October 2021

LilyPalooza 2021

LilyPalooza is a perennial favorite program and fundraiser for Gardeners Connect. We plan on our largest offering of bulbs this year. Hard to believe that 2021 will be our 12th year and there are so many new things to offer and some of the best from previous years will be offered again for those that didn’t snag them the first time.

All bulbs will be available September 1, 2021 for online purchase at shop.gardenersconnect.org. Orders will be available for pick up on Saturday, October 23, 2021 from 9 a.m. to Noon at the home of Gardeners Connect Board member, Ward Wheeler who has managed pick ups for the past few years. His home is centrally located at 1000 West 88th Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64114 just east of Ward Parkway.

For those people not able to pick up their orders during this time please email Brian Chadwick-Robinson at info@gardenersconnect.org to arrange for an alternate pickup time in Raytown, Missouri.

Additionally we will be offering a shipping option available for purchase online with your order.

LilyPalooza 2020

With over a decade a gracious and stunning lilies gracing gardens all over the metro, LilyPalooza returns for another star-studded, social distancing year.

Lilies don’t take up a lot of physical real estate in the garden and can be tucked into garden beds between plants to provide height and impressive bloom display. They can raise the visual interests and bloom density your beds without crowding out their neighbors. All bulbs listed in the LilyPalooza sale are winter-hardy in the Kansas City area and most if not all are hardy to zone 4 more.

This year might be known as the year of the Martagon lily cultivars. They grow and bloom in shaded areas than their brethren though we have found that if you provide them with even watering they do just as well in sunnier spots. Martagons have had a reputation for being expensive collector’s bulbs, but with advances in propagation we are now able to offer these bulbs at unheard of before prices. This is the year to add to your collection or start a new one.

For every $50 in bulb purchases from LilyPalooza you will receive a free LA lily hybrid called ‘Litouwen’. Dark maroon stems carry cream colored buds with a maroon blush that open to pure white flowers with no spots and a hint of lime in the throat. 2-3 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer. It is sure to be a standout in the garden. The more you order, the more you will receive.

Here is the LilyPalooza line up for 2020.

Connoisseur Collection

‘Chocolate Event’

Imagine an orange creamsicle with raspberry sauce and you have the color scheme of this lily. The dark raspberry overlay is heaviest along the outer edge of the petals allowing the orange creamsicle to shine through the center rib and show completely at the tips. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

‘Strawberry Event’

Deep red strawberry blooms with a maroon-purple overlay of spots heavier in the center of the flower. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

‘Mystery Dreams’

Generously described as uniquely beautiful but definitely like no other lily in your garden. Fully double lime-green flowers are held upright and can have blood-red center petals and flecking of color through out in cooler weather conditions so you will want to protect it from hot afternoon sun for best display. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid to late-summer.

Asiatic Lily


White flowers with minimal spotting in the throat of the bloom make quite the splash in the garden with rose-tipped petals. 2-3 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

‘Purple Marble’

While not exactly purple, these red-wine saturated flowers make a statement in the garden. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.


This Asiatic/Easter lily cross is semi double and pollenless. Each petal is a creamy pink with magnolia-pink seeping in at the bases, tips, margins and even backs of each petal. 3-4 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Oriental Hybrids


Elegant white blooms open with a soft pink band down the center of each petal that with age becomes richer and darker, changing to a magenta-pink. Fragrant. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid- to late summer.


Fully double flowers are pollenfree for arrangements that won’t stain everything. Warm raspberry pink edged in white with darker spotting in the center. 3-4 feet tall, blooming mid to late-summer.


Martagons have been know as a collectors lily because of the high prices for individual bulbs. Bulbs last year were in the $20 and up range, but with recent advances in propagation prices have plummeted, and we are offering this year’s selection far below that.

