H. The Heavens are Telling (Sims)
We believe that "apart from God, there is no good thing." We move the pollen as we hybrdize, but the results are out of our control and in the hands of our Creator. We feel richly blessed that we are the first to see what Jehovah Elohim creates from our "pollen dabbing" efforts.
Our garden's name comes from Genesis 2:8. The Lord gave Phil the Old Testament name "Elohim" for our moniker and garden name while Phil was working in Southern California. Phil registered his first daylily H. Elohim in 1980. Terminal illness caused the family to relocate in Iowa, and although Phil continued to grow and hybridize daylilies while living in Iowa, no daylilies were registered from our Iowa garden. In 1999 Phil retired, and we relocated to a family property in West Tennessee. Finally, Phil was able to realize his goal of hybridizing daylilies full time. After several years of building the garden, the first cultivar from Elohim Gardens was registered in 2006.
Our back yard contains 8 raised beds. When we obtained the property in 1997, the back yard was completely barren, apart from a sporadic weed. There was not a single tree or blade of grass. Phil worked for several years to turn it from a dry, dusty desert into our little glimpse of the Garden of Eden.
Mary N. Fancher's photo of H. Elohim Coralina at sunset in her Mississippi garden seemed like the perfect photo for one of our favorite Bible verses.
Our garden is open during the month of June from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by appointment. We love our garden visitors, but we have 6 "Garden Guardians" that will need to exit the garden before visitors can enter. Please give us a call or send us an email to schedule a visit. Check out the "Guardians of the Garden" page to get a glimpse of our protectors.