Arboretum staff completed the construction and initial planting of the Iris Garden in 2012. Volunteers assisted with the installation of more than 3,500 mostly native irises, including Iris virginica, Iris versicolor, Iris cristata, Iris brevicaulis, Iris siberica, and Iris setosa, among others. This garden adds color and beauty to the landscape from the first bloom in late March all the way through mid-summer.
The thousands of irises that we have already planted represent an initial grouping, and we will be adding many more in the coming years. We will continue to build habitats that not only protect and enhance our land, but also provide valuable learning opportunities for our visitors. We extend special thanks to Jim and Jean Graham, whose support made this project possible. The result of their generosity and patience is a beautiful natural space that visitors will enjoy for many years to come.