About five years ago, my family took me down to Winston-Salem, NC, to visit the Boose Family Farm. It's a city farm - a brick ranch home sitting on about a 2 acre lot. But it's what's on the 2 acres that has iris enthusiasts coming from all over the country to see.
In the 1940's Thelma Boose began collecting irises. When she died a few years ago in her late nineties, she had amassed an 1,800 variety iris garden that spanned decades. A stack of binders features torn (original) catalog pages featuring the name and description of each variety.
Last week, I traveled to the farm once again. Thelma's daughter Faye runs the garden now. At 73, she's been working out in the garden since she was seven. At the time of my trip, nothing was in bloom. However, I did pick up some historic varieties and Captain Jack, Dutch Chocolate, Christmas Angel, Red Rose, Dark Night, and Carved Cameo are now acclimating to their new home.
I've included a link to an article that has been written on the farm as well as a few pictures from my trip. Enjoy! :)