‘Arabian Knight’

Bright gold with dark wine overlay darker at the petal tips becoming more spotted towards the center of the bloom. Just three bulbs made for a strikingly intense display this Spring. This knight is ready to slay the ho hum in any garden. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

‘Orange Marmalade’

Bright tangerine-orange petals without any spotting are edged with the most perfect pumpkin hue. Each individual petal is narrower than most martagon flowers and held out flat rather than recurved. Blossoms are held aloft on dark-purple black stems which make this lily beautiful even out of flower. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

‘Peppard Gold’

Golden yellow flowers, highlighted by random coral streaks and cinnamon spotting. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.


Wine-red to pink-purple flowers with heavy spotting. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.


Pink with gold edges and cinnamon spots. 3-4 feet tall, blooming late-spring.

Species Lilies

Lilium pumilum

An Asian species with multiple 2-inch reflexed and nodding coral-red fragrant flowers which may or may not be spotted black. Individual bulbs are rather short-lived, living 2-4 years but usually remains in the garden through self-seeding, forming clumps. Stems are covered with fine grass-like leaves. 1-2 feet tall, blooming early to midsummer.

Lililium speciosum rubrum ‘Uchida’

A select form of the species with a fascinating history. Rose-pink blooms fading to white at the edges are one of the last lilies to bloom in the garden. During the war years, Hirotaka Uchida and his eldest son, Machao, had been ordered by the Imperial Japanese Government to destroy their ornamental plant farm and to grow potatoes for the army. They defied those orders and kept bulbs of ‘Uchida’ hidden until after the war. 4-5 feet tall, blooming mid- to late summer.

Other Bulbs

Alliums are deer and pest resistant yet a pollinator magnet. They are long-lived providing, that they are not planted in a wet area. Provide them with good drainage and they will provide you years of impressive blooms.

Allium ‘Mount Everest’

Pure white balls of florets rise above the foliage on tall graceful stems. A great addition to a collection of the more traditional purple alliums, add height to a white garden or just add brightness against a darker backdrop. 3 feet tall, blooming late-spring to early-summer.

Nectaroscordum siculum, Summer Bells

Clusters of cream bells with rose brush strokes and green shoulders dangle from loosely packed florets. This member of the Allium family has quite the identity crisis going on, Allium siculum, Allium bulgaricum and several other iterations are out there. Whatever you call it, It provides softness and height to the garden. 2-3 feet tall, blooming late-spring to early-summer.

Daffodils are deer- and pest-resistant and long-lived in the garden providing they get enough sun and their foliage is allowed to ripen.

Daffodil ‘Green Garden’

Chartreuse-yellow petals with a creamy yellow trumpet make a statement in the garden. Its flowers draw you in from a distance and standout even in the throng of Spring bloom. 16 inches tall, blooming mid to late-spring.

Daffodil ‘Prototype’

We are fans of mini daffodil cultivars and creamy yellow petals and this one goes a step further with a trumpet that starts off with a cream base becoming increasingly pink at the ends. 10 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

Daffodil ‘Ferris Wheel’

Giant striking flowers have a sweet scent. The flower has a large flared cup with a ruffled edge resembling an orange Ferris wheel with golden yellow petals forming a backdrop. 18 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

Muscari ‘White Magic’

Who says grape Hyacinths have to be purple or blue? This white flowered cultivar has all the great staying power of its more common compatriots with a new color to show off. 6 inches tall, blooming early to mid-spring.

2011 LilyPalooza Lily Selections

Below you will find the selections that were offered with short descriptions and photos to help you identify them in the garden.

Acapulco – Oriental

Bold nodding cherry red trumpet-shaped flowers in late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. An unusually reliable oriental that also happens to be quite beautiful and fragrant. 3-4 foot tall, blooms in June-July with nodding trumpets, 6 inches wide.

