Horticulturist Kelly Norris and his family’s Rainbow Iris Farm are being honored by Martha Stewart as one of this year’s 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Winners.
Norris, an author who has visited Eastern Iowa a number of times, including as a speaker at this year’s Winter Gardening Fair in Cedar Rapids, is receiving the award today in New York City.
Rainbow Iris Farm, in southwest Iowa near Bedford, is a mail-order only specialty nursery specializing in distinctive, high-performing irises that hybridizes and evaluates new irises from up-and-coming breeders around the country.
Besides managing the farm, Norris is director of horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.
See photos of Norris at the 2015 Winter Gardening Fair and learn more about the Martha Stewart American Made Winners award, below:
Rainbow Iris Farm, along with nine other winners, will be celebrated at the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit in November —a networking event and creative maker lecture series with industry leaders and innovators held at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s headquarters in New York City.
In addition to being celebrated at the Summit, these accomplished honorees will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, a trip for two to New York City for the Summit, and the opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and on MarthaStewart.com, all to help promote and grow their businesses.
Rainbow Iris Farm, Kelly Norris – Bedford, Iowa
Norris’s childhood dream came true at age 15, when he talked his parents into buying an iris farm. Thirteen years later, the mail-order company specializing in unusual irises that he owns and operates with his parents is still going strong. Today Norris is focusing on breeding unique varieties.