Author Archives: Simon Dodsworth

New Iris included in Newnham College Collection

We have been involved with Newnham since 2012. In 2013 we launched three Irises that form the nucleus of their Collection. In 2016 the Display Border was opened to great acclaim. In 2018 we launched another Iris, Catherine Seville at Newnham […]

New Iris Varieties

We have four new varieties that are being introduced in 2018, three of which are completely new : Lime Soda, a stunning pale yellow ; Whooper Swan (Dykes Medal Winner 1997), a really subtle white with pale red beard, with […]

Spring 2018 Update

Moving Irises to Norfolk Work clearing the garden in Nottinghamshire was completed in October 2017 prior to the house being sold later in the year. This has been a major undertaking and has been in progress since 2013. The irises […]

Alan Gray Draws the Winner from our Competition to ‘Name an Iris’

Alan Gray, co-owner of the renowned East Ruston Gardens drew the winning number at East Ruston. I am pleased to report that the Winner was Susan Lankester from Wymondham in Norfolk who visited the Stand at Chatsworth. We have been […]

RHS Chatsworth Show 2017

Our first Show with live plants. It proved to be challenging. Our irises flowered early in 2017, and we spent a considerable amount of time holding them back before the Show. The second-hand chiller proved invaluable. The Chatsworth weather was […]

RHS Spring and Orchid Show 2017

This was our first RHS Show. We attended this two-day event for the first time staging a Lindley Exhibit and were awarded a Silver Medal. Feedback from the Judges was really helpful and we will put this to good effect […]

Gardeners’ World Broadcast

Gardeners’ World will be broadcasting coverage of our irises on 1st July 2016 at 9:30pm. If you missed the episode you can catch it again on YouTube. We do hope you enjoy our segment.

RHS London Shades of Autumn Exhibition

Polina Politnikova wins her second Gold Medal in 2015 featuring Bryan Dodsworth’s Irises. We are proud to present her stunning images from the RHS 2015 Photography Competition.

English Iris Company on BBC Gardeners’ World 1989

From the BBC Archives – Gardeners’ World feature Bryan Dodsworth and his irises, filmed in his garden at The Old Rectory in East Bridgford 1989. A fascinating insight into Bryan Dodsworth’s approach to hybridising Tall Bearded Irises.

National Collection Status Approved

We are delighted to report that the application for National Collection Status was approved by Plant Heritage in June 2015. We hope that this will raise the profile of Bryan Dodsworth’s Tall Bearded Irises collection within the gardening world and […]