The beautiful and picturesque irises will be on display at the Latvian National Museum of Natural History for three days this year - from June 7 to 9. The exhibition "Irises 2023" is traditionally organized in cooperation with the Latvian Gladiolus and Iris Society.
Translated from the ancient Greek language, the word iris means - a rainbow. Indeed, Irises come in a wide variety of colors. Irises are perennial herbaceous plants. There are 250 known iris species growing in the wild in Asia, Europe, North America and North Africa. Cultivated varieties of irises originate mainly from the Mediterranean area.
Irises have long been known in Latvia. There are still old varieties of iris growing today, descendants of those introduced into the flower gardens of Latvian farmers in the 19th century from the parks of manor estates.
The iris boom began in the mid-1980s, when the first large iris flower exhibitions were held in Riga and the general public first saw the latest American-bred varieties of tall bearded irises. Although initially only foreign varieties were available to growers, work on Latvian iris breeding intensified with the establishment of the Society in 1994. The varieties developed in Latvia are much hardier because they are more suited to our climatic conditions.
The exhibition will showcase iris varieties bred both in Latvia and abroad and which are suited to Latvia’s climate. The collections of the following breeders and collectors of the Latvian Gladiolus and Iris Society will be shown: Laimonis Zaķis, Ilga Viņķele, Juris Bāze, Lolita Muhlinkina, Dzintra Jurevica and Gunta Jēkabsone. Society's representatives will advise visitors on iris varieties, cultivation and breeding as well as how to choose the best irises for your garden.
The exhibition opens on Wednesday, June 7 at 12.00 in the exhibition hall on the 2nd floor.
adults – 3,00 €
seniors, students – 2,50 €*
pupils – 1,70 €*
SIA „Jānis Roze” customer card 15% discount on special exhibitions (discount applies to no more than 4 tickets per customer card per visit)