Located at the base of the 7 1/2 acre Mountainside Park, the iris gardens contain over 10,000 irises of approximately 1,500 varieties and produce over 100,000 blooms over the course of the season. Visitors can see by the arching slope of the garden beds why Presby is often referred to as the “rainbow on the hill”.
We have 26 beds containing bearded irises. Beds running along the creekbed contain our collection of non-bearded Spuria, Siberian, Japanese and Louisiana irises.
Each iris has a marker that lists the name of the iris, the hybridizer, and the year the iris was registered with the American Iris Society.
Below you will find a listing of the various beds and their irises:
Bed 1 Species & Heirloom early 1900s
Bed 5 a&b Heirloom 1500s-early 1900s
Bed 9 Median Collection
Bed 10 Hall of Fame 1970s-1980s*
Bed 11a Hall of Fame 1960s*
Bed 11b Hall of Fame 2000s*
Bed 12 Antique Historic Tall Bearded 1940s-1950s
Bed 13 2016 Convention Iris Display
Bed 14a&b Dykes Medal Winners 1927-Present
Bed 15a Hall of Fame 2000s*
Bed 15b Hall of Fame 1990s*
Bed 16 Classic Historic 1960s-1970s
Bed 17 Classic Historic 1960s-1970s
Bed 18 Hall of Fame 2000-Present*
Bed 19 Hall of Fame 1940s-1960s*
Bed 20 Remontant (reblooming)
Bed 22 Heirloom 1920s
Bed 23 Remontant and Antique Historic 1930s
Bed 25 Antique Historic 1930s
Bed 26 Antique Historic 1940s
Bed 28 Antique Historic 1930s
Bed 29 Antique Historic 1940s-1950s
*The Hall of Fame concept was developed by Stan Gray of Gray’s Iris Garden in Montvale, N.J. and now a resident of Savannah, GA.
The Creek Bed
Japanese Irises, Louisiana Irises, Siberian Irises including McEwen collection, Median Bearded (minis) collection, and Spuria Irises.
The gardens have undergone a complete restoration to improve the health and vigor of the collection. Our iris beds are built using high quality composted top soil. We have eliminated pesticides and use strict IPM methods of control for issues that arise in a monoculture iris garden. Our nematode program has eliminated borers as a threat to the garden. Equally important has been the replacement of lost cultivars of educational and historic value through collaboration with both private collectors and the Historic Iris Preservation Society. This dedicated group of iris lovers has also been instrumental in aiding our quest to insure that every single iris in the collection has its correct name with this information keyed into our database for accurate tracking of the cultivar.