One of the best ways to learn more about Japanese irises is to visit
gardens which have a good assortment of cultivars. 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. 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
(1) Always make advance arrangements for your visit via letter, phone or
(2) Keep to your arrangement or, if not possible, let the owner of your
change in plans.
(3) Use public facilities before you arrive at the garden. It is the
garden which is on display, not the owner's private home.
(4) 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.
(5) Do not pick flowers, even those which have gone by (they might
represent a desired cross); also, resist the temptation to pull "weeds".
(6) Most hosts will welcome your questions but remember that their time
may be limited so don't prolong 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
16815 Falls Road
Upperco, MD 21155
mid June-early July (300); hyb, sales; Siberian irises, peonies,
rhododendrons, daffodils, rock garden plants, general perennials
R. Dennis Hager
373 Cypress St, PO Box 390
Millington, MD 21651
mid June (100+); hyb; Siberian, species and bearded irises, daylilies,
hostas, bamboos, hellebores, magnolias, azaleas PHOTOGRAPH
John Coble and Bob Bauer
9823 E. Michigan Ave.
Galesburg, MI 49053
late June (450); hyb, sales; Siberian Irises, Hosta collection,
Jim and Jill Copeland
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; 973-783-5974
late June-mid July (40); tall bearded, median, Siberian and Louisiana
1665 Hollow Road; PO Box 243
Birchrunville, PA 19421
Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
PO Box 346
Washougal, WA 98671-0346
mid-late June (100); hyb, sales; Iris species, water gardening.
Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden
Terry and Barbara Aitken
608 NW 119th St
Vancouver, WA, 98685-3802
mid-late June (200); hyb, sales; all types of irises, orchids
Willie and Jeannine Hublau
Steenweg Op Borgloon 37A
mid June-mid July (350); hyb; daffodils, Hosta, daylilies, peonies,
poppies, rock garden plants.