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Re: Historic Japanese Iris


Thanks for the advice. I  believe the letter to Ensata Gardens has already
been sent:) Anybody have any other suggestions, or are they really the ONLY
people to ask?

Kay Cangemi
New York, USDA zone 5

In a message dated 96-07-26 16:28:45 EDT, you write:

>I have been involved for a couple of years now with restoring the gardens
>at the Vanderbilt Mansion in Hyde Park. We are now trying to replant some
>beds next to the reflecting pool. They seem to have been originally planted
>with Japanese Iris and Hosta. (The historical record is a little dim.
>Mostly we have to go by black and white photographs where everything looks
>like white petunias :)) So, the question is, does anybody know of a source
>for 1930's era Japanese Iris cultivars? Is HIPS involved with beardless
>iris? We may be looking for Siberians also.
>Kay Cangemi
>New York, USDA zone 5
>HIPS is concerned with ALL types of irises including Japanese.  Unlike the
>bearded irises, the Japanese cultivars do not "go out of date" so many of the
>older ones are still around.  Many of us who have sizeable collections have
>some of the older cultivars, but the best source for the older ones is
>probably Ensata Gardens in Galesburg MI, operated by Bob Bauer and John
>Coble.  (9823 E. Michigan Ave, Galesburg, MI 49043).  Their lovely catalog is
>$2.00 (and well worth the cost if only for the lovely color photos.).  They
>have many older cultivars that they do not list, so you might want to write
>them about your project and as for suggestions.
>John Coble is also our current President of the Society for Japanese Irises,
>and he and Bob have been very concerned about preserving the older cultivars.
> I am certain they will welcome your project and provide sound advice.
> Cheers, Clarence Mahan in VA

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