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Willott Iris Garden During Bloom Season
Dorothy Willott, photo courtesy Sandra Pindell
Dedicated in 2012, the Willott Iris Garden is located on the grounds of the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse. It was started by Anthony (Tony) and Dorothy Willott, local iris enthusiasts who hybridized, or bred, plants to develop new colors and other alluring features. The Willott Iris Garden is supported by the Friends of Greenhouse and affliates, including the Gardeners of Greater Cleveland.
The Garden is home to over 600 varieties of irises. The Willotts hybridized more than 400 varieties, many of which are national and international award winners. 150 of these are preserved in the Willott Iris Garden. Fittingly, the Garden is also home to a growing collection of commemorative pavers situated along the Garden pathways. These pay loving tribute to individuals who, like the Willotts, enriched the lives of others.
The Willott Iris Garden has been featured on Cleveland.com. Click the button below to read the article: "600 Varieties of iris Flowers on Display: Visit a Northeast Ohio Garden Museum"
Willott Iris Garden Bloom Season Reports (Robert Pindell)
Sandra and Robert (Bob) Pindell, Ron Hartmiller, Friends of Greenhouse, and others devote time and effort to keep the garden thriving. Bob's excellent history, "The Willott Iris Garden: From Rescue Toward Renown," was featured in "Roots: Journal of the Historical Iris Preservation Society," Vol. 30. Issue 2, Fall 2017. A PDF of the article can be selected and viewed by clicking the button below.
Ron (left), Sandra (center), and Bob at the Friends of Greenhouse Spring Plant Sale.
(Photo courtesy Joyce Nesbit)
During the growing season, the Willott Iris Garden's lead volunteers are normally in the Garden (weather permitting) from 10 am - 2 pm, Tuesday through Saturday. Volunteers are welcome to drop by during this time. We will provide instructions and tools.