Rainbow irises to be showcased at Latvian nature museum

From June 12 to 14, at least 100 varieties of irises in different colors of the rainbow will be on display at the Latvian National Museum of Natural History, the museum said, noting that this year's exhibition focuses especially on the splendor created by local breeding.

According to the Museum of Natural History, breeders and collectors will present iris varieties that have been tested in Latvia's climatic conditions and can grow and flower well here. 

This spring, the weather has been favorable for very early iris flowering, so it is difficult to predict the exact number of varieties on display, but the organizers hope to delight visitors with a rich selection of flowers, the museum said.

The word iris translates from Ancient Greek as rainbow, and the Latvian Gladiolus and Iris Society breeders and collectors Laimonis Zaķis, Ilga Viņķele, Juris Bāze, Lolita Muhlinkina, Dzintra Jurevica and Gunta Jēkabsone will show their colorful collections of "rainbows" at the Museum of Natural History.

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