Come and visit our gardens!! A beautiful bloom has started and for the next 3
or 4 weeks, there will be all kinds of new varieties and dazzling colours to view. If
you are in the area, don't miss it. It's well worth the trip.
Trails End Iris Gardens and Nursery is in Ontario, Canada, zone 5b. Ann and I
(Bob) hope that you enjoy our site. You will be able to find Irises by name or you can
search by colours or type. We try to make it as friendly a visit as possible. Our focus
is on customer service and quality stock. As a result, we have many happy customers and
"I must say I was impressed with the size, quality and freshness of the rhizomes. You
exceeded my expectations. You have been a pleasure to do business with and I will
definitely become a repeat customer. My only problem will be finding places for all
the wonderful varieties you have available. Thanks again," G. R., Westport, Ontario
At Trails End Iris Gardens we offer:
Looking for a garden to visit this
year? For those of you in Southern Ontario and the Golden Horseshoe, you will not be
disappointed with an outing to Trails End Iris Gardens. To make it easier, we will be
open EVERY FRIDAY THRU MONDAY during the peak bloom period
from Friday, May 17th to Monday, June 18th. We have developed perennial beds showcasing
the Irises among companion plantings of peonies, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and
various rockery plants. There are approximately 6000 Iris plants comprised of almost
600 varieties; most of them blooming in the gardens or in the production beds. Visitors
can enjoy easy access to the gardens across lawns or enjoy the view from a shaded bench.
For customers wishing to purchase potted Irises, there is a limited selection available
to take home on the day of your visit.
A little background about us. We have been growing award winning Bearded Irises
for 11 years on our 10 acre property in south-central Ontario, Canada between Brantford
and Hamilton in Canadian hardiness Zone 5b. We are both Directors of the Canadian Iris
Society and accredited Iris judges for the American Iris Society. We are also well -
respected speakers for Horticultural groups including the Royal Botanical Gardens and
at Canada Blooms.
We take pride in offering only the highest quality rhizomes, grown with loving care.
We dig our plants by hand paying particular attention to accuracy and quality; then
carefully identify and clean each rhizome. We place a premium on customer service which
is reflected in the positive comments re receive. We always include BONUS irises
depending on the size of the order. Look forward to a surprise or two or three.
We ship bare-root irises across Canada in late July for early,
harsher winter locations and in mid-August for more moderate
climates. Of course, the rhizome size is somewhat determined
by the digging date. It's always a tradeoff; later digging
means bigger rhizomes but then they don't have as long to
settle in before winter freeze-up. A thick covering of
mulch applied after freeze-up is important for first year
We are pleased to present many new
offerings for 2013 including 2012, 2011 and 2010 introductions from many of the top
hybridizers in North America. Of course we are testing their ability to get through
our Canadian winters and progress throughout the spring. We are also making available
many other varieties that have proven to grow well in our climate.
Although we try to maintain a good inventory, there is always the possibility of
some irises becoming SOLD OUT. In particular, the newest
varieties will be in short supply for a couple of years until we build up stock. Some
of these are marked "Available in 2014". You can avoid being disappointed by placing
a reserve order in 2013. Simply reserve your selections for next year by placing an
order with a $10.00 deposit per variety. Your order will placed in sequence by date
TRAILS END IRIS COLLECTIONS: This year we are offering
many more collections of some of our best growers at great discounts off the
catalogue prices. This is a great way to start or add to your Iris garden.
continue to be very popular and we are consistently testing for varieties
that will re-bloom in our area. Although advertised in some catalogues as
re-bloomers, the truth is that while they may re-bloom in the more southern
states, that does not ensure that they will re-bloom in Canada due to our
shorter growing season. We are continuing to add to a list of those that
have re-bloomed for us in south-central Ontario.
Gift Certificates are also available which we can send to
you or directly to the recipient on your behalf. Simply e-mail us or call us at (519) 647-9746.
|Early Bloom Period
||May 3rd thru May 16th
By appointment: (519) 647-9746
|Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf Bearded
|Peak Bloom Period
Sundays and Mondays
|May 17th thru June
9:00am to 5:00pm
|Late Standard Dwarf,
Intermediates, Miniature Tall Bearded, Border Bearded,
Tall Bearded (Early, Mid & Late season)
|Late Bloom Period
||June 18th thru June
By appointment: (519) 647-9746
|Late and Very Late Tall Bearded
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail us. Bob tries to answer our e-mails daily. If you
wish, you can telephone us at (519) 647-9746. If we are unavailable, please leave
a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.
Hoping to hear from you soon,
Bob and Ann