Heritage Irises

Bearded, beautiful, and full of grace and style.

By Beth Botts

Photography by Rob Cardillo


Heritage Iris—Gay Geisha.So just as heirloom tomatoes were rescued by gardeners who love both their flavor and their stories, old irises have found champions. The Historic Iris Preservation Society, which is part of the AIS, is dedicated to preserving iris varieties, including bearded irises, that are more than 30 years old.