Signs of Spring – Greater Omaha Iris Society March Newsletter Available

One of the first signs of Iris Spring arrived yesterday, in the middle of a snowstorm!  The first 2014 issue of the Greater Omaha Iris Society newsletter.  Their first meeting is March 10th:  Back to Basics:  The Care and Culture of Iris in the Home Garden.  You can see it along with back issues on our Newsletter page.  And guests are welcome at their meetings.

Greater Omaha Iris Society November Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for November is now available.  Included is their final meeting of the year, November 11th, their end of the year potluck.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 8 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

Reminder – Central Iowa Iris Society First Meeting – November 2, 2013

The Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room.  Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting.  All are welcome.  Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available).  Questions – email wrmesser@gmail.com  .

Greater Omaha Iris Society October Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for October is now available.  Included is their next meeting, October 14th, with a Program on TB and Reblooming iris from the American Iris Society.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

Conventions Presentation – Lincoln Iris Society Sept. 30, 2013

Siberian iris - Painted Woman by Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks in 2007If you weren’t able to attend the national iris conventions this year, not to worry. You still have a chance to see the irises.  Gary White was there for all three conventions (American Iris Society, Society for Louisiana Irises in Dallas, TX and Society for Siberian Irises in central Michigan) and will be presenting a talk, complete with photos, to the Lincoln Iris Society on Monday evening, September 30, 2013.  Growing Lousiana iris - Red Velvet Elvis by Kevin Vaughn in 1997Siberians and Louisianas is a challenge here on the prairies, so it’s great to see them in gardens in other parts of the country.  For more information on the talk and directions send a note to lincolnirissociety@yahoo.com.

The upper photo is a Siberian iris, ‘Painted Woman’ (Marty Schafer, Jan Sacks, 2007).  The lower photo is the Louisiana iris, ‘Red Velvet Elvis’ (Kevin Vaughn, 1997).

Greater Omaha Iris Society September Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for September is now available.  Included is their next meeting, September 9th, with Jim Hedgecock of Comanche Acres on Iris Spuria (which counts as 1 hour of Judges training).

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 6 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

Lincoln Iris Society Annual Iris Rhizome Sale and Auction—August 3rd, 2013

Sale FlyerIf you are in the Lincoln area this weekend, stop by the LIS annual iris rhizome sale and auction between 10AM and 4PM.  The sale will be located at St. Andrews Lutheran Church at 1015 Lancaster Lane in Lincoln, Nebraska.  This is a new location for the sale, second year at this site.  Directions to the sale are from 70th and Vine St, then 4 blocks east on Vine, take 1st left past the school, onto E. Avon.  Church is on the left.

This year, there will be a very large sale of a huge selection of cultivars.  Included will be a large number of historic iris rhizomes, especially Sass irises.  Lots of other newer irises will be available, including Dykes Medal winners and a number of Allan Ensminger hybridized irises.  Expect to find irises from most of the bearded iris classes including Standard Dwarfs, Intermediate, Miniature Tall, Border, and Tall Bearded irises.  Every year there are some interesting surprises on the sale tables and that will undoubtedly happen again this year.  In addition to bearded irises, there may well be Siberian irises for sale.  And, there will be a limited number of Daylilies for sale, usually cultivars that are not found at local commercial outlets.

An auction of newer cultivars, primarily Tall Beardeds and mostly 2012 and 2013 introductions, will take place at 11 AM.  Most of the auction irises this year come from Superstition Gardens (Rick Tasco and Roger Duncan) in California and from Mid-America Garden (Paul Black and Thomas Johnson) in Salem, Oregon, though there are a few late model introductions from other hybridizers as well.

Finally, there will be demonstrations on dividing and planting bearded irises.  Information about growing irises, the Lincoln Iris Society, Region 21, the American Iris Society, the Historic Iris Preservation Society and other iris Sections will also be available.

For more information about the sale, contact Gary White at (402) 421-6394 or (402) 432-1550.

Lincoln Iris Society 2013 Iris Show Results

Lincoln Iris Society Show Results – May 25, 2013

The 2013 show was smaller than in previous years; but, every bit as interesting.  This was the year for historic irises.  Historics won Best of Show (Miss Aravilla), Best Bicolor (Gracchus), and Best Youth Specimen (King Midas).  The season was late; but, the selection ranged from SDB’s to Siberians.  There were two firsts in this show:  1st and 2nd runners-up for Best in Show were chosen by the judges and we offered a pre-sale option as part of our annual sale.  The absolute best thing is that we had twenty people enter the show this year, which may be a record high!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Judges for the show were Carolyn Lingenfelter and Marjorie Jansen of Norfolk, Nebraska.

A big thank you to our Popularity Vote tabulators, Eunice Cernohlavek and Sally Schrader, for their expertise in handling this portion of the show!

Congratulations to the Lincoln Iris Society and everyone who entered!  You can see the complete list of winners LIS_ShowResults-2013 (PDF).

Central Iowa Iris Society First Meeting – November 2, 2013

Golden RialThe Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room.  Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting.  All are welcome.  Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available).  Questions – email wrmesser@gmail.com

Greater Omaha Iris Society Summer Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for July is now available.  Among the meetings it includes are their Annual Rhizome Sale and Auction July 26 – 27 and the Fall Regional Meeting August 9 – 10.  See the next posting for more on the Fall Regional Meeting.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 5 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.