I have ordered from Joe many times. I wish he was more modern - but you can see pictures of his Iris on the Monterrey Bay Iris Society website. His catalog lists many of the newest Iris at very reasonable prices and he ships huge rhizomes.
Terri2 Roswell, NM (Zone 7a) (8 reviews) September 8, 2010
I ordered the end of season surprise pacakge, I requested "newer and fewer" Iris, I recieved alot of iris that are 2007, 2008 ,2009 and some 2010 intros, all healthy,. Mr ghio is always willing to answer any and all questions,This is my 3rd order from him, and have always been pleased with my Iris.Will order again,
Mainecoon Shepherd, MT (14 reviews) March 21, 2010
Posted on August 10, 2006, updated March 21, 2010
This is my 1st order with Bayview, the rhizomes were very large in size & had good root which is very important
for them to get established to survive my Wyoming winters. Will report back next year, but so far was happy with order.On March 21st, 2010, Mainecoon added the following:
I have ordered before from Bayview and just received last week an order for this year. Just as before, the plants were large, healthy, and fresh, and I was thrilled with the number of bonuses sent with my package: two present year introductions and two more from the last two years. I think Joe Ghio's irises are some of the prettiest available, and I am happy that they grow beautifully in my area.
I will continue to purchase from Bayview Gardens.
Tntigger Greeneville, TN (Zone 6b) (28 reviews) June 9, 2006
Excellent place for newer irises.Also on my list of companies that I just have to send an order to every year: )
terry94705 Berkeley, CA (6 reviews) August 5, 2005
I was geared up for a bad experience here. Bay View doesn't acknowledge your order or let you know when they will ship. I tried a small order with them to check them out. I must say I was won over when I opened the box. The rhizomes were hefty and even though it was a small order, gifts were generous. I got a two-fer on one plant--I assume because the rhz were smaller-- but even the "small" rhz were as big as some I got from another grower. I will order from them again.
doss Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) (39 reviews) August 3, 2005
Great experience ordering and the rhizomes were beautiful. The cultivars they carry are really tops and the prices are right. They were very generous with bonus plants and I'd order from them again in a second.
flowerfrenzy Vancouver, WA (Zone 7a) (42 reviews) July 21, 2005
The rhizomes I received from this company were large and healthy. They even sent several smaller rhizomes of brand new or newer introductions as bonuses, which was an unexpected surprise. The only drawback to this company is that they sell out of many varieties quickly, so be sure to order early!
I was very pleased with my order, huge rhizomes were sent and they were extremely generous with bonuses. I will definately be ordering again.
Margiempv Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) (30 reviews) December 7, 2004
I have ordered from Bay View Gardens for over 10 years now. Joe Ghio's iris have ALWAYS been fresh, large to HUGE, true to name, quarantees his iris, and has always sent nice extras included in each order.
His website went up for the first time, just this year 2004, and is a pleasure to view.
I will continue to do business with him. Highly recommended!
It has been several years ago since I last ordered from this grower. The plants were pathetically small and did not survive my harsh winter. Ghio's iris are hybridized and grown under the most ideal climate conditions in the world for tall bearded iris. Once they are exposed to the continental climate that most of the USA has, they often have trouble.
I will not order from this grower again although I was a regular customer for several years.
I have purchased iris from Joe Ghio at Bay View for many years and can't recommend it highly enough. No color pictures so you might need to be knowledgeable about the newer varieties. The best deal is to send him a sum of money and receive his surprise package.
My mother has recommended Bay View Irises to me for years and I was truly impressed with the very fine Iris rhizomes that I received. They are quite large and green, even after shipping from Santa Cruz to the Miami area! Their free gifts were quite impressive as well, including several smaller rhizomes of new introductions that are quite pricey. They allow you to request shipping periods, which is an important consideration for the working gardener. All of the plants my mother has ordered over the past decade have survived and thrived. She has never had a problem. Mine have not bloomed yet (out of season right now), but are looking healthy.