Saturday, May 10, 2008

Il Giardino dell’Iris – Iris Garden

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We stepped inside the Il Giardino dell’Iris (the Iris Garden of Florence) today and were pleasantly surprised. The garden is located between Piazzale Michelangelo and the campgrounds, off the east balcony of the piazzale. It’s only open this year from the 2nd to the 20th of May. If you are into flowers and especially irises it’s worth a stop. All the irises are planted in patches interspersed among olive trees with paths for strolling. Each iris patch represents a different year. So for example, you can see the flowers for 2010 growing and blooming but they won’t be judged until 2010. Irises arrive from all over the world several years in advance of the year that they will be judged in. One of the guides there told us that the Americans are especially good at breeding interesting irises. Just looking at the results, it seems true.

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