About Us

341 McFee Road
Knoxville, TN, 37934
(865) 777-2625

Hours: 12PM - 4PM, 7 days a week


My mother always loved to garden and had a knack for making things grow. Like any good gardener, Mom could tell you the secret to raising perfect flowers and vegetables: You plant them in season.

When my wife Donna and I found Champion Daylilies, I’ll admit, we weren’t sure if the season was right for us to start a new business. You see, for the past twenty years, I have also worked as the COO of Edfinancial Services, a national student loan servicer based in Knoxville, Tennessee. And my wife of twenty seven years has been pretty busy herself, raising our four wonderful sons. But just like Mom did, I have a passion for plants. So in September 2012, Donna and I became the excited new owners of Champion Daylilies.

Our specialty is unique, healthy plants. We are also expanding our product line to include fresh-made offerings like delicious salsas and pestos.

Our philosophy is to always exceed our customers’ expectations. If we make a mistake, let us know, and we’ll make it right. We love visitors, too! If you’re in the Knoxville area, please stop by the farm, where you can pick your own berries and vegetables… you can’t get much fresher than that! Please enjoy our site and feel free to call my personal number (865-599-1116) if we can ever be of service to you.

Here to serve you,

John & Donna Farinella

L. Logan Wells
Chief Operating Officer

A native of Chattanooga, I graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a degree in finance and a concentration in entrepreneurship. After graduation, I was hired by UBS and Morgan Stanley working with investing and analytics. Working in an office sunny day after sunny day, I begin to have the urge to get outside and work with my hands. For as long as I can remember I would help my grandfather with his vegetable garden ever summer. I realized my dream job  was to be doing something like what I had done during those childhood summers.  This is where Champion Daylilies came in the picture. As a young businessman with a passion for both entrepreneurship and gardening, working at Champion Daylilies was the perfect fit. I run the day to day operations of the farm and can be seen working at various farmers markets all over Knoxville. 

I am excited to bring the beauty of the world to you and your family. See you soon!