2018 New Orleans Convention Reminder

Dear Iris Lover:  The American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Irises convention will be held in New Orleans from April 8, 2018 through April 14, 2018.

We are now one month before the start of the convention.  It is not too late to register. Go to the convention website to download a Registration Form at http://www.2018irisconvention.org

New Orleans 2018 AIS/SLI Convention!
Don’t wait to register — there is only a limited amount of available spots left.
Due to Amazing Demand registrations will close when tickets are SOLD OUT.

This is a wonderful opportunity to attend an iris convention in a historic and beautiful city and to tour some fantastic iris gardens. Bus tours are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!  An iris show will be in City Park on Saturday!

The hotel for the convention is the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel (504-469-5000) located right across from the Louis Armstrong International Airport.  24-hour shuttle service is available to the hotel and back.

Again, it is not too late to register and attend this great event.  Make a vacation out of this wonder opportunity.  See Louisiana irises in their native habitat.  Meet old friends and make new ones!

See this web site for more information:



Thank you,

The 2018 Convention Committee


Region 21 Fall 2018 Registration

'Metro Blue' by Lockatell blooming October 10, 2016 in the Messer Garden

‘Metro Blue’ by Lockatell blooming October 10, 2016 in the Messer Garden

The Region 21 Fall Meeting this year again has a great lineup.  We are meeting August 10-11, 2018 in Ames, Iowa“One Blooming Iris After Another” has Mike Lockatell as our featured speaker with Cool Season Reblooming Irises.  The registration form (PDF) has more details.  Hope to see you there!

Region 21 Minutes Has Its Own Page

The Region 21 website has several pages to help you find further information about Region 21 and its members.  Currently these pages are:

  • Judges Corner – Judges training, judges, and potential judges information
  • Minutes –  Just added!
  • Newsletters – Club newsletters and the Region 21 Bulletin.  Do you have other newsletters we should add?
  • Resources – Officers and other Region 21 resources including official documents, Library holdings, links
  • Upcoming Events – Both Region 21 events and AIS events
  • Who We Are – Region 21 and its parts

Minutes is the newest page and is just getting started.  It has the Fall 2015 minutes for your reading pleasure:)  Can you help us fill in the blank spots?  We would appreciate earlier minutes, especially 2010 through early 2015, and later minutes.  Thank you for your help!

What Reblooms for YOU?

Jenny Cich of the Lincoln Iris Society has a great item with that title in the September 2017 issue of the LIS Rainbow Messenger, their newsletter.  She would like to make a submission to the Reblooming Iris Society on behalf of LIS of irises that rebloom in their zone (5).  She includes a list of the tall bearded irises reported by RIS to rebloom in zone 5 or lower which is very interesting.  Can you help her?  See the details in the newsletter(PDF).

First 2017 Reblooms in Region 21

The first reported rebloom in Region 21 this year comes from Linda Wilkie who received a report of ‘Immortality’ blooming in a midtown Omaha garden this week.  Coincidentally or not, the Greater Omaha Iris Society meeting topic this coming Monday, September 11th, is Reblooming Iris.  Location and further details can be found on their website.

Our first bloom stalk came up last week and we are waiting for it to open.  It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennenga.  What is blooming or preparing to bloom in your garden?

Nebraska Hybridizers in World of Irises Post

The American Iris Society the World of Irises blog has frequent posts covering iris topics and always including great iris photos.  Jean Richter recently wrote “Space Age Iris of the Early 21st Century” which included two Nebraska hybridizers.  LeRoy Meininger was represented by ‘Beneath My Wings’ (2005) HM 2007, AM 2011.  Leonard and Kathy Jedlicka’s ‘Isadora Belle’ (2009) is the other Nebraska space ager shown.  (Both of these cultivar links are to the Iris Encyclopedia entries.)  One of the things I learned by checking the cultivars’ entries is that Jedlicka’s iris pedigree included one of Meininger’s seedlings.

Thank you to all our Region’s hybridizers for their contributions.

Bonus Note: You can see the most recent 100 titles (with links and automatically updated) from the World of Irises here.

AIS 2017 TB Symposium

‘Beneath My Wings’

A reminder that all AIS members are eligible to vote for up to 25 irises in the annual TB Symposium voting.  The list of eligible irises was included in the Spring issue of the Irises BulletinYour votes, either the ballot or your list, should reach our RVP by September 1st.  Kelly’s new email is gardens@kellydnorris.com and his updated address is in the Summer issue.

There is at least one iris in the list by a Region 21 hybridizer;  LeRoy Meininger has ‘Beneath My Wings’.  Please let me know if there are any others so we can add them to our website.