Irises forum: Kerr open for business

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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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tveguy3
Mar 25, 2015 4:07 AM CST
I noticed that Kerr's website is open for business now. He didn't make any new intro's this year though. (due to health reasons)
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
Mar 25, 2015 4:11 AM CST
Yippee!!! Like I need another vendor open. I am waiting on two to open with my order already to go out and I have more ordered than I can handle.......... and I dream of more. lol
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UndertheSun
Mar 25, 2015 4:38 AM CST
Lauer is open too.

Wishing Kerr good health!
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 25, 2015 6:20 AM CST
On the other hand, I heard that "Iris On Parade" a "non-hybridizing" vendor in Kansas, has went out of business.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Mar 25, 2015 6:42 AM CST
His Iris Garden is another; website disappeared and no answer to email query. Looked at their offerings last season.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Mar 25, 2015 6:59 AM CST
I think that's sad. But when you think about what a lot of hard, physical work it is to grow and sell Irises -- it's not surprising. People get old. And tired. And discouraged when they deal with losses -- we just get disappointed, they get financially ruined. Sad
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 25, 2015 7:28 AM CST
Cynthia's iris Garden, in Arkansas , seems to have disappeared, as well ! I think "iris farming" has gotten a lot like "grain farming"......Get big, or Get out ! As you say, it's a LOT of work, and probably , for the hours spent, doesn't even make "minimum wage"for the owners !
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 25, 2015 8:18 AM CST
I think that 'His Iris Garden' retired & moved further south.
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Mar 25, 2015 8:25 AM CST
His Iris Garden was owned by Dave and Loretta Hedrick. They lived nearby in Merced. They lost several family members and were getting older. They sold their home and moved, but I don't know where they went.
South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Mar 26, 2015 7:09 AM CST
Cynthia's website is still up. I have sent her an email to check on her. No surprise when people get older or tired or discouraged and they close up shop. Dee did the "right" thing by offering her plants for a final closeout sale rather than just get rid of them.

Thanks for the other info.
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 26, 2015 7:57 AM CST
Good to hear about Cynthia's !! I'll have to try again to reach her ! I wonder, did she create a new one, with a different web address?....or, is my computer screwing up again?...or is it pilot error ?.....anyway, thanks for the update !
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Mar 26, 2015 8:59 AM CST
Any links to Kerr, etc.? Not that I really need to order any more this year......
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Moiris
Mar 26, 2015 9:53 AM CST
Here you go: http://rainbowacres2.homestead.com/Iris1.html
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
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DaveinPA
Mar 26, 2015 11:32 AM CST
Website: http://www.cynthiasirisgarden.com/
She has had some family issues this past winter so maybe that slowed things down for a while. Her daughter usually updates the website, looks like it is only partially done as the "not available" ones have clickable order buttons in most cases. She is still in business; just got email.

Iris on Parade is not in business.

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