Trails End Iris Gardens, Ontario, Canada


 
Our Story

My name is Ann Granatier and my background includes many years in various horticultural careers - a garden designer, teacher and consultant - and I have finally come full circle. Having retired several years ago, I returned back to the countryside where it all began...in my own garden.

My husband, Bob, started out pleasing his wife, trying to keep up with her demands for another garden, adding more compost, moving more plants, improving soil. Guess what!! Bob caught the bug several years back and now steers the ship. The photography is his work and patience has paid off. Our children, grandchildren and now Bob himself continue to improve and add to this website filled with even more stunning pictures.

He has been doing some hybridizing the past several years and has hundreds of seedlings lined out in the beds waiting to show their stuff. A couple of years ago he registered Mardi Gras Dancer; a cross between Stilettos and Dancing Star as well as Katy Girl; a cross between Late Report and Lace Legacy.

This year he registered and has introduced for sale Believe In Tomorrow; a cross between High Chaparral and Class Clown; Butter Almond Crunch; a cross between Good Vibrations and Secret Service plus Lovers Holiday; a cross between For Lovers Only and Brazilian Holiday.

He has several hundred seedlings waiting to show their stuff for a second or third time this year!
 
"Just received my irises. So exciting. Plants are awesome. Everything done so professionally. Would recommend you to anyone. Also thanks fot the bonus ones."
 
  J. H., British Columbia       

Canadian Iris Society (CIS)
As Board Members, Bob serves as Treasurer and Ann as Secretary for the Canadian Iris Society (CIS), a group that promotes the cultivation and development of Irises. We are also members and past-Presidents of the Brantford Garden Club.

Speaking Engagements
We are often invited to speak and visit with a number of Horticultural groups, including Canada Blooms and the Royal Botanical Gardens. If you are in need of a speaker please get in touch with us. Thank you to all who have been able to visit our gardens the last few years. We really enjoy chatting with you about your favourite Irises and hearing your positive comments.

Reblooming Iris
Did you know that some irises re-bloom again in late summer and early fall? They refresh our gardens when everything else is tired and ready to close up for the season. Our customers are both surprised and delighted to see their favourite flowers blooming when they pick up their Iris orders.

Award Winning Iris
There are thousands of Iris varieties to grow and since we can't grow them all, we have decided to focus on Award Winners and New Introductions, ensuring that we offer the best to our customers.

Trails End Iris Gardens offers only high quality plants, grown with tender loving care. Bob is so fussy he insists on doing the planting and digging of our Irises (which is fine by me). This ensures no mix-ups and allows us to provide our customers with true to name varieties guaranteed to give you the most beautiful flowers in a rainbow of colours.

Open Gardens
We are very proud of our Iris Gardens and we welcome you to come by and pay a personal visit during our Open Garden periods in May and June. Our ten acre property and gardens is located in the rolling countryside between Hamilton and Brantford, Ontario (Canadian Hardiness Zone 5b).

We have thousands of plants and over five hundred different varieties; including historic, award winners and the latest exciting introductions.

If you cannot make it during our regular, Open Garden hours, call ahead to make an appointment.

2017 Open Garden Hours Varieties in Bloom
Early May Bloom Period -
The "Lilliputs"



April 29th thru May 18th
By Appointment
Please call ahead (519) 647-9746
Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf Bearded
Mid to Late May Bloom Period - The "Medians"



May 19th thru June 1st
9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Intermediates, Miniature Tall Bearded and Border Bearded
Early to Mid June -
The "Peak Bloom"



June 2nd thru June 18th
9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Tall Bearded Irises -
(early and mid bloom season) plus
Late Intermediates and Border Bearded
Late June Bloom Period June 19th thru June 26th
By appointment:
Please call ahead (519) 647-9746
Tall Bearded Irises -
(late and very late bloom season)