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.

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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!

Spring Meetings in Neighboring Regions – 2017

This year Region 21 is hosting the AIS 2017 Convention rather than having a spring meeting.   There are spring meetings in neighboring Regions to give you an additional iris  fix.  You can find all the spring meetings we are aware of on the Iris Encyclopedia here.

The Region 9 Spring Fling Meeting is Saturday April 8th in Pekin, Illinois.  Their website has the preliminary details.  Contact them to learn more.

The Region 18 Spring Meeting is May 19-20 in Columbia, Missouri.  Here are the details and a registration form (PDF) for you.

Enjoy these events and hope to see you in Des Moines for the Convention!

BJ Jackson to Speak at Manitoba Horticultural Association

Something I learned from reading the Autumn 2016 Newsletter of the Can-West Iris Society; BJ Jackson will be giving a presentation “Medians: The Other Bearded Iris” as part of the 119th Manitoba Horticultural Association’s annual meeting.  BJ is a Region 21 member and the president of the Can-West Iris Society.  Her presentation will be Friday, January 27, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Killarney United Church, Killarney, Manitoba.  The registration form (PDF) and program (PDF) are online.  Preregistration deadline is January 9th.  For further information, the email m.h.a@shaw.ca is the contact for the Manitoba Horticultural Association.

A great way to get your January iris fix!

Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks Coming to Minnesota November 6

Another nearby iris meeting for Region 21 members to enjoy.  Region 8 has Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks for its speakers this year.  They are in Madison, Wisconsin Saturday, November 5th, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota Sunday, November 6th.  See the details on the Minneapolis meeting here.  Their presentation will be on their hybridizing program and will include one hour of judges’ training on Species Iris.

The Iris Encyclopedia has more information on their hybridizing accomplishments.  You can see photos of many of their irises on the Iris Encyclopedia and at Joe Pye Weed’s Garden where they have many of them for sale.

Bonnie and Hooker Nichols in Kirkwood, Missouri October 16, 2016

 Well-known hybridizers Bonnie and Hooker Nichols will be speaking this coming Sunday, October 16, 2016.
The event will take place on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 1 PM at the American Legion Post 156 which is located at 314 South Clay, Kirkwood, MO 63122.  The entry is in the back.  The program will be on Novelty Irises (by Bonnie) and Louisiana Irises (by Hooker).  It is not a Judges Training, but, two separate talks.  There will be light refreshments.  The event is hosted by the Kirkwood Iris Society (KIS) but they are inviting the Greater St. Louis Iris Society (GSLIS) and anyone else in  (or out of) the area to attend.