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

As the manager of Rainbow Iris Farm and co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Iris Society, Kelly Norris is the authority on gardening with bearded irises. His introductory chapters offer tips for successful growth, garden design, plant selection, and "creating" 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.

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I've been an iris enthusiast for over 35 years, and there is a scarcity of good books for the gardener who wants to learn what types of cultivars are available and how to grow them. Books on the genus Iris tend to be technical rather than horticultural in their emphasis, like Brian Mathew's botanical survey of the genus. The American Iris Society book _The World of Irises_ has many chapters devoted to the history of the improvement of irises by breeding, which is more than most gardeners want or need. In any case, that book is quite dated now.

_A Guide to Bearded Irises_ is the work of Kelly D. Norris, a dedicated iris enthusiast and rising star in the world of horticulture. As the title says, the scope of the book is limited to the bearded irises, from the tiny miniature dwarfs to the tall bearded. So arilbreds and beardless types such as Siberians and Louisians are not included. Bearded irises are the most widely grown type, and provide more than enough material for a... Read more
Very disappointed in this book. Most photos and iris in book are from eastern U.S., are older forms and include very few of the new exciting varieties, and many of the iris discussed are from friend's gardens and eastern nurseries. Schreiners Iris in Oregon, which is one of the prime breeders in the U.S., are barely mentioned and only a few of their iris are included in the book. This book was a waste of money for me.
A very good book, but more for Intermediate and up iris lovers. Kelly's love is for breeding iris and it shows. However, most folks just want to plant iris in their gardens for their beauty and want most information on that.

He does give good culture points, but I personally could do without the garden design suggestions.

Overall, a bit repetitive, but I still like the book very much. A good reference to have if you are a true iris lover and not just a casual gardener.
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