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  • Bliss Irises, Family and Flowers


    Anne Milner presents her family history and gardening in a unique and very personal journey.   Anne, with her love of plants, was exploring her great, great grandfather’s legacy.  She learned that he built the Bliss Tweed Mill when she also discovered  an uncle Arthur who worked with early 20th century irises.  Arthur J. Bliss was well traveled and became famous in the horticultural world for breeding and introducing the iris “Dominion”.  It took the world by storm when it was introduced in 1917 and is found in the pedigree of hundreds of modern irises. 

    The book is filled with stunning photographs, watercolors by Fern Harden and line drawings.   These HIPS copies are signed by Anne.

  • Dream Gardener by George H. Edmonds


    Bertrand Farr’s first catalog in 1908 amazingly listed over 400 irises.  Soon there after he won a Gold Medal in San Francisco.   John Wister credited Farr with creating America’s passion for irises. This book, Dream Gardener, explains Farr’s early life in Iowa and Boston and then, in midlife, how his extraordinary meteoric rise to fame in Wyomissing, PA, culminated in his pioneering not only irises, but also peonies and daylilies.  This 158-page book generously features period photographs, including those from colored glass slides, as well as plant lists, lyrical essays and poems Farr composed for his popular catalogs. If you are a historic iris fan, you’ll want to add this book to your library!   ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF COPIES ARE AVAILABLE.   (HIPS received these copies as a gift from the author.)

  • HIPS Note Cards


    Irises have traditionally been ascribed with some of these attributes: faith, hope, wisdom, courage and admiration.  These cards will allow you to use these floral characteristics to highlight your personal notes.  12 water-colored note cards and white envelops, approximately 4″ x 6″ with HIPS inscribed in blue script on the front.

  • ROOTS Electronic Copies 1988-2014


    Receive all copies of the HIPS publication: ROOTS from 1988 to 2014 on a flash drive to view at your pleasure!

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