Stunning garden opens to the public

FAMILY: Melissa Schiller, with her son Bailey, have been breeding Bearded Iris' for more than 20 years.
FAMILY: Melissa Schiller, with her son Bailey, have been breeding Bearded Iris' for more than 20 years.

A display garden which is home to more than 2500 different varieties of beautiful Bearded Iris' will be open to the general public all month.

Melissa Schiller from Smokin Heights in Kapunda said they invite people to come and visit their expansive garden every October as their flowers bloom.

Mrs Schiller, with the help of her son, has been growing and breeding bearded iris' for around 25 years. She first became interested after her nanna gave her a bearded iris and she fell in love.

"We started hybridizing around about 10 years ago and have been mentored by people here in australia and also overseas in reaching our goals in what we want to breed," she explained.

"We also hybridize new varieties and grow around 4000 seedlings."

The garden is open to the general public on Friday, Saturday and Sundays from 10am-4pm throughout October. A gold coin donation to the Leukemia foundation is requested on entry.

Smokin Heights is located at 69 Dennett Road, Kapunda.