The Middle Tennessee Iris Society, an affiliate of the American Iris Society, hosts many events at Ellington Agricultural Center. The most dramatic and welcoming sign of their presence is a gazebo and iris garden, carefully maintained by M.T.I.S. volunteers. Plants representing the winners of each Annual Iris Show give the planting special interest to fanciers of Tennessee's state flower. It is best seen when the flowers are blooming in April, May and June.
In 2000, the Iris Garden was recognized by the Governor as an official Tennessee Bicentennial Iris Garden.
Note: All weddings held at the Ellington Center are conducted in the Iris Garden. We regret that we are unable to make exceptions to this rule. Arrangements for weddings should be made with Ginny Russell of the Middle Tennessee Iris Society after 6:00 pm at (615) 883-4338. Please give as much advance notice as possible for reserving this popular venue.
The Middle Tennessee Iris Society holds an Iris Show at the Ellington Center each May, and everyone is welcome to participate. For details, or to learn more about the MTIS, please visit their web page or call Ginny Russell after 6:00 pm at (615) 883-4338.