|prize-winners' bed, seen from Piazzale Michelangelo|
One of the genteel ladies at the small stall where you may order the tubers from the Iris Society's catalogue, or buy a postcard or a leaflet, told me sadly that the Society is very short of funds, to pay the gardeners and other expenses, and that it relies on a handful of volunteers to continue to operate. It would certainly be a shame were the iris garden to close its doors in April and May, for it is a sight to behold.
|more first and second prize winners|
|some stand in orderly rows|
|some are surrounded by ropes, for it is all too easy to crush them underfoot as one leans in to admire|
For visits to the garden, which is open between April 25th and May 20th, see the site of the Societa Italiana degli Iris
Open from 10-1230 and 1500 to 1900 daily. Free.
And while you are at it: also visit the Rose Garden on the western side of Piazzale Michelangelo, almost opposite. This is a public garden with beautiful perfumed roses plus that special view of the Duomo and other delights.
|heaven-scented roses in Giardino delle Rose, Florence|