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Genius Program: "Japanese Iris: History & Culture"
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM PDT
Category: Programs

HPSO Gen(i)us Program featuring Chad Harris
"Japanese Iris: History & Culture"

Chad Harris has been growing and hybridizing Iris ensata (Hanashobu or Japanese Iris) for over forty years.   A member of the Japanese Iris Society of Japan recently approached Chad and requested that he grow and officially catalogue several of their “historic” Irises.   Many of these Irises are from the Edo Period (1603-1868), and are the foundation of today’s irises.
Together we will discover the many flower forms of Iris ensata, and learn about how they were cherished and displayed in Japan during one of the most peaceful and culturally rich periods of that country's history.  We will also learn about the demanding cultural needs of these magnificent plants.

About Chad Harris
Chad Harris is the past President of the Greater Portland Iris Society and the current Vice President and Master Judge for the American Iris Society.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work hybridizing Iris ensata, and has received many awards from The American Iris Society.  Chad owns Mt Pleasant Iris Farm in Washougal, Washington, and speaks to interested groups around the world.

This is a Zoom presentation.  Price is $5 for members; $10 for non-members.
Registration will open about 3 weeks prior to the event.
HPSO programs are recorded and available for two weeks following the original presentation to all those who register for the programs.

Chad Harris


Contact: [email protected]