Chad Harris of Mt Pleasant Iris Farm has been growing many different species of irises in southwest Washington for 40 years. He is respected in the iris world as a Master Judge with the American Iris Society and for his work with Iris ensata of which several of his introductions hold National Awards. He also enjoys working with the Asian water species Iris laevigata.

Chad in a seedling field of Iris ensata.
Chad in a seedling field of Iris ensata.

Currently, he and a handful of hybridizers worldwide are using Iris ensata to create a new iris hybrid called “Pseudata” that is longer blooming and more tolerant of cultural needs.

Chad is available for club speaks and sanctioned AIS Judges Training Classes.

Over the years several articles regarding the water-loving iris of Asia have been written and published.

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