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 daylilieshowever 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.
my mum's famous florentines
Open days will be from 14th October to 29th Octobber, 2023 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. This is our way of supporting important charities and this year and my Mum 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.
2022 Donations for the Port Macquarie Koala Hospial
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Annette and Mary tenBroeke
HI Annette, do you ship to Canada?
I am wondering when you will have more Milk In My Coffee Iris available? Is there a waiting list?
Hi Carmen - I have reserved one for you and sent you an email
Hi Annette. I purchased a number of irises. They have not flowered yet and I can't remember what they look like. I don't want to double up on colours. Do you have a complete on-line photo gallery?
Hi Gina, I have sent you photos of the ones you ordered I hope that helps
Hi, I’d like mainly white, cream and blue if that’s possible? TB
Hi Lucy - certainly is - have plenty in that colour range- do you want an Annie’s pick or order them individually - I am still updating what is available -
Mary Helen Quinn
Can you ship to USA?
Hello When do you anticipate that your site will be open for ordering for 2022? Thank you for responding, from DM
Hello I have just found your post - I have starting putting people's wish lists into my order book for 2022 season. I can send you a full colour price list if you like? A
hi i am after a song smith and i cant find anywhere else. could you let me know when you have more please
Hi Tracy Yes I have Songsmith - I believe I will have one available but will double check https://www.riverinairisfarm.com/411246599/product/4035870/songsmith?catid=447163
Quels engrais sont pauvres en azote ? Quel taux d'azote est accepté pour pouvoir dire que s'en est un pauvre en azote ?
I can not read your language - sorry - can you please write it in English??
Robert & joy SHEPHERD
Should I leave my small order until next year as most bulbs appear to be sold out. Thank you
I am after an iris called Ivory Castle and was wondering if you would have one for sale this season?
I am trying to find "Crystal Dawn" Iris. I found a reference with your name on the pic. Also one from Sunshine Iris Farm, however, I live in the United States. Do you know of any other resources?
Riverina iris Farm Annette Tenbroeke
Hello Amanda, I just spotted your message on the website. there are many great iris growers in the US - Mid-American Iris, Schrieners, Suttons Iris , Keith Keppel, Crafton Hills to name just a few A
Hi Annette & Mary, you talk about removing the old rhizomes as they don't re-flower. How do I tell which are the old rhizomes? Very new to Irises
Thank you so much. Sharon
Do you ship to the US? I realize you are out of stock of My Sister Janet for this season but would like to get it next year. My sister, who was named Janet, died and I would dearly love to have thi
Hi Annette, I'm in WA, East Fremantle and looking for some Bearded Iris bulbs - blues, 6 of approx 40cm high. Was told to get Iris Germanica. no one in Perth has any to sell. Appreciate your help
Hello Natalie - I am happy to help. Can you please send me a normal email as I can only write a few words firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello Deborah, love to send u a catalogue - please let me know your postal address - I have 2 orders to go to Tasmania late January when I can organise quarantine requirements
Deborah von Stieglitz
I lived in Wagga, Coolamon and Bectric area for 25 years and was always impressed with how well the irises did in the Riverina. Am now back in Tassie and they do just as well here. Catalogue please.
hi there . we want to order around 40 irises. does payment come out at the time of sending items or as soon as order goes in?
Hello Anne. I prefer to dig in March when I can take leave so they need to be paid for by the end of January- where are u - can u please message me on my phone - 0432777142
wonderful page Annette look faward to seeing your garden soon.
26.11 | 22:37
Hi Tracy, yes I am open the first 2 weekend in December - mainly for Daylilies however I have lots of purple iris and a full colour list you can look at - c u soon Annette
26.11 | 22:32
Hi Annette, I have only found your beautiful farm. I might be late but do you have any purple iris. Is your farm open on weekends. Thanks heaps.
12.11 | 12:05
Hi Gloria, I will send you an email - best wishes Annette
12.11 | 12:04
Hello Wren I will email you - if you want to send a wish list just reply to the email - You cant really do this on the website. Cheers Annette