In 1990, Mary Ann started gathering many unnamed historic iris rhizomes in the surrounding countryside to landscape down the long driveway and around the 110 year old farm house. Once she discovered sources for newer hybridized irises, she couldn’t clear the weeds fast enough. In 1999, she opened her gardens to the public and continued teaching mathematics full time at Sierra College and American River College. She now has over 1500 varieties of irises.
Today, a 5-acre park-like setting is dotted with rows of labeled iris plantings of fragrant, re-blooming (bloom more than once during the year), historic, or new iris varieties. Also, she has planted over 30 varieties of daylilies.
U-Pick Irises: April and May F-M 10-5pm; U-Pick Pumpkins: October Fri-Sun 10-5pm