The Society of Japanese Irises has a network of display gardens whose owners are willing to have them open to the public during the bloom season. One of the best ways to learn more about Japanese irises is to visit gardens which have a good assortment of cultivars. Most owners are also willing to explain how to grow them well and a few may even show you some of their hybrids which are being evaluated for introduction. When visiting a display garden it is important to remember that you are a guest and that you should be considerate and follow the guidelines below.
- Always make advance arrangements for your visit via letter, phone or email.
- Keep to your arrangement or, if not possible, let the owner know of your change in plans.
- Use public facilities before you arrive at the garden. It is the garden which is on display, not the owner’s private home. Note some gardens do have public facilities ask when making your advanced arrangement.
- Small children and pets are not encouraged; if it is necessary to bring them along, be sure to keep them under control at all times.
- Do not pick flowers, even those which have gone by (they might represent a desired cross); also, resist the temptation to pull “weeds”.
- Most host will welcome your questions but remember that their time may be limited so do not prolong the conversation if they start to fidget.
1709 Harpswell Neck Road,
Harpswell, ME 04079-3303
early-mid July (200); hyb; sales; Siberian irises, all types of plants
16815 Falls Road, Upperco, MD 21155
mid June-early July (300); hyb; sales; Siberian irises, peonies, rhododendrons, daffodils, rock garden plants, general perennials
John Coble and Bob Bauer
9823 E.Michigan Ave., Galesburg, MI 49053
late June (450); hyb; sales; Siberian iris, hosta collection, daylilies
Jim and Jill Copeland
78118 M-40, Lawton, MI 49065
late June-July (200); hyb; heaths, heathers, trees
Don and Sue Delmez
3240 Connecticut Ave., St. Charles, MO 63301
early-mid June (250); hyb; sales; general perennials
Presby Memorial iris Garden
474 Upper Mountain Ave., Montclair, NJ 07043
late June-mid July (40); tall bearded, median, Siberian, Louisiana iris
37 Brownstone Ln., Elverson, PA 19520
Siberian iris late May-early June
Japanese iris June 15-30
George and Carol Boyce
520 Dairy Road, Palmerton, PA 18071-5923
Extensive collection from hybridizers across the nation and our own seedling beds. Lilacs, day-lilies
Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden
Terry and Barbara Aitken
608 N. W. 119 St., Vancouver, WA 98685-3802
mid-late June (200); hyb; sales; all types of irises, orchids
CASCADIA IRIS GADENS
Patrick and Margaret Spence
PO Box 1062, Lake Stevens, WA 98258
late June early July ( 400); hyb; sales; all types of irises, daylilies, peonies
MT. PLEASANT IRIS FARM
PO Box 346; 12 Marble Road, Washougal, WA 98671-0346
mid June-early July (200+); hyb; sales; all types of irises
Willie and Jeannine Hublau
Steenweg Op Borgloon 37A, 3830 Wellen, Belgium
mid June-mid July (350); hyb; daffodils, hosta, daylilies, peonies, poppies, rock garden plants
HARBOUR BREEZES DAYLILIES and JAPANESE IRISES
10099 Hwy #7, Salmon River Bridge, Head of Jeddore,
Nova Scotia, Canada BOJ 1 PO
early-late July (100+) Daylilies (800+) Perennials