Lincoln Iris Society Annual Iris Rhizome Sale and Auction—August 3rd, 2013

Sale FlyerIf 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.


Lincoln Iris Society 2013 Iris Show Results

Lincoln Iris Society Show Results – May 25, 2013

The 2013 show was smaller than in previous years; but, every bit as interesting.  This was the year for historic irises.  Historics won Best of Show (Miss Aravilla), Best Bicolor (Gracchus), and Best Youth Specimen (King Midas).  The season was late; but, the selection ranged from SDB’s to Siberians.  There were two firsts in this show:  1st and 2nd runners-up for Best in Show were chosen by the judges and we offered a pre-sale option as part of our annual sale.  The absolute best thing is that we had twenty people enter the show this year, which may be a record high!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Judges for the show were Carolyn Lingenfelter and Marjorie Jansen of Norfolk, Nebraska.

A big thank you to our Popularity Vote tabulators, Eunice Cernohlavek and Sally Schrader, for their expertise in handling this portion of the show!

Congratulations to the Lincoln Iris Society and everyone who entered!  You can see the complete list of winners LIS_ShowResults-2013 (PDF).

Vote for Your Favorite Tall Bearded Irises

Every year the American Iris Society members vote for the 100 Most Popular Tall Bearded Irises.  This years voting is now underway with 600 Tall Bearded irises on the ballot for you to chose your favorite 25 (or fewer).  These irises were selected from the following:

The 100 top varieties in last year’s Symposium
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2013 Dykes Medal
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2013 Wister Medal
The tall bearded irises eligible for 2013 Awards of Merit
The tall bearded irises that won 2012 Awards of Merit
The tall bearded irises that won 2012 Honorable Mentions

Ballots and instructions are available on this page.  Your selections need to be to our RVP by September 1st, either by email or regular mail.

Central Iowa Iris Society First Meeting – November 2, 2013

Golden RialThe Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room.  Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting.  All are welcome.  Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available).  Questions – email

Historic Irises from Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

The Presby Memorial Iris Gardens were established in 1927 to honor Frank H. Presby, a founder of the American Iris Society.  They are home to the largest public collection of irises in the United States.  This year they are renovating their heirloom beds and are offering historic irises from these beds for sale.  You can see (and order) the initial twelve historic irises they are offering at their shop on Etsy.  Their iris varieties for sale will be updated as they continue to renovate their beds through July and August.

Region 21 Fall Conference – August 9 – 10, 2013

San Francisco

'San Francisco' - from the 2012 auction

The Region 21 Fall Conference will be hosted by the Greater Omaha Iris Society August 9th and 10th.  Join us for an interesting and educational conference.  Region 21 AIS members should have/should soon receive the notice and registration form.  You can also download the information and registration form here (PDF).  Further details below.

Region 21 of the American Iris Society

Fall Educational Sessions, Business Meetings, & Auction to be held:

Friday and Saturday, August 9-10, 2013

Hosted by the Greater Omaha Iris Society

Featuring guest speaker Robert Hollingworth, noted Siberian iris hybridizer and current President of the AIS Foundation

Iris Auction August 10th at 1:30 PM

Purchase recently introduced iris rhizome from Sutton’s, Stout’s and Ensata Gardens.  A selection of new bearded and beardless varieties will be available for bid.  (auction is open to the public)

Educational Sessions* (Saturday morning):
Session I: Awards & Balloting
Session II:  Judging Siberian Iris presented by Robert Hollingworth
* educational sessions meet criteria for judges training c.e. from the AIS.

Conference sessions and activities will take place at Mammel Hall, located on the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Ak-Sar-Ben Technology Campus.  The first NU system building to earn gold LEED certification, the facility is a showpiece of technology and artful design.

Conference cost is $45.00 per person

(banquet only and youth prices are available)

Conference registration includes:

  • Friday evening reception
  • Educational Sessions
  • Saturday luncheon and business meetings
  • Saturday evening banquet and program presented by Robert Hollingworth

Pre-registration is required for all events.

A limited number of seats for Mr. Hollingworth’s morning presentation are available to non-conference participants for $5.00 per person (10:00 AM Saturday, August 10th).

The conference hotel:

Courtyard Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Village
(a Marriott Property)

1625 S 67th St

Omaha, NE 68106

(402) 951-4300

Special room rate of $95.00 per night needs to be confirmed with the hotel by July 26th

Please contact the conference registrar Rebecca Kadel for details and to register.   (402) 556-2025 or

Greater Omaha Iris Society Summer Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for July is now available.  Among the meetings it includes are their Annual Rhizome Sale and Auction July 26 – 27 and the Fall Regional Meeting August 9 – 10.  See the next posting for more on the Fall Regional Meeting.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 5 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.