The Pressler Garden
Annette started serious Daylily collecting about 2003. Their
garden, located about twenty minutes north of Baton Rouge in the city of
Zachary has slowly being transformed from horse pasture to work of art.
Annette first got interested in daylilies when a veterinarian
she worked with traded veterinary services for daylilies. Since she had no
place to plant them Annette graciously offered to grow them for her
“temporarily”. The temporary daylily custody soon turned into the “potato chip
syndrome”. Now the Daylilies are a big part of the landscape with new beds
being added and old ones being reworked and, of course, expanded to make room
for more Daylilies. Annette has done a little hybridizing and plans on
introducing a Daylily for each of their three grandchildren. In addition to
Daylilies, there are azaleas, roses, grasses, crinums, and many other
perennials. Their latest project is a native plant area at the front of the
property. Annette describes the garden as “a work in progress.”
Annette’s collection hovers around 450 different varieties, from
one that was introduced the year Annette was born to some of the latest
introductions. Annette still likes to keep some of the older varieties so
visitors can see how Daylilies have changed. With around five acres, there is
plenty of room for expansion. The horses are watching this progress with an
uneasy feeling that they are losing their foothold.
Annette is past president of the Baton Rouge Daylily Society
(2007 – 2008) and a member of AHS. Annette also serves as a member of the
executive board of the Baton Rouge Daylily Society and was instrumental in the
planning of the 2011 AHS National Convention. Annette was responsible for
collecting and distributing the guest plants for the 2011 National Convention.
In her spare time, Annette owns her own dog grooming business.
She is a Louisiana Master Gardener contributing many hours to co-chairing the
annual Master Gardener plant sale at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge. She is
also quite an accomplished artist creating some beautiful paintings of the
flowers she so loves.
The garden has matured since the 2011 National but still retains
that “country” feel.