Introducing new owners, Joel and Heidi Young

After working for previous owner, Scott Alexander, for about 15 years, I was given the opportunity to buy Mountain View Daylily Nursery. So with the support of my wife, Heidi, and our young son, Blake, in January 2019, that's exactly what I did.

Heidi and I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to carry on Scott's legacy as the largest online nursery specialising in Daylilies in Australia. We look forward to assisting our customers, new and existing, and continuing to grow our business.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN . . . Scott Alexander

After teaching in PNG for 7 years Scott moved to Yarraman to teach. Being a keen gardener, it wasn’t long before his house was surrounded by a cottage garden with fruit trees and a vegetable patch out the back. An elderly lady across the street gave him a couple of the old species of daylily varieties. Having never seen daylilies before it wasn’t long before he became fascinated with them and added a few more, and a few more and more again.
In 1984, Scott was transferred to Maleny to be the Remedial Teacher in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Scott brought about 150 daylilies with him and continued adding to his collection and selling some to finance his addiction. 
Unfortunately,  he began experiencing eyesight problems and eventually was forced to retire at the end of 1985 at the very young age of 45 . This was quite a sad time for Scott because teaching was his passion. He loved helping children with learning problems and assisting their teachers.  

Luckily, he had daylilies to play around with!
In 1986 Scott visited hybridisers in the USA to buy new varieties and observe their breeding programmes. On his return, he planted the new daylilies amongst the beds of the cottage gardens around his house. Inspired by the sights he had seen in America, he decided to start his own nursery. Soon the gardens were open for visitors on the weekends, and Scott started advertising in the 'Your Garden' magazine.
It wasn't long before the daylilies outgrew this property and the nursery was moved in 1988. 
The new Mountain View Daylily Gardens were created on one and a half acres of beautiful cottage gardens surrounding Scott's home. With 1000's of daylilies dominating the colour scheme, the gardens grew quickly in the mild climate and exceptionally fertile soil, and so too did the business. Before long Scott was very busy accommodating 1000's of visitors every year. 

Ultimately, keeping the gardens open from October through to Easter consumed all of Scott's waking hours and left him very little time for the daylily hybridising that had become a passion.
In 1998 Scott made the decision that the business would no longer be open to the public, and with the need for much more space to continue the expansion of the business, the daylilies were once again relocated, this time to a nearby farm. With the change of address came a name change to Mountain View Daylily Nursery.

1998 to 2018
Since that time the nursery has grown and grown, and at one stage there were 5 acres of daylilies under cultivation in the paddocks. We have seen both good years and bad, profits and losses, sunshine and rain, global financial crisis and recessions, drought and terrible storms, and each time we have ridden out the storms and continued to operate as a mail-order and wholesale nursery. 

In 2014 after several health issues, it was time for semi- retirement, so Scott moved to a Retirement Village in Maleny and focussed on the office work. Joel Young, an exceptional employee for 13 years, began managing all the farm work and digging the mail orders. He had a tendency to spoil our customers though with the size and quality of the plants he digs!


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