Attenzione! 2017---The 59th International Iris Show 59° CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE DELL'IRIS 8 - 13 Maggio 2017
The Iris Garden at Piazzale Michelangelo was begun in 1954. Florence has always had an association with the iris; the city's banner has a red iris on a white field (and not a lily, as is erroneously believed).
The City of Florence, in collaboration with the Italian Iris Society,holds an annual International Iris Competition, since 1954 (high bearded and border). To date, 150 new varieties of iris have been introduced. The rhizomes of each iii variety are sent to Florence from breeders around the world in the June-September period and are grown at the Iris Garden of Piazzale Michelangelo for three years before being judged by an International Jury. It is a 'anonymous contest,' with each registered plant marked by a code so that the jury learns the name of the variety and the breeder only after the judging. A special prize is offered each year by the city to the red variety that is closest to that of the Iris represented on the City's banner.
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