Peach flowers
Height: 3-5 feet
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: upfacing

White petals with rosy pink brushstrokes and chartreuse in the throat of the outfacing flower. It is a fragrant lily with sturdy stems. The name means “welcome” in the native language of Aruba.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: late summer

This is one of the tangos. The petals are creamy yellow with burgundy stippling in the throats. Sturdy stems. A heavy bloomer. Fragrant.
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time:June
Flower habit: upfacing

White open-faced flowers with crimson spots and crimson bands down the center of the petals. Fragrant.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: July-August
Flower habit: upfacing

LA hybrid
Milky white flowers delicately edged in purple-black.Fragrant.
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: outfacing

Golden Splendour
Large, golden yellow trumpets (6-8” long) with purple brushed on the outside of the flowers. Very fragrant
Height:4-6 feet
Bloom time:July-August
Flower habit: outfacing to nodding

Lady Alice
L. henryi hybrid.
A lovely lady in the garden. Fully recurved, turk’s cap petals are creamy white with a soft orange overlay and lots of darker orange freckles. Hardy and very floriferous. Fragrant.
Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom time: July/Aug
Flower habit: downfacing, recurved, 3-6 inches

Huge, fragrant, upward-facing, dark rosy magenta and pink blooms edged in white. These wide-opening flowers are borne in succession from mid- to late-summer on sturdy stems. These flowers get 7-8 inches big.
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 2-3 feet
Flower habit: upfacing

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Miss Lily
Reddish-maroon petals with white tips.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: midsummer

Pink Perfection
Large, fragrant, trumpet-shaped flowers (6-10” long) that range in color from light to deep pink to deep purplish-red. Height: 4-6 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: ourfacing

Rosella’s Dream
Soft tones of vanilla and pink blend on each petal with a dusting of speckles
Height: 2-3 feet
Bloom time: June-July
Flower habit: upfacing

‘Scarlet Delight
‘Scarlet Delight’ is a vigorous lily, bearing racemes of large, outward-facing, ruffled, rich red flowers with white edges and tips, black speckles and orange anthers. Sturday stems.
Height: 36-48 inches
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: outfacing

Space Mountain
Reddish-pink (lightens to mauve pink in hot weather) with yellow throat
Height: 4-5 feet
Bloom time: July
Flower habit: outfacing

Sweet Surrender
Lilium tigrinum splendens
Bell-shaped flowers with creamy-white, recurving petals sprinkled with maroon dots.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: July/Aug
Flower habit: downfacing, recurved 3-6 inches

Flowers are bright canary yellow and darker yellow towards the throat. Green filaments with brown anthers. Petals are pointed and have greenish-yellow midribs. Produces 12 to 15 buds on established plants. The fragrance is heavenly.
Bloom time: July-August
Height: 2-3 feet
Flower habit” upfacing

LA hybrid
Peachy/coral/apricot colored, early bloomer, sturdy stems. We grow this one. It is a performer.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: Late spring to early summer
Flower habit: outfacing

LA hybrid
Huge wine-red flowers that fade to a deep burgundy, with sturdy stems.
Height: 3-4 feet
Bloom time: June
Flower habit: outfacing

2010 LilyPalooza Lily Selections

The inaugural 2010 LilyPalooza was such a hit that it continues on more than 10 years later. Below you will find the selections that were offered with short descriptions and photos to help you identify them in the garden.

Anastasia – Orienpet

Huge white flowers with rose pink centers. It grows 4-6 feet tall and blooms in early-mid August. It has a wonderful cinnamon scent.

Annemaries Dream – Asiatic

Fully double, spotless up-facing flowers that are creamy white with a hint of yellow. It is the newest of the Kiss lilies, which are double Asiatic lilies that produce no pollen. It grows 4 feet tall.

Brazilia – Oriental

The white petals of Brazilia have dainty tiny spots and are neatly edged in rosy pink. Cooler weather brings more pink flush to the petals. It blooms in late July to early August and grows 3-4 feet tall.

Casa Blanca -Oriental

Pure white flowers (to 8-10 inches wide) with contrasting reddish-brown
anthers. It blooms in midsummer on rigid stems rising 3-4 feet tall. Flowers are very fragrant.

Cocktail Twins – Asiatic

Huge, double bright red flowers. The outer petals are often swirled with gold. The color is variable. This lily grows 3-4 feet tall and blooms in late June.

