Bluecorn Daylily Gardens
Alan & Rozanne Tuffnell, 2112 Bluecorn Maiden Ct. N.E.
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87112, (505) 298-8992
Map to Garden
(Reprinted from Region 6 Newsletter, Spring 2002)
You will find the Bluecorn Daylily Gardens nestled in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains at 6300 ft. above sea level. The gardens are located in a suburban setting on a third of an acre.
As you enter the garden you are greeted by a monster Yucca, home to many species of birds. The front courtyard garden contains 30 daylilies along with Peonies and Hostas. The side yard entrance is planted with Daylilies, Roses, and Clematis.
The primary gardens are located in the back. As you approach the back yard you will see the challenge facing the garden's owners, with an 18' elevation change from the entry to the top of the garden. The gardens are terraced in four levels using adobe slump block and railroad ties. Each level has an interest of its own. The first level includes the swimming pool, surrounding daylily beds, and Roses. The second level includes blue grass along with daylily beds and Roses. The third level continues with daylilies, Roses, Spring bulbs, and perennials. The fourth level turns into our own meadow with various conifers, white Birch, Red Bud, and an occasional daylily bed. Flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds are also planted in the meadow.
The gardens contain approximately 300 daylily cultivars. The garden currently has 88 Rose bushes. The Rose varieties include miniatures, climbers, hybrid teas, shrubs, English, Romanticas, Floribundas, and old garden. Several Iris varieties are also included in the garden.
When visiting the garden, it is advisable to wear sensible shoes while climbing and winding through the many levels and trails.