Kelly Norris is a 20-something rising-star horticulturist and author, hailed in recent news as an "undownable plantsman," "a gardening evangelist," and "the unofficial Gen Y gardening spokesman."
Kelly D. Norris is a 20-something, award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first horticulture manager at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, a newly revitalized 14-acre public garden in Des Moines, Iowa. He’s popularly known for his book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts from Timber Press, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award. His next book—Plants with Style—is due out in December 2015. As a speaker, he has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture. Kelly’s career began at age 15 when he talked his parents into buying a nursery (Rainbow Iris Farm), and since then he’s become one of the few gurus on marketing horticulture to emerging demographics.
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Charles M. Yurgalevitch from NYBG, Bronx, NY - 07/26/2016 09:14:23
Kelly Norris spoke before a group of over 100 interns. He's an excellent and inspiring speaker. He's amazing!
Mike Kintgen from Colorado - 07/23/2016 14:50:08
Kelly Norris is one of the best speakers of our generation, delivering a clear and concise message about the importance of horticulture in a changing world. few presenters have Kelly's comfort and confidence at the podium.
Carson Fixmer from Cedar Rapids, IA - 04/20/2015 21:22:52
Kelly's presentation on Horticultural Theater hit a home run with our audience of novice and experienced gardeners alike. He is knowledgeable, engaging and entertaining. We would love to have him back for another creative gardening lecture.