The Times - Serving Waitsburg, Dayton and the Touchet Valley

By Brianna Wray

Bill Rodgers' Secret Garden


Brianna Wray

Even neighborhood kitties peruse the the stalks and stems.

WAITSBURG-All over town irises are in bloom, but none quite so plentiful as Bill Rodger's Secret Garden. Waitsburg's own photographer is changing the landscape by hand. Rodgers is in the process of moving his iris garden from a friend's horse pasture in College Place to an undisclosed location in Waitsburg.

Irises are perennial plants, growing from creeping rhizomes (rhizomatous irises) or, in drier climates, from bulbs (bulbous irises). Rhizomes put out lateral shoots and adventitious roots at intervals.

From these, bloom long, erect flowering stems which may be simple or branched, solid...

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