The American Doreen Bovet was passionate about irises and decided to create an iris garden at her home above Morges. She began that garden project in 1950 and with every trip back to San Francisco she returned with even more irises from the most reputable growers. Five years on in 1955 she opened the gardens to the public for the first time. That annual event celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The collection is esteemed to be the greatest in Europe and this year the garden has been planted with an overwhelming 50,000 irises of 400 different varieties.
The garden is open from 2 May until 14 June. With art sculptures placed throughout the gardens, a restaurant and gift shop complete the experience. No dogs.