About Ripple Effect

We are located on the western slope of Colorado, on Spring Creek Mesa, about 7 miles out of town. The 2 acre farm was first planted in the fall of 2020 and continued into the spring/summer of 2021. The small iris patch you see behind this, is the start of the iris business. But before this small patch, there was another one.

In 1989-1995, Arlene Eckman started her love for iris planting about 45 varieties of iris. Her daughter, Heather, helped her as she grew up and also fell in love with the iris flower. In 2016, the small patch needed to be completely redone because of crab grass and so Heather and her father created the new patch you see in this photo. Arlene was aging and couldn’t manage it, so Heather was given the responsibility to give them life and so the small business started by selling some to keep it tidy and maintained. In the spring of 2020, Heather was given the opportunity to grow the business and expanded the small patch into 2 acres. In those 2 years, she planted 9,000 rhizomes and about1,000 different colors. The spring of 2022 will be the first real farm opening with the community being able to walk the rows. 


I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

~Heather Stark ~ Owner


When can you order?

tThe website this year will be opened around mid May. Making sure I have the quantity of plant as well as the correct label for bloom. We offer about 1,000 varieties that can be ordered online from June through September 15th. (this year maybe 500+ varieties) allowing the stock to grow. All paid orders are harvested starting around the 3rd week of July of each year. I ship out zone 4 and 5 first and then orders in how I received them. The garden is open during bloom season to allow you to make your selections.


~ Customer Service

When filling an order, you will be given a healthy rhizome, that has been cleaned, trimmed and labeled. The iris will be shipped within 48-72 hours of being dug (letting them dry as much as possible so they don’t get to you moldy) using Priority Mail. If there is an issue with an iris you purchased, and we can’t mail it, a refund will be given. 

Colorado state sales tax of 2.9% will be added to all in-state orders.

Please plant them immediately when you receive them. We cannot be responsible for your growing conditions after you receive your order.

Happy Growing,

~ Heather Stark ~

The Field!

Meet the Owners

Heather Stark, Rusty, M and T, and Robert Eckman

Heather Stark

Heather Stark

Owner and Manager

T and M

T and M

Mom's helpers

Robert Eckman

Robert Eckman

Land Owner and father

4th Review Text

I have ordered numerous iris from Ripple Effect Iris Farm. The customer service was fabulous and Heather is very knowledgeable and passionate about her flowers.Jennifer Fallis

I purchased three Iris from Ripple Effect in the fall of 2021. The rhizomes I received were beautiful, healthy, strong and of great size! I can’t wait to see what they have to offer this upcoming year!

Chandra O'Brien

Great Communication on price and pick up. Heather is super easy to work with. Bought a few iris and this spring they came up looking fabulous!

Sherry Heinel


Reach Us


17656 6353 Rd

Montrose, CO 81403

When arriving at the farm, please use the field road south of the house. Park on the south side of the road. 






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