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International Iris Competition

Recondita Armonia, winner of the Fiorino d'Oro 2006. Courtesy of SocietȤ Italiana dell'Iris

4 - 9 May 2009 (annual)
Hours: Daily 10am-12.30pm & 3pm-7pm
Cost: Free
Telephone: +39 055 483 112
Fax: +39 055 483 112
Address: Via Bolognese, 17 - 50139 Florence, Italy
Link: Italian Iris Society Website (English)
In May every year gardeners from all over the world flock to Florence's Piazzale Michelangelo, as the renowned Iris Garden opens its gates to the public for the International Iris Competition. The closing prize-giving ceremony is held at Palazzo Vecchio.
Individual blooms are judged on the basis of their colour, shape, aroma and resistance to diseases (!). A special prize, Fiorino D'oro, goes to the specimen which most closely resembles the iris in the coat of arms of the city itself.

Expect beautiful flowers, meticulously refined through generations and generations by the careful hands of their keepers. Even if you're not passionate about flowers it should be a refreshing splash of early summer colour in a beautiful city.
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