Ambassador House offers Iris event

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Two Beardless Irises. (Submitted photo)

Two Beardless Irises. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

On Aug. 27, Friends of Heritage Gardens will host an event fit for all flower lovers – Beardless Iris in Our Hoosier Gardens. The event will be held at the Heritage Park Ambassador House located at 10595 Eller Rd. at 7 p.m.

Peggy Harger-Allen will speak about the lesser-known flowers and how they can be grown in the often unpredictable Indiana climate. The hardy perennial is mostly native to Asia.

“Peggy is a hybridizer which means she starts them from scratch. She’s very much into historic varieties of this particular flower. These flowers traditionally bloom in May, and so she’s donated some of hers to the gardens. We’re in the process of planting those now. She has a lot of unusual varieties. She grows 350 of them which is amazing,” said Diane Feeney, Friends of Heritage Gardens Member.

The event is open to the public and light refreshments will be served. While it’s free to attend, a small donation of $5 is appreciated. If guests are interested, memberships to FOHG are $20 and events are free to attend.

The HPAH is located in a historic home that was moved from the 96th and Allisonville area in the 1990’s. The house was originally built in 1849.

“A lot of the component of keeping with history was the gardens – keeping them up and running. We have a lot of master gardeners that were interested in working there. The City of Fishers does the upkeep in the park but the garden club does the flowers. Since 2010, we have tried to have some sort of monthly garden related program. We usually go from March to October,” Feeney said.

For more information on the HPAH visit ambassadorhouse.org.

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