Heritage Irises

Bearded, beautiful, and full of grace and style.

By Beth Botts

Photography by Rob Cardillo


Heritage Iris—stepping out.

Gardeners intrigued by the idea of growing sturdy, fragrant irises with interesting stories can start by visiting an iris garden in May, when bearded irises are in full, glorious bloom. One of the most spectacular is the Presby Memorial Iris Garden in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where plants are arrayed by the decade in which the cultivars were introduced. A local chapter of the American Iris Society or the Historic Iris Preservation Society can point you to the right garden or grower.


Learn more about How to Grow Irises.