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OT-BIO: Tom Waters

Hello, everyone.

Some of you may remember me as Tom Tadfor Little. I started Iris-L (the 
ancestor of this list) in 1996. I've been away for irises for some time, 
having had a number of life changes (in particular, a divorce that had me 
living in apartments with no garden for awhile. In 2010, my new wife and I 
bought a home on 1.1 acres of land, and I started digging up the ground 
everywhere I could. The iris bug bit, and I decided to get back into things 
(particularly hybridizing). Last year I joined the Yahoo groups for the 
Aril Society and SIGNA. I didn't join this list at that time, because I 
prefer to interact on the web rather than by email these days, and also my 
interests are rather specialized. But poking around the archives on 
hort.net, it seemed like there were some interesting conversations here and 
that the volume would not overwhelm my email inbox.

I've been growing irises on and off since the 1970s (off more often than 
on, I think, if I totaled up the years). I've also been involved in several 
iris societies, been a judge, etc. My focus now is on growing a modest 
collection of irises well, in the context of a garden that is a pleasant 
outdoor space. I have about 200 now, most acquired this year, and most 
relevant to my hybridizing ideas in one way or another. I'm looking forward 
to bloom next spring, now that I've made this solid start and the garden is 

It's nice to see many familiar names here, and it will be fun to join the 

There's more about my iris interests on my website 

I also seem to spend a lot of time on Facebook these days (oh well). Feel 
free to stop by at 
http://www.facebook.com/groups/144961258880171/#!/tom.l.waters and send me 
a friend request if you like.

Happy irising,

Tom Waters   

Telperion Oasis ~ www.telp.com/irises    

Cuyamungue, New Mexico, USA  

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