Region 21 Covid-19 Related Announcements

The pandemic has caused many cancellations and changes in Region 21 and the American Iris Society:

  • The Region 21 Fall Meeting has been cancelled.  Thank you to everyone in the Sioux Empire Iris Society who has been working to prepare for this meeting.
  • Region 21 Fall Board Meeting – Plans are being made to meet via video conferencing this fall.
  • The Region 21 newsletter has been temporarily suspended.  Updates for Region 21 will be posted to the Region 21 website.
  • All Region 21 clubs have cancelled their iris shows.  Anyone wishing to can send pictures of their garden for inclusion in a Region 21 virtual garden tour to be posted on our website.
  • Because judges training opportunities are extremely limited, judges needing hours in 2020 have had their eligibility extended for one year.  Those that have satisfied requirements will be advanced. Judges will receive credit for any judges training already completed.
  • Kelly Norris has stepped down as Region 21 Judges Training Chair.  Until a new chair is named, all records and questions should be sent to me.
  • The AIS 2020 Convention, three mini-conventions, and all Regional Spring Meetings have been cancelled.
  • The Garden Awards voting for 2020 has also been cancelled due to limited opportunities to view the eligible irises in gardens.

Other AIS changes will be posted, as they occur, on the Cancellations page, the AIS website News & Events page, and in the AIS electronic newsletter, News & Notes.

Check the Region 21 website for ongoing announcements and updates.

Wayne Messer
AIS Region 21 RVP
wrmesser@gmail.com

Region 18 Fall Meeting is October 5-6, 2018

Other Regions of The American Iris Society also have fall meetings that members of Region 21 can attend.  This is another way to learn more about irises, obtain more judges training, and meet other irisarians.  Region 18 (Kansas and Missouri) is particularly convenient for many members of Region 21 to visit.

This year the Region 18 Fall Meeting is in St. Joseph, Missouri at the Remington Nature Center on October 5th and 6th.  Bonnie Nichols, president of the Novelty Iris Society, is the speaker.  She is also presenting 2 hours of judges training on Novelty Iris.  More details on the schedule are here and the registration form (PDF) is available.

You can find details on all the 2018 Regional Fall Meetings in this table.  Hope to see you at some of them!

Can-West Iris Society Iris Show June 3, 2018

The Can-West Iris Society is having their 2018 iris show June 3, 2018 in Winnipeg in the Bourkevale Community Center.  Details can be found in the Can-West Spring 2018 newsletter.  The show schedule is also available on their website.

Preceding the show is judges training on Saturday, June 2nd.  Sandy Ives will give a session on Siberian irises and Maureen Mark will be doing garden training.  Again, see the newsletter for details.

My apologies for not getting this in our previous listing of Region 21 iris shows.  I was aware of the show and B. J. Jackson, the show chair, had sent me the information.  I totally blanked.

Region 21 Iris Shows and 2018 Spring Meeting

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 Presentation – April 14, 2018 in Marshalltown Iowa

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.

Region 21 Fall 2018 Registration

'Metro Blue' by Lockatell blooming October 10, 2016 in the Messer Garden

‘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!

Lincoln Iris Society Iris Show Results

The Lincoln Iris Society held their annual iris show May 13th, 2017.  The results are in their June 2017 Rainbow Messenger which we have just added to the Region 21 Newsletters Page.  Here is a direct link to the June 2017 issue where you can find the show report beginning on page 4.

Congratulations to the Lincoln Iris Society and the Show Committee on their show and their record number of entries!  Thank you and congratulations to all the entrants!

Monument Valley Iris Society Iris Show – May 27-28, 2017

The Monument Valley Iris Society is having its Iris Show May 27th and 28th this year.  The show is at the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center a mile north Scottsbluff on Hwy. 71.  Find all the details in this Torrington Telegraph post.

In addition to seeing all the great irises, there will be an opportunity to order irises for late summer delivery.

Upcoming GOIS Events

Linda Wilkie, GOIS President, sent this note which includes events that are of interest to other irisarians as well.

The season has begun and most of you are enjoying the pops of color of the standard dwarf iris in your gardens.

This Saturday we will be working in the Sass Memorial Garden at Mahoney Park to get it ready for the bloom season.  Those who can are encouraged to come and help at 9:30 AM Saturday, May 6th.  We want the gardens in tip top condition before the AIS convention May 23-27th in Des Moines.  We’ve heard from many conventioneers who are planning a side trip out to the garden so your help is needed all through May.  If you can take even one morning or afternoon to work out at the garden we would very much appreciate it.

This coming Monday, May 8th we will meet at 6:30 PM in Lincoln for our monthly meeting to tour the Magdalene Pfister Garden on the UNL East Campus.  I’ve pasted a picture below for you and here is a link to information about the garden:  http://www.unl.edu/bga/tours/east

Don’t forget the other iris events this month as well.

  • May 12-13 is Spring into Spring at Lauritzen Gardens.  Ron Crampton is chairing that event and we are still looking for some volunteers.
  • The Lincoln Iris Society is holding their show May 13th.  We’ll have information regarding times and categories at our Monday meeting.
  • May 20th is the GOIS Show.  Entries are accepted from 9-10:30 AM and open to the public from 12:30-4:00PM.  Show schedules will be available on Monday evening.  Please contact me if you need one emailed to you instead.

Looking forward to seeing you Saturday and Monday!