Irises in a blanket of snow

Morning glories

Swallowtail on penta

Statue in the garden

Queen Ann's Lace

More Pee Gee hydrangea

Mailbox garden

Located amidst the Great Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina, the Inn at Iris Meadows is nestled upon five acres of rolling meadows high atop a hill in the historic Love Lane neighborhood overlooking the picturesque town of Waynesville, NC.

As you drive down the winding lane to the inn, you are embraced with the welcoming views of ivy creeping over the old stone walls, and irises and daylilies nodding a warm welcome in the spring. From summer well into fall, Pee Gee hydrangeas along the drive wave their curtain of lacey bouquets, beckoning guests to enjoy the meadows beyond.

Moss covered walks and stately trees dating well over a hundred years surround the inn. There are pines, cedars, firs, massive oaks, and even spreading chestnut trees.

Native rhododendrons and mountain laurel create a colorful show of their own in the spring. Dogwoods are abundant and offer a wonderful backdrop for springís azaleas among the trees. An inviting hammock sways gently in the trees.

In the untamed edges of the meadows, mountain wild flowers abound Ė Queen Anneís lace, wild yarrow, honeysuckle, daisies, goldenrod, sweet peas, thistle, and other wild flowers combine to provide colorful wild gardens and refuge and food for the innís many birds, butterflies, and wildlife.

Yellow goldfinches frequent the bird feeders and add bright splashes of color to late afternoon guest outings. Bluejays maintain watch over the meadows. Guests who enjoy early morning walks may discover a newly flowering dew-covered morning glory or a bunny munching clover in a distant meadow. Adventurous guests have even reported sightings of a resident woodchuck.

The iris is innkeeper Becky Fainís favorite flower, hence the innís name. Fittingly appropriate, as the inn was built in the Greek Revival style and Iris was the mythical Greek Goddess of the Rainbow. The innís new iris gardens are already home to over 70 varieties of irises; gardening guests, family, and friends are adding their own favorites to the mix. Most are tall bearded. Others include Siberian irises, Japanese irises, and miniature bearded irises.

Iris gardens and other perennial plantings begin at the entrance to the innís lane and continue in gardens around the house, providing colorful views throughout the growing season. In warm seasons, the perennial garden overflows with butterfly bushes and other flowers that attract a steady stream of butterflies who are often the subjects of Beckyís nature photography and stained glass art.

In view of the dining room windows is a rock garden with a small waterfall and pond. Also tucked into the gardens are the herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, mints and basil used in many inn recipes.

The first irises of '05

Gardens and butterflies

Swallow tail on zinnias

Maple leaves in waterfall

Table and chairs in the garden

Pee Gee hydrangea

Trees at the Inn

Trees against the Smoky Mountains






Gardens around the Inn


The Inn in the Fall


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