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!
Our annual Fall Meeting is in Kearney, Nebraska this year on Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12. The form for registration was in the Spring Region 21 Bulletin and you can also download the form: Registration Form Aug 2017 (PDF).
A quick recap: Friday afternoon there is an optional tour of the G. W. Frank Museum of History and Culture, followed by a Welcome Reception, an Affiliate Panel and Roundtable Discussion, and a Board Meeting that everyone is invited to. Followed by continuing the reception. Saturday begins with Jean Morris presenting Judges Training/Education sessions on Tall Bearded Irises and Ethics. Then a potluck lunch and Awards Program, Membership meeting, and Iris Auction. There is also an Iris Swap Meet Table. And we finish at 3. Come and enjoy with your friends!
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!
AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting ———- August 12 & 13, 2016
Hosted by Siouxland Iris Society, Sioux City, IA
Note: In case you did not receive the information below in the mail, here is a printable PDF – AIS Region 21 Fall Meeting 2016 you may use for your registration.
Hotel Information: Lodging and all meetings will be at the Holiday Inn at 701 Gordon Drive Sioux City, IA 51101. (712-277-9400 ) For those coming in on I-29 take the Wesley way exit and turn north towards the Hard Rock Casino which is located on 3rd Street. Take a right on 3rd Street and proceed towards Pierce street. Turn right on Pierce and then turn left on to Gordon Drive. Watch as the Holiday inn will be on your right. For those that may come in on Highway 20 from the east proceed straight as this will turn into Gordon Drive. Proceed towards downtown and you will see it on your right. We have blocked off 20 rooms at the rate of 89.95 with a hot Breakfast included with your room. They will have either a King executive or Queen executive room for this rate. They all will include a refrigerator and microwave. They are newly remodeled as well.
Convention: Register Friday evening from 6:30 till 8:00 PM. Light snacks and drink will be provided during this time. You will get a registration packet also at this time.
Food: Friday evening meal on your own. Breakfast will be provided with your room reservation. Saturday noon lunch will be a soup & salad buffet. Evening meal will be a choice of Country Fried Steak, Roast Round of Beef of Ham. Please indicate which choice you would like for the evening meal on your form. All meals will be provided by the hotel. The cost will be $40.00 per person, ( checks payable to Siouxland Iris Society ).
Saturday schedule: ( Specific times will be announced ) Board meeting soon after breakfast. There will be judges training sessions in both the morning & afternoon with the annual business meeting following the afternoon training. Then the dinner in the evening followed by the rhizome auction. Also bring some of your own rhizomes or club rhizomes for table sales for a bargain table.
Pre-registration for the Convention: Please print your information on the form at the bottom of the page with your check made out to the Convention registrar: James Bailey 421 Forest View Sioux City, IA 51103 . His phone number is 281-300-1940. Your form should be received by August 5 so we can finalize the meals. Any late forms will cost extra.
Phone # ___________________________________________________
Evening Meal Choice ( ) Country Fried Steak
( ) Roast Round of Beef
( ) Ham
The Sioux Empire Iris Society is hosting this year’s Region 21 Fall Meeting in Sioux Falls, SD. Join us for Judges Training in the morning and afternoon, the business meeting, the evening banquet and an iris auction. Also, please bring rhizomes from your own gardens or club sales for a bargain table.
In case you did not receive the notice and registration form, here is the Region 21 Fall 2015 notice as a PDF for you. So send your registration soon and make your room reservations.
Hope to see you there.
It’s that time again. The Region 21 Fall Meeting is approaching rapidly. The Region 21 Fall Meeting this year is in Ames, Iowa on August 8th and 9th. You should have received your registration form already. If you did not, here is an AIS Region 21 Flyer (PDF).
We have a great lineup of speakers for you. And following the banquet will be the irises auction. So send your registration soon and make your room reservations.
Saturday morning August 9th from 10 to 12 is the Public Iris Sale!
Dear AIS members,
I would like to extend an invitation to you all to come enjoy the
Region 21 Spring Convention and Garden Tour held this May 23rd – 24th.
The Lincoln Iris Society will host this annual event and it is sure
to be an excellent convention this year. There are six gardens slated
to be on the tour this Spring, showcasing the private iris collections
of LIS members.
On the tour are the gardens of Dean and Judy Douglas, Jenny and Mark
Cich, David and Marjorie Lionberger, Dottie Ladman, Jean Pedersen, and
Gary White & Linda Rader. This will be the first time on regional tour
for most of the gardens; back on the tour this year are the Douglas
and White/Rader gardens, both large gardens. In addition to a whole
lot of irises, the gardeners also dabble in an eclectic assortment of
other perennials, so there should be something of interest for
There will also be an opportunity for Judges’ Training and a program
presented by immediate past AIS president Judy Keisling. This is a
not to be missed opportunity for lovers of iris.
There is often a hesitation to participate in large regional events
from novice iris lovers but I would like to say this is a perfect
opportunity to meet iris lovers of all levels of experience from the
master showman and hybridizer to those growing their first iris. If
you’ve ever wanted to learn more about growing or showing iris and you
love to see “real” gardens you will not want to miss this opportunity.
This is the perfect time to come see what the American Iris Society
and their affiliates are about, meet like minded gardeners, and enjoy
some beautiful gardens!
These events are open to non-AIS members as well and the Lincoln Iris
Society are superb and welcoming hosts so come and bring a friend or
Hope to see you in the gardens!
Regional Vice President, AIS Region 21