By Andi Rivarola
We iris lovers take for granted the huge amount of information that is available online, and because there are so many people sharing their love for iris with photographs, blogs, and plainly just posts on Facebook, we forget that there are those in the iris community that are really experts in the field.
I didn’t know anything about Kevin Vaughn just a few months ago, and didn’t think of him as an expert when I first met him. In fact I thought of him as another iris fan with an amazing taste for garden design, but after reading all the details in his book I realized that the love for irises runs deeply than that for him.
Today I believe that he has not only great advice to give on how to grow irises successfully, but also offers a multitude of information that makes reading his new book a joy.
During the recent National Convention of The American Iris Society, held in Portland, Oregon, attendees were able to experience the beauty of Kevin Vaughn’s garden twice. Once during the pre-convention (optional) tour, and then as part of the Siberian & Species Convention held after the regular convention. It was during these two sessions that I had the pleasure to meet Kevin Vaughn and enjoy his friendly demeanor, and also his knowledge of irises.
|Pacific Coast iris 'Caught in the Wind' (Joseph Ghio, R. 2012)|
So why write about beardless irises? Kevin says,”Compared to their bearded iris cousins, the beardless irises have remained a secret to many gardeners…”
With this gorgeous book, suddenly a wide variety of non-bearded iris types are introduced in a way that is easy to understand, with a multitude of photographs to tempt the unsuspecting reader to take a chance; perhaps grow a few of them.
|Louisiana iris 'Aqua Velva' (Kevin Vaughn, R. 2014)|
You will also find answers to the following questions:
"What are beardless irises?"
"What is the purpose of the beard on bearded irises, and how do beardless irises do without them?"
|Pacific Coast Native iris 'Moderator' (Joseph Ghio, R. 2011)|
|Vaughn Seedling 40-chromosome Siberian iris seedling|
|Vaughn wide-ruffled Spuria iris seedling|
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"BEARDLESS IRISES, A Plant For Every Garden Situation" is available via Amazon.com