|Superstition Iris Gardens 2011--Williamson image|
|'Subtle Beauty' (Tasco)--Tasco image|
|Paul Black image|
Going to an iris show is a good place to start to see all types of irises, though usually shows are designed for best Tall Bearded bloom. At the show you will meet local members and the local society often will have a garden tour that you can join and see irises in the garden. Take along a notepad to write down the names of varieties that you like and do well in your area.
|Napa County Iris Garden|
You may also have a local garden selling irises and a visit there is always productive.
If this whets your interest, then the next step may be to join the local society. They are a good source of social interaction with other gardeners, plants, and good information.
If you are really interested, considering joining the American Iris Society. The society has a new, young, energetic editor, Kelly Norris, who is working hard to produce a diverse product. If you interest is in Tall Bearded, TheTall Bearded Iris Society is a good bet—a 10.00 a year membership, with two magazine sized, full color publications a year, is a great deal for the money.
|'Endless Ocean' -- Beaumont Ridge image|
|Blue Jay Iris Gardens -- Jedick image|
Blue Jay Iris Garden. They have a huge list with many older, tried and proven varieties. The website is a bit hard to navigate and if you have specific varieties that you are trying to buy, use the search function of the site to locate them. They are hybridizing Space Age irises and have some very interesting recent introductions in that area: http://www.bluejiris.com
|'Center Line' (T. Johnson '11) -- Paul Black image|
Mid America Iris Gardens. Full color catalog or look at the PDF catalog at the website; there is also a PDF of the order form so that you can order if you want. They have a good selection of median irises (bearded irises under 27” tall) too: http://www.mid-americagarden.com
|'Teasing Tiger' -- Napa County Iris photo|
Napa Country Iris Garden. Lovely stock and the easiest to use website that I have found for any iris garden. The list is a nice combination of newer varieties and older, tried and proven irises: http://www.napairis.com
|'Harmonous Flow' (Nicodemus '12)--Nicodemus image|
|'Pinkablue' (Richardson '12)--Richardson image|
Rockytop Gardens. Black and white catalog with some color. The owner looks for good, hardy varieties that go well in his “freeze and thaw” climate in Tennessee and he is especially adept at finding varieties that have been overlooked, but are very good. Stock is very nice:http://rockytopgardens.com
Schreiner's Iris Garden. Full color catalog or order online. They also have a good selection of slightly older medians and a small selection of beardless irises too: http://www.schreinersgardens.com
|'Sand Dancer' -- Tasco image|