Welcome to Keast Daylily Gardens
Mary and I started growing daylilies in Iowa over 15 years ago. They seemed to like the deep soil there and prospered. We were on the Region 1 tour in 2002. We presently grow about 1000 registered varieties of daylilies plus our daylily seedlings. Our interests include all types of hardy daylilies from miniatures, doubles, large flowers and ufo-spiders. During the growing season we spend considerable time in the Oakland garden. Depending on the weather we can usually ship plants beginning in late April thru May and then again August through early September. Let us know if you need your order shipped outside of these dates and we can work with you. We try to ship only plants that we would like to receive. These plants are not over watered or fertilized just grown in good Iowa soil. We do not live there anymore so we do not have time to pamper them. Several years ago I retired and we moved to our favorite vacation spot in Colorado. We hybridize here in Colorado in a greenhouse with potted plants. We plant the seed in January in the greenhouse and grow the seedlings here until May. We take them back to Iowa to plant in our growing beds. We are back in Iowa a considerable portion of the growing season planting, maintaining the beds, having spring dig sales, open gardens during bloom and having fun digging in Iowa soil. We belong to the Nebraska Daylily Society as well as the AHS and now the Colorado Springs Daylily Society. We are also very proud that our Iowa garden has been listed as a Region 1 AHS Display Garden.
Our garden is in Oakland, Iowa, a small town in southwest Iowa near Shenandoah where the AHS began. We are a small state inspected garden with limited numbers of any given daylily. Garden bloom usually starts late June thru late July. We have collected some EE cultivars and some late blooming cultivars. Depending on the year we have good rebloom. Our daylily interests cover all forms of daylilies. We grow large, small, minis, doubles, spiders and many unusual forms of daylilies. If you are traveling near our garden during bloom time please call us to schedule a time to stop and tour. We would love to show our garden and daylilies to other daylily addicts!!
We registered our first introductions 2010 and are following up with four outstanding new introductions for 2012. We hope you'll agree that these are truly beautiful creations and shine in your gardens! We also love to hear feedback from customers on how our introductions are performing in your gardens.