Sunday, June 8, 2014

National Collection of Water Iris Open Days

Written by Miss Caroline Stone

My poor photographs do not do justice to the seductive irises to be seen at Rowden Gardens, home of the National Collection of Water Iris.

The beautiful velvety colours, and the delicate veining of the falls draw the eye, and it is impossible to say which variety is the more attractive. The plants are in long ponds, so I walked backwards and forwards comparing the beautiful flowers. There were several that I took particular note of and would like to put in my own garden. Luckily I have just the right conditions.

John and Galen Carter opened their garden today, Sunday June 8th, for charity and will be open again for the next two Sundays - June 15th and 22nd. Rowden Gardens are at Brentor, and directions can be found on their website  Do try and get along there if you can. Entrance is £5 or free to Plant Heritage members. The garden is open from 11am to 4pm on the 15th and 22nd.

John and Galen have sadly now closed their nursery but their plants are still available through Carolyn Wixon of Roadford Water Gardens. Carolyn was there today at Rowden doing plant sales. Her website through which the plants are also available is

Another way to enjoy these beautiful flowers is to go and hear John and Galen giving talks on irises at RHS Rosemoor on June 28th and 29th 2014.


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