A Guide to Bearded Irises by Kelly D. Norris
Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts

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The diversity of bearded irises rivals that of any other perennial grown in temperate climates. For some gardeners, they bring back warm memories of a grandparent's garden; for others, they're a cutting-edge plant with a seemingly endless capacity for producing new forms and patterns.

In this comprehensive and definitive guide, iris expert Kelly Norris provides an accessible yet authoritative overview of these deservedly popular plants. Introductory chapters show how to grow successfully, how to use them in the garden, how to choose the best plants, and how to "create" new irises. A Guide to Bearded Irises also provides portraits of the most outstanding plants in each of the six recognized categories, from the dainty miniature dwarf bearded irises to the stately tall bearded irises. A resource section lists specialty nurseries, organizations devoted to bearded irises, and public gardens with notable iris collections.


About Kelly D. Norris

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Kelly D. Norris is a horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman who lives in Bedford, Iowa. As a speaker he has garnered national acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations of information and personal stories that share his love and knowledge of horticulture. He and his family own Rainbow Iris Farm, and he is currently the Horticultural Manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. 
Published May 22, 2012 by Timber Press. 352 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Non-fiction

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He currently manages Rainbow Iris Farm and edits Irises, the official magazine of The American Iris Society.

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