Superstition Iris Gardens in Cathey's Valley has been visited annually by my mom for a few years now, and now she's got me hooked. Rick and Roger own the gardens, and they've also created a few of their own iris varieties. They run a very welcoming business, with over 1,000 different live irises on display--all labeled and included on an alphabetized price list. Ask either Rick or Roger where any iris from the price list is located, and the approximate location (amongst the rows and rows of color) can be pointed out in seconds. These guys definitely know their irises! Click here to view their iris photos online.
Here's a couple of my favorites:appropriately named: "Mariposa Skies"
Planning a trip to Yosemite National Park next spring? If so, be sure to stop by and visit Superstition Iris Gardens. It's located about an hour from Yosemite, and is open through early May.
(Sorry, San Diegans... you'll have to wait until next year--but it'll be worth the drive!)