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Welcome to the Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS)

Come with us down the garden path to explore the charm and delight of heirloom irises. Here you will find many resources and much information about historic irises. The Historic Iris Preservation Society is a group of folks from around the world who love and enjoy old irises and are striving to preserve them. We urge anyone interested in historic irises to consider a membership.

“The Society was created to help preserve our iris heritage by locating at risk irises and bringing them together with irisarians who want to grow and perpetuate them. Of equal importance is the establishment of an extensive collection of reference material relating to early iris history. HIPS is the common thread that binds together irisarians everywhere.”

The Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS) was founded in 1988, and is proud to be a section of The American Iris Society

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Photo Gallery

Browse through our huge collection of iris photos, some which date back before the 1900s. View Gallery

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to become more involved in Historic Iris Preservation?  See our current open positions.Read more 

Iris Basics

Learn how to start your very own iris garden and care for it over the years.
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What’s New

Read our news blog and see what’s going on at HIPS.
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Color Chart

Check out our official AIS Color Chart from 1939.Read More

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