2020 Greetings from Hillcrest Iris & Daylily Gardens!
As we begin the new decade, we would like to thank our customers who have ordered from us for almost 30 years. The first year at our new garden east of Dallas had wonderful bloom. We are excited and counting the days until bloom season 2020. The irises and daylilies have had exceptional growth in the sandy loam.
We are becoming more active with Facebook so please follow us and our ever-changing garden. Hooker bloomed some amazing daylilies last year. We look forward to introducing those seedlings in the coming years.
Bonnie continues with her hybridizing program of Novelty Irises. Also, she is growing her collection of vintage Novelties including broken color, space age and variegated foliage varieties. Hooker has continued his Tall Bearded and Louisiana programs and has re-started hybridizing median irises with a focus on Intermediate Bearded. His favorite IB seedlings are from Chunky X Aaah. Most seedlings are space age in a variety of colors.
We want to thank the American Iris Society judges who gave our introductions various garden awards. At the 2019 AIS national convention in San Ramon, California, our Louisiana seedling was selected for the 100th AIS Anniversary beardless award. The 2019 convention plants were sent to the 2020 AIS Convention which will be held in Newark, New Jersey this coming May. His winning entry will receive a special AIS 2020 Centennial Medal and be featured in all AIS publications, both printed and online. Hooker’s bearded seedling 19-78 won the Lloyd Zurbrigg-Clarence Mahan Seedling Cup for Best Iris Seedling seen at the 2019 convention.
Our country iris garden east of Dallas will be open to the public during bloom season in April. Please call ahead to assure we will be at the garden when you are considering a visit. The garden is located approximately an hour drive from Dallas.
The very popular “Surprise Packages” will be available from Clubs and individuals again this year.
Happy gardening to each and every one this year!
As Lloyd Austin would say… Iristatically yours,
Hooker and Bonnie Nichols
Hillcrest Iris & Daylily Gardens