About us

Riverina Iris Farm was officially started in October 2013 and the first display beds for saleable iris were established in our paddock in March 2014. 

I am inspired by my elderly mother Mary's love of Tall Bearded Irises. In 2013 I created an iris garden for her in our front yard. It did not take long for me to become hooked and the decision was made to turn a hobby into a business and to turn our paddocks into iris beds.

It is early days however we already have more than 1500 varieties in every colour including many new releases. The irises are laid out in 3 alphabetical beds each with over 400 varieties in each. The majority are Tall Bearded Irises with a small selection of Median, Dwarf and Border Iris and a few unusual varieties. We also have about 200 daylilies however these will only be available in limited numbers, with some available in pots at the open gardens.

We would love to meet you and share this beautiful drought hardy plant with you. Contact us to visit by appointment during our open days. You will find us in Lake Albert on the edge of Wagga Wagga NSW, Australia.  

Open garden

my mum's famous florentines

Open days will be from 15th October to 30th Octobber, 2022 by appointment depending on the COVID situation. We have acquired more early flowering varieties and a limited number will flowers earlier in October with the dwarfs. Call for an appointment to view these 0432777142, (Open 10 am to 4 pm during this period and other times by appointment)

If things go to plan we will provide morning / afternoon teas (by donation) on the weekends this year to celebrate my Mothers 90th birthday.  This is our way of supporting important charities and this year she has chosen once again to support the Adopt a Koala program at the Port Macquarie Hospital.

  • 2014 we raised $140 for Relay for Life and Beyond Blue 
  • 2015 we raised almost $600 for the Riverina Referral Hospital Emergency Dept & ICU
  • 2016 we raised $1200 and have purchased equipment for Cardiac rehab 
  • 2017 we raised $600 divided between the hospital and the Ambulance Service. 
  • 2018 and 2019 we raised $1010 each year for the buy a bale appeal.
  • 2020/21 Small donations for the Koala Hospial as we couldn't provide morning teas.
  • Thank you to our customers for your generosity to these wonderful causes. 

I would love to show you around however I still work full time off-farm so I can only show you around if you have made an appointment and I really hope you have been COVID vaccinated to protect my elderly Mother.

International database

There are more than 60,000 Tall Bearded Iris varieties. The following website lists many varieties and their breeding details, year of release and phototgraphs.

http://wiki.irises.org/bin/view/Main/TallBearded

 

  • Preparing to plant iris

    To achieve quality flowers irises prefer to be planted in very sunny positions.
    Prepare your soil by digging it over and if it is on the heavy side add some sand and gypsum as rhizome can rot in heavy soils. If the bed is higher than the surrounding garden it will drain better.
    Iris don't like competition so remove any weeds or vigorous ground covers that will compete.
    Don't plant close to plants that have a high water requirement as your iris will most likely suffer from over watering.

  • Planting

    Plant your rhizome about 20-25 cm apart (8 to 12 inches).
    In Australia's hot conditions it is best to plant rhizome with a very thin layer of soil covering the rhizome. Do not plant too deep or too shallow.
    Water a few times until they settle in and natural rainfall occurs.
    Do not mulch. Over watering and mulch sitting on the rhizomes is the greatest risk to rhizome rot.

  • Ongoing maintenance

    Fertilise with a low-nitrogen fertiliser approximately one month after blooms have finished and again about 6 weeks before the next flowering.
    Water sparingly - don't over water.
    Trimming iris is not essential other than to tidy up your garden and remove any leaves that are diseased or damaged. Trim more harshly rhizome that are being re-planted.
    Dividing clumps every two to three years improves flowering. If you do not want to dig up and divide, remove a % of rhizome from the clump and plant elsewhere. Remember the old rhizome do not re-flower so from time to time thin them out of the clump.

Kind regards

Annette and Mary tenBroeke