Offering the best new irises for the connoisseur and for the backyard gardener.
P.O. Box 18124
Portland, OR 97218-0124
bfilardi [at] comcast.net
Queen Empress (Filardi '07)
The Bauer Garden during iris season
Rock Climber (Filardi '12)
International Iris/Bruce Filardi
from the SDIS Newsletter, April 2010
Bruce Filardi started hybridizing in 1996. As soon as he fell in love with irises, he fell in love with hybridizing. His first inspiration was when he had a day off from work one day in May of ’95, saw an ad for Schreiner’s, and hopped in the car to drive an hour south from Portland to Salem. Instead of the casual half-hour visit he expected to make, he spent several hours there with his camera, first in the display gardens and later wandering through the seedling fields. The range of colors and patterns was mesmerizing, and the first thing he wanted to breed was a green iris.
As years went on, Bruce became friends with many of the “big names” in the Portland/Salem area, but he never had the confidence to name and register any of his seedlings. He finally registered some in 2005, and Barbara & Terry Aitken introduced his ‘Some Enchanted Evening’ and ‘Pewter and Gold’ in 2006, and four more in 2007: ‘Banana Cream Pie’, ‘Queen Empress’, ‘Enchanted Circle’, and ‘Twilight Tear’. Terry Aitken told Bruce that if he really wanted to introduce more than four in a year, then he should put out his own catalogue, and this is when Bruce started thinking about International Iris, which he originally planned to call Swordlily Gardens. [“Swordlily” is a literal translation of the German word for “iris”: Schwertlilie.]
Bruce speaks German so was able to communicate with German hybridizer Manfred Beer, who speaks no English. He finally had the opportunity to meet Manfred and friend Margitta [“Gitta”] Herrn, along with German hybridizer Günter Diedrich and his wife Rosi, at the National Convention in Portland a few years ago. Two years later, Bruce was the guest of Manfred & Gitta in Germany, where he got to see the Diedrichs again, and also met Wolfgang & Barbara Landgraf. An inveterate traveler, Bruce had also met and visited Anton Mego and his wife Viktoria on a trip to Slovakia; and when he was invited to judge at the International Iris Competition in Florence, Italy, he met Lorena Montanari and her husband Giorgio. On all these occasions, as happens when fanatic hybridizers get together, seedling photos were shared and discussed. Bruce saw many striking and worthwhile irises which he knew would never be seen in America.
International Iris slowly came into being as a way to distribute Bruce’s own work, and more importantly as an outlet for the work of Europe’s great hybridizers who really had no distribution process. In 2009 and 2010, irises were introduced by Beer, Diedrich, Filardi, Landgraf, Mego, and Montanari. The most popular in 2009 were Landgraf’s ‘Landgraefin Elisabeth’, Montanari’s ‘Ferragosto’, and Filardi’s ‘Crest of the Wave’. In 2010, the favorites have been two from Mego, ‘Bratislavan Prince’ and ‘Zlatovláska’. In 2011, new hybridizer Cynthia Bauer (Portland, OR) has her first two introductions, and in 2012 he hopes to showcase the work of two additional American hybridizers.
Postage included in price. Send check, made out to Bruce Filardi, to P.O. Box 18124, Portland, OR 97218-0124
Please note that supplies are limited on all new introductions.
We are so happy and proud to announce that our IMPERTINENT
received the award as
Best Border Bearded
in Florence, Italy, in 2014!
(BB - Filardi '11)
(TBs unless otherwise noted)
TBs now $25, BBs $15 (incl. postage)
Anasazi (Filardi '15)
Ravenous X Safari Sunset
a stunning chocolate rose;
photo by Beth Train
Araruna (Filardi '15)
Paul Black X (Conjuration x Romantic Evening)
just beautiful! ruffles and big bright beard
Blaze Valley (Van Hook '15)
Coffee Whispers X Bridal Icing
a step forward in red amoena hybridizing
Bubbling Mirth (Filardi '15)
Adoregon X Some Enchanted Evening
lovely, ruffled; paler shoulders make it distinctive
Canoodling (Filardi '15)
(Sugar Magnolia x Gladys My Love) X Happenstance
saturated baby blanket pink
Exit Strategy (Filardi '15)
Starship Enterprise X Goldkist
wonderful! tall, elegant, very late; beautiful form/color
Lemongrass (Filardi '15)
Bonnie Davenport X Dreaming Lilac
Mistyblue Morn (Filardi '15)
Pewter and Gold X Pixel Hue
pretty pastel blue with a touch of grey; excellent performance
Pink Perception (Filardi '15)
In Love Again X Goodnight Kiss
glowing, saturated bright pink; great child of great parents!
Pride of Place (Filardi '15)
About Town X Local Color
very nice shorter TB
Quartzite (Filardi '15)
Vienna Waltz X Lavender Park
subtle pastel with great form
Ribbons and Lace (Bauer '15)
Vienna Waltz X Fancy Stuff
every good quality, a standout in form & perfomance
Sunshine Superman (Filardi '15)
Amarillo Frills X Ghio U97-18R
big, lacy bright yellow; notice the pale purple dotting at end of falls
Sub-Zero (Van Hook '15)
Canadian Streaker X Little John
modern flower on heavily variegated foliage; photos above & right
Wildcat Madness (Van Hook '15)
Queen's Circle X Restless Heart
fantastic form & color - KY WIldcats colors!
Fairground Attraction (Filardi '15)
Keppel sdlg (sib to Sneezy) X Carnival Ride
very nice TB sib to Impertinent;
lightly marked plicata
Please watch for these new introductions in the display gardens at the American Iris Society National Convention in Portland this year!
Boarded Bearded intros from 2015:
Happenstance X (Sugar Magnolia x Gladys My Love)
Venetian Love X Snowed In
wonderful form & garden presence
a happy clump of Liege Lord (BB)
Winterblue Light (Filardi '15)
Seakist X Queen's Circle
There will be no new introductions for 2016. I apologize for the delay with this news... Upon return home from a short trip to San Diego, I found that a leak under the kitchen sink had done extensive damage to the beautiful finished basement, including destruction of my office and computer. So at this point, new intros will wait until 2017. The website prices have been updated for 2016. Thank you to those who have already ordered, and apologies if I have not yet acknowledged more recent orders (earlier orders were acknowledged). As I write this (5/27), TB bloom season is over in Portland except for some stragglers.