Photo above by Allison Cartwright of Twist Tours ©2015.
Tanglewild Gardens is located in North Austin in Texas at the home of Jeff Breitenstein and Skottie O'Mahony. It is a labor of love of that we dreamed up when we were living in Seattle, WA and needed to move to a warmer and less rainy climate. The idea was to start a Daylily hybridizing nursery, but has become a larger dream of a botanical garden. This will be where we retire from the corporate world, but still work, doing what we love — spending time together creating something we can share with friends and family.
The photos below will give you a sampling of what you'll see when you come for a visit. The garden is still in it's infancy. It was started in Spring of 2014, but we have a lot planned in the future. It will never be completed - a garden never is, it just changes and matures.
We have over 1,000 different Daylily cultivars!
What is a Daylily cultivar? Daylilies that have been hybridized and officially registered with AHS (The American Hemerocallis Society). We also have species daylilies (those occurring in nature) and heirloom varieties (hybrids that are handed down over the years, but were never introduced officially). All are wonderful long-lived garden plants.
Below is just a sampling of the daylily blooms you can see in our garden during the bloom season. The season begins in late March, peaks in late May and ends in late June, but we have a few that bloom on and off all year. We even had one that bloomed in January!
If you have interest in daylilies and want to know more about them. The AHS is a great place to start and is THE place where all Daylily enthusiasts go to learn more about them.
Starfish Prime (Hybridizer - Murphy-J.P., Introduced in 2013)
'Cheddar Cheese' (Hybridizer -Benz, Introduced in 1995)
Texas Feathered Fancy (Hybridizer - Jack Carpenter, Introduced in 2006)
'Which Way' (Hybridizer - Stamile, introduced in 2005)
Hot Tamales and Red Hots (Hybridizer - Rice-JA, Introduced in 2009)
There's more than daylilies!
Many people think that daylilies are the only thing that we grow, but that is far from the truth. We have hundreds, possibly thousands of other types of plants that we have in the garden and our goal is to one day make this a public botanical garden. Growing plants in Texas has been a learning experience, to say the least, for us.
We moved here from Seattle where you can drop something on the ground and it grows, but in Texas, you are lucky if half of what you plant survives. That said, we have learned from our mistakes and our plant survival numbers are increasing. It is all trial and error like all gardening though. You can't get discouraged, you just need to learn from your mistakes and move forward. You will reap many benefits from it and can share your plants and knowledge with friends.
Photo above by Allison Cartwright of Twist Tours ©2015
We added the Moon or Paradise garden in July of 2015. The photo above shows what it looked like after installation. It looks wildly different now. All of the flowers and plants have white or light colored flowers so that they can be enjoyed by the light of the moon. Many of the flowers are also fragrant, so it is a feast for the senses. This is a place for rest, relaxation and contemplation. The walls are painted black so that the pale-colored flowers can be easily seen against the backdrop.
The Paradise garden is a garden form of Old Persian origin. Originally referred to by a single noun signifying "a walled-in compound or garden"; from pairi (around) and daeza or diz (wall, brick, or shape), Xenophon translated the Persian phrase pairidaeza into the Greek version Paradeisos. The enclosed garden concept is now often referred to as paradise garden due to additional Indo-European meanings of "paradise."
The paradise garden takes some of its character from its original arid or semi-arid homeland. The most basic feature is the enclosure of the cultivated area. This excludes the wildness of nature, (although as the garden ages, it can get a little wild) and includes the tended, watered greenery of the garden that blooms nearly year-round. The commonest and easiest layout for the perimeter walls is that of a rectangle, and this forms one of the prime features of this kind of garden.