Nebraska Hybridizers in World of Irises Post

The American Iris Society the World of Irises blog has frequent posts covering iris topics and always including great iris photos.  Jean Richter recently wrote “Space Age Iris of the Early 21st Century” which included two Nebraska hybridizers.  LeRoy Meininger was represented by ‘Beneath My Wings’ (2005) HM 2007, AM 2011.  Leonard and Kathy Jedlicka’s ‘Isadora Belle’ (2009) is the other Nebraska space ager shown.  (Both of these cultivar links are to the Iris Encyclopedia entries.)  One of the things I learned by checking the cultivars’ entries is that Jedlicka’s iris pedigree included one of Meininger’s seedlings.

Thank you to all our Region’s hybridizers for their contributions.

Bonus Note: You can see the most recent 100 titles (with links and automatically updated) from the World of Irises here.

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AIS 2017 TB Symposium

‘Beneath My Wings’

A reminder that all AIS members are eligible to vote for up to 25 irises in the annual TB Symposium voting.  The list of eligible irises was included in the Spring issue of the Irises BulletinYour votes, either the ballot or your list, should reach our RVP by September 1st.  Kelly’s new email is gardens@kellydnorris.com and his updated address is in the Summer issue.

There is at least one iris in the list by a Region 21 hybridizer;  LeRoy Meininger has ‘Beneath My Wings’.  Please let me know if there are any others so we can add them to our website.

Region 21 Fall Meeting August 11-12, 2017 Kearney, Nebraska

Our annual Fall Meeting is in Kearney, Nebraska this year on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12.  The form for registration was in the Spring Region 21 Bulletin and you can also download the form: Registration Form Aug 2017 (PDF).

A quick recap:  Friday afternoon there is an optional tour of the G. W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, followed by a Welcome Reception, an Affiliate Panel and Roundtable Discussion, and a Board Meeting that everyone is invited to.  Followed by continuing the reception.  Saturday begins with Jean Morris presenting Judges Training/Education sessions on Tall Bearded Irises and Ethics.  Then a potluck lunch and Awards Program, Membership meeting, and Iris Auction.  There is also an Iris Swap Meet Table.  And we finish at 3.  Come and enjoy with your friends!

Wanda Lunn in Iowa Gardener

Part of Lunn Garden 2010

Region 21 member Wanda Lunn and her garden will be part of the July/August 2017 issue of Iowa Gardener.  You can see part of this article “New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa” online.  The complete article “Harmoniously Blending the New and Old” can be found as a garden profile on pages 58-63.

I should also mention that in April the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers had Wanda speak to us on historic irises and HIPS.  She was a great speaker, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic.  Thank you Wanda!

Region 21 Hybridizers at the AIS Convention

Region 21 was well represented by guest irises from its hybridizers at the recently concluded Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie”.  The hybridizers were:

Links are to each hybridizer’s page on the Iris Encyclopedia.

Their introductions competed for the President’s Cup voted by all registrants at the Convention.  The results, you may have seen these on Facebook and they will be in the Irises Bulletin, are:

All seedlings, Region 21 or not, compete for the Lloyd Zurbrig – Clarence Mahan Seedling Cup.  LeRoy Meininger’s seedling LM-14-03 was the 1st Runner-up for this cup.

Thank you to all our hybridizers for the guest irises and congratulations to all the winners!

Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks Coming to Minnesota November 6

Another nearby iris meeting for Region 21 members to enjoy.  Region 8 has Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks for its speakers this year.  They are in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday, November 5th, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sunday, November 6th.  See the details on the Minneapolis meeting here.  Their presentation will be on their hybridizing program and will include one hour of judges’ training on Species Iris.

The Iris Encyclopedia has more information on their hybridizing accomplishments.  You can see photos of many of their irises on the Iris Encyclopedia and at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden where they have many of them for sale.

Bonnie and Hooker Nichols in Kirkwood, Missouri October 16, 2016

 Well-known hybridizers Bonnie and Hooker Nichols will be speaking this coming Sunday, October 16, 2016.
The event will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1 PM at the American Legion Post 156 which is located at 314 South Clay, Kirkwood, MO 63122.  The entry is in the back.  The program will be on Novelty Irises (by Bonnie) and Louisiana Irises (by Hooker).  It is not a Judges Training, but, two separate talks.  There will be light refreshments.  The event is hosted by the Kirkwood Iris Society (KIS) but they are inviting the Greater St. Louis Iris Society (GSLIS) and anyone else in  (or out of) the area to attend.