According to the Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS), this historic tall bearded Iris cultivar ‘Mrs. Andrist’ was hybridized by Willis E. Fryer (Mantorville, Minnesota) in 1919.




‘Mrs. Andrist’

It is a hardy bearded rhizomatous iris that grows vigorously and is easily subdivided. It has thrived in Calgary and is a feature of many older gardens and is not sold in nurseries. Most gardeners are happy to share ‘Mrs. Andrist’ Iris as it spreads and is very easy to subdivide by separating its rhizomes. It is about 22″ in height. It prefers full sunlight. Its “fall” colour is “rich velvety purple” with an amoena pattern and a distinct white border. Its “standard” colour is “pure white” and its “beard” is a light lemony yellow. It is very fragrant. In Calgary it is often in full-blossom by mid-June when Phlox sublata Creeping phlox ‘Candytuft Pink Stripe’, creeping thyme, tall Blue Cornflower, cranesbill geranium, snow-in-summer, blue jacob’s ladder, decorative allium, veronica speedwell, Dianthus ‘Tiny Rubies’, and white clips are also in blossom. Bearded Iris is a drought-tolerant perennial with low-water needs as are Day Lilies, Echinacea, Lavender, Sedum, Gaillardia, Rudbeckia and Phlox, to name only a few. They can be planted together.

Willis established his nursery in 1898 in Mantorville, Minnesota.  In his 1922 catalogue, he claimed to have tested over 600 varieties of iris. ‘Mrs. Andris” and ‘Dr. Andris’ were two of many  cultivars that he advertised in the section ‘New Iris. ” He claimed that he had more seeds and more Iris than any other grower in the United States at that time.  In 1922 ‘Mrs. Andrist’ cost 30 cents each or 3 dollars a dozen.

There are dozens of Mrs. Andrist Iris in the Parkdale Community Garden transplanted by thirty Brookfield Residence volunteers from the lane way garden in September 2015 prior to the construction of The Henry.


Spruced Up Welcome Garden

January 20, 2015

Spruced Up Welcome Garden

Under construction

yarrow, sedum, creeping lemon thyme, Alpine Aster, purple lamium, lamium ‘Herman’s Pride’, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi ‘Vancouver Jade’ ‘Vancouver Jade’ kinnikinnick or bearberry from Sunnyside Nursery (bearberry ‘variegrated’), beardtongue, iris germanica, mugwort, sticky geranium, calamagrostis (feather reed grass) ‘Karl Foerster’, pansies, angelina sedum rupestre (Angelina stonecrop), Sedum ‘Summer Glow’, Blue Spruce stonecrop, white clover, Spruced Up Welcome Garden 2011

White_Clover-003 White clover
Ajuga reptans ‘Chocolate Chip’
Penstemon_Husker_Red Penstemon digitalis ‘Husker Red’
Angelina_Sedum-011 Stonecrop Angelina
Dragons_Blood_Sedum Dragon’s Blood Sedum
Lamium_purpureum -002 Lamium