Sale of Krisher Daylilies to Benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope

Garden Features 50 Varieties of the Flower

June 12, 2012

Hush-Little-Baby Daylilies

Hush-Little-Baby Daylilies

Each summer, Fred and Mary Ellen Krisher’s flower garden on Hadley Road is among Clinton County’s most spectacular and their collection of 50 varieties of daylilies has delighted friends and neighbors that visited the couple.

Sadly, Fred passed away this winter, so Mary Ellen wished to host an event that combines two of her husband’s summer passions: flower gardening and assisting Wilmington College’s Grow Food, Grow Hope.

She is opening the garden June 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and June 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., to persons interested viewing the summer flowers and purchasing $5 clumps of daylilies. Proceeds from the sale will benefit Grow Food, Grow Hope’s community gardens initiative with which Fred was a master gardener and mentor for three years.

The address is 664 Hadley Road, Clarksville 45113.

Grow Food, Grow Hope is in its fourth year of hosting community gardens. The centerpiece of the 100 gardens in which it’s involved throughout Wilmington is the 40 small-plot vegetable gardens on the eastern edge of WC’s campus.

Again this year, GFGH selected families that have unemployed or underemployed breadwinners, along with some on fixed incomes, for the program. They planted their 2012 crops and throughout the summer will harvest a bounty of such crops as tomatoes, beans, spinach, herbs and squash. They meet weekly to maintain their gardens and gain instruction on ways of preparing fresh vegetables.