The late Stanley E. Saxton, a legendary daylily hybridizer and long-time Saratoga Springs resident, is being honored with a memorial garden at the Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley that will contain examples of the daylilies he cultivated during his lifetime.
Saxton was a Skidmore Music Professor for more than 40 years who became interested in daylilies while trying to find flowers that would grow at his Adirondack camp. His experimentations and explorations led to the development and registering of hundreds of distinctive daylilies. Saxton was a charter member of the American Hemerocallis Society.
Peter Saxton, who worked alongside his father, has carried on the daylily business at the corner of State and First streets since his father’s death in 2002 at the age of 97. In the Saxton garden today there are approximately 250,000 daylilies and many are being sold as the business is in transition. Peter is in the process of relocating the family’s legacy to his home in North Carolina, where he will continue the business.
Fortunately, thanks to Peter’s generosity, some of the plants will stay rooted in Saratoga Springs at the community garden. A plaque bearing Stanley E. Saxton’s name will be installed.
Pictured above is ‘Crowning Tribute’ one of the daylilies donated to the community garden. To see the others, click on Saxton Daylilies in the menu bar at the top of this page.
To ensure the plants get a healthy start, the leaves and stalks were trimmed before transplanting. Since there will be no flowers to see this season, the photographs will provide a sneak peek of what will be blooming next season.