited the Telephone Museum on Monday to tour the historic exhibits.

VIDEO: Nail-biter game against Germany tonight earns Langley’s Team Canada a win

Langley’s Team Tardi is 5-2 at the junior curling worlds in Nova Scotia, hoping to defend their title

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside B.C. elementary school

The officer was interceding in an alleged assault when he and the woman were stabbed

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Missing Surrey snowshoer caught in avalanche found dead on Vancouver mountain

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

Most Read