Garden Of The Week 2017-2018 Series 12
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Chris & Cynthia Wilhoite
Indianapolis, Indiana
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"Welcome to Soules Garden"

spacerSoules Garden is the nursery/garden of Chris Wilhoite and Cynthia Miller. The nursery was started in 1957. It was the home of Iris and Daylily hybridizer Earl Roberts and his wife Marge. Upon his death Marge married Clarence Soules. Hostas were added to the offerings, and the name was given to the grounds.

spacerIt was actually Hostas that brought Cynthia and I together as we had both been members of the Indianapolis Hosta Society. In 1997, Indianapolis hosted the National Hosta Convention and none other than Hosta hybridizer and all around fantastic person Mildred Seaver introduced us to each other. We are very fortunate to have plant friends all over the country in numerous plants groups. In all honesty, it is the people we have met along our journey that has made us rich. If not for plants we would not have such wonderful friends.

spacerIn 2001, Cynthia and I purchased the nursery and took over the day to day duties of Soules Garden. Cynthia ran the nursery originally and Chris joined full time in 2009.

 Chris & Cynthia Wilhoite

spacer Soules Garden is located in Indianapolis, Indiana where we garden on 4 acres of sandy, loamy soil, although some areas are more clay. Our area is zone 5/6 depending on the year. We have approximately 2 acres of daylilies, and 2 acres of display woodland and sun beds. On the property are also 6 hoop houses and a greenhouse. We are an AHS Display garden and grow around 1300 different Daylilies. We are members of many plant societies around the world as we have really never met a plant we didn't like. Chris serves as President of the Hoosier Daylily Society here in Indianapolis. Cynthia has been a board member for the other AHS, the American Hosta Society, where she served as Vice President of the Genus Hosta.

spacerWe have little time for serious hybridizing as the chores are many, but we have been making crosses and selecting for many years. It is just hard to find time to devote to just the daylilies as we grow many, many plants here at the nursery. Besides Daylilies we have a keen interest in Hosta, Lilies, Arisaema, Ferns, Japanese Maples, Conifers, Hellebores, variegated plants, and rare and unusual Asian woodland plants. We offer these and many more at the nursery both on-line and on-site. We also have lots of speaking engagements at various local, regional and national meetings around the country. Sharing our knowledge of Daylilies, Hostas, rare and unusual plants, lilies, etc… brings us great joy and helps other gardeners to get to know more about the plants we love and maybe they may be interested in growing them as well.

spacerWe love to have visitors, in 2018 the nursery will be open Friday through Sunday. Peak bloom time is usually the first or second week in July. Cynthia and I will be here waiting to meet you.smiles

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