May 9, 2013 - 16:49
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Des Moines, Iowa
Author of A Guide to Bearded Irises that received an American Horticultural Society Book Award; In addition to his "day job," along with his family he operates Rainbow Iris Farm, a seven-acre specialty nursery and is the editor for the American Iris Society.
Favorite cuisine: "I'm a devout fan of Latin American foods ... spicy, mild, saucy or dry, I'm all over it." One of his favorite reads: Orchid Fever by Eric Hansen "probably only because I've read it like eight times."
Depending on whom you ask: Kelly says he is either terribly one-dimensional as "a big ol' plant geek or a renaissance man" who is an avid patron of the performing arts and has spent a lot of time singing tenor in different choirs.