A reminder that there is still time to vote in the 2020 Tall Bearded Iris Symposium. The ballot was included with the Spring 2020 Irises Bulletin and is also available online here (PDF). Everyone, member or not, is eligible to vote for up to 25 of the 458 TBs on the ballot.
Your votes should reach the Region 21 RVP (Wayne Messer – firstname.lastname@example.org) by August 1st. A list of your choices and their numbers would be great.
This year’s Monument Valley Iris Society sale will be different. There will not be an iris show as part of it. And it will be held outdoors to allow proper social distancing. You can read all about it, along with a video, here and more here.
The May 2020 issue of Better Homes & Gardens features our own Kris Jurik for her peonies. Many of you will remember that some of the peonies were in bloom along with the irises in the 2017 AIS Convention.
The pandemic has caused many cancellations and changes in Region 21 and the American Iris Society:
The Region 21 Fall Meeting has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone in the Sioux Empire Iris Society who has been working to prepare for this meeting.
Region 21 Fall Board Meeting – Plans are being made to meet via video conferencing this fall.
The Region 21 newsletter has been temporarily suspended. Updates for Region 21 will be posted to the Region 21 website.
All Region 21 clubs have cancelled their iris shows. Anyone wishing to can send pictures of their garden for inclusion in a Region 21 virtual garden tour to be posted on our website.
Because judges training opportunities are extremely limited, judges needing hours in 2020 have had their eligibility extended for one year. Those that have satisfied requirements will be advanced. Judges will receive credit for any judges training already completed.
Kelly Norris has stepped down as Region 21 Judges Training Chair. Until a new chair is named, all records and questions should be sent to me.
The AIS 2020 Convention, three mini-conventions, and all Regional Spring Meetings have been cancelled.
The Garden Awards voting for 2020 has also been cancelled due to limited opportunities to view the eligible irises in gardens.
UPDATE -In an abundance of caution and at the advice of our public health officials we will be cancelling the March meeting scheduled for tomorrow March 14th due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will post updates to other scheduled activities on our website and Facebook pages as information becomes available. You may reach out to an officer by phone or email if you have questions or concerns.
Time is fast approaching for the Region 21 Fall meeting. The Fall meeting, educational sessions, keynote speaker, and auction will be held in Omaha and all events will take place August 16th – 17th at the conference hotel, the Hampton Inn, Omaha AkSarBen Area.
The featured keynote speaker for this year’s event will be renowned hybridizer Paul Black. Educational sessions will be eligible for three hours of judges training c.e. credit for those in need of additional credit hours. Additionally the Regional Rhizome auction will be held on Saturday, August 17th.
A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the conference hotel for $114/night. This block of rooms will be held until August 1st after which room pricing will revert to the prevailing rate. Details and a registration form can be found here.
Questions may be addressed to meeting coordinators Linda Wilkie (402-493-3808 or email@example.com) and Gary White (402-890-3689 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Update 8/12/19: The final schedule is available here.
Other Regions of The American Iris Society also have fall meetings that members of Region 21 can attend. This is another way to learn more about irises, obtain more judges training, and meet other irisarians. Region 18 (Kansas and Missouri) is particularly convenient for many members of Region 21 to visit.
This year the Region 18 Fall Meeting is in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Remington Nature Center on October 5th and 6th. Bonnie Nichols, president of the Novelty Iris Society, is the speaker. She is also presenting 2 hours of judges training on Novelty Iris. More details on the schedule are here and the registration form (PDF) is available.
This year’s first rebloom report comes from Kris Jurik. She sent this photo of ‘Ray Jones’ blooming in her garden on September 13, 2018. A SDB by Donald Spoon (2011); you can learn more (and see more photos) from its Iris Encyclopedia entry. Thank you Kris!
At the same time, Kris has bloomstalks developed on ‘Again And Again’ (Innerest, 1999).
Do you have irises reblooming in your garden? Please let me know so we can get them on the Region 21 website and submit the observations to the Reblooming Iris Society. And if you have reblooms in other gardens to report, public or private, please include them. Contact: email@example.comThank you for your help!
Another great chance to see old friends and meet new ones. This year we are meeting in Ames, Iowa Friday evening and Saturday, August 10-11. Mike Lockatell is our featured speaker and judges training presenter with Cool Season Reblooming Irises. The registration form (PDF) has the details.