Forever Susan – Asiatic

Large flowers of mahogany and orange. Flowers face outward and lots of buds are produced to create a tremendous display in early summer. This lily grows to 2 feet tall.

Lilium leichtlinii -Species

Stems grow 4 feet tall. The yellow flowers are dotted and flushed with purple and bloom in late summer. This lily is native to Japan.

Lilium rubrum – Species

This species lily is renowned for fragrance and late summer blooms. The
white and crimson petals are recurved and pendulous. The flowers can be 6 inches across. Statuesque, it grows 5 feet tall, rarely to 7 feet.

Linda – Asiatic

Each petal is golden yellow near the center turning or bright orange at the ends. It grows 2-3 feet tall. Up-facing flowers bloom in June.

Patricia’s Pride – Asiatic

Up-facing flowers that are creamy white with burgundy-colored brushstrokes on the center of each petal. It grows 2-3 feet tall.

Red Velvet – Asiatic

Up to 4 feet tall. Its velvety deep red flowers bloom June to September. This was chosen best Asiatic at the North American Lily Society national show July 10, 2010, in Mars, PA.

Robert Swanson – Orienpet

Flowers grow 6½-inch and have bronze-tinged red centers and a deep yellow edges. It grows up to 4 feet tall. Lightly fragrant.

LilyPalooza 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick up your pre-ordered bulbs and shop for any last minute additions.

Home of Brian Chadwick-Robinson and Chuck Robinson
5738 Willow Ave
Raytown, Missouri 64133

LilyPalooza is celebrating its 10th year of bringing you new and exciting varieties of lilies and select other bulbs for area gardeners. Lilies can be tucked into garden beds to provide height and impressive bloom display to most any garden. We even have quite a selection of Martagon lily cultivars this for the gardener that has a bit less sun.

We strive to bring you the largest bulbs available and only source from the best growers in the world. Bringing only the best to you and your garden.

You can begin ordering online September 1, 2019 All orders available for pick up on October 26, 2019. Quantities are limited.


We plan to have the following selections available for the bulb sale. More bulb options including no lily bulbs are available online on the sale page.

Connoisseur Collection

‘Zeba’ has large slightly pendulous flowers that have recurved tips and ruffles along the side of each petal reminding us of the classic oriental form of its hybrid parentage. Each cream colored flower has large dark plum brushstrokes emanating from the center of each flower with a darker almost black midrib down each petal. The first introduction out of the hybrid ‘Kushi Maya’ a hybrid of Lilium nepalense and an Oriental. 3-4’ tall.

Martagon ‘Fairy Morning’ has flowers that depending on the light can be described as everything from peachy coral to amber and pink with each flower is lightly speckled. The color is striking and when found blooming in the gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum this past June caught even the eye of Gardeners Connect’s executive director who distinctly dislikes pink. 3’

Asiatic Lily

‘Corsage’ has smaller delicate pink flowers liberally spotted in dark plum with a faint dark plum outline to the base of each petal with a center with hints of cream. 3-4’ tall.

‘Night Flyer’ has deep dark red almost black flowers with slightly recurved petals. Slightly pendulous outfacing flowers with equally dark stamens. 3-4’ tall.

‘Pink Flight’ has multi toned pink to almost rich cream striated petals with lots of depth to the colors. 3-4’ tall.

‘Pearl White’ has all the colors you would expect in a fine pearl. Cream colored buds with just a hint of purple at the base open to a classic off white pearl colored flower. 3-4’ tall.

Oriental/Asiatic Hybrids

‘Child in Time’ has clear bright pink flowers light green almost white throat with speckled darker pink brush marks radiating out from the throat. 4’ tall.

‘Hotel California’ has large upfacing orange creamsicle colored flower with raspberry brush marks in the center of each petal and sprinkled with larger dark dots throughout the center. 4’ tall.

