We were surprised to see an anonymous ad on page two of last week’s Montclair Times – urging people to write to Montclair’s First Ward Councilor, Gerry Tobin, with this message: the fence around the Presby Iris Garden must come down.
Tobin says he’s only received a couple of emails, and doesn’t know who’s behind this. “I didn’t see the ad, but it’s not a new issue. I’m not in favor of the fence either. It’s a small park, and the fence really breaks it up. We’ve had numerous discussions about it with the town council and the mayor – there might be other ways to protect the gardens – cameras, alternative fencing. That fence was put up before we saw what it would look like. If people object they need to write to other members of the council as well,” Tobin says.
A long fence flanking Upper Mountain was installed last May to protect the world class rhizome collection. Safeguarding the property is also a requirement for the gardens to acquire museum status accreditation. There are plans to fence in the entire park over the next three years. We contacted Presby Iris Garden for a comment, and we have not yet received a response.