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Reblooming Bearded Irises

Cool Season Reblooming Bearded Irises are one of our best-kept secrets at the Garden (don’t tell anyone!). Many in the gardening community remain unaware that bearded irises can flower multiple times in the same growing season if they receive the proper care. This class will focus on site selection, planting tips, maintenance, diseases and insect pests plus recommended varieties of cool season reblooming bearded irises for the Greater Richmond landscape. Instructor Michael Lockatell, a landscape professional and iris expert, will provide a guided outdoor tour to discover these hidden garden treasures with the goal of seeing fall blooms on cool season reblooming bearded irises growing at Lewis Ginter.

All programs are subject to change.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden strives to be a Garden for all and we are committed to offering diverse adult learning opportunities that are inclusive and accessible to all learners. If you would like to request an accommodation to support your participation in an adult learning opportunity at the Garden, please contact [email protected] or call 804-262-9887 x328 and we will make our best effort to help.

Register Member $25

Register Non-Member $30

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Event Details

GES: HL, 2, elective*

*This class provides 2 hours of elective credit for the Garden Education Series: Gardening and Garden Design Certificate. Non-certificate students are welcome.

About the Instructor

Mike Lockatell has been a landscape professional for forty years in NJ and VA. Upon his arrival in Richmond in the 90s, he began a commercial garden specializing in irises and herbaceous peonies. His main trial plantings for reblooming irises and peonies are located at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Goochland County since 2011. The beds were featured in Mike’s 2014 appearance on PBS local broadcasting outlet, WCVE TV’s popular gardening show, Virginia Home Grown. Mike’s articles on cool season bearded rebloom culture and breeding continue to appear in American Iris Society sponsored publications. His iris and peony work has also been the subject of feature stories in Virginia magazines and newspapers. Mike was past president for the Old Dominion Herb Society and the Central Virginia Iris Society. He was the American Iris Society Region 4 Reblooming Iris Chairman from 2003-2013. Mike is currently the Eastern Director for the Reblooming Iris Society and was their featured speaker on “Breeding Trends for Reblooming Irises” at the 2016 American Iris Society National Convention.