The Richard Marcusen Sculpture Garden, at Yavapai College in Prescott, has received two prestigious designations by the national American Iris Society.
The first designation by the American Iris Society is that of an AIS National Display Garden for the sculpture garden’s combination of low water use iris plantings provided by the Prescott Area Iris Society in conjunction with the display of sculptures of local and nationally recognized artists.
The garden also has been designated as a national Historic Iris Preservation Display Garden for its collection of the William R. Dykes Medal Irises. The William R. Dykes Medal is the highest award that can be achieved by iris hybridizers for the development of a new and unique iris variety. Along with plantings including the children’s Story Book Garden, the Black Iris Garden and the Francelle Edwards iris collection, the sculpture garden provides a unique blend of native and naturalized plant materials, walkways, seating areas and mountain vistas.
The Yavapai College Foundation, the Friends of Yavapai College Art and the Prescott Area Iris Society, a combination of public and private cooperation, have contributed to creating a place of beauty and enjoyment for the college community and the public. These prestigious designations were formally announced by the President of the American Iris Society at their 2016 National Convention in Newark, New Jersey in May.