HOW IT ALL BEGAN . . . YARRAMAN 1977


After teaching in PNG for 7 years we moved to Yarraman to teach. Being a keen gardener, it wasn’t long before the house was surrounded by a cottage garden with fruit trees and a vegetable patch out the back. An elderly lady across the street gave me a couple of the old species daylilies varieties. I’d never seen daylilies before and it wasn’t long before I became fascinated with them and added a few more, and a few more , and I was hooked!
In 1984, I was transferred to Maleny to be the Remedial Teacher in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
I brought about 150 daylilies with me and it wasn’t long before I began adding more to my collection and selling some to finance my addiction! Unfortunately,  I began experiencing eyesight problems and eventually was forced to retire at the end of 1985 at the very young age of 45 . This was quite a sad time for me because teaching was my passion. I loved helping children with learning problems and assisting their teachers.  


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Luckily, I had daylilies to play around with! In 1986 I decided visit the hybridisers in the USA to buy new varieties and observe their breeding programmes.
On my return home, I planted the new daylilies amongst the beds of the cottage gardens I had created around the house in in McCarthy’s Rd. Inspired by the sights I had seen in America, I decided to start my own nursery. Soon I began to open for visitors on the weekends, and I started advertising in the 'Your Garden' magazine.
It wasn't long before I outgrew this property, so I bought a larger property at Policeman's Spur Road and moved there in 1988.
I designed the layout of the new Mountain View Daylily Gardens, and created one and a half of acres of beautiful cottage gardens surrounding my home, with 1000's of daylilies dominating the colour scheme. The gardens grew quickly in the mild climate and exceptionally fertile soil, and so too did the business. Before long we were very busy accommodating 1000's of visitors every year. 

Ultimately, keeping the gardens open from October through to Easter consumed all my waking hours and left me very little time for the daylily hybridising that had become a passion.
In 1998 I made the decision that the business would no longer be open to the public, and with the need for much more space to continue the expansion of my business I relocated to a nearby farm and changed the name to Mountain View Daylily Nursery.

1998 to 2018
Since that time I've seen the nursery grow and grow, and at one stage there was 5 acres of daylilies under cultivation in the paddocks. We have seen both good years and bad, profits and losses, sunshine and rain, global financial crisis and recessions, drought and terrible storms, and each time we have ridden out the storms and continued to operate as a mail-order and wholesale nursery. 

In 2014 after several health issues, it was time for semi- retirement, move to a Retirement Village in Maleny and just do the office work. Joel Young, an exceptionally employee for 13 years, is now managing all the farm work and digging the mail orders. He has a tendency to spoil our customers though with the size and quality of the plants he digs!
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