Heirloom Bulbs & Garden History  •  So Much More Than New
March 2010
Mar
4
2010

Saving Local Heirlooms
at the Pickle Barrel House Iris Garden

Saving Local Heirlooms at the Pickle Barrel House Iris Garden – www.OldHouseGardens.com

Some of the most exciting heirloom flowers aren’t found in catalogs or gardens. They’re just out there, in the wild, the last reminders of houses and gardeners that are long gone.

In a small town on the shores of Lake Superior, our friend Nancy McDonald decided to collect some of these relics and display them in a living museum of local garden history. Her charming, photo-filled account of the Pickle Barrel House Historic Iris Garden – home now to “Linnamaki Purple,” “Baker Grade” (from the site of a railroad switchman’s cabin), and other “noids” – is an inspiring story that may get you saying, “I could do that!”

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