Sunday, May 20, 2012

Heirloom Irises

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, NJ, are in full bloom with more than 14,000 irises in 26 flower beds. The gardens were named for Frank H. Presby, a horticulturalist, and founder of the American Iris Society. There are many different varieties including heirloom, bearded, and hall of fame, dating from 1600 to the present.

 One of the beautiful iris beds as you enter the gardens.

The label: 1612. I. Swerti.

1935. Madame Maurice Lassailly.

 1860. Albicans.

2000. Celtic Glory.

2004. Secondhand Rose.

2000. Royal Storm.

Unidentified bearded iris.

1884. Gracchus.

1500. Florentine Blue.

1985. Oktoberfest.

1987. Fringe of Gold.

And, here is one from my garden :)


  1. Stunning iris photographs! These remind me so much of my grandmother. She loved iris so we would visit the local city garden each spring just to see them bloom. Also, my second grade teacher had a beautiful iris garden that we visited each year. Grandma brought home many iris plants from those visits!

  2. Thanks! Each iris was more beautiful than the next and I love the older varieties. They remind me of my grandmother, too.