Il Giardino dell’ Iris, Firenze

Today was a magnificent spring day!  Oggi era magnifico!  A great day to check out the iris garden located just steps from Piazzale Michelangelo.

The iris are just starting to bloom; in a week they should be at prime.

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The Iris Garden is open from now through 20 May,  daily from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 19:30.  It is open Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 to 19:30.  Entrance is free.  You can catch the bus (Numbers 12 and 13) at SMN Station.

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The garden is located in a prime Florentine location, just off the Piazzale Michelangelo.  It is nicely laid out on the side of a hill, with the iris beds nestled in among healthy olive trees.

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Today the garden was open to the public and paintings of flowers were interspersed into the garden.

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The tags remind us that this is a competition garden as well as a pleasure garden.  In particular, 2 Iris rhysomes planted in 2014 are planted side by side: “Broad Minded Sutton” from the USA, in completion with “Marruchi” from Italia.

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Some rose bushes are in full bloom in the iris gardens.

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Pretty stone paths wind through the gardens, amongst the olive trees.

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