Mary Ferguson Birthday Celebration – June 8, 2013

Purple Ruffled IrisMary Ferguson is celebrating her 80th birthday.  Her daughter Barb sent a invitation to all of the iris friends that she would love to have them attend.

Saturday June 8, 2013
1 to 4 pm

Norfolk Senior Center 307 West Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE

Please RSVP to Barb Glaser at (540-230-5816) or by email to

Bring your warm remembrances and good wishes, but no gifts, please.

(My suggestion, if you have any fond memories you might put them in writing so they can be included in a scrapbook.)

Thank you to Carolyn Lingenfelter for the notice and suggestion.  You can see the Norfolk Daily News announcement on their website.


Request for Roland Philippi Iris Pictures

Kim Philippi is looking for pictures of her late father‘s irises.  She left a request in the comments on our website:

“I am Roland Philippi’s daughter. I would like to find pix of my Dad’s iris’ if any are out there. I am getting a Memorial tattoo, so clear photos would be best. Thanks to anyone who helps.”

Her email address is

If anyone has any pictures or suggestions, please contact her directly.

Thanks for your help.

Lincoln Iris Society Show – May 25, 2013

The Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf Irises are now blooming in Lincoln, Nebraska and are beautiful this year! Alas, with these warm days, most will be done by show time, but the later medians, tall beardeds and Siberian irises should be ready to go by then.

We invite you all to the Lincoln Iris Society Show this year. The show is scheduled for May 25th from 1:00-4:30 PM in the cafeteria area of Southeast Community College,
8800 ‘O’ Street in Lincoln, NE. If you are interested in entering the show, or for more
information contact us at  You can download the schedule and details in this PDF LIS_ShowSched-2013.

Thank you to Linda Rader for the show details and to Gary White for sharing these pictures of iris now blooming in their garden.  The top photo is the MDB Grey Pearls and the lower photo is the SDB Blue Denim which was the 1966 Cook-Douglas Medal winner.

First 2013 Bloom

The same irises as last year were first to bloom this year.  Except last year it was April 2nd and this year it was May 11th.  These median irises (which I need to identify) are on the South side of the house here in central Iowa.  Just a week ago they were in snow!

Hope you all have lots of lovely iris photos next week at the meeting!

Latest Greater Omaha Iris Society Newsletter Available

The next edition of the Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings is now available.   While their May 11th Iris Exhibition has been cancelled, the newsletter lists other upcoming events there and in Region 21.   These include the Spring into Spring annual Sales and Exhibition event at Lauritzen Gardens May 17th through the 19th, the Region 21 Spring Iris Tour hosted by the Sioux Land Iris Society May 17th and 18th, the Lincoln Iris Society Show May 25th, and the GOIS in the Garden Open Garden event for the public May 25th.  Their May monthly meeting is on May 20th.

It also has details of their Photography Contest in conjunction with their annual sale July 26th and 27th.  And it points to the AIS Photo Contest as well.  Some of the upcoming events should be an opportunity to take more photos for these contests!

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 3 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.