We invite you to

Visit the rainbow on the hill

The iris gardens contain over 14,000 irises of approximately 3,000 varieties and produce over 100,000 blooms over the course of the season

We invite you to

Visit the rainbow on the hill

The iris gardens contain over 10,000 irises of approximately 1,500 varieties and produce over 100,000 blooms over the course of the season.

Visit the Gardens

Everyone is welcome to visit Presby and enjoy our spectacular  collection  of irises. This will be our 97th year of blooming.  Bloom Season will began: 

Saturday May 11th – June 2nd, 2024.

    A suggested donation of $10.00 per person is greatly appreciated 

Explore the Gift Shop

The Bloom Room Gift Shop is located inside the 1851 Historic Walther House adjacent to the gardens. Access is limited the entrance has a seven step wooden staircase with a wooden handrail. The Bloom Room will open for the 2024 Bloom Season.        Saturday May 11th & Sunday May 12th,   Hours. 11:00-3:00

 The Bloom Room will re-open:

Wednesday May 15th – Sunday June 2nd.  Closed on Mondays.   Hours 11:00-3:00. 

Volunteer or Donate

Come lend a hand and learn all about irises while you help. Bring clippers if you have them; otherwise, just bring yourself (and a friend!).

The Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens made the list of the 200 “Best Public Gardens in America” for 2023

Our History

The history of the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens is one that is deeply entrenched in the history of its community, Montclair, New Jersey.

The Gardens were started in 1927 as a memorial to Frank H. Presby, one of the founders of the American Iris Society and a leading citizen of Montclair. Frank Presby was an iris hybridizer and owned a fine iris collection. It was his expressed wish to give a collection of his favorite flower, the iris, to Montclair’s newly acquired Mountainside Park.

Upcoming Events

Live Music in the Gardens 2024

Sunday, May 12th 1:00-3:00
Sunday, May 19th 1:00-3:00
Sunday, May 26th 1:00-3:00
Sunday, June 2nd 1:00-3:00

Summer Mystery Bag Sale. 2024

FRIDAY, JULY 20th. 10:00-11:00

We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest book, Iridescence! Learn more about the beauty of Irises.  Contact us at Presbyiris@verizon.net to purchase.  shipping $10.00

Discover Beauty

Garden Gallery

Explore our vast collection of beatiful flowers.