Upcoming GOIS Events

Linda Wilkie, GOIS President, sent this note which includes events that are of interest to other irisarians as well.

The season has begun and most of you are enjoying the pops of color of the standard dwarf iris in your gardens.

This Saturday we will be working in the Sass Memorial Garden at Mahoney Park to get it ready for the bloom season.  Those who can are encouraged to come and help at 9:30 AM Saturday, May 6th.  We want the gardens in tip top condition before the AIS convention May 23-27th in Des Moines.  We’ve heard from many conventioneers who are planning a side trip out to the garden so your help is needed all through May.  If you can take even one morning or afternoon to work out at the garden we would very much appreciate it.

This coming Monday, May 8th we will meet at 6:30 PM in Lincoln for our monthly meeting to tour the Magdalene Pfister Garden on the UNL East Campus.  I’ve pasted a picture below for you and here is a link to information about the garden:  http://www.unl.edu/bga/tours/east

Don’t forget the other iris events this month as well.

  • May 12-13 is Spring into Spring at Lauritzen Gardens.  Ron Crampton is chairing that event and we are still looking for some volunteers.
  • The Lincoln Iris Society is holding their show May 13th.  We’ll have information regarding times and categories at our Monday meeting.
  • May 20th is the GOIS Show.  Entries are accepted from 9-10:30 AM and open to the public from 12:30-4:00PM.  Show schedules will be available on Monday evening.  Please contact me if you need one emailed to you instead.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday and Monday!

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PowerPoint Presentations to Gardeners

A number of Region 21 members speak about irises to various garden interest groups.  BJ Jackson spoke earlier this year at the Manitoba Horticultural  Association Annual MeetingKris Jurik has been speaking to various Iowa Master Gardener groups.  And Wayne Messer presented at the Cass County (Iowa) Master Gardener Spring Seminar.  Both Gary White and Kelly Norris speak to a variety of gardening groups.

Would having PowerPoint slides from such presentations be useful to you or your club?  Maybe for presentations to your club or so you could speak to other groups.  As an example, this is a series of slides, mostly dealing with the 2016 Medal Winners, from a presentation by Wayne.  The link is to a PDF so you do not require PowerPoint or a similar program to see the slides.

Please let us know what you think.  You can leave comments below or email Wayne at wrmesser@gmail.com    Thank you.

 

Spring Meetings in Neighboring Regions – 2017

This year Region 21 is hosting the AIS 2017 Convention rather than having a spring meeting.   There are spring meetings in neighboring Regions to give you an additional iris  fix.  You can find all the spring meetings we are aware of on the Iris Encyclopedia here.

The Region 9 Spring Fling Meeting is Saturday April 8th in Pekin, Illinois.  Their website has the preliminary details.  Contact them to learn more.

The Region 18 Spring Meeting is May 19-20 in Columbia, Missouri.  Here are the details and a registration form (PDF) for you.

Enjoy these events and hope to see you in Des Moines for the Convention!

BJ Jackson to Speak at Manitoba Horticultural Association

Something I learned from reading the Autumn 2016 Newsletter of the Can-West Iris Society; BJ Jackson will be giving a presentation “Medians: The Other Bearded Iris” as part of the 119th Manitoba Horticultural Association’s annual meeting.  BJ is a Region 21 member and the president of the Can-West Iris Society.  Her presentation will be Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba.  The registration form (PDF) and program (PDF) are online.  Preregistration deadline is January 9th.  For further information, the email m.h.a@shaw.ca is the contact for the Manitoba Horticultural Association.

A great way to get your January iris fix!

Lincoln Iris Society Iris Sale and Auction – July 30 2016

The Lincoln Iris Society has its annual Iris Sale and Auction this Saturday, July 30, 2016.  Bearded irises and other perennials including daylilies will be available.  The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Lancaster Lane (4 blocks east of 70th & Vine, left onto East Avon, church is on the left).  An auction of the new varieties begins at 11 a.m.  There will be iris growing information as well.   For more information contact Gary White at (402) 613-1159.

Learn more about iris growing and the sale in this article in the Lincoln Journal Star.

 

Region 21 Fall Meeting August 12-13

AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting ———- August 12 & 13, 2016

Hosted by Siouxland Iris Society, Sioux City, IA

Note: In case you did not receive the information below in the mail, here is a printable PDF – AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting 2016 you may use for your registration.

 

Holiday Inn Map for Regional

Hotel Information: Lodging and all meetings will be at the Holiday Inn at 701 Gordon Drive Sioux City, IA 51101. (712-277-9400 ) For those coming in on I-29 take the Wesley way exit and turn north towards the Hard Rock Casino which is located on 3rd Street. Take a right on 3rd Street and proceed towards Pierce street. Turn right on Pierce and then turn left on to Gordon Drive. Watch as the Holiday inn will be on your right. For those that may come in on Highway 20 from the east proceed straight as this will turn into Gordon Drive. Proceed towards downtown and you will see it on your right. We have blocked off 20 rooms at the rate of 89.95 with a hot Breakfast included with your room. They will have either a King executive or Queen executive room for this rate. They all will include a refrigerator and microwave. They are newly remodeled as well.

Convention: Register Friday evening from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. Light snacks and drink will be provided during this time. You will get a registration packet also at this time.

Food: Friday evening meal on your own. Breakfast will be provided with your room reservation. Saturday noon lunch will be a soup & salad buffet. Evening meal will be a choice of Country Fried Steak, Roast Round of Beef of Ham. Please indicate which choice you would like for the evening meal on your form. All meals will be provided by the hotel. The cost will be $40.00 per person, ( checks payable to Siouxland Iris Society ).

Saturday schedule: ( Specific times will be announced ) Board meeting soon after breakfast. There will be judges training sessions in both the morning & afternoon with the annual business meeting following the afternoon training. Then the dinner in the evening followed by the rhizome auction. Also bring some of your own rhizomes or club rhizomes for table sales for a bargain table.

Pre-registration for the Convention: Please print your information on the form at the bottom of the page with your check made out to the Convention registrar: James Bailey 421 Forest View Sioux City, IA 51103 . His phone number is 281-300-1940. Your form should be received by August 5 so we can finalize the meals. Any late forms will cost extra.

Name(S)__________________________________________________

Address___________________________________________________

Phone # ___________________________________________________

E-Mail_____________________________________________________

Evening Meal Choice ( ) Country Fried Steak

( ) Roast Round of Beef

( ) Ham

Have You Registered for the Spring 2016 Whirlwind Tour?

Just a quick reminder, the Region 21 Spring 2016 Meeting is a Whirlwind Garden Tour of the host gardens for the 2017 AIS Convention.  This is an opportunity to see all 5 host gardens in one day, May 21st!  Indications are there will be lots of blooms.  Details can be found in this PDF brochure and registration form.  Let us know you will be attending.

Region 21 2016 Spring Meeting

The Region 21 Spring Meeting this year is the Whirlwind Garden Tour which is a one day dress rehearsal for the AIS 2017 National Convention. Details have been mailed to Region 21 members.  In case you did not receive it or would like more copies, 2016 AIS REGION 21 Brochure is the PDF of the brochure.

Hope to see you here May 21st and next year to enjoy the irises and all the great irisarians!