A special effort is made to properly label the clumps of about 400 of the newest Tall bearded iris varieties planted in a small triangle of land owned by the Norfolk & Southern Railroad. Located near the corner of West and Poplar Pike in Germantown, this site has been used for over 100 years to store tons of crushed stone for track maintenance.
In the summer of 1986, the West Tennessee Iris Society and the City of Germantown received permission to locate a garden on the site. The city cleared and graded the property, and paved some parking spaces. Club members dug-out the remaining rock, designed, and planted the garden which has been maintained primarily as an educational garden.
In 1999, the garden was upgraded in preparation for hosting the American Iris Society National Convention in 2002.
WTIS club members tend the garden and the club pays for its eneral upkeep. The City of Germantown provides water and electricity at the site.
At the west end of the garden, there are other types of iris, such as Spurias, Louisianas, and Siberians. Additionally, a few complementary flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials are also planted in the garden.
There are several prominent iris hybridizers in Tennessee creating new varieitis, colors, and forms of iris. Several of these hybridizers selections are featured in this garden.
During April and May, WTIS members are available to host other garden clubs and visiting groups. Feel free to contact us for any additional information about utilizing the garden as part of a tour or other event.