Reblooming Iris

Roots & Blooms, LLC strives to create, grow and promote drought tolerant and deer resistant perennial plants for today’s garden. Owner Mike Lockatell continues breeding development of reblooming bearded and Siberian irises. He assumed the work of his mentor and friend, the late Dr. Lloyd Zurbrigg, a pioneer in reblooming bearded iris hybridizing. Mike also maintains an exclusive collection of single, Japanese, semi-double and double herbaceous peonies.

Lockatell’s efforts are showcased through the Joyce Lockatell Memorial Garden, created in honor of his late mother. Her favorite garden plants were irises and peonies. Established in 1997, the current garden location is at 4110 Cosby Road in Powhatan County, VA. Tours are available weekdays during the early May bloom season by appointment. Visiting hours are available on Sunday May 2nd, May 9th and May 16th from 12 Noon until 5:00 PM.   Plants are available for purchase.  Roots & Blooms is also a seasonal vendor at the Williamsburg Farmers Market.  For more information contact us at Cmarti8855@verizon.net, 804-330-2916 or our website at www.rootsandblooms.us.

Mike is one of a handful of US breeders developing reliable reblooming irises. These plants bloom both spring and fall under favorable weather conditions.  He likewise is one of a select group of herbaceous peony producers in Virginia. His iris seedlings have won American Iris Society exhibition awards. Two rebloom seedlings were registered with American Iris Society for future introduction last fall. He is AIS Region 4 Reblooming Iris Chairman (West Virginia, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland) and a Certified AIS Garden and Exhibition Judge. Feature stories on Roots &  Blooms, LLC and the Joyce Lockatell Memorial Garden have appeared in editions of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Virginia Gardener and Virginia Living.

Roots & Blooms is a member of the 35-Mile Drive Association. Visit our website for additional information at www.35miledrive.com.

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