Symposium Voting Deadline September 1st

The deadline for submitting your votes for the 2016 AIS Tall Bearded Iris Symposium is approaching.  They need to reach our current RVP, Linda Wilkie, by September 1st.  You can email or mail them to her.  And you do not need to attach the ballot, just let her know the names or numbers of the irises, up to 25 from the list mailed with the Winter 2016 Irises Bulletin, that you are voting for.  Her contact information:

Region 21 AIS RVP:  Linda Wilkie, 15115 Grant Circle, Omaha, NE 68116
phone: 402-493-3808 e-mail: lrwilkie@gmail.com

Did you know, there is at least one iris from Region 21 on the ballot, ‘Beneath My Wings’ by LeRoy Meininger (2005), which came in at number 78 in the voting last year.

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Possible Pop-up Judges Training and Programs

In an effort to improve services to our independent members, along with our clubs, we are exploring the possibility of adding half-day pop-up Judges Training and/or programs throughout the year, throughout the Region . This is in addition to our regular Spring and Fall Region 21 Meetings. We would appreciate receiving your views, comments, thoughts, and suggestions.

Contact person:  Wayne Messer email wrmesser@gmail.com .

Reblooming In Region 21

RustNeverSleeps

The reblooming season in our garden started even earlier this year.  One of the guest irises for the 2017 AIS Convention was already in bloom on August 14th in our garden and on August 9th in the Iowa Arboretum.  This is ‘Rust Never Sleeps’ by Larry Lauer (2013) shown in the above photo.  It was planted last year and did bloom in the Spring as well.

There is one other iris that has already put up a stalk in our garden.  It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennegna (2004) which did bloom September 2nd last year.

Do you have irises that are blooming now?  Let us know and we would be glad to add them to the Region 21 website.

New Club Forming In Iowa

Exciting news: formation of a new club in Central Iowa is getting closer! Thanks to Sue Witt, there will be an organizational meeting September 8th as shown in her notice below.  Thank you Sue!  Looking forward to the meeting.

Welcome to Heart of Iowa Iris Growers Affiliate

 Hello, my name is Sue Witt and I recently attended Region 21 Fall meeting in Sioux City. I expressed interest in central Iowa having our own affiliate organization. We have many  iris lovers in this area, who are knowledgeable, supportive individuals, with a desire to  share information with the public and each other.  With encouragement from attendees at the regional meeting, an awareness of previous efforts, and a belief we will be successful please join the newly established Heart of Iowa Iris Growers affiliate.
    Our first meeting is September 8th, 7pm at our home-2649 Moonlight Dr, Des Moines, 50320. We live in Three Lakes development off of Army Post Rd between Indianola Ave and IA 65.  My phone number is 702-498-6413.
I volunteered to be President, Pam and Wayne Messer volunteered to assume any office assigned (Pam Messer is Vice-President and  Wayne is Treasurer). I will be asking Kristin Jurik to be secretary. AIS members are eligible to hold office and additional opportunities will exist.  I am excited about our affiliate and anticipating a great meeting. There will be dessert!

‘Miss Region Twenty-One’

This is a SDB by Allan Ensminger , of Region 21, that I recently noticed in the Iris Encyclopedia. This is the information about ‘Miss Region Twenty-One’.  Unfortunately,  there is no photo available for this iris.  Does anyone have a photo we can add?  Also, any other information, such as how the name was chosen, would be useful.  Does anyone have this iris in their garden?