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!

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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.

Region 21 Fall Meeting August 11-12, 2017 Kearney, Nebraska

Our annual Fall Meeting is in Kearney, Nebraska this year on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12.  The form for registration was in the Spring Region 21 Bulletin and you can also download the form: Registration Form Aug 2017 (PDF).

A quick recap:  Friday afternoon there is an optional tour of the G. W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, followed by a Welcome Reception, an Affiliate Panel and Roundtable Discussion, and a Board Meeting that everyone is invited to.  Followed by continuing the reception.  Saturday begins with Jean Morris presenting Judges Training/Education sessions on Tall Bearded Irises and Ethics.  Then a potluck lunch and Awards Program, Membership meeting, and Iris Auction.  There is also an Iris Swap Meet Table.  And we finish at 3.  Come and enjoy with your friends!

Wanda Lunn in Iowa Gardener

Part of Lunn Garden 2010

Region 21 member Wanda Lunn and her garden will be part of the July/August 2017 issue of Iowa Gardener.  You can see part of this article “New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa” online.  The complete article “Harmoniously Blending the New and Old” can be found as a garden profile on pages 58-63.

I should also mention that in April the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers had Wanda speak to us on historic irises and HIPS.  She was a great speaker, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic.  Thank you Wanda!