Re: Safari for Historics
In a message dated 96-10-24 09:21:01 EDT, you write:
>he area was mostly a subsistance farming community - the
>only cultivated iris I know about that have been found are our old friend I.
>pallida (or some cultivar thereof) and I. germanica. Lots and lots of I.
>cristata. Wonderfully restored habitat for a lot of dwindling populations
>plants and wildlife.
One of the most beautiful plantings of Iris cristata I have ever seen was at
the little "botanic garden area" at the Eastern Cherokee Reservation in North
Carolina. This area also has a replica of a Cherokee farm house and garden
from Colonial times....for all the commercialism of the Cherokee Reservation,
this little botanic garden area is a haven of beauty. The cristata were used
as a ground cover on the slope of large hill...exquisite! Clarence Mahan in
VA, whose great great grandmother was an eastern Cherokee