Conventions Presentation – Lincoln Iris Society Sept. 30, 2013

Siberian iris - Painted Woman by Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks in 2007If you weren’t able to attend the national iris conventions this year, not to worry. You still have a chance to see the irises.  Gary White was there for all three conventions (American Iris Society, Society for Louisiana Irises in Dallas, TX and Society for Siberian Irises in central Michigan) and will be presenting a talk, complete with photos, to the Lincoln Iris Society on Monday evening, September 30, 2013.  Growing Lousiana iris - Red Velvet Elvis by Kevin Vaughn in 1997Siberians and Louisianas is a challenge here on the prairies, so it’s great to see them in gardens in other parts of the country.  For more information on the talk and directions send a note to

The upper photo is a Siberian iris, ‘Painted Woman’ (Marty Schafer, Jan Sacks, 2007).  The lower photo is the Louisiana iris, ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ (Kevin Vaughn, 1997).


Region 21 Fall 2013 Banquet!

While I’ve reported some on the Region 21 Fall Meeting, the banquet that was part of this meeting deserves its own thank you.  The food, catered by Mangia, was great.  I should have taken some pictures of the desserts; however, I was too busy enjoying them.

Our Greater Omaha Iris Society hosts provided everyone with a Sass rhizome!  I believe they were all either ‘Midwest Gem’ or ‘Pretty Pansy’.  And from the Sass Memorial Iris Garden.  On a coincidental note, ‘Pretty Pansy’ was subsequently featured on the World of Irises blog in a posting:  Iris Classics:  “Pretty Pansy” which includes more of its history.

Ron Crampton prepared the amazing centerpieces.  I’m not even sure my picture does them justice.

And, as I mentioned earlier, our speaker Bob Hollingworth expanded our horizons speaking on A World of Irids.

Thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable and remarkable evening!

Greater Omaha Iris Society September Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for September is now available.  Included is their next meeting, September 9th, with Jim Hedgecock of Comanche Acres on Iris Spuria (which counts as 1 hour of Judges training).

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 6 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.