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Re: Question

"The Gardener's Iris Book" by William Shear is great for learning about the various types of iris, their cultural needs and care. It is the only book I would recommend for such information. In my opinion, all of the other books are either incomplete or have information I consider wrong or bad. I stock this book for sale to my customers and I recommend it highly. I have or have grown most of the types of iris mentioned so have personal experience on most of the topics.
"Iris, Flower of the Rainbow" is mediocre at best.
"The Iris" by Brian Mathew is about species iris. If you are interested in that sort of thing, the book is a classic. If you are not interested, the book is of little worth.
"The Siberian Iris" is very good if you are interested in all aspects of Siberian irises. If you simply want information about growing Siberians, the first book on the list is even better.
I own and have read all of the above iris books and a number of others as well. Hope this information helps. You are definitely right about the lack of useful information from that listing.
Harold Peters     
Beautiful View Iris Garden,    
El Dorado Hills, CA      USDA zone 9
harold@directcon.net    http://www.beautiful-view-iris.com
-----Original Message-----
From: VAN BOURGOGNIE Filip <Filip.VanBourgognie@bivv.be>
To: iris-photos@onelist.com <iris-photos@onelist.com>
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 3:37 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Question

Hi all,
I have found some references to Iris books which are for sale via the internet and I would like to ask you all if there is someone out there who knows any of these books and would like to recommend any of them to me.  It's so hard to judge a book if the only things you got are a thumbnail picture of the cover and the publisher's whereabouts.  The place to find them is http://www.proxis.be (english) and you 'll get the list of books by just searching the database by typing the word "iris" in the field for the book title.  Thanks for your time.  We could all learn from this I hope.
Belgian Institute for Road Safety

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