Maneki Neko Gardens in Ellabell, Georgia, is located on 11 acres in a country setting. Scott and Dominique Elliott grow more than 90 varieties of hydrangeas and too many daylilies to count. As far as daylilies go, they specialize in show-winning double, spider and unusual form daylilies and any combination of the above with an emphasis on daylilies that will grow well over a wide geographical area. Scott and Dominique also hybridize a large number of small and miniature daylilies, and a few extra large dayilies, usually by mistake. Basically, they work with any form of daylily, except large, fluffy, full-form singles. Their daylilies are grown in Southeast Georgia, and are field-tested in Wisconsin and Michigan. All daylilies are field grown and NEVER enter a greenhouse. Tender seedlings are allowed to die and are eliminated from the program.
As of September, 2019, they had registered 161 daylilies, earning 89 AHS Achievement Medals, 17 Junior Citations, the Georgia Doubles Appreciation award, the Georgia Hybridizers award, two Awards of Merit, nine Honorable Mention awards, four Ida Munson awards, the Early Season Bloom award, 108 best-in-section rosettes and 25 best-in-show rosettes. Both Scott and Dominique have also won the Ophelia Taylor Horticultural award.
In addition to their own registered cultivars, they grow approximately 200 named cultivars from other hybridizers, mostly used for their hybridizing program. The remaining few thousand daylilies are, for the most part, seedlings in some stage of development.
"We are not open to the public, meaning we do not have regular garden hours. That being said, we would love to have you drop by for a visit. We host numerous visitors and bus tours each year. Please call ahead to make sure we are available to show you around. Our peak bloom is between about May 15 and June 15. We ship daylilies April 11-October 1. Presently, we are not shipping hydrangeas; they are for sale in the garden only. We do not ship internationally."
Scott is a noted speaker with fun, entertaining and informative programs on a number of topics. He travels in excess of 100,000 miles a year giving daylily presentations all over the world. Scott is the 2020-2021 ADS President. He is also the author of Double Daylilies: Twice the Fun and continues to publish articles in the Daylily Journal and various Regional newsletters. He was also the editor of the new Daylily Exhibitions manual for exhibition judges .
"I love to do programs on our daylilies and hydrangeas, in addition to scientific topics on both. If you are interested in booking a program for your club or region, please check under "Schedule" above under the "More" tab for more information." Scott is now accepting speaking reservations for 2021.
American Daylily Society, President
Region 5 Director
658 Edward Smith Rd.
Ellabell, Ga 31308