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Reviews of The Gardener's Iris Book

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Author (1): William Shear
Author (2): Roger Foley (photographer)

Softcopy edition:
Publish date: January 2002
Published by: Taunton Press
List price: $17.95
ISBN Number: 1561585602



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Positive Pistil On Oct 16, 2013, Pistil wrote:

Really nice overview of the entire range of irises (hybrids and species) for your American garden. The emphasis is on what growing conditions each group came from and thus what it requires, and what parts of the country it will be good for. It helped me know why some types had not survived in my garden, and gave suggestions what else to try instead.

Positive rebecca101 On Jun 6, 2008, rebecca101 wrote:

Excellent reference on irises with lots of lovely photos. It has sections on the various types of irises (bearded, siberian, louisiana, bulbous, waterside, drought tolerant, and shade loving irises), with detailed information about the culture of each. I learned a lot from this book about which irises to select for my region and how to grow them.

Positive Joan On Jul 10, 2005, Joan wrote:

I borrowed several iris books from the library to do some research for the PF, and this one is the most helpful and informative one I borrowed.

I don't own it yet, but I think I'm going to buy it.

Positive Terry On Feb 26, 2004, Terry wrote:

I've borrowed this one from our library (I have it out on loan right now, in fact); it's most definitely a helpful book, especially to those who are fairly new to irises (or wanting to learn more about the various types.)

Positive Margiempv On Feb 13, 2004, Margiempv wrote:

I own this book. Another great book! 169 pages (in hardback) of great detailed information, with photos that show and help to explain the material he is covering.

Whether he is discussing "space age irises", or "form", or "digging and dividing", or "pests" (like the iris borer moth) you'll find detailed pictures within the topic showing exactly what he is talking about.

This book covers everything from a guided tour of the Genus Iris, to ordering irises, to growing them, to amending and mulching the soil, to bloom care, to diseases and pests, to hybridizing, to growing them from seed, and on and on. A WEALTH OF INFORMATION!

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