‘Viva la Vida’ has vivid yellow up facing flowers with generous brush strokes of black cherry in the center of each petal and a stippling of dots as an overlay. These are no shrinking violets. 4’ tall.


‘White Planet’ has creamy white, yellow centered, fragrant upward facing trumpets with plum brushstrokes on the backs of the petals which make it beautiful in bud as well as open. We have had ‘Pink Planet’ and ‘Orange Planet’ in previous sales and are looking forward to adding to our impressive planetary collection. 4’

Double Oriental

‘Leona’ has striking pure white double flowers that are pollenless. While orientals are not known to be long lived in our area with our hot and humid summers, the flowers are spectacular in the garden or as a cut flower. 3-4’ tall.


‘Sutton Court’ has rose colored flowers with darker rose spotting and mottled yellow around the spots and edges of petals. Dark slower stems blend into the dark rose brush strokes on the backs of the flowers. 4’

‘Manitoba Morning’ has pinkish-red flowers with brush marks of creamy yellow in the center adorned with dark mahogany spots. 2-3’ tall.

‘Maroon King’ has soft maroon flowers with speckles in the center. 4’ tall.

‘Nepera’ has orange flowers with mahogany spots concentrated in the center of the flower which set off the red gold stamens. 3’ tall.

Other Bulbs

We have offered both of these alliums before but they definitely are worth repeating. Alliums are long lived and pest resistant providing that they are not planted in a wet area. Provide them with good drainage and they will provide you years of impressive blooms.

Allium ‘Globemaster’ has massive, rich purple perfectly rounded flower heads topping 36” tall stems.

Allium shubertii flower heads look more like fireworks going off in your garden rather than flowers. Long tubular florets of different lengths explode from the center of the flower head in all directions adding depth and structure. Makes for a great cut flower or long lasting element in the garden. 18” tall.

LilyPalooza 2018

Saturday, October 27, 2018
9 a.m. to Noon
Rockhurst University, Arrupe Hall
5351 Forest
Kansas City, Missouri 64112
(located within the Rockhurst University Campus at 54th and Troost)

Join us for the ninth annual LilyPalooza, presented by Gardeners Connect. We strive to bring you the best in lilies and other select fall planted bulbs to bring you a joyous spring and summer next year and for many more after that.

We have bulbs available the day of the sale but for best selection is is recommended that you shop online. LilyPalooza bulbs go online for sale September 1 of every year.

Three reasons to order online:

  • Easy to order and then pick up your bulbs at LilyPalooza 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.
  • Best Selection. We expect some of our bulbs, especially the martagon lilies and those in the Connoisseur Collection, to sell out, and the first ones to order and pay for their selections are most likely to get their heart’s content
  • People ordering and paying online always get a special free gift. You’ll have to wait until closer to the online ordering date to find out this years treasure.

The 2018 Bulb Selection

We plan to have the following selections available for the bulb sale. More bulb options including no lily bulbs are available online on the sale page.

Free Bulb

Get ‘Rokanje’ free by ordering online. We will give you a free bulb for every $25 you spend. No limit to the free bulbs you can earn. Spend $ 25 get 1, spend $250 and get 10 free Lilium ‘Rokanje’ bulbs.

Lilium ‘Rokanje’ – a snow-white-flowered LA hybrid (Lilium longiflorum crossed with Asiatic hybrid lilies), which are incredibly sturdy in our climate. It gets 36-40 inches tall.

Connoisseur Collection

The Connoisseur Collection contains our special selections of the newest introductions and other rarities for the garden. 

Lilium ‘Fusion’ – perhaps the newest, most cutting-edge flower in the Lilypalooza lineup this year is ‘Fusion.’ It is a remarkable hybrid between Lilium longiflorium (the familiar white Easter Lily native to southern Japan) and Lilium pardalinum, ( a native to the West Coast of the United States). It has down-facing red flowers with masses of red-brown freckles ringed with yellow halos spreading from the throat of the flower. The flowers are up to 5 inches across. It gets 36-48 inches tall does not need to be staked.

