The Heart of Iowa Iris Growers is a new American Iris Society affiliate forming in Iowa. Our first meeting was September 8 and the enthusiastic members agreed to have our meetings the last Thursday of the month beginning in October, 2016. Come to our meetings and help us grow!
Heart of Iowa Iris Growers members would like to invite interested people to their second regular meeting Oct 27, 2016 at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Please inquire at the desk to be directed to the meeting room. Our speakers that evening are Kelly and Libby Jensen who will be sharing preparation for entering iris for judging at an iris show. We will discuss the yearly calendar and future meeting site. All are welcome who love Irises!
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!
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.
If you are in or about Lincoln, Nebraska this weekend please stop by the LIS show. It should be a good one! In our garden, we are in peak Tall Bearded bloom with many Siberians in full bloom, … Continue reading →
The Greater Omaha Iris Society Iris Sale is Friday, July 25th at St. Andrew Church. We will meet at 11:00 AM to set up for the Rhizome Sale. Meet at St. Andrews Church to help set up for the sale. Lunch will be provided.
Then from 2:00—8:00 PM is the Annual Rhizome Sale. Members are needed to answer questions, check out customers, and help take down the sale.
Please consider donating iris from your garden. GOIS offers sales credit for all donations. Rhizomes must be cleaned, trimmed, and named varieties. Contact Linda Wilkie if you have iris you can donate so that sale tags can be prepared.
Remember this is our primary fundraiser for the year and proceeds from the sale fund all
of our activities including maintenance of our display garden! Your help is important to
our success and very much appreciated.
Thanks to Mike Becker, Siouxland Iris Society President, they now have a website. You can see it at http://topdog51031.wix.com/siouxland-iris We also have linked to it on our Who we are page. Great job Mike!
Region 21 will hold their annual Spring Convention & Garden Tour in Lincoln May 23-24th this year. An executive board meeting will be
held Sunday May 25th in conjunction with the tour. Information Invite2014_Reg21Convention (PDF).
Can-West Iris Society 2014 Iris Show is Sunday, June 15th at Bourkevale Community Centre, 100 Ferry Road, Winnipeg MB. Details here.
The Lincoln Iris Society is pleased to announce that Michael Moller, current president of the Tall Bearded Iris Society, will be speaking Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln, NE (St. Andrews Lutheran Church). We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome!
Mr. Moller bought his first irises from Schliefert Iris Gardens right here in Nebraska. He subsequently moved to Colorado, where he started the Dr. Loomis Iris Test Garden and served as President of Elmohr Iris Society and as RVP for Region 20. He is a master judge and has hybridized several introduced cultivars. He currently lives in Georgia.
When I asked him what he would be speaking about, he enthusiastically replied, “Everything!” Pressed for specifics, he mentioned: how irises get their names, what’s wrong with the AIS judges handbook, and how to prepare your irises for shows. He emphasized that he wants all to bring questions.
I’ve spoken with Mr. Moller several times on the telephone; we always take up most of an hour, and I come away educated and just tickled—he tells great stories. A grand time will be had by all. This is a rare treat, and we hope to see you there.