SJI Display Gardens

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 guidelines below.

(1) Always make advance arrangements for your visit via letter, phone or e-mail.

(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.

Maine

Eartheart Gardens
Sharon Whitney
1709 Harpswell Neck Road
Harpswell, ME 04079-3303
207-833-6905
info@eartheartgardens.com
early-mid July (200); hyb, sales; Siberian irises, all types of plants

Maryland

Draycott Gardens
Carol Warner
16815 Falls Road
Upperco, MD 21155
410-374-4788
draycott@qis.net
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
410-928-3147
hager@aredee.com
mid June (100+); hyb; Siberian, species and bearded irises, daylilies, hostas, bamboos, hellebores, magnolias, azaleas PHOTOGRAPH

Michigan

Ensata Gardens
John Coble and Bob Bauer
9823 E. Michigan Ave.
Galesburg, MI 49053
269-665-7500
ensata@aol.com
late June (450); hyb, sales; Siberian Irises, Hosta collection, daylilies.

Jim and Jill Copeland
78118 M-40
Lawton, MI 49065
269-624-1968
jandjcope@aol.com
late June-July (200); hyb; heaths, heathers, trees

Missouri

Don and Sue Delmez
3240 Connecticut Ave.
St. Charles, MO 63301
636-685-5860
early-mid June (250)
hyb, sales; general perennials

New Jersey

Presby Memorial Iris Garden
474 Upper Mountain Ave
Montclair, NJ 07043; 973-783-5974
presbyiris@comcast.net
late June-mid July (40); tall bearded, median, Siberian and Louisiana irises

Pennsylvania

Larry Westfall
1665 Hollow Road; PO Box 243
Birchrunville, PA 19421
610-827-1123
lwestbirch@verizon.net

Glenara Gardens
George & Carol Boyce
520 Dairy Road
Palmerton, PA. 18071-5923
610-824-8198
glenara@aol.com
Extensive collection from hybridizers across the nation and our own seedling beds. Lilacs & Daylilies in season

Washington

Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
Chad Harris
PO Box 346
Washougal, WA 98671-0346
360-835-1016
DaleGrams@prodigy.net
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
360-573-4472
aitken@flowerfantasy.net
mid-late June (200); hyb, sales; all types of irises, orchids

Belgium

Willie and Jeannine Hublau
Steenweg Op Borgloon 37A
3830 Wellen
BELGIUM; 012-74-55-21
mid June-mid July (350); hyb; daffodils, Hosta, daylilies, peonies, poppies, rock garden plants.