British Iris Society Annual Summer Show

British Iris Society (BIS) Annual Summer Show – RHS Hyde Hall 31st May 2015 This was held for the first time at Hyde Hall which proved to be a great venue. We had a regular stream of enthusiastic visitors all […]

Suffolk Show 27th/28th May 2015

The English Iris Company had a stand at The Suffolk Show for the first time in the Floral marquee. This was an ideal opportunity to showcase British Irises in our own back yard. Our display had two essential components: A […]

Radio Lincolnshire Interview

An entertaining record of the lively interview with Simon Dodsworth just prior to the launch of Doddington Iris Week. Discussion ranges from the derivation of the term ‘iris’, its practical uses as a fixative for perfume, and even as one […]

National Collection Status – Preliminary Application

A preliminary application was made to Plant Heritage in December 2014; this was the first part of a two-stage process to create a historic collection with the title ‘Tall Bearded Irises raised by Bryan Dodsworth’.  

Local Press and TV Coverage

Good local press and media in 2014 raised our profile locally. A two-page article in the Eastern Daily Press ‘When Iris Eyes are smiling’, a centre page spread in the North Norfolk News and excellent coverage on BBC TV all […]

Plant Variety Rights

The English Iris Company has been successful in obtaining EU Plant Variety Rights (PVR’s) on some of their new releases. This protection is vital at a time when the standard of many new introductions to the market is poor, and […]

Press Day, June 2014

The Press Day on 4th and 5th June that was attended by freelance garden journalists and photographers from across the country provided a great opportunity to showcase our Iris Collection at its best.

National Press 2014

The Press Release issued in May 2014 was picked up by several of the nationals. The English Iris Company was mentioned in the Daily Telegraph Gardening section as an online supplier of specialist British Tall Bearded Irises. Horticulture Week wrote […]

Chelsea Flower Show 2014

The English Iris Company had some quality British Irises at Chelsea Flower Show. This was a new initiative and will be repeated in 2015. The challenge of getting irises into flower three weeks earlier than usual was tough, but good […]

Opening the Marshgate Iris Garden for the first time

This was covered by the Eastern Daily Press: