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Garden Etcetera
on this page:  Gift Certificates, Markers, Literature, Society Memberships
12-20" Markers $21.00
12-26" Markers $25.00

See-Fine Garden Marker.  This is the marker of our choice and is used in all of our gardens and fields now.  Solaris Farms sells two sizes: 20" height and 26" height. They are sturdy, present information at the correct angle and will last many
 years in an outdoor environment (unlike many markers that bend, rust or decay). 
We recommend Brother P-Touch® Labeling Systems, with a "TZ" tape for the above markers.  Labeling machines range in price from $29.99 (hand held) to $100.00 (computer compatible).  The machines and tapes may be purchased locally at office supply stores or on the internet.  "TZ" tapes are UV, heat and water resistant and should last years in the garden.  Markers may also be written on with grease pencils or engraved.  We've tested these markers and labels in our gardens and fields and longevity is of no issue.  Try some,  you will be completely satisfied! 
Gift Certificate Options
Delivery instructions
Solaris Farms Gift Certificate.  An excellent way to show your appreciation for a fellow gardener.  Gift Certificates are sold in $10, $20, $50 or $100 values. Please let us know at purchase time whether you would like your gift certificate mailed or emailed-let us know in the 'Delivery instructions' box.   Emailed certificates can be printed or forwarded to the recipient.  Certificates may be used at the farm during our digging season or redeemed after purchases online.  To redeem a gift certificate for an online purchase, the gift certificate user should send a message at checkout time or email Nate with the certificate number and amount.  The amount of the certificate will be refunded electronically for online purchases (there is not an option to apply the certificate at checkout).  This works reliably and quickly.
Peony Books.  We no longer carry literature for sale concerning peonies, but recommend the following.  A good selection of books can be ordered through the American Peony Society at very reasonable prices.  To purchase these books go to The American Peony Society-Publications.  There a number of other outstanding books through the APS, that I do not have listed here.  These are listed for sale at the above URL.  A good selection of peony related literature can also be purchased using Amazon.com.

The Peonies.  John Wister.  This is an old book with black and white pictures and probably lacks appeal for the average gardener.   However, it is the most comprehensive and accurate book for people interested in growing techniques, propagation and historical information.  Original publication under auspices of the American Horticultural Society, reprinted by APS. Edited by John C. Wister, considered the dean of American ornamentals horticulturists, long time horticulturist for Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum and who was also instrumental in formation of the American Daffodil Society and American Iris Society. A treasury of peony information and worthy of being on the shelves of all peony enthusiasts. Hardcover, 2nd printing, 225 pgs.  Use the following link to purchase this book:  The Peonies.

Peonies.  Allan Rogers.  A more recent publication has many color images and wide scope of information concerning the genus.  It is a good resource for the general gardener and prospective buyer.  Like all publications, it is dated and many new peony cultivars are emerging on the market.  Thus visiting the American Peony Society website for more up-to-date information is recommended when shopping.  This book can be purchased through your local book store or Amazon.com. 

Peony.  The Best Varieties for Your Garden.  Carol Adelman & David Michener.  A new book that is loaded with great images of some of the best peonies for gardeners.  Excellent descriptions and covers a wide range of peony cultivars.  Carol and her family are owners of a large peony farm and has acquired a wealth of experience with outstanding peonies.  David is works at a university and is responsible for many peony related scientific projects.  Both Carol and David are currently serving on the American Peony Society's board of directors. Excellent book.  Available on Amazon.
Daylily Books.  We no longer carry literature for sale concerning daylilies, but recommend the following.  There are many fine daylily books and information on this genus abounds.  We recommend the following book which can be purchased through the American Hemerocallis Society.  The AHS also sells many other publications dealing with this wonderful group of plants.  Please visit their website at the above link to see more.

