McCrory Gardens hosts Share the Passion – Iris Program June 2

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BROOKINGS — McCrory Gardens announces another educational program, “Share the Passion – Iris” with Rae Jean Gee.

The program will be held on June 2 at McCrory Gardens, starting at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Iris are one of the easiest perennial flowers to grow in this area and they reward the gardener with gorgeous flowers during late spring to early summer. Rae Jean Gee is a Master Gardener and longtime grower of iris. She has spent a lot of time tending the Iris Garden at McCrory Gardens and contributed many plants to the collection.

“Iris will grow in just about any garden if they have good sun exposure and relatively well-drained soils,” said Gee. “They are one of my favorite flowers and a good perennial for beginning gardeners to try growing in their flower gardens.”

“The Iris Garden always attracts a lot of visitors when it comes in to bloom, usually about the first part of June. Irises come in so many different flower colors there is sure to be some that everyone will like,” said David Graper, Director of McCrory Gardens.

The program will focus on the basics of growing and caring for iris in your garden including planting, division and general care. Gee will hopefully take the group out to the Iris Garden to look at the different kinds and do some hands-on demonstrations.

To participate in this program, meet at the Education and Visitor Center at McCrory Gardens, (631 22nd Ave. in Brookings) at 6:30 p.m. Contact us at McCrory Gardens by calling 605-688-6253, email:, or to our website Look for us on Facebook.