Posted on July 27, 2013, updated July 26, 2014
Posted on September 14, 2012, updated July 27, 2013
Exline Iris has some really rare and unique historics alot of which nobody else carries and most importantly they are 100% true to name. They are the only one i know of in the united states that carries the true 'Inca Chief' as the ones going around from dealers in CA are much to yellow for a kleinsorge Iris and to be Inca Chief in my opinion. We spoke with Jim on the phone and was a really neat person to talk too about iris as he has been growing iris for close to 40 years and also has many varieties in his fields that are not listed on the website so you may want to call and ask he probably has it or knows who does. whats neat about ordering from Exline too is that he includes the price of shipping in the cost of each bulb so instead paying 4 bucks for a bulb like other vendors you pay usually like 5-9 bucks depending on the rarity and no shipping. We Recieved 2 Awesome 'Giant Rose' Schrieners historic bulbs from 1959 as a bonus as we had the option to either recive the extra of our chosing or an extra bulb of 2 of the varieties in the order if he had ones. Exline Iris is a nice place.
On July 27th, 2013, themikesmom added the following:
2013 was another Wonderful order of some really rare historics from Exline, bulbs were incredibly healthy with nice long root systems. We purchased 'Annette' which is an extremely rare historic pink and 'Corps de Ballet' a beautiful tall light pink space aged modern with light blue horns, and recieved an Awesome extra Annette fan and several bonuses too including 'Accent' from Buss 1953 and Helen Colingwood 1949!. Thanks Jim!!!On July 26th, 2014, themikesmom added the following:
2014 Order was Another Awesome Year of Incredibly Rare Cultivars, Nice Sized Healthy Fans, and Wonderful Bonus Plants! Most Importantly Jim's Knowledge, Expertise, Enthusiasm and Shared love of Beautiful old Rare
Iris Cultivars and Most Importantly His Friendship, is what makes it all Worth While. Highly Recommended Seller! Can Hardly wait till next Year! in the meantime we also can hardly wait to see Our New, Rare 'Crispette', 'Meggie', 'Pink Garland', 'Pretty Carol', 'Father Rigney' and 'Crinkled Beauty' fans that we just scored bloom this coming Spring !!!!! :-) Thanks Jim !!!!! :-)
On Jul 25, 2014, crowrita1 Lyndon, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:
This was my first order with this grower, and I was impressed with the selection offered, as well as the health of the plants. I also received several nice "gift" iris..Thank You ! Definitely a good place to do business!...........Arlyn
On Sep 9, 2013, beingblondagain Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
My Mother and I visited Exline's in the Spring. Jim was so nice and helpful. The iris garden is beautiful and well organized. We ordered several iris'. (There are sooo many to choose from!) Jim called us in July to pick up our orders. When we arrived, it was bagged and ready to go. He even threw in a handfull of extras! I can't wait until they bloom in the Spring! Great family business!
I recently had a very good experience with Jim and Twana. Yes, I'm ordering irises late in the season-Exline had a particular iris I couldn't find elsewhere. I called to check on the irises in stock (per instructions on the website) and spoke with Twana who immediately knew what she did have and one iris she needed to check on. I went ahead and emailed the order and immediately Jim replied with a confirmation. A few days later (after a shipping confirmation) I received my new irises! They were packed very well in the box, they were clean and healthy rhizomes. Both Twana and Jim stressed that one rhizome in particular would be "small" but when I received it the rhizome was in no way puny. I emailed a note of thanks (they sent bonus irises!) and a question (we're having 100+ degree days lately) and even Jim replied to that! I will definitely order from them again! They are so very nice, they have a great selection (I like the historic irises, too), and they filled the order quickly! The one bad thing about Exline Iris Gardens is that I can't visit them in person!!! (Too far away! LOL) No last minute orders from me next year (however, I think the irises will be just fine).
Exline Iris Garden is the go-to place for quality iris at affordable prices. They have a huge selection of iris, mostly the tall beardeds, as well as several varieties of miniature, dwarf, intermediate, border and my fav, miniature tall bearded! No other online gardening site offers the selection and prices of Exline Iris Garden. This spring was my second purchase. Individualized customer care and excellent service will bring me back for a third visit :)
On Jan 26, 2013, diwvgarden Hedgesville, WV wrote:
It is great to visit when the iris are in bloom and Mr. Exline does not mind visitors that do not purchase anything. I have ordered for 2 years and most of the iris bloomed the first year after planting. I look forward to picking out new iris each spring. Just looking at his website when it is winter-time makes you want warmer weather to come soon.
