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Iris Rhizome Sale
June 21 - July 5
Shop our Iris Rhizome Sale online through July 5
Oakland Cemetery is home to more than 150 varieties of irises, many of which are heirloom varieties dating to the early 1800s. We divide our iris every few years to keep them blooming heavily. Many of the extras are planted on the grounds, but we often have extra rhizomes to share.
Here’s your chance to showcase some of Oakland’s unique and historic Irises in YOUR garden! The rhizomes are ready to plant in your garden. They love the heat and will require little effort on your part to be happy!
- Order through July 5
- Iris rhizome quantities are limited. Rhizomes are first-come, first-served.
- Pick up your order at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower porte-cochere on Saturday, July 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- All proceeds from the sale will go directly to the preservation and beautification of Oakland Cemetery’s gardens.
Iris Pick Up Information
Thank you for your order during our Iris Sale! Our volunteers have been busy getting everything dug and ready for you to pick up between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 17, outside the Visitors Center. Your order will be left unattended on the front porch if you are unable to come during this time. You can pick it up whenever the grounds are open. Other plants will be available during pickup hours so please allow time to see what we have.
What’s in the Bag?
We want your plants to thrive and give pleasure for many years so you will receive planting and care instruction from the American Iris Society in your bag. Orders have been packed in the order they were received, and the best available rhizome went into each bag. It is worth noting that most historic iris rhizomes are smaller than the heavily hybridized modern hybrids. This is just their nature and not a reflection of their health. They may or may not bloom next year but should bloom each year thereafter if they are well sited.
Please plan to plant your iris as soon as possible. They can be held inside where it is cool (not refrigerated) for a short while, but they want to get in the ground and start growing during hot weather. They are native to hot climates and summer is when they establish best. The plants you receive will be cut back and the leaves will be drying. This is normal and not anything to worry about.