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Now’s the time to check out iris varieties at KSU Gardens

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:

The Flint Hills Iris Society would like to thank all the visitors who toured the iris collection at the KSU Gardens on Mother’s Day. It’s just the beginning of the growing season for iris, and there will be many varieties in full splendor for the next couple of weeks.

Stop by the Gardens and make notes now so you’ll know which varieties you wish to purchase at the Iris Sale on July 26. Variety sheets are available in the box attached to the Iris Day sign just east of the parking lot.

This year Yaquina Blue won the Iris of the Year, voted on by Sunday’s visitors. It has incredibly large marine blue flowers with an abundance of ruffles. Yaquina Blue was also a Dykes Medal winner in 2001. Bridal Wreath, a beautifully ruffled white iris, came in second, and there was a three-way tie for third with Ebony Angel, a very dark violet purple, Jennifer Rebecca, a rose-pink iris with a tangerine beard, and Tomorrow’s Child, which has a pastel pink standard and iridescent red-violet falls.

Personally, I’d like to thank all of the members of the Flint Hills Iris Society who helped with this event and their tireless volunteer efforts throughout the year

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