My name is Ann Granatier and my background includes many years in various
horticultural careers - a garden designer, teacher and consultant - and I have
finally come full circle. Having retired several years ago, I returned back to
the countryside where it all began...in my own garden.
My husband, Bob, started out pleasing his wife, trying to keep up with her demands
for yet another garden, adding more compost, moving more plants, improving that soil,
"tote that barge, move that bale". Guess what!! Bob caught the bug several years back
and now steers the ship. Most of the photographs are his work and patience has paid off.
Our children, grandchildren and now Bob himself continue to improve and add to this
website filled with even more stunning pictures.
"Just a quick note to THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH. My
iris specimens arrived and are absolutely beautiful. So nicely packaged and marked.
They will go into the ground tomorrow. Thank you for everything. I will review the
site again in late November or early 2013 to see if I want any additions.
Again, I cannot believe the quality of the specimens you sent me. Such a cut above
the nursery stock I have been buying to kick start my garden. Now these will definitely
make a show piece. I am sure they will be beautiful."
N. L., Barrie, Ontario
Canadian Iris Society (CIS)
We are both Board Members and Bob serves as Treasurer for
Iris Society (CIS), a group that promotes the cultivation and development of
Irises. We are also members of the American
Iris Society (AIS) and past-Presidents of the Brantford Garden Club. As well, we
are both accredited judges of the American Iris Society.
We are often invited to speak and visit with a number of Horticultural groups,
including Canada Blooms and the Royal Botanical Gardens.
If you are in need of a speaker please get
in touch with us. Thank you to all who have been able
to visit our gardens the last few years. We really enjoy chatting
with you about your favourite Irises and hearing your positive
A few years ago, we were delighted with a wonderful show of
Iris that began flowering again in mid-August and continued this second bloom until
a hard frost after Thanksgiving. We researched and then planted more of these
wonderful varieties. They refresh our gardens when everything else is tired and
ready to close up for the season. Our customers are both surprised and delighted
to see their favourite flowers blooming when they pick up their Iris orders in
Award Winning Iris
There are thousands of Iris varieties to grow and since we can't grow them all,
we have decided to focus on Award
Winners and New Introductions, ensuring that we offer the best to our customers.
Trails End Iris Gardens offers only high quality plants, grown with tender loving
care. Bob is so fussy he insists on doing the planting and digging of our Irises
(which is fine by me). This ensures no mix-ups and allows us to provide our customers
with true to name varieties guaranteed to give you the most beautiful flowers in a
rainbow of colours.
We are very proud of our Iris Gardens and we welcome you to spend some time
browsing our site; or better still, come by
and pay a personal visit. Our ten acres of gardens/property is located in the rolling countryside between Hamilton and Brantford,
Ontario (Canadian Hardiness Zone 5b).
If you live nearby, come visit us in May and June. We have thousands of plants and
over five hundred different varieties; including historic, award winners and the latest
|Early Bloom Period
||May 4th thru May 16th
By appointment: (519) 647-9746
|Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf Bearded
|Peak Bloom Period
|May 17th thru June 17th
9:00am to 5:00pm
|Late Standard Dwarf, Intermediates, Miniature Tall Bearded, Border Bearded, Tall Bearded
(Early, Mid and Late)
|Late Bloom Period
||June 18th thru June 30th
By appointment: (519) 647-9746
|Late and Very Late Tall Bearded