The Illustrated Guide to Daylilies.  Editor, Oliver Billingslea.  Included in the Revised Edition are 10 new photographs, replacing dated material in the earlier edition.  Newly included are photos of the 2014, 2015, and 2016 winners of the Stout Medal.  All of the Lenington All-American winners from the first winner in 1970 through the winner in 2015 are pictured.  In the chapter on “Companion Plants,” many Perennial Plants of the Year are included.  New to this edition are the 2015 and 2016 winners.  The chapters on "Photographing Daylilies" and "Registration Procedures" include new photos, among which are the 2016 AHS Photography Awards for Single Bloom, Multi-bloom, and Landscape, and new illustration for a daylily to be pictured on the AHS Website after the Checklist is finalized.  Good cultural information is also included.  Reasonably priced.  Use the following link to purchase this book:  Illustrated Guide to Daylilies.
Lily (Lilium) Books.  We no longer carry literature for sale concerning lilies, but recommend the following.  The North American Lily Society-Other Publications is the best source of accurate and appealing lily publications.  We recommend two books, but there are others that are more focused on lily related topics.

Lets Grow LiliesLet's Grow Lilies. Virginia Howie. A 48 page illustrated handbook of lily culture, covering virtually everything you need to know about growing lilies. A great book for the beginner and the more experienced grower alike. Updated 2011 edition, with new full color cover.

Please note that a copy of this book is included with a new NALS Membership.
Use the following link to purchase this book:  Let's Grow Lilies.

MartagonsMartagon Lilies.  Eugene Fox.  This superb 182 page book is the result of decades of growing, hybridizing and researching martagon lilies, and is the most complete reference on martagons available. It provides in-depth coverage of martagon species and hybrids, growing, hybridizing, diseases and pests, and showing. It has numerous maps and line drawings, in addition to the excellent color photos. It is a must book for all lily growers.  Use the following link to purchase this book:  Martagon Lilies.
Society Memberships.  Plant societies are among the best resources for information, activities and social interaction concerning specific genera.  Memberships are relatively inexpensive and often include a number of bulletins (journals) which are sent to members.  These societies are the backbone of the plant world and are responsible for much scientific work, growing information, cultivar development and social activities revolving around their specific area of expertise.  Each society sponsors yearly conventions, garden tours and educational activities.  They also provide a network of people that share information freely and provide a path to locating some of the finest plants they represent.  Consider joining one or more of these societies- you won't be disappointed!

The American Peony Society.  Members receive The APS Bulletin, which is published quarterly and offers an in-depth look at all aspects of the peony for backyard gardeners, hybridizers, hobbyists, commercial growers and cutflower merchants. The APS Bulletin's advertisers provide source information for peony and garden purchases. Members also receive the annual Yearbook.  

Other benefits include:  1)  Contact with other peony devotees and local and regional society’s information. Use the APS Yearbook’s Membership Roster to locate members in your area.  2)  Seed Distribution Program—A list of available seeds is published annually on the APS Website. For a nominal fee members may request the seeds of their choice.  3)  An Annual Convention in various North American locations, featuring peony-related events and activities, such as, informative talks and discussions, garden tours, cutflower exhibits and a banquet followed by an auction.  4)  APS acts as the International Cultivar Registration Authority for peonies. While supervising nomenclature and publishing checklists, the history of the peony is also maintained. Color photos of new registrations are featured in The Bulletin.   To join this society, use the following link:  The American Peony Society-join.


American Hemerocallis Society.  The AHS is a collective experience that makes me a better gardener and a better friend.  There is no doubt that I get back just as much as I give to AHS and I’m excited and humbled to serve as the president these next two years.  I hope you will come along with me and grab a piece of that green joy this coming year.  See this page to learn more about the AHS, and also:

To join this society, use the following link:  The American Hemerocallis Society-join.

North American Lily Society (NALS).  The North American Lily Society (NALS) was organized in 1947 to promote interest in the genus Lilium. The society has active members from almost every state and province in North America, as well as from many countries around the world.  To join this society, use the following link:  North American Lily Society-join.

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