Criteria for Official AIS Iris Gardens;
Gardens must be open for all to view sometime during the Iris bloom season for that garden. Private gardens may require appointments but should as an official AIS garden have some announced open garden days.
Gardens must report, yearly, as to the scope of Iris material in the garden. Some gardens may wish to list cultivars while others may just wish to give an overview such as “confined to Standard Dwarf Irises”. A form is provided.
A short statement of purpose should be provided such as; To display a collection of newer introductions, or To show the historic development of Tall-bearded; or To show the variability of a certain Iris species; Or to demonstrate the use of Iris in the water garden landscape; etc.
Gardens must indicate the handicap accessibility or limitations;
Approved gardens may purchase and display the AIS Official Iris Garden Sign.
Official AIS Iris Gardens will be listed and described on the internet so that visitors may seek out these sites to see and learn about Iris.
Gardens requesting Official AIS status must complete the following form accompanied by photos.
Criteria for Display Gardens:
The purpose of a display garden is to show off Iris to the public, so they may see the diversity and beauty of the Iris. Showing the Iris well grown and at their best.
Any public garden displaying a variety of Iris, may be listed as an AIS Display Garden; usually these will have members of local AIS affiliates that volunteer and work in the Iris garden. Affiliates that have the human and financial resources are encouraged to aid in creating Iris Gardens in public places.
Individuals who have created a garden featuring Iris may also become a AIS display garden.
In addition to display these gardens may also be National Collection Gardens and/or Test gardens. But not all National Collection or Test Gardens will be display gardens although they are strongly encouraged to do so.