May 16, 2014

My Trip to Iris City Gardens


Near the quaint little town of Leaper's Fork, tucked back into the Tennessee hills you will find one of the best kept secrets in the Nashville area. Iris City Gardens sits on 200 acres, has three greenhouses, a wonderful woodland garden filled with native plants as well as many specimen plants. Of Course, you can buy plants there too.

The iris were just beginning to bloom when I visited but there are hundreds of them as well as Peonies and lilies. Above are just a few of the miniature iris. The garden ponds in front the greenhouse is a good place to rest and view the gardens.

In addition to plants for sale there is funky art work too. Look at the adorable birdhouses that their neighbor makes and sells.


I loved this crazy bird. His head bobs and his legs are springs so he moves in the breeze. They have a hanging basket seated in him but he would be great planted with a fern or other annuals - perennials too.
 We took at tour of the shade garden and I made the pictures below - Bleeding Hearts and variegated Hibiscus. I loved the white bark of the Hibiscus. I have Chinese Ginger like this one in my garden at home. Of Course, I bought some plants too. A beautiful red Heuchera and Japanese Asters
Chinese Ginger
 


If you are ever in the Nashville Area in May, add Iris City Gardens to you itinerary .

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