On Sep 12, 2012, DaleMom Cresaptown-Bel Air, MD wrote:
I visited the Iris Garden in the summer and was wowed by all the beautiful healthy plants. I placed an order and was notified in the late summer that my plants were ready for pick up, I even got some surprises! Mr. Exline is a joy to talk with. We enjoyed our visit and will return.
On Sep 7, 2012, irisangeles Pimmit Hills, VA wrote:
We couldn't be happier with this garden and the service we have received with our order. I strongly recommend this place! Jim has created a magnificent iris garden, with more kinds of irises than I have ever seen. His love of flowers is obvious through the patience and dedication he has for them. My husband and I enjoy going to the Exline Garden just to admire the irises, but this year we also ordered some bulbs. The package arrived today, as previously discussed with Jim, and everything was very well packed and labelled. He has been most accommodating with our requests and very prompt to reply to our emails. I strongly recommend this place and doing business with Jim - and I can't wait for that time of the year when the irises to bloom again!:)
On Aug 17, 2012, wvrockfarmer Philippi, WV (Zone 5a) wrote:
I found Exline Iris Garden on line, and quickly realized that I would be making the trip to visit. Timed it perfect for the peak bloom....we were in awe! Jim was very helpful and took time to answer some questions for us. I placed my order while we were there and had him ship it. Which was a good thing, because we had to build a new iris bed! His rhizomes are nice and healthy, got my bonus iris too. I'm very pleased with the entire transaction, and look forward to doing business with Jim again.
I wish that every iris company was as nice to deal with as Exline has been. Their customer service is great and they genuinely seem to want to please the customer. This is my first year that I have ordered from them and I am very pleased with the healthy look of the plants and the size of the rhizomes. I will be glad to order more plants from this company. Positive experiences will definitely get return customers!
I placed my first order with Exline Iris after reading a review here on Dave's. I contacted Mr. Exline on Sunday evening to verify that the iris I wanted were in stock (as requested on the website) and Mr. Exline responded that same night letting me know that his records indicated all was good to go but that he would confirm the plants in the field the following morning. On Monday, he emailed me informing me that all was good and so I placed my order. Wow - what great service! The iris were shipped out Tuesday and have arrived here this morning, Thursday, in great shape. All of the iris are clean, plump and good sized. Mr. Exline even included a bonus iris! I can definitely recommend Exline Iris - great prices with no additional shipping or handling fees, really nice quality iris, prompt communication and ultra-quick shipping. A fantastic company to business with - Thank you, Mr. Exline!
On Aug 1, 2012, plantgnome1 nowhere land, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:
This was my first order with Exline, I ordered 2 forge fire, 2 Miss Illini and one Supreme Sultan-irises. Package arrived in excellent condition, packaged great and on top of it all I got 2 bonus Iris-Queen in Calico and Spartan all excellent sizes with healthy roots. I am extremely pleased with my order, customer service and large selection of Irises they carry. If you are an Iris fan-you must give them a try. You won't be disappointed. Thanks Jim!
On Jul 28, 2012, wvrhia Martinsburg, WV (Zone 7a) wrote:
I first purchased irises from Exline's four years ago. My original purchase was about 15 different irises. They are absolutely beautiful - healthy, large, beautiful color. I just picked up my second group today, and am confident they will be just as beautiful. Would recommend visiting his website, http://www.exlineirisgarden.com or, if you live anywhere near the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, it is so worth the visit to the garden in mid- to late- May.
On Oct 28, 2011, star_woman Warfordsburg, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:
Mr. Exline has a beautiful iris garden during bloom season and is definitely worth the trip to see all the different varieties of irises he has. I have been a returning customer for the past three years and have had good luck with all the iris plants I purchased from him. He is very knowledgeable and eager to share his iris growing tips with you. I highly recommend his iris garden to anyone who is either a beginner or an experienced iris gardener.
On Aug 23, 2011, Cindysmith1977 Woodstock, MD wrote:
Just visiting this garden to see an amazing collection of irises is worth the trip. Add to it an avid iris expert, vast selection, very easy transaction, and high quality merchandise. Where an excellent merchant distinguishes themselves from a good one is when a mistake occurs with an order. When this occurred, Jim was very responsive, gave me the full benefit of the doubt, and really made up for my slight order snag. He has earned a repeat customer. And although I have never successfully planted irises, given the quality of the plants and the specific planting information, my plants are looking great. Can't wait til next season!
