This year Region 21 has three iris shows and a Regional Spring Meeting for your enjoyment. The shows are
May 19 Lincoln, Nebraska
May 26 Sioux City, Iowa – Siouxland Iris Society
June 2-3 Scottsbluff, Nebraska – details.
And in connection with the Lincoln show is our Spring Meeting. An iris show, several judges training sessions, and visits to iris gardens. See the full details in this invitation: 2018Region21SpringMeeting
Update May 15 – I missed one show. The Can-West Iris Society 2018 Iris Show is June 3rd in Winnipeg, Manitoba. See more in this Region 21 post.
Kris Jurik will be speaking to the Central Iowa Daylily Society April 14th. Her talk is ‘So you want to see my irises- which ones, and when?’ Kris and Tom Jurik have an incredible garden! You may remember it as a host garden during the American Iris Society 2017 Convention.
The meeting is in the Fisher Community Center, Room A, Marshalltown from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. The complete 2018 calendar for the Central Iowa Daylily Society can be found here.
Dear Iris Lover: The American Iris Society and the Society for Louisiana Irises convention will be held in New Orleans from April 8, 2018 through April 14, 2018.
We are now one month before the start of the convention. It is not too late to register. Go to the convention website to download a Registration Form at http://www.2018irisconvention.org
New Orleans 2018 AIS/SLI Convention!
Don’t wait to register — there is only a limited amount of available spots left.
Due to Amazing Demand registrations will close when tickets are SOLD OUT.
This is a wonderful opportunity to attend an iris convention in a historic and beautiful city and to tour some fantastic iris gardens. Bus tours are scheduled for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday! An iris show will be in City Park on Saturday!
The hotel for the convention is the Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel (504-469-5000) located right across from the Louis Armstrong International Airport. 24-hour shuttle service is available to the hotel and back.
Again, it is not too late to register and attend this great event. Make a vacation out of this wonder opportunity. See Louisiana irises in their native habitat. Meet old friends and make new ones!
See this web site for more information:
HOPE TO SEE YOU IN NEW ORLEANS!
The 2018 Convention Committee
‘Metro Blue’ by Lockatell blooming October 10, 2016 in the Messer Garden
The Region 21 Fall Meeting this year again has a great lineup. We are meeting August 10-11, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. “One Blooming Iris After Another” has Mike Lockatell as our featured speaker with Cool Season Reblooming Irises. The registration form (PDF) has more details. Hope to see you there!
The Region 21 website has several pages to help you find further information about Region 21 and its members. Currently these pages are:
- Judges Corner – Judges training, judges, and potential judges information
- Minutes – Just added!
- Newsletters – Club newsletters and the Region 21 Bulletin. Do you have other newsletters we should add?
- Resources – Officers and other Region 21 resources including official documents, Library holdings, links
- Upcoming Events – Both Region 21 events and AIS events
- Who We Are – Region 21 and its parts
Minutes is the newest page and is just getting started. It has the Fall 2015 minutes for your reading pleasure:) Can you help us fill in the blank spots? We would appreciate earlier minutes, especially 2010 through early 2015, and later minutes. Thank you for your help!
Jenny Cich of the Lincoln Iris Society has a great item with that title in the September 2017 issue of the LIS Rainbow Messenger, their newsletter. She would like to make a submission to the Reblooming Iris Society on behalf of LIS of irises that rebloom in their zone (5). She includes a list of the tall bearded irises reported by RIS to rebloom in zone 5 or lower which is very interesting. Can you help her? See the details in the newsletter(PDF).
The first reported rebloom in Region 21 this year comes from Linda Wilkie who received a report of ‘Immortality’ blooming in a midtown Omaha garden this week. Coincidentally or not, the Greater Omaha Iris Society meeting topic this coming Monday, September 11th, is Reblooming Iris. Location and further details can be found on their website.
Our first bloom stalk came up last week and we are waiting for it to open. It is ‘Oxmoor Hills’ by James Ennenga. What is blooming or preparing to bloom in your garden?