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About Rainbow Ridge Nursery

Rainbow Ridge Nursery is primarily a family-run mail order nursery specialising in modern iris. The nursery started in the 1970s and is now one of the largest suppliers of these plants in Australia. The Nursery’s aim is to supply top quality plants of varieties suited to Australian conditions at competitive prices.

Orders can be placed by mail, fax or email at any time of the year or by phone during normal business hours (10am to 4pm Monday to Friday except public holidays). Payment is required to confirm orders. We will collate orders in order of receipt and start dispatching orders approximately mid to late November. No orders will be dug until after the bloom season.

Rainbow Ridge Nursery has a long history of breeding and introducing world class Tall Bearded, Louisiana and Californian iris. Our Tall Bearded iris have won numerous awards in Australia and overseas. Our Louisiana iris are recognised as being the best in the world. As well as our own Tall Bearded iris we also offer the best Tall Bearded iris from other breeders including those from the US. Our Californian iris have created interest around the world due to advances in form and colour pattern.

We have had a very exciting 2018/2019 including receiving many awards for our iris.  TB MARIE’S LOVE  won the 2017 Dykes Medal.  That makes 21 Dykes Medal wins for Graeme!  The Alan Johnson Medal (best Bearded Iris in the NSW Region trial garden) was given to John’s TB MARKET ORDER and PCNI Seedling 16-41 won the Gordon Loveridge Medal (best Beardless Iris in the NSW Region trial garden).  Awards of Merit were received for TBs EIDOLIA FANTASY, EDGE OF PARADISE, MARKET ORDER, NATURAL RIPPLE, RESOLVE, SPRING RICHES, RUSTY JACK.. Taylor, Imogen and Zak all won awards with DANCING IN LEMON, MEXICAN HOLIDAY, END OF DECADENCE, BOYD and SPORTICUS at the annual ISA show 2018.

The NSW Region of the Iris Society of Australia will hold its 2019 Annual Show on Saturday and Sunday  19th/20st October 2019 between 11am and 4pm on Saturday and between 9am and 2pm on Sunday at the BLACKHEATH COMMUNITY HALL, Great Western Highway, BLACKHEATH.  We  will be there with a stall selling bare rooted TBs.

The MILLTHORPE GARDEN RAMBLE for 2019 will include EIDOLIA PARK in the 10 featured gardens for the year. 10am to 4pm Saturday 2rd and Sunday 3rd of November 2019. Tickets are $25 for all 10 gardens. This will be the only weekend that EIDOLIA PARK is open. Don’t miss the opportunity to see all the newly renovated areas that have evolved over the last couple of years. Visit Sharon in the shed and see the flower display and purchase Tall Bearded Iris at weekend special prices.

We are also looking forward to having a stall at the 2020 Collectors Plant Fair at HAWKESBURY Racecourse.  With Fair dates have been moved forward to 28/29 March 2020. You will have to change your callenders so you don’t miss this wonderful huge event. For more details visit

We hope you enjoy our new catalogue and we look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Sharon and Scott Drinkwater