2020 Welcome Letter
Hello friends, customers, and relatives,
I am very happy to report that we made it. 2020 is our 40th year to be in business!
I had no idea when I dug up a few irises from old local home sites to plant on our farm in the late '70s, that it would lead to a full-time career for the next four decades.
I had been hybridizing since the late '70s, and in 1986 we bought the iris division of Gilbert Wild and Sons at Sarcoxie, Missouri. That summer, we moved 250,000 plants to our farm. My life was changed forever.
By the early '90s we started printing our first color catalogs. We continued publishing annual catalogs until 2010 when we moved to a total online sales effort with a website and email updates. And, later, we were early users of Facebook to stay in contact with our customers. Our online and walk-in sales have been very successful ever since.
I am now 72 years old and I have started to cut back irises on the farm. I plan to continue the website at least a little longer. However, quantities of individual iris varieties will be reduced drastically. Our shipping seasons will also be shortened.
God willing, I will hybridize as long as I can. I have many, many, new and improved seedlings in both bearded and spuria irises under intro consideration. The garden will remain open during bloom season for viewing and ordering. However, I'll remind you that if you wait until bloom season to order, you may be disappointed in your selections.
2019 was the biggest year in sales that we ever recorded. You, our wonderful friends and customers made this possible. I genuinely want to thank you.
It was also the worst year I have had in 40 years of trying to hire garden employees. I am very interested in anyone locally that might want to work for us. Most of our work is part-time, and we will fit jobs to help you work when you need specific hours.
I honestly care about you and your gardens. Be sure to sign up for our culture newsletter on the website. We have signed up over 3000 people. I will continue to try to answer and publish all I can about iris culture and answer any questions that you may have. Many garden clubs and iris societies have been copying the newsletters and giving them to their members. I welcome you to do the same and share my newsletters with your friends and garden club members.
God Bless you, your gardens, your families, and certainly our country.