Worms and Flowers

Looking Forward to Irises

Posted in Flowers, Public Gardens by Lzyjo on April 24, 2009

Irises are one of my favorite spring flowers. Despite their short bloom time, their many colors, shapes and artistic form make from a delight. Perhaps viewing the iris gardens at New York’s Bronx Botanical Gardens, as a child, made me have a deeper appreciation for the iris. I can still remember, with photographic exactness, a bright egg yolk-orange iris with tremendous ruffled edges and behind that a luscious velvety deep dark purple bloom and around those many others of equal beauty.

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Here in my Tennessee garden the irises are covered with buds and the first flower popped open this morning.

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Iris gardens, often operated by private homeowners, are an amazing spectacle at peak bloom time.

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If you happen to live near Rockland County, NY or Bergen County, NJ I recommend you check out Gray’s Iris Garden, one of the best-kept secrets in the area.

Gray’s Garden is located at 140 Upper Saddle River Road, Montvale, NJ 07645 (just across the border with NY State).  Upper Saddle River Rd is right off of Chestnut Ridge Rd, with easy access to many highways. It is in a very nondescript location. One could drive pass the road everyday and not notice it.  The road is a very quiet no outlet and there is plenty of parking on both sides of the street.  On a fine afternoon at peak season, May 27 – June 10,  you will find many visitors quietly wandering and numerous artists set up in the gardens. I true delight. I highly recommend it to any residents or visitors to the Tri-State Area. Even sulky teenagers, like I once was, will appreciate the special beauty this garden holds.

For more information on Iris Gardens check these links:

Nationwide Network of Iris Display Gardens sponsored by the Median Iris Society

Gray’s Iris Garden Directions and Information

Gray’s Garden Photos and Visitor Information

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