The American Iris Society will host its national convention in Addison April 15 through 20 at the Crown Plaza Hotel. This annual event will feature more than 4,000 iris specimens, training for flower show judges, an awards banquet and three days of visits to North Texas iris gardens.
Those gardens include an Addison park, just a three-minute walk from the hotel and filled with 540 varieties of Spuria and Louisiana irises; the Brown Garden in Denison with more than 600 Bearded, Spuria, and Louisiana plants; the Burseen Garden in Grand Prairie showcasing more than 350 varieties, and the 12-acre Thompson garden near Sherman.
Participants also will tour Iris Hill, a three-acre rocky area in Weatherford with approximately 1,000 irises ranging from tall to dwarf sizes; the 35-acre Clark Botanical Garden west of Fort Worth with 1,000 irises and an assortment of roses and bluebonnets; the Dallas Arboretum in far east Dallas, featuring 66 acres of display gardens, and the McDowell garden in Anna, which exhibits a stunning collection of irises in a rural setting. The remaining two gardens are the Nichols garden in Mesquite and the Perry garden in Plano, both with colorful displays of blooming flowers.
To learn more about the convention and how to tour the gardens, visit the website of the Iris Society of Dallas.