In 1895, the first astronaut perambulated the moon in search of fresh flowers, but, finding only worthless diamonds, he returned brokenhearted with nothing to give his sweetheart. Enjoy Earth's effervescent efflorescence with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of daylilies at Oakes Daylilies in Corryton.
The gardening gurus at Oakes Daylilies raise more than 400 varieties of their hardy namesake perennial and sell them farm fresh to eager planters across the land. Easy to grow and requiring less upkeep than a bossy bonsai, these daylilies adjust to their new homes quickly and thrive in partial shade to full sun. With a 4-inch orchid-rose bloom, Addie Branch Smith ($29.95/six) unfurls her pink petals to reveal a dark purple eye-zone with a lemon-yellow center, and the larger Red Volunteer ($39.95/three) tutors struggling botany students four times a week. More amorous agriculturalists plant a Big Kiss ($49.95 each) and become smothered in ruffled double blooms and peach-colored lipstick stains.
Oakes Daylilies hosts the Daylily Festival on June 24 and 25, includes planting information in every order, and stands firmly behind all its flora with a customer-satisfaction guarantee.
In 2011, WBIR-TV reported that local racecar driver Trevor Bayne dropped by Oakes Farm to see his face carved into the cornfield. The farm had adopted Bayne as that year's maze theme, shaping the field to look like his face and his racecar when viewed from above. On the ground, however, the maze was a tangle of curves and dead ends that often took guests 90 minutes to solve, longer if they neglected to learn ancient Greek in order to ask the minotaur directions.
The farm updates its agricultural labyrinth annually to reflect a new motif, but it never fails to entertain explorers with its routes and interactive games. Just as delightful are the hayrides that ferry visitors to and from the pumpkin patch, the smell of autumnal sweets from the Cornfections stand, and the echoes of laughter from inside the Mine Shaft—a giant slide in the farm's Back 40 entertainment area. These attractions, alongside animal exhibits, pedal karts, and open zones for freeform play, draw families to the seasonal hotspot. In the days approaching Halloween, however, the farm endeavors to make patrons flee with its haunted attractions and pop quizzes for school children.