The Benton Iris Family
During his lifetime, artist Cedric Morris grew around 100 species of iris at his home in Benton End, Suffolk. After he passed away in 1982, many of these were scattered across the country, though the restoration of his Benton End home is welcoming many of them back.
Many of the Benton irises species Morris loved are prominent within The Nurture Landscapes Garden. Though Morris grew thousands of plants, around 90 are named after an individual that he had a close connection with, including the art students he taught throughout his life.
It is an honour to celebrate the life of such a celebrated figure in the history of UK art and horticulture. Let’s take a closer look at some of the examples within this symbolic group of plants: