Pat Guidry is one of the growers who will be represented at the festival this year. Guidry says hybridizing daylilies is a vastly satisfying hobby anyone can master. "You just dust the pollen from one flower onto another flower," he says. "The daylily will make seeds. Plant the seeds, and next year you will have a new flower, one you created." Petals can come out flecked, edged, tipped and dotted with contrasting color. Diamond dusting, a color variation, occurs when tiny crystals in the flower's cells reflect light, and the flower appears to be sprinkled with tiny sparkling diamonds.
Seventy-five different varieties of daylilies from $5 to $20 a plant will be on sale, as well as orchids, hibiscus and bromeliads. A series of speakers includes Dr. Charles Allen, charter member of the Louisiana Native Plant society, who will talk about the uses of wild plants for teas, spices and salads. Daylilies aren't just beautiful; they're edible, too.
The Daylily Festival is 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 3 in Magdalene Square, downtown Abbeville. For more information, call the Abbeville Chamber of Commerce at 893-2491.
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