What started out to be a “hobby” garden in upstate New York over the last several decades outgrew its space. A suitable site with room for expansion was found in Delaware for the gardens to be moved and transplanted. Willow Rock Gardens, LLC was established in Delaware in 2009. Willow Rock is Heather “Lily Lady” Hotaling, and her daughter, Amanda “Jack” Hotaling. Jack has grown up in the gardens and is truly a “Jack of All Trades.” Jack is also the director of youth activities. Willow Rock Gardens became a family affair when Heather’s mom, Grace Rishell, joined the ranks! Previously, Grace only worked on the creative touches but now she is working with the lilies too! Heather's husband David Giglio provides a lot of the man power in these gardens.

Willow Rock Gardens, is a working display garden, we are open weekly from 9-1, and by appointment or chance just give us a call 302-223-8190  or email us at [email protected] We are currently growing almost 4600 varieties of daylilies and continue to add more. The daylilies are displayed in over 90 themed beds, including Delaware’s first 9/11 Memorial Garden. In 2011, after less than 2 years here, we were the first in Delaware to earn the designations from the American Hemerocallis Society (AHS) as both a “Display Garden” and also as a “Historic Garden” with registered daylilies dating back to the 1800’s!

While gardening is a serious business, we believe life is just too short not to have fun. We have set up themes within the garden to make each trip an “adventure.” Start your adventure getting your picture taken with “Lilybug”, an old 8N tractor that has been painted like a ladybug (Delaware’s State Bug), and enjoy the “That’s Wild” bed, continue on to enjoy the Historic Walk, pay your respects to those affected by the events of 9/11 around the Memorial Garden, join in with the Pirates as they sail the High Seas, beware of Eliza-Witch as she mixes potions with her herbs, see Delaware’s largest collection of Siloam daylilies, little ones can draw a picture near Betty’s Artist Garden, Honor our Troops at Uncle Skip’s Ship, see real vegetables grow behind the Garden of Eatin'... Thank a Farmer bed, and then take a bridge to the Land of Oz…. Once your trip is complete please make sure to sign our guest book!

We offer many of our daylilies for sale straight from the field. We instruct classes and do daylily presentations on site and off, as well as guided plant walks. We welcome weddings and other social events in the gardens. Please feel free to stop by and walk the gardens and experience this popular garden destination.
Contact details
2104 Sewell Branch Road, Clayton DE 19938

Phone - 302-223-8190

Email: [email protected]