Bali Rose      Tall Bearded Iris
                     Sass, 1954

Sass Memorial Iris Garden

The Sass Memorial Iris Garden 
is located at Mahoney State Park in Nebraska.
 



The Sass Memorial Iris Garden was established and is maintained by members of the Greater Omaha Iris Society in honor of the Sass family of Bennington, Nebraska.  Hans, Jacob and  Jacob's son Henry Sass extensively hybridized and introduced many cultivars in the 1920's through the 1950's.  Many modern hybrids can trace their heritage back to an old "Sass" iris.  Read more about the pioneering work of the Sass brothers on the American Iris Society web site at http://www.irises.org/pdf/IB-SassMedal.pdf.  

The garden includes over 120 varieties of Sass irises and over twenty Sass peonies.  A bed of modern rebloomers along the path provide early and late bloom.  A collection of the American Dykes Medal winners and a collection of the Hans & Jacob Sass medal winners make up the remainder of the garden.

Bloom time generally begins in mid-May. The garden is located in Mahoney State Park which is located about half way between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska.  Take exit #426 on I-80, west of the Platte River.  Park hours are 8:00am to 8:pm daily.  A small park entrance fee is required to enter the park.  
Photo by Linda Wilkie
Photo by Linda Wilkie
Photo by Linda Wilkie
A few examples of Sass Iris
Cinnamon Toast   Sass 1959
Prairie Sunset    H.P.Sass, 1939
Sass Garden, Spring 2008
Photo by Sara Straate
Sandalwood     H.P.Sass, 1937
Cinnamon Toast  
Sass , 1959
Prairie Sunset
H.P. Sass, 1939
Sandalwood
H.P. Sass, 1937
Sass Garden
Spring, 2008
City of Lincoln H.P. Sass, 1936
Moonlit Sea J. Sass, 1942
Jungle Shadows Sass-Graham, 1959
King Tut H.P.Sass, 1925
City of Lincoln
H.P. Sass, 1936
Jungle Shadows
Sass-Graham, 1959
King Tut
H. P. Sass, 1925
Moonlit Sea
J. Sass, 1942
Ola Kala J. Sass, 1942
Pink Lace Sass Brothers, 1946
Pink Opal J Sass. 1934
Pretty Pansy Sass Brothers, 1946
Ola Kala
J. Sass, 1942
Pink Lace
Sass Brothers, 1946
Pink Opal 
J. Sass, 1934
Pretty Pansy
Sass Brothers, 1946
Rameses
H. P. Sass, 1928
The Black Douglas
J. Sass, 1934
The Red Douglas
J. Sass, 1937
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Tiffany H.P. Sass, 1931
Euphony H.P. Sass, 1929
Matterhorn J Sass 1938 SA
Prairie Flame Sass, 1942
Tiffany
H. P. Sass, 1931
Euphony
H. P. Sass, 1929
Matterhorn
J. Sass, 1938
Prairie Flame
Sass, 1942
Ramses HP Sass, 1928
The Black Douglas J. Sass, 1934
The Red Douglas J. Sall, 1937
Electra TB Sass SS
Electra
H. P. Sass - Schreiner, 1935
Elsa Sass H.P.Sass, 1939 LW
Gentius H.P.Sass, 1934 IB SS
Ivory Petals Sass 1952 SS
Lake Huron J. Sass 1941 TB SS
Elsa Sass
H. P. Sass, 1939
Photo by Linda Wilkie
Ivory Petals
Sass, 1952 
Photo by Sara Straate
Lake Huron
J. Sass, 1941
Photo by Sara Straate
Gentius
H. P. Sass, 1934
Photo by Sara Straate
Sea Master Sass 1955 TB SS
Waconda H.P. Sass 1930 TB SS
Amitola H.P. Sass 1936 TB LW
Sass Iris at Susan Anderson's Garden
Sea Master
Sass, 1955
Photo by Sara Straate
Waconda
H. P. Sass, 1930
Photo by Sara Straate
Amitola
H. P. Sass, 1936 
Photo by Linda Wilkie
Sass Iris in 
Susan's Garden
Photo by Susan Anderson