Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden
In 1953 the Ketchum Memorial Iris Garden was created when 2,500 iris rhizomes from the gardens of Mrs. Morgan Ketchum were donated. This gift marked the beginning of planned beds and displays for the Gardens of Audubon Park, later to become Memphis Botanic Garden. Later the garden was officially named the Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden. Bearded Irises are the primary species of iris in the garden, with hundreds of varieties of bearded irises planted here. Other types of irises planted in the garden include Louisiana, Japanese, Siberian, and Spuria.
This breath-taking area with circular beds and a Iris Goddess scultpure rising out of a serene reflecting pool, is a scenic spot for garden weddings. The Iris Garden is the same location for Daylily Circle. Irises have a short blooming period, so when they are finished in Mid-May, then it's the Daylily's turn to steal the show—blooming into summer.