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Kelly D. Norris

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Des Moines, Iowa

Kelly D. Norris is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation. An award-winning plantsman, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living and he is often seen on QVC.

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A list of some of Kelly's popular lectures

Description

 

Kelly D. Norris is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation. An award-winning author and plantsman, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening, Garden Design and in numerous television, radio and digital media appearances. His passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology has culminated in a new book New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden which debuts in January 2021 from Cool Springs Press. Kelly also presents plants for Cottage Farms Direct on QVC and lectures widely to consumer and industry audiences.

 

He is the former director of horticulture and education at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, where for 8 years he directed efforts in design, curation, programming, garden and facility management after serving as the owner’s representative to nearly $20 million in site investments. 

 

In addition to his latest project, Kelly has authored three other books: Iowa Gardener’s Travel Guide (2008), A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts (2012; winner of the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award), and Plants With Style (2015).

 

Kelly has earned recognition from a variety of organizations including three awards from Iowa State Horticultural Society (2009-2011) for his service and contributions to horticulture in Iowa; early career and young professional awards from the Perennial Plant Association (2011), GardenComm (2018) and the American Horticultural Society (2018); a Zone Horticulture Commendation from the Garden Club of America (2018); the Iowa Author Award for Special Interest Writing (2013), the youngest Iowan to be recognized in the history of the awards program; and a fellowship from the Chanticleer Foundation (2015) for his curatorial and plant exploration work at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden.

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Audience Reviews

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4th Annual, NYC-Area Intern Field Day

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!

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one of the best speakers around

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.

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Linn County Master Gardener Lecture Series Speaker

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.

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