The National Collections, Display and Test Gardens Committee
To coordinate efforts between the greater horticultural world and the various units of the American Iris Society with respect to National Collections, Display and test gardens, and to facilitate their creation, administration, and communication.
Definitions and Goals:
Goals for Action:
- National Collection: A garden dedicated to the
preservation of a defined, cohesive group of Irises, species and cultivars. It
may start as a prototype with the ultimate goal of being part of the American
Public Gardens system of National Collections.
- Display Garden: Gardens that simply display the
glories of the iris.
- Public: Gardens at botanical gardens, and other
venues open to the public.
- Private: Usually home gardens open for display
during selected bloom periods, visitors should check to see if a garden will be
open on a specific day and time.
- Test Gardens; Gardens which may or may not be
display gardens or national collections but have agreed to take measurements
and record observations of plant growth in the garden.
- To create a national registry of each type of
garden with a short description
- To suggest standards for the gardens;
- National Collection: To explain the
qualifications needed to become and official APGA National Collection and to
aid in that process.
- Display gardens; To give clear notice to
visitors the constraints of the garden. Example; Is it wholly or partly
wheelchair accessible. To create a sign designating it as an official AIS
- Test Gardens: to formulate consistent ways of
taking measurements, and recording them in a national data base.