The Lily Farm Nursery: Cultivating Beauty and Community in Center, Texas


In the heart of Center, Texas, a whimsical oasis blooms under the careful stewardship of Mark and Jill Carpenter. The Lily Farm Nursery, with its sprawling fields of vibrant daylilies and array of nursery offerings, is a testament to a family’s love for gardening and commitment to the community.

A Journey Rooted in Passion Thirty-seven years ago, nestled on the serene State Hwy 7 W, The Lily Farm Nursery was just a dream waiting to blossom. Mark’s uncle, Jack Carpenter, an award-winning daylily hybridizer, laid the foundation of this horticultural haven. When the opportunity arose in 2010, Mark, drawing inspiration from his cherished memories and a successful career at Procter and Gamble and as a Store Director at HEB, alongside his wife Jill, decided to nurture this dream. It was love at first sight – the sight of thousands of daylilies swaying in the breeze marked the beginning of a new chapter.

A Unique Horticultural Haven Unlike any other in the Texas Forest Country region, The Lily Farm Nursery is a nostalgic nod to the “throwback nurseries” of yesteryears. It’s a place where the rustic charm of a small store in a barn meets the unparalleled beauty of the outdoors. Here, visitors are greeted by a breathtaking array of one-of-a-kind daylilies, annuals, perennials, and a myriad of other nursery treasures.

Engagement Beyond the Garden The Carpenters understand the power of knowledge and community. Their Facebook page, “The Lily Farm Nursery in Center, Texas,” is a treasure trove of information, offering valuable insights into plant care, seasonal gardening tips, and much more. It’s not just a nursery; it’s an educational hub for garden enthusiasts.

Signature Offerings and Quality Assurance The nursery is renowned for its vast selection of fruit trees, ornamental trees like the Peppermint Peachtree, and an extensive collection of metal wind spinners. But the heart of the nursery lies in its daylilies, and each a unique masterpiece hybridized on the farm. Mark’s hands-on approach to product selection ensures that only the best quality finds its way to their customers.

A Whimsical and Magical Experience The Lily Farm Nursery is more than a place to buy plants; it’s a destination. Mark and Jill have sculpted it into a whimsical, magical realm where every visit is an adventure and a joy. The nursery’s ambiance, coupled with the Carpenter’s hospitality, ensures that every visit, whether from a local or someone driving for hours, is a memorable experience.

Rooted in Community Mark and Jill’s belief in community engagement shines through their involvement in local events and charities. From the Mother’s Day week raffle to the famous HUGE mums sale in the fall, their efforts have significantly contributed to local charities and organizations, fostering a strong bond with the community.

Vision for a Blooming Future With 37 years of growth and beauty behind them, The Lily Farm Nursery looks to the future with bright eyes. Their recent expansion of the store and plans for new projects and products reflect their commitment to growth and adaptation.

A Family’s Legacy The nursery is not just Mark and Jill’s dream; it’s a family legacy. The website, crafted by their daughter Kelsey, and the memories of working with daylily seeds alongside their youngest, Lindsey, are treasures that enrich the nursery’s story.

Invitation to a Blooming Experience Mark and Jill Carpenter invite one and all to The Lily Farm Nursery, where every plant tells a story, and every visit leaves a lasting impression. Join their vibrant community on Facebook and step into a world where beauty grows and every moment is a celebration of nature’s bounty.

Open from Tuesday to Saturday, 9 to 5, The Lily Farm Nursery awaits your visit, ready to turn your gardening dreams into reality. 10056 TX-7, Center, TX 75935

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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