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


Region 21 Fall Meeting August 16-17, 2019

Time is fast approaching for the Region 21 Fall meeting. The Fall meeting, educational sessions, keynote speaker, and auction will be held in Omaha and all events will take place August 16th – 17th at the conference hotel, the Hampton Inn, Omaha AkSarBen Area.

The featured keynote speaker for this year’s event will be renowned hybridizer Paul Black. Educational sessions will be eligible for three hours of judges training c.e. credit for those in need of additional credit hours. Additionally the Regional Rhizome auction will be held on Saturday, August 17th.

A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees at the conference hotel for $114/night. This block of rooms will be held until August 1st after which room pricing will revert to the prevailing rate. Details and a registration form can be found here.

Questions may be addressed to meeting coordinators Linda Wilkie (402-493-3808 or and Gary White (402-890-3689 or

Update 8/12/19: The final schedule is available here.

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.

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.

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 .

Region 21 Fall 2013 Meeting Held August 10 at Omaha

The Region 21 Fall Meeting hosted by the Greater Omaha Iris Society began Friday evening with a social get-together.  Then Saturday, August 10th, we met at Mammel Hall for a great meeting.

Our first speaker was Judy Kiesling, the AIS immediate past-president, discussing AIS Awards and Ballots.  She covered a number of timely aspects of the Awards which were announced just a week later.

Robert Hollingworth covered Siberian Irises and what to look for and what to look out for.  (When the Awards came out, it was apparent his Siberian irises have the desired attributes – he won both the Morgan-Wood Medal for ‘Swans In Flight’ and the Walther Cup for ‘Judy, Judy, Judy’.)  He was also our banquet speaker describing A World of Irids with examples from South Africa, Israel, and Japan.

Thank you to our host group for a great meeting!

[Note:  The Iris Auction and Business Meeting notes will be added later.]

Greater Omaha Iris Society Iris Show – May 11, 2013

Sass Medal - 1988

The Greater Omaha Iris Society Iris Show will be held Saturday, May 11th at the Douglas/Sarpy County Extension Office at 8015 West Center Road in Omaha.  Open to the public at no charge from 12:30 to 4:00 PM.   1-1/2 hours of Judges training will be offered during the show.

Exhibitors:  Entries accepted from 7:30 to 9:30 AM.  Iris entered in the Horticulture Division must be correctly identified as to variety name and grown by the exhibitor.  Arrangements may also be entered in the artistic design division.  An exhibitor may enter only one exhibit per class, but may enter as many classes as desired.   Judging will be done by judges of the National Council of State Garden Clubs and/or The American Iris Society.  

Meet the Neighbors – Region 9 Judges Training

Sari's DanceFor those of you in the Eastern part of Region 21, Region 9 (Illinois) has scheduled their Spring Membership Meeting for Saturday April 6, 2013.  Our own Kelly Norris is presenting “Borderline Crazy”- Sorting Our Intermediate and Border Bearded Irises.  See the complete schedule at the Region 9 website for this meeting in Rochester, Illinois.