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A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts

A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts

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by Kelly Norris
     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
It is not an exaggeration to write that horticulturist and author Norris (Iowa Gardener’s Travel Guide) is crazy about bearded irises. In this funny and informative guide, he shares his passion for the flower and his expertise gained from years as one of the country’s most respected iris breeders. Norris is a charming guide. It’s difficult not to be seduced by his enthusiasm and tantalizing descriptions of the colors, textures, ruffles, and patterns of the iris species. For those who have never grown the flower, he provides an overview of the different types of irises and straightforward advice on cultivation and propagation. Those who already grow this perennial garden favorite will find it impossible to explore this gallery without compiling a wish list for their own gardens. A resource section with specialty nurseries, public iris gardens, and organizations, along with an index, make this a complete guide. 318 color photos. (June)
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“A handsome book.”

The Independent

"It is not an exaggeration to write that horticulturist and author Norris (Iowa Gardener’s Travel Guide) is crazy about bearded irises. In this funny and informative guide, he shares his passion for the flower and his expertise gained from years as one of the country’s most respected iris breeders. Norris is a charming guide. It’s difficult not to be seduced by his enthusiasm and tantalizing descriptions of the colors, textures, ruffles, and patterns of the iris species. For those who have never grown the flower, he provides an overview of the different types of irises and straightforward advice on cultivation and propagation. Those who already grow this perennial garden favorite will find it impossible to explore this gallery without compiling a wish list for their own gardens. A resource section with specialty nurseries, public iris gardens, and organizations, along with an index, make this a complete guide."
Horticulture

"Comprehensive and up-to-date, all the while brimming with an enthusiasm that is exhilarating, inspiring."

Country Gardens

"[Norris] is an enthusiastic young American who writes in a readable style with his passion for irises coming across on each page."

The American Gardener

"A green thumbs up, especially as this is a fresh, timely, and appealing presentation of the topic."

NJ.com

"It's a rainbow of a book, with deliciously coloured section pages and graphics that mark it out as having a modern approach to this potentially old-fashioned flower."
The Garden: The RHS Magazine
"[Norris] is an enthusiastic young American who writes in a readable style with his passion for irises coming across on each page.
the RHS Magazine The Garden

“This is a book that’s a joy to just curl up with, whether you want to savor the beauty of the images or learn more about this versatile garden perennial.”

Library Journal
Iris nurseryman and horticulturist Norris (editor, Irises: The Bulletin of the American Iris Society) presents a comprehensive overview of bearded irises that can be enjoyed on several levels. His well-balanced approach contains an introduction on how to choose, cultivate, hybridize, and use bearded irises in the garden. A color portrait gallery features outstanding plants in each of the six recognized categories, from the miniature dwarf varieties to the tall bearded irises. A resource section lists specialty nurseries and gardens where these plants or tubers can be purchased or viewed. VERDICT The expanding popularity of hobbyist gardening should provide a solid audience for this book, which will also capture the interest of advanced gardeners including iris specialists, landscapers, and nurserypeople. Simply browsing through the pages of dazzling color photographs is a pleasure that may turn lay readers into iris gardeners. A green thumbs up, especially as this is a fresh, timely, and appealing presentation of the topic.—Deborah Broocker, Georgia Perimeter Coll. Lib., Dunwoody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604694062
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/22/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
26 MB
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Meet the Author

Kelly Norris is a horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman who lives in Des Moines, IA. In addition to being the award-winning author of three books, he is the director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized 14-acre public garden. He and his family also own Rainbow Iris Farm. As a speaker he has garnered national acclaim for his high-energy presentations that share his love and knowledge of horticulture, leading many to name him as one of the rising stars of American horticulture. You can learn more at kellynorris.com.  


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A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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grandmajeanie More than 1 year ago
My husband dug up numerous Iris bulbs at a demolition site. He planted them at our shop and the many varieties are doing well. He is researching and working to identify them. This book is very interesting and helpful.