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Phelps Iris Bed, 2004

Joan Phelps Messenger & the Historic Iris Preservation Society

Joan Phelps Messenger, the last of the Phelps family to live in the Phelps house on the site, donated this bed in honor of her mother Martiemae Tuller Phelps and in remembrance of the massive iris beds that graced the site during her residence. With technical assistance from the Historic Iris Preservation Society and the acquisition of heritage planting stock, this bed now contains iris varieties that were popular from the 1500s through the 1930s.





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