Lilium ‘Sweet Desire’  – These yellow-edged flowers are highlighted in peach and have numerous darker spots. This Lilium Longiflorum, (Easter lily) x Asiatic cross is lightly scented. Grows 40-48 inches tall.

Asiatic Lilies

Lilium ‘Dark Secret’ – has dark red, almost black flowers that face up and out. An Asiatic, it gets 36-40 inches tall and blooms in June. Dark flowers call attention to themselves in the garden and they also set on fire the color of its neighboring flowers.

Lilium ‘Pearl Jessica’  – a tetraploid Asiatic from Robert Griesbach, one of the leading lily hybridizers in the world. It has pendant light salmon-pink flowers with recurved tepals. The flower face out and down. The plant gets 48 inches tall and blooms in June. It is named for one of the hybridizer’s granddaughters.

Lilium ‘Purple Eye’  – has purple-maroon petals with a near black eye. Easy to grow early summer bloomer. 36-40 inches tall.

Oriental Lilies

We have two double Oriental lilies. Being double, they produce no pollen, which can stain hands and clothes that brush against the flower. Orientals are fragrant and bloom a little later than Asiatics, so in late June or early July. They are best planted where they get a little protection from late afternoon sun. Both of these lilies produce up-facing flowers. Each gets 3 feet tall or so.

Lilium ‘Leona’ – is a pristine white.

Lilium ‘Samantha’SOLD OUT! has glowing pink tepals with a few dark purple spots and edged with milky white.

Orienpet (OT) Lilies

We have some OTs, or orienpets, which are Oriental lilies crossed with trumpet lilies.

Lilium ‘Robert Griesbach’ – a sturdy OT with deep red flowers with bright white margins. The throat is golden yellow and a bit of bright green. It is a tall lily, getting 4-5 feet tall. The tepals are thick and waxy. It is named after Robert Griesbach, one of the most respected hybridizers in America.

Lilium ‘Redford’ – from Mak Breeding, The Netherlands, has dark, wine-red, up-facing flowers. It will grow to 4 feet tall or more.

Lilium ‘Zelmira’ – has fragrant salmon-pink flowers with soft yellow glowing in the flower throat. It grows on 4-foot stems and blooms in July.

Trumpet Lilies

Trumpets are tall, fragrant lilies that bloom later than the Asiatics. We have two Lilypalooza selections.

Lilium ‘Pink Planet’ – a fragrant trumpet lily producing deep pink buds that open into large cotton candy pink up-facing flowers. It gets 3 feet tall. It blooms in late June or early July.

Lilium ‘Rising Moon’ – SOLD OUT! has creamy pastel yellow flowers with pink shading on the edges of the tepals. Blooms in July and should get 3-4 feet tall. Very fragrant.

Martagon Lilies

Kansas City gardeners have proved many experts wrong as far as growing martagon lilies is concerned. They do grow here, and some of us have had great success, though we are likely on the southern edge of their range. They do best with some afternoon shade and can grow in pretty dark shade too. They grow well at the edge of treed woodlot. Keep them watered during the growing season.

Lilium ‘Claude Shride’ – is a 1970s hybrid from Minnesota hybridizers Hugh and Ruth Cocker. It produces dark mahogany-red flowers with intermittent, small red orbs encircled with vibrant golden-orange. At is a floriferous garden variety once established and mature. It gets 3-4 feet tall.

Lilium ‘Dalhansonii’ – has waxy purple-brown to mahogany-red flowers with only a few gold spots. It produces dozens of pendent, tightly recurved flowers in June. Plants grow 4-5 feet tall.

Lilium ‘Mrs R.O. Backhouse’ – has straw-yellow flowers with pastel pink on the backs of the tepals. The flowers are pendant. Blooms in June and should get 3-4 feet tall.

Lilium ‘Pink Taurade’ – has pink flowers that have an orange glow. There are purple freckles ringed in yellow. It was introduced by Manitoba nurseryman and hybridizer Ed Robinson in 1967.