Congratulations to the Can-West Iris Society for their great Iris Show which was held June 9, 2013. The total number of stems exhibited were 153 with SDBs predominate. There were 91 SDB stems entered in that section. In addition, there were 123 different varieties exhibited. The results were:
CWIS Section Certificates:
A – MDB – Flea Circus – Brenda Newton
B – SDB – Celebrate – BJ Jackson
C – IB – Blueberry Filly – El Hutchison
D to K – not awarded
People’s Choice Award (voted on by the public) – IB Dragonmaster – El Hutchison
Best Historic Iris in Show – not awarded
Best Canadian Hybridized Stem in Show (sponsored by Chuck Chapman) – SDB Blueberry Tart – BJ Jackson
Silver Medal (most first place ribbons) – Brenda Newton
Bronze Medal (second most first place ribbons) – El Hutchison
Best Specimen in Show – IB Blueberry Filly – El Hutchison
Note: The irises names link to their entries in the Iris Encyclopedia. The pictures there are not from this show. We will have some pictures from this show later.
One of the iris resources you should be aware of and use is the Region 21 Library. There are a variety of Iris books, AIS and Region 21 Bulletins, Median Iris Society Bulletins, and several iris tapes. The photo at the left shows our holdings as of a few years ago. (If you would like a print of this, here is the Region21Library PDF.) Our most recent acquisition is the Kelly Norris book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
[Update February 20, 2017: You can find the Region 21 Library updated holdings on the Resources page. Contact information to check out items is now Wayne Messer, email@example.com or see Issue 148 Region 21 Bulletin for additional contact information.]
Note that the Region pays for the shipping of these items.
The Can-West Iris Society has the last of the Region 21 Affiliates Iris Shows, at least that I’m aware of, this Sunday, June 9th, 1 – 4 p.m. at the Bourkevale Community Centre, 100 Ferry Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba with free admission. Details are on their website (PDF).
George Sutton, the founder of Sutton’s Iris Gardens and a prolific hybridizer, died May 29, 2013 at the age of 80. He registered hundreds of irises including some from most of the iris classes. Two of his Arilbred irises won the William Mohr Medal, ‘Ulalena’ in 2010, and ‘Shabaza’ in 2008. He and his late wife Margaret were instrumental in creating the Porterville Iris Festival.
Obituaries can be found here and here. Our condolences to his family.
A special open garden event for the Vic Seller’s Memorial Iris Garden located at Immanuel Village will be hosted by the garden curator, Ron Crampton. This special open garden event will be held Monday, June 3rd from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Please contact Ron Crampton for details.
Garden details from the Greater Omaha Iris Society website: Vic Sellers Iris Garden (all Tall Bearded Iris). Vic established this wonderful garden several years before his death. Ron Crampton maintains it in Vic’s memory.