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Aug 24, 2015 6:29 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
Hi everyone. I know its getting to late to order this year. What would be your top 3 to 5 places to order irises from. Is there any you would kind of stay away from at all. I have seen mixed reviews about getting them on eBay, so I will stay away that route. Thanks for the input.
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Aug 24, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
There are many I haven't ordered from that I've heard good things about..
My favorites are:
Superstition, Napa Iris, Sisters Iris, Mid-America, Bluebird Haven.

I've also received nice Iris from:
Exline, & Iris city

There are a couple that I'm not inclined to order from again based on the number of wrongly named rhizomes I've received. Other folks have had good luck with them, but that wasn't my experience.
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Aug 24, 2015 6:57 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Mid-America is top-notch. Schreiner's is an old, established respected grower and vendor.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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Aug 24, 2015 6:58 PM CST
Name: Lynn Golovich
Wyandotte, mi (Zone 6b)
"It's never to late to be what you
Mid American and blue j iris.
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Aug 24, 2015 7:07 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The thread "Vendor list" in Irises forum most of these are pretty good suppliers, and were all recommended by folks on the forum. As to "personal favorites", a lot depends on what "type" of iris you are looking for....new ? historic ? median ? rebloomers ?....some of these vendors "lean" towards one type, or another, and that can make a lot of difference in where a person wants to shop.
That being said....and all things being equal, I would have to say that if Superstition has what you want.....that's the place I would buy it !
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Aug 24, 2015 7:17 PM CST
Name: Richard
Joshua Tree (Zone 9a)
Birds Herbs Irises Ponds Plant and/or Seed Trader
I have mostly historics, but have some newer ones like crocked little.smile, Brazilian art and.lovely senorita. I like some of the schrieners irises. If those help at all.
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Aug 24, 2015 7:23 PM CST
Name: Linnea
Southern Maine, border 5b/6a (Zone 5b)
Composter Daylilies Garden Art Irises Organic Gardener Permaculture
Plant and/or Seed Trader Winter Sowing
I was very happy with Iris City Gardens http://www.iriscitygardens.com... and Nola's http://www.walking-p-bar.com/s...
Don't make fear based decisions.
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Aug 24, 2015 7:53 PM CST
Name: Jen Jax
Northern Kentucky (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Dog Lover Irises Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
My top 4, because to hit 5 I have several that rank just so so. These 4 are my fav by far!

Iris sisters
Superstition
Mid America
Napa country iris
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Aug 24, 2015 10:20 PM CST
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
irises
Charter ATP Member Cottage Gardener Irises Region: Northeast US Region: United Kingdom Region: United States of America
Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Winterberry Iris Gardens & Rocky Top Iris are good ones in the East.
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Aug 24, 2015 10:33 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
I've heard that they're good too Lucy. I haven't had the pleasure of ordering from them.

I forgot to add Joe Ghio's Bayview Gardens. Beautiful rhizomes.
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Aug 25, 2015 4:09 AM CST
Name: Patrick
Toms River, New Jersey (Zone 7a)
Dog Lover Irises Lilies Region: New Jersey Orchids Region: Pennsylvania
Roses
I grow Historical irises, and I have ordered my rhizomes this year from the following vendors:

* Iris City Gardens
* Winterberry Gardens
* Superstition
* Joyful Irises
* Bluebird Haven Iris Gardens
* Williamson Farm Flowers
* Ozark Iris Gardens

I have been very pleased with the rhizomes received this year from the above Vendors.
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Aug 25, 2015 7:31 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
My top picks would be

Winterberry
Blue J.
Stout
Superstition
Longs
International
Iris Sisters

So many good ones but the above named seemed to go above and beyond to make sure I was happy with my purchases.
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Aug 25, 2015 10:22 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I'd agree with many here, with Iris Sisters first, then Superstition , Napa and Mid-America and Stout and Blue J, Salmon Creek - but I
ordered from Burgard for the first time this year and the rhizomes were huge! Prices were low!
Will buy from them again.
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Aug 25, 2015 10:45 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Burgard only grows and sells TB's, right? I usually buy a few TB's but I like to fill out the order with MTB's and dwarfs.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Aug 25, 2015 10:49 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I second Burgards. I wish she had more than tall bearded iris, but she is great to work with!

I also recommend Stout's, Blue J, Napa, Iris Sisters, Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm, International and Wild Iris Rows. I really like Schreiner's too but I have had one wrong iris out of each of my last 3 orders. I would say the digging crew isn't doing well with their labeling.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Aug 25, 2015 10:55 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Schreiner's has gotten to be a very big company and it is impossible to deal with the public on a one-on-one basis when you are that big. They have some beautiful irises and I do order from them every other year but I have gotten to the point where I like to deal with the smaller companies.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Aug 25, 2015 10:57 AM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
I'm a semi-retired studio potter.
Dog Lover Region: California Organic Gardener Daylilies Irises Hummingbirder
Dahlias Garden Art Cat Lover Vegetable Grower Birds Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I have to say that in my experience, Schreiner's is great on replacements.
The woman that takes orders or complaints over the phone is very helpful.
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Aug 25, 2015 10:58 AM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
Keeper of Poultry Roses Photo Contest Winner: 2015
As Bonnie and Leslie said... I agree
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Aug 25, 2015 10:59 AM CST
Name: Greg Hodgkinson
Hanover PA (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Irises Region: Japan Region: Pennsylvania
Superstition Iris Gardens
Stoney Creek Irises (added a large number of MTB's which should start showing up in 2016)
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Aug 25, 2015 11:02 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I have not tried Stoney Creek Irises. I will check it out for next year.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?

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