Irises galore in Phoenix

A nursery that opens to the public every spring

Irises galore in Phoenix

Charles Mann

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Every April since 1965, Bobbie and Don Shepard have invited the public to visit their Phoenix nursery, Shepard Iris Garden, to see 2 1/2 acres of blooming irises. Among the nearly 200 varieties of bearded iris varieties grown here are 30 that were developed and introduced by the Shepards, including 'Arizona Redhead' (which was introduced in 1998) and 'Splash Dance' (introduced in 1988).

After strolling through the garden, you can place an order on the spot or pick up a catalog. Iris orders are delivered in late summer, in time for fall planting in warm-winter climates.

Besides bearded irises, the Shepards grow nearly 150 varieties of spuria irises and more than 40 varieties of daylilies (Hemerocallis).

Shepard Iris Garden, located at 3342 W. Orangewood Ave., is open daily in April from 9 to 5. For more information about the nursery or to receive a free catalog, call (602) 841-1231.

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