If you are ever near Berkley Springs, WV in May/early June don't miss this wonderful Iris garden in bloom! BEAUTIFUL!!
Service and prices are good. Instuctions included with shipment are most helpful. Never knew there were so many varieties and colors of iris!
On Aug 6, 2011, Cobiakeith GREAT CACAPON, WV wrote:
There is a fantastic selection of iris to choose from which can be shipped to you. I originally bought a couple of plants to "try out" and have now created several different iris gardens at home; each with its own personality and beauty. Jim is very knowledgeable and has mentored me to create these beautiful gardens at home.
On Aug 3, 2011, glc107 Cresaptown-Bel Air, MD wrote:
I have been buying Iris's from Jim for numerous years. My experience buying Iris's from him is he is knowledgeable snd willing to help you with the product he sells. I enjoy doing business with him because usually there is someone there who has information about the area as well as Jim. Where to eat or where to pick fruit that is in season. I would recommend anyone looking for Iris's to plant go to Exline's.
I have been going to Mr. Exline for many years, since we first discovered his place, near Berkeley Springs, WV. He is a great person, completely knowledgable about Iris. I have brought my mother when she was living and also my mother-inlaw to see his Iris Garden. It's great. Jim will stand behind his product 100%. If you like Iris like my wife & I do you need to visit Jim's garden in the spring.
I discovered Exline Iris Garden in 2009. It was enchanting. I loved the irises and better yet - the deer don't. Since there were too many to choose from, I used the web site to help find just the right irises for my garden. I have since spread the word to friends and family of this "WV secret garden." This year I purchased several irises for my daughter in AL who I'm sure will enjoy these as much as I do.
This is a true little piece of heaven in WV. To visit the gardens in spring is like stepping into a beautiful impressionist water color. It was my first visit and Jim was very helpful, spent lots time introducing me to the world of iris. At pickup time, the orders are dug and well organized. I even had a few unmarked extras in my order. The roots are plump and healthy looking. I will definitely going back next spring, and I know lots of friends I am taking with me!
I have been going to Mr. Exline for many years, since we first discovered his place, near Berkeley Springs, WV, and, subsequently, using his online service. He is a totally nice person, completely knowledgable, gentle with those of us less experienced in gardening (me!), and 100% reliable. Whether going there in person or working with him on the internet, he brings the same integrity to the table. The irises are gorgeous, and come in the mail beautifully packaged and safe.
Jim Exline is a knowledgeable and nice man who grows and sells absolutely stunning iris. I have been eight years to his garden to select my purchases, and he then mails what I have selected a month or so later. Everything arrives in excellent condition, he is extremely organized, and precise. I have used his website as a reference and it accurately reflect what is in his garden. I can't say enough nice things about my experience buying from him. The iris I have grown bring so much joy. They are beautiful. In fact, I'm planting this year's purchase as soon as I write this. Elizabeth Bellamy shepherdstown, wv
I've visited the garden for the past several years and have been blown away by the variety of irises offered. This was my first year to purchase and it definitely won't be the last. Mr. Exline is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly, and I loved being able to walk around with my order sheet and see the flowers I wanted to purchase. Great communications, excellent prices and an fabulous selection. I highly recommend Mr. Exline and his Iris Garden as a great source for quality rhizomes.
On Jul 22, 2011, fromdonegal Clear Spring, MD wrote:
This company deserves and A++, they are the only place I buy my irises from! They are extremely knowledgeable and very, very helpful. The quality of the bulbs is incredible. You have to visit the gardens in May if possible, they are breathtaking. I won't buy my Irises anywhere else. Thanks Jim!
Very positive! Mr. Exline is very helpful, informed and knowledgeable. No matter how busy he was, there was never any feeling of being rushed. His business is very organized, and he has a multitude of beautiful irises to choose from. I plan on contacting him earlier next spring so I can have more of a choice. That way everything won't be picked over. I highly recommend this business.
On Jul 24, 2009, maryann15 Berkeley Springs, WV wrote:
An excellent experience when we visited the garden during the
blooming season and made our selection. Upon pick-up of our selection after digging, the garden was extremely well organized
and our materials were in bags awaiting us. This operation is first-
class from your entrance to the parking lot to leaving with your
Mr Exline is very well informed, quite personable and a good
conversationalist - all of which only serve to make your time
there more enjoyable,
Will definitely return - if only to see the plants in bloom next year.