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Daylilies inspire local woman
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Suzanne Franklin owns Jungle Paradise off Hwy. 9 South. She oversees the daylily gardens that surround her property. - photo by Frank Reddy Dawson Community News

A local woman's passion for botany has bloomed into an obsession with one of nature's most diverse flowering plants.

In short, Dawsonville's Suzanne Franklin says daylilies "fascinate" her.

Her fascination started with a few plants in her backyard nearly 20 years ago. Since then, it's spread across the family's Mill Creek Drive property leaving little else in its wake.

"I've got other plants too ... hundreds and hundreds of different plants" she said. "I just enjoy flowers so much."

Franklin owns Jungle Paradise, off Hwy. 9 South. The combination park and flower garden surrounds the family's home and beyond. Franklin also takes people on tours in her "jungle cart."

Said Franklin: "People can come here anytime they want to. It's free of charge, but don't bring a shovel," she said, laughing.

Many of the flowers, however, are for sale on Franklin's property. They also include daffodils, azaleas, wildflowers, camillias, perennials, tropical and a variety of rare flowers.

The daylilies are in full bloom right now.

"Right now is the best time to come out and see us," she said. "It's peak season."

Jungle Paradise is located at 929 Mill Creek Drive in Dawsonville.

For more information, call (706) 265-2130 or (678) 410-6830.

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