If you are in the Lincoln area this weekend, stop by the LIS annual iris rhizome sale and auction between 10AM and 4PM. The sale will be located at St. Andrews Lutheran Church at 1015 Lancaster Lane in Lincoln, Nebraska. This is a new location for the sale, second year at this site. Directions to the sale are from 70th and Vine St, then 4 blocks east on Vine, take 1st left past the school, onto E. Avon. Church is on the left.
This year, there will be a very large sale of a huge selection of cultivars. Included will be a large number of historic iris rhizomes, especially Sass irises. Lots of other newer irises will be available, including Dykes Medal winners and a number of Allan Ensminger hybridized irises. Expect to find irises from most of the bearded iris classes including Standard Dwarfs, Intermediate, Miniature Tall, Border, and Tall Bearded irises. Every year there are some interesting surprises on the sale tables and that will undoubtedly happen again this year. In addition to bearded irises, there may well be Siberian irises for sale. And, there will be a limited number of Daylilies for sale, usually cultivars that are not found at local commercial outlets.
An auction of newer cultivars, primarily Tall Beardeds and mostly 2012 and 2013 introductions, will take place at 11 AM. Most of the auction irises this year come from Superstition Gardens (Rick Tasco and Roger Duncan) in California and from Mid-America Garden (Paul Black and Thomas Johnson) in Salem, Oregon, though there are a few late model introductions from other hybridizers as well.
Finally, there will be demonstrations on dividing and planting bearded irises. Information about growing irises, the Lincoln Iris Society, Region 21, the American Iris Society, the Historic Iris Preservation Society and other iris Sections will also be available.
For more information about the sale, contact Gary White at (402) 421-6394 or (402) 432-1550.