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!

Median Iris Society 2017 Convention

medianphotoAs you are heading to the AIS 2017 Convention in Des Moines, another opportunity to see irises is the Median Iris Society Convention in Lafayette, Indiana.  From May 18-20 is Median Iris Rules Supreme in 2017.  Learn more about what is happening in this PDF.  And this is the registration form with the early registration deadline extended.

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.

 

New Affiliate Forming – Heart of Iowa Iris Growers

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!

Possible Pop-up Judges Training and Programs

In an effort to improve services to our independent members, along with our clubs, we are exploring the possibility of adding half-day pop-up Judges Training and/or programs throughout the year, throughout the Region . This is in addition to our regular Spring and Fall Region 21 Meetings. We would appreciate receiving your views, comments, thoughts, and suggestions.

Contact person:  Wayne Messer email wrmesser@gmail.com .

Have You Registered for the Spring 2016 Whirlwind Tour?

Just a quick reminder, the Region 21 Spring 2016 Meeting is a Whirlwind Garden Tour of the host gardens for the 2017 AIS Convention.  This is an opportunity to see all 5 host gardens in one day, May 21st!  Indications are there will be lots of blooms.  Details can be found in this PDF brochure and registration form.  Let us know you will be attending.

Region 21 2016 Spring Meeting

The Region 21 Spring Meeting this year is the Whirlwind Garden Tour which is a one day dress rehearsal for the AIS 2017 National Convention. Details have been mailed to Region 21 members.  In case you did not receive it or would like more copies, 2016 AIS REGION 21 Brochure is the PDF of the brochure.

Hope to see you here May 21st and next year to enjoy the irises and all the great irisarians!

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).