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About the GBI

Beardless Irises


Seed Available


Welcome to the website of the Group for Beardless Irises. The Group was formed in June 1976 as a section of The British Iris Society to foster interest in beardless irises around the world by the exchange of ideas, seeds and plants. In those days, the internet was a dim distant prospect, but given the web's importance today and the ability it gives to publish information at low cost, the Group decided at the start of 2010 to try a period of free 'web membership'. Accordingly, you will find on the website our latest publications which you can download and enjoy. Browse through the navigation menu on the left to find out more.

Details about the GBI and membership options - About the GBI
Our annual Review & Newsletter can be found in Publications
Order seed from the lastest list - Seed Available
A brief look at the beardless irises - Beardless Irises

We need your Seed
It is the time of year to harvest your iris seed. Please contact Janet Miller, our seed officer, if you can spare some for the Seed Exchange. All types of Iris and Iridaceae seed will be welcome. Email:

In case you haven’t spotted, there is a
lecture by Kit Strange on ‘Growing Bulbs at Kew”
on 23rd September 2017 as part of the BIS AGM and Lecture Day at Coton Manor, near Northampton. Everyone is welcome† and together with a colourful garden, it will be an enjoyable day. Prior booking is essential.
Further details can be obtained by contacting Jill Whitehead, BIS Secretary (01568 720129 or or by looking at the BIS website (
† Of course, non BIS members will not be able to vote