Powell Gardens’ Iris Hill greets the morning ready for the American Iris Society’s (AIS) national convention visitors. Iris are not quite in peak bloom but are ready to put on a good show. Iris Hill is the Master Planting for the 2009 AIS Annual Convention so is at its maximum size with over 1,400 iris on display. Volunteer Pat Taylor was responsible for their immaculate care leading to the convention.
Convention visitors hike through the sweeping beds of iris that line the hills on the east side of Powell Gardens. The iris hill is open to all Powell Gardens’ visitors and can be reached by trolley today, Friday and on weekends.
An AIS judging group huddles around select iris for judging. Powell Gardens Iris Hill normally displays only those iris judged Merit winners for each year — going back 20 years; plus some iris of local and historical significance (approximately 660 iris in total).