Gardening News

Iris Encyclopedia Goes Online

The American Iris Society is developing a comprehensive online source of iris information and needs your help.

Using Wikipedia as the prototype, the new iris encyclopedia encourages contributions from a range of sources—botanists, horticulturalists and iris specialists are all participating.

If you grow irises and take good pictures of them, you can add your images and information to the site as well. The magic of a wiki is to share knowledge and help others draw conclusions on the potential of a plant in their area, in this case on the iris.

The site currently contains over 45,700 iris cultivars and more than 35,700 images. The goal is one million photos. Anyone can use the site for free.

The American Iris Society sponsors it, and donations are always accepted, but like public television it is a resource open to all.

wiki.irises.org/bin/view