Welcome to Richmond Irises web site.
February update on supply of irises - We are selling out fast of many of our irises as you will see by the increasing list below. We have supplied the irises asked for where possible - even quite small pieces and made up with some others including another new iris where we could. If you have received small pieces, this was because I felt it was better to supply something as we will not be selling them again. Later orders may have to be refunded if we are unable to supply and you have not named any extras for us to choose from.
SOLD OUT so far are COOL ECHO; SOLID ENERGY; RICHMOND TRYST; BRAGADOCCIO; MAXENE SUSAN; BRICKWORKS; LOVELY SENORITA; TASMAN BAY; TIMELY TRYST; CELCIUS; BELL BIRD; TABRIZ; MOUNT MELITA; WINDROSE; BERLIN DANCER; FIZZING; HAUT LES VOILES; HIGH PROFILE; HONEYMOON SUITE; LOVELY SENORITA; RICHMOND GINGERNUT; RICHMOND MAHOGANY; SEA POWER; SWEET MUSETTE; BLUE MICHELLE; TALL BEARDED COLLECTION.
This, our 38th year and the 66th of the Richmond Iris Garden, will be our last commercial year of operation. When we send out our last orders in March we will be sadly closing the iris garden. It has been a wonderful experience growing and selling the bearded irises, meeting all the wonderful people who purchase, photograph, paint or just come to look at our displays. The garden grew and grew and the irises moved around a large portion of our property over the years. The displays becoming larger and more impressive, probably peaking at about 1.5 acres of bloom. Over the last 5 years we have been shrinking the beds to reduce the work load as we slow down and try to cope with our aging bodies. Now we are surrounded by houses, our country life style gone, with some finding it difficult locating us amongst housing, on what appears to be a back section.
We would like to thank our customers for their support over the years, for the many wonderful letters we have received and we hope the irises you have in your gardens will continue to give you pleasure for many years to come. We put our hearts and souls into the irises and have been rewarded by the results. It has been a wonderful journey. Our hybridising efforts have been rewarded too, with Alison attaining the highest award, the Dykes Medal, for her iris Atavus. David initially focussed on breeding early blooming irises and we have been rewarded with very colourful blooms two to three weeks earlier than the main bloom. Selecting for vigour has also resulted in strong growing plants.
We intend to continue our hybridinsing program while we can and these may find their way onto the market in the coming years. It will be nice to know that some of our irises will continue after we have gone. We are not opening the garden to the public this year. However, if we do find we can manage a weekend or so we will advertise on our web site or in the local papers.
The bed of Tall Bearded Irises is somewhat depleted after heavy sales last season. This means that we have fewer listed and of those listed there will be a limited supply. We have not transplanted the bed and what we offer for sale may include double rhizomes if they appear a bit small. The Intermediates will be much the same but the Standard Dwarf Bearded should be in peak condition as they are in their seconed year in new soil.
> The Nelson Group of the New Zealnd Iris Society are hosting a Dwarf Iris Safari on the weekend of October 15th when the Dwarfs will be at their best [we hope]. We will also be visitng the gardens of our members who live mainly in the country areas from Richmond to Tapawera. Enquires to Beth Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org
The catalogue and pictures on this website are currently being updated and this should be completed by the end of September.
The following may help you to find your way around our website: - The navigation buttons down the side of the page will take you to other pages on the site. The galleries listed at the bottom of the left hand column will give you pictures of most of the irises we have for sale. The Medians listed are Intermediate Bearded Irises and some Miniature Tall Bearded.
If you are a keen gardener or have an interest in plants it would be in your interest to joining the New Zealand Iris Society. There
are groups throughout New Zealand, which hold regular meetings and have educational sessions and garden visits which include many of the species iris.
You do not have to be a specialised iris grower to join the society, but you can learn much from others and of course conventions get you to the most amazing gardens in New Zealand! If you are interested, visit the society web site www.nziris.org.nz
Orders will be accepted from October for the new season when the catalogue is updated.
To order -
On Linerichmondirises@xtra.co.nz use the order form in the catalogue or download an order form and attach a copy of your order.
By Mail376 Hill St., Richmond Nelson 7020.
Telephone and Fax - +64 (3) 5446513