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"A green thumbs up, especially as this is a fresh, timely, and appealing presentation of the topic."
"Comprehensive and up-to-date, all the while brimming with an enthusiasm that is exhilarating, inspiring."
“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.”
"[Norris] is an enthusiastic young American who writes in a readable style with his passion for irises coming across on each page."
“A handsome book.”
Kelly D. Norris is a 25-year-old horticulturist, plant breeder, and plantsman from Iowa. He is the award-winning author of three books including the Iowa Gardener's Travel Guide, the first travel guide to Iowa's public gardens and nurseries, an as-yet-unpublished work about the lives of passionate gardeners and Cultivating the Rainbow: A Guide to Bearded Irises for Beginners and Enthusiasts due out May 2012 from Timber Press. As a speaker he has garnered national acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations, leading many to name him as one of the rising stars of American horticulture.
He currently manages Rainbow Iris Farm (rainbowfarms.net), a seven-acre nursery owned by his family, edits Irises: The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, and serves in several leadership capacities throughout the horticulture industry. Kelly is the youngest person to receive the Iowa State Horticultural Society's Presidential Citation, Award of Merit and Honor Award in the organization's 150 year history, awards that exemplify service and contributions to horticulture in Iowa. In 2011, he was also honored by the Perennial Plant Association with the Young Professional Award, recognizing early contributions to the advancement of herbaceous perennials in American horticulture. Kelly's unique 10 years of experience in the industry began at age 14 when he talked his parents into buying a nursery. In that time he's become one of the few go-to experts on marketing horticulture to Gen Xs and Ys.
His love for exploration has taken him to southern and central Texas, the Ozarks, the Black Hills, and all over the Midwest in search of new plants for gardens. Kelly holds a bachelor's and master's degree in horticulture from Iowa State University. In his M.S. program he studied Dirca, a genus of rare shrubs commonly known as leatherwoods.
You may also be interested in the author's own Web site, KellyDNorris.com.
I've recently caught iris fever and for some reason couldn't find a good book about them online. I located a copy of this book at my local library and am inhaling every word. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Pacifico
I was expecting something more vibrant that really displayed the regality of the iris. The book was bland, the pictures small and uninviting and I really didn't learn anything that... Read morePublished 7 days ago by G. Jones
I loved Kelly Norris's book A guide to Bearded Irises. It covered every aspect of Iris growth, history, and is very up to date.Published 24 days ago by Marvin Breig
I was excited at the thought of owning this book since I am such a huge lover (and grower) of Iris. However, I was deeply disappointed in this
book. I read the book. Read more
I bought this for my husband who is crazy about irises and he loved itPublished 5 months ago by kathib
Would that I had acres and acres to devote to all of the beautiful iris Norris includes in this volume! Read morePublished 7 months ago by Butterfly Lady
I wish I had this book when I first began growing irises. Very informative book.Published 9 months ago by Dallas E Bell Jr
Some lovely pictures but honestly not enough detail re aspects of care and other considerations, for the more serious iris fan.Published 12 months ago by Ruppaloha
Clear and easy reading. couldn't put the book down. Even tho I am an experienced Iris gardener, I learned a few things. SallyPublished 17 months ago by Sally Schrader