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 tested in Wisconsin. All daylilies are field grown and NEVER enter a greenhouse. Tender seedlings are allowed to die and are eliminated from the program.
As of October, 2017, they had registered 123 daylilies, earning 60 AHS Achievement Medals, 13 Junior Citations, the Georgia Doubles Appreciation award, the Georgia Hybridizers award, three Honorable Mention awards, two Ida Munson award, 57 best-in-section rosettes and 15 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 March 15-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 presentations all over the world. Scott is the 2018 AHS Vice President and Chair of the Judges' Education Committee , in addition to being on a number of committees ranging from Membership, Publications to the Popularity Poll. He is also the author of the recently published 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" (soon to be updated for 2018) above under the "More" tab for more information and my remaining available dates." Scott is now accepting speaking reservations for 2018.
Scott is the Co-Chair of the 2020 AHS National Convention being held in Savannah, GA. Maneki Neko Gardens will be an official tour garden during this event.
Interested in coming to the Savannah area in the spring? Check out our "Georgia Hybridizers' Springtime Celebration" event that we co-sponsor with the other hybridizers in Region 5. Look above for "Georgia Hybridizers' Springtime Celebration" under the tabs above for more information and registration forms around December 1 of each year.
2018 AHS Vice President, Region 5 Director
658 Edward Smith Rd.
Ellabell, Ga 31308