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By: Deborah Petrie

Chairperson Display Garden Committee

The MRLS has donated lilies to seven Display Gardens. Three of which are in rural Manitoba. These display gardens prominently feature lilies donated by the MRLS. They also include many other annual and perennial displays.  I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our members to visit any or all three of these gardens. Much time and loving attention has gone into them all. Future articles are planned for the gardens in Winnipeg and Brandon.


Beausejour Daylily Gardens


In 2004 the MRLS donated 102 lily bulbs to the Beausejour Daylily Gardens. With the help of one of our members who is actively involved in this garden I have been able to reconstruct the records and we are currently in the process of formalizing this garden as another rural lily display garden. In subsequent years many others have donated lily bulbs and many have also been purchased for this garden. There are now over two hundred lilies on display for our members and the public to enjoy. Daylilies, iris and other perennials and trees are also featured here.


Tours of this garden for groups and individuals are scheduled in June, July and August. There are two types of tours, Guided Perfect Daytrip tours and the Open Gardens - Artist in Residence (self guided tours). Both types of tours include other gardens and attraction in Beausejour. For information on tours call 204-268-3950, visit or email You are also welcome to visit the garden anytime to view the lilies and other perennials featured here. July is the best time for viewing the lilies in bloom.


Foxwarren Memory Garden


In 2006 the bulb committee donated eighty-two lily bulbs from many classifications to the Foxwarren Memory Garden. This garden is a one-achre peace symbol shaped community garden on reclaimed land in the middle of the tiny village of Foxwarren Manitoba. The garden commemorates pioneers and departed loved ones from the surrounding area with over seven hundred handcrafted stepping-stones throughout.  The site is fully wheelchair accessible; features pioneer history as well as our lilies and other perennial and annual beds. This Memory Garden can be found in the center of Foxwarren, which is just off highway 16 in southwestern Manitoba. Drop in between July 15th and August 15th to see our lilies at their best or to arrange guided tours at anytime throughout the summer please call: (204) 847-2162/847-2218.


Dauphin Horticultural Society


Dauphin Horticultural Society was the recipient of the 2007 bulb donation. A total of 77 bulbs were donated and planted on the grounds of the Lorray Manor Assisted Living Apartments at 405-6th AVE.S.E.  Dauphin, Manitoba. Some losses did occur in 2008 but private lily donations were planted at that time.  If you would like to view these plantings during lily season stop by and take a self guided a tour.


Carberry Garden Club


2008 saw our donation of 127 bulbs go the Carberry Garden Club for planting in a fairly new garden in Carberry Manitoba. Carberry is located in Southwest Manitoba. The garden can be found at the north end of town just off highway #5. Parking is available on Wheatland Drive. The garden itself is tucked into the space between the forks in the road. It is 2.5-acre site and was originally started as a daylily garden at the entrance to the town. It provides the setting for the Carberry’s new town new sign and has been expanded to include our lily donations and a Rose Garden. Trees were planted in 2007 with a grant from Manitoba Hydro.  The Carberry Garden Club and other local organizations have many and varied plans for the future of this space including a picnic and recreational area, winding pathways, and a pergola. They are actively fundraising for the pergola at this time.

At present no formal tours of the garden are offered but all are welcome to visit and browse the garden anytime. To view the lilies at their best July and August visits are recommended.