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 lrwilkie@gmail.com) and Gary White (402-890-3689 or in2iris@yahoo.com).

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

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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!

Reminder: The Region 21 2018 Fall Meeting is August 10-11

Another great chance to see old friends and meet new ones.  This year we are meeting in Ames, Iowa Friday evening and Saturday, August 10-11.  Mike Lockatell is our featured speaker and judges training presenter with Cool Season Reblooming Irises.  The registration form (PDF) has the details.

After the meeting, you will be able to explore the Reiman Gardens grounds and butterfly wing.  The current exhibition is the 13 kinetic sculptures “Wind, Waves, & Light Sculpture Exhibit” by George Sherwood.

Hope to see you there!

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.

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!

Region 21 Fall Meeting August 11-12, 2017 Kearney, Nebraska

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!

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!