Garden State Iris Society to host Iris Show on May 12 at Burlington County Library

Organizers say the free show is an opportunity for a curious public to find newer varieties of iris that will grow well in their locale.

The Garden State Iris Society invites members of the public to stop and see flowers at the Garden State Iris Society Iris Show on Saturday, May 12, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Blvd, in Westampton.

The show is free and open to the public.

Event organizers describe colorful tall bearded iris, as well as smaller species irises in numerous hues and patterns that will be on display.

According to organizers, the event is an an opportunity for curious gardeners to find newer varieties of iris that will grow well in their locale.

Anyone can enter or view the show. Entries are accepted from 10 to 11 a.m. on the day of the show.

If interested in exhibiting blooms from a garden, see the society’s website for details at www.jerseyiris.org.

Exhibitors should cut an entire bloom stalk close to the ground and put it into a container with water (12 or 16 oz. glass beverage bottle with the label removed).

Organizers describe the “best stalks” are ones with newly opened flowers on top.

Once the flowers have been judged and awarded ribbons, the show will be open for viewing.

The Garden State Iris Society is a club for New Jersey gardeners, growers and lovers of garden irises. Part of the American Iris Society Region 3 comprising New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania, organizers say the group’s many “hybridizers” have introduced new flower colors and designs throughout the world.

Older children are also welcome at the event, however, organizers ask that parents and guardians keep in mind that fragile floral arrangements will be on display.