The Giardino dell'Iris is a botanical garden specializing in the cultivation of iris flowers, symbol of Florence since 1251. It is located on the corner of Viale dei Colli and Piazzale Michelangelo in Florence, Italy, and open daily without charge from May 2-20 every year.
The garden is owned by the Società italiana dell'Iris, which has opened the garden to the public since hosting the annual "International dell'Iris" in 1954. It is almost entirely devoted to iris plants, with more than 1,500 (variously 2,500) varieties on display during the annual competition. The garden contains a pond is for the cultivation of aquatic varieties and provides an excellent view of Florence and its surrounding hills.
- Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza article (Italian)
- Cultura Toscana entry
- Fodor's article
- M. Pozzana, I giardini di Firenze e della Toscana, Guida completa, Firenze, Giunti, 2001, p. 98.
- Giardini e ville di Toscana, Milano-Firenze, Touring Club Italiano – Regione Toscana, 2003, p. 36.