The Lily Garden!
|Catherine in her home studio
I’m so appreciative that my
daughter Catherine van der
Salm is willing to translate my
photos, field notes, and
descriptions into this new
catalog, her eighteenth! In the
final step in printing the
catalog, Catherine oversees the
press check for the subtle color
corrections that assure our
photos are true to life. It takes
something more than a technician to do this: it requires someone who knows each
variety, under field and garden summertime conditions. Can’t you tell, better than
any outside photographer, if a picture really looks like your child?
We want express our enthusiastic thanks to Sherry Wills, who creates our
beautiful website. Sherry is a long-time plant and garden enthusiast, and her
expertise shows in the way she translates our printed catalog into a true-to-life
screen presence each season! Thank you, Sherry!
We are delighted to share both the new catalog and the updated website with
you! Here you will find lilies to please every palate, including many of our own
hybrids that span the spectrum of flower size, color, plant height, shape, and form.
Our own unique Lily Garden creations are marked () , born and bred on our
farm! All our lilies have been tested and selected specifically with the garden in
mind—to be strong, persistent, disease-resistant, and above all, beautiful!
Our lilies are arranged in the website by color groupings and genetic types. The Asiatics begin the season of bloom, followed by the Trumpet and
Aurelian hybrids, then come
the “Orienpets,” and the Orientals provide the grand
Each year you can
expect more flowers to grace
your garden with color,fragrance, longevity and
Be sure to check
additions, web-only varieties,
and the latest treasures for
|Enjoy the lilies!
|Because we grow them all ourselves, here on our own farm, we photograph all our lilies in the field to show you how they really look. For more than 30 years, we’ve made it our mission to provide you with beautiful, reliable garden lilies, and we absolutely guarantee every bulb to grow and bloom.
|New! Asiatic lily 'Red Twin'
|Catherine at the press fine-tuning colors.
|New! Orienpet hybrid lily 'Limoncello'
I began working as geneticist at
Oregon Bulb Farms in September 1971,
and created this business in 1979.
Breeding the best in garden lilies
continues to delight me, but producing a
large crop has become more difficult in
recent years. Lilies require a long crop
rotation cycle, and finding enough
suitable land (with water rights) and
enough helpers to manage the fall harvest have become much harder than in the
previous decade or two!
I’ve decreased my acreage a bit, and I’ve dropped the
wholesale accounts that require a large acreage. (I’m still selling wholesale to White
Flower Farms, so when you see my LG lily varieties from other sources, you can be
sure that they didn’t originate from my stocks and don’t benefit me in any way.) I’ve
split my acreage between 2 main fields, 25 miles apart, to manage our changing
microclimates, with their later springs and earlier falls.
I continue to breed and grow my own crop, to ensure that our customers enjoy
bulbs that are true to name, the right size, and harvested and stored to give good
Everything old is new again:
Recently, I’ve been improving tissue culture methods
to “clean up” older clones infected with virus. A new lily virus has become a significant
problem in Holland, and at present there’s little understanding of how this potex-type
PlAM virus spreads, within the crop and within the plant, and how it affects plant
growth. The usual ELISA tests are not reliable indicators of infection, and my
determination to keep it out of my cultivation fields (there’s a reason I keep the
imported lilies in isolated test areas and let them all grow and bloom under natural
field conditions—and do not disbud them) has led me back to some of the older
techniques for virus identification. It’s harder to get reliable ELISA tests of evolving
strains of known lily viruses, so I’ve revisited studies from many years ago to look at
the distinctive cellular inclusions, visible with a light microscope, associated with
various types of plant viruses. (These inclusions are good evidence of infection, but
their absence doesn’t mean the plants are “clean.”)
Granddaughters Juliana and
Annelies (photos below) are using the right stain to reveal the tell-tale spots of violet RNA in the
wrong place, a viral inclusion beside the healthy blue nucleus in a flower petal cell.
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Phone (360) 253-6273
Our friend Niels van Noort began growing and hybridizing crocosmias about 10 years ago. We’ve been fascinated by his progress creating new forms in a wider range of colors, heights, flowering time, and hardiness.
We offer some of our favorite crocosmias, including new and exclusive van Noort originations!