2018 New Orleans Convention Reminder

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:



Thank you,

The 2018 Convention Committee


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!

Reblooming Guest Convention Irises


One of the bonuses to being a host garden is seeing guest irises rebloom.  Several different guest irises rebloomed in one or more gardens.  You can see a summary including several photos of what was observed in the central Iowa host gardens as they prepare for next year’s AIS Convention “Rhythm of the Prairie” May 23-27, 2017.  Check out the other details of the Convention while you are on their website.

Newark Convention – Events Update

The AIS 2016 Convention Going East in 2016 has a number of speakers and events.  The Convention website has the schedule, currently labeled tentative, here (found under the Convention selection), which does not yet list speakers and topics.  Now many of the speakers and topics with dates and times are available in this 2016 AIS Convention Programs (PDF).  It looks like a great lineup.

You can still register for the Convention.  Information is available on the Registration page which links to the form you will need.  Paul Gossett, the Convention Co-Chair has an Invitation to 2016 AIS Convention (PDF).

AIS 2017 Organizational Meeting – June 6, 2015

Region 21 is hosting the 2017 AIS Convention in Des Moines, Iowa May 23-27, 2017.  Our next planning meeting for this is Saturday, June 6th.  It will be a  Region 21 business review and AIS 2017 Convention Organizational Meeting which is open to all interested AIS members.

Details:  Saturday, June 6

Lunch at 1:00 p.m. in Trellis, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden (group seating, pay your own).  Menu (changes monthly):  http://www.dmbotanicalgarden.com/visit-us/dine/

Meeting at 2:00 p.m. in the Walsh Room, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Hope to see you there.

Reminder – No Spring 2015 Regional Meeting

With the AIS 2015 Convention in Portland, we are not having a Region 21 Spring meeting.  We hope many will be able to take advantage of the Portland Convention to enjoy irises and fellow irisarians.  Immediately following it is the Siberian/Species 2015 convention.

For those of us not attending, you can sample some of the gardens that will be visited with these videos.  And everyone can start thinking about 2017 when we will be hosting the AIS 2017 Convention in Des Moines!

Portland Convention – Optional Gorge Tour Update

“Based on popular demand, we have added a second bus to the Optional Gorge Tour on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. An all day tour with stops at the nationally famous Multnomah Falls, Bonneville Dam fish hatchery (trout ponds, sturgeon pond and the fish ladders-salmon migration),  lunch at Riverside Restaurant, Hood River (Columbia River boat traffic and wind surfers), then south through the fruit orchards of Hood River valley with the final stop being at the Historic Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood. Cost: $50.00 per person (includes lunch and bus transportation). Remaining seats on the bus will be on a first come – first serve basis. For tour registration contact Judy Nunn, Convention Registrar, email: Nunnjk@gmail.com or by phone: 503-390-3816.

John Ludi
Chair, 2015 Portland Iris Conventions

Request for Guest Beardless Irises for 2017 AIS Convention

Request for Guest Beardless Irises

2017 AIS Convention

Des Moines, Iowa

Region 21 will host The American Iris Society National Convention May 22-26, 2017. Convention attendees will tour at least four Des Moines area gardens, including two public gardens. Hybridizers of beardless varieties are invited to send rhizomes of recent introductions and seedlings under consideration for introduction. Please observe the following guidelines when sending guest irises as only officially submitted guest irises will appear in the convention booklet.

Up to two rhizomes of each variety will be accepted from August 25 through September 8, 2014.

Please ship plants to:

Kelly Norris/AIS 2017
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive
Des Moines, IA 50309

The name of the variety or seedling number should be clearly marked on each rhizome. In addition, the following information should accompany each variety on a separate packing list:

·      Hybridizer’s name and address
·      Name or seedling number of the variety
·      Type of iris (Siberian, Species, Spec-X, etc.)
·      Height, color, distinguishing features
·      Year of introduction (if applicable)

The packing list should include the contributors email address to receive an electronic receipt. Contributors who do not provide an email will receive a confirmation via USPS.

If a guest seedling is later named, it will be the responsibility of the hybridizer to notify the Guest Iris Chair of change. Updates should include name and corresponding seedling number. Please send updates or direct inquiries about guest irises to:

Linda Wilkie
Guest Iris Database Coordinator

Shortly before the convention, contributors will be asked for instructions regarding disposition of the plants. Failure to reply by April 1, 2017 will be interpreted as permission to destroy all seedlings, and distributed named varieties, one to each host garden and the rest as determined by the Convention Committee. No rhizomes will be offered for sale on the internet or other means which compete with sales by the contributors. Guest iris returned will be sent freight paid, except for foreign addresses.

The Convention Committee and the owners of the host gardens will strictly adhere to the Code of Ethics as printed in the AIS Convention Handbook.  The Convention Committee and host gardens will not be responsible for losses beyond their control.

Use this link for a PDF version of this request:  2017 Request For Guest Beardless Iris.

Thank You Lincoln Iris Society for Hosting Spring Convention and Gardens Tour

Thank you to the Lincoln Iris Society for hosting the 2014 Region 21 Spring Convention.  There was a great turnout.  The weather cooperated!  And we toured 6 gardens.  We saw lots of blooms and learned about garden judging from Judy Keisling and judging historic irises from Gary White.

Thank you to these irisarians for opening their gardens to us:

  • Gary White and Linda Rader
  • Jean Pedersen
  • Dottie Ladman
  • Jenny and Mark Cich
  • Dean and Judy Douglas
  • David and Marjorie Lionberger

You can read more about these gardens and the meeting in the upcoming Regional Newsletter where we have six authors each reviewing one of the gardens.

SLI Convention Reminder – Registration Due March 15th

The deadline for registration for our Society for Louisiana Irises Annual Convention is fast approaching.    The convention dates are April 3-5, but registration is due in by March 15.  SLI members and guests still have an opportunity to register and spend a few great days in historic New Orleans.  On the garden tours, there are some great places to see irises and many other plants.

Our convention website has all the details:    http://www.louisianairisgnois.com/SLIConvention/   If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

If you are in the New Orleans area and cannot attend all the convention events, consider at least some of them.   The Iris Show on April 4-5 in the Museum of Art is free and open to the public.  The garden tours will be great.  The dinners will be entertaining, especially the Silent and Live Auctions on Saturday evening.  You can register for whichever events you can attend, but keep the deadline in mind.  The tours, especially, may fill to capacity.

Hope to see you in New Orleans.

Patrick O’Connor
Convention Chair
Society for Louisiana Irises