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
While you can see these events listed on our Upcoming Events page, I thought it might be useful to have highlighted them here as well.
Lincoln Iris Society will hold their annual iris show May 10th. Contact Gary White for details.
Greater Omaha Iris Society will hold their annual iris show May 17th at Lauritzen Gardens in
Omaha. Show entries will be accepted from 7:30 AM through 9:45 AM.
Show schedule GOIS Show Schedule 2014 final (PDF).
Region 21 will hold their annual Spring Convention & Garden Tour in
Lincoln May 23-24th this year. An executive board meeting will be
held Sunday May 25th in conjunction with the tour. Information
Can-West Iris Society 2014 Iris Show is Sunday, June 15th at Bourkevale Community Centre, 100 Ferry Road, Winnipeg MB. Details here.
The Lincoln Iris Society is pleased to announce that Michael Moller, current president of the Tall Bearded Iris Society, will be speaking Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln, NE (St. Andrews Lutheran Church). We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome!
Mr. Moller bought his first irises from Schliefert Iris Gardens right here in Nebraska. He subsequently moved to Colorado, where he started the Dr. Loomis Iris Test Garden and served as President of Elmohr Iris Society and as RVP for Region 20. He is a master judge and has hybridized several introduced cultivars. He currently lives in Georgia.
When I asked him what he would be speaking about, he enthusiastically replied, “Everything!” Pressed for specifics, he mentioned: how irises get their names, what’s wrong with the AIS judges handbook, and how to prepare your irises for shows. He emphasized that he wants all to bring questions.
I’ve spoken with Mr. Moller several times on the telephone; we always take up most of an hour, and I come away educated and just tickled—he tells great stories. A grand time will be had by all. This is a rare treat, and we hope to see you there.
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for November is now available. Included is their final meeting of the year, November 11th, their end of the year potluck.
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 8 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.
The Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room. Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting. All are welcome. Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available). Questions – email email@example.com .
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for October is now available. Included is their next meeting, October 14th, with a Program on TB and Reblooming iris from the American Iris Society.
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.
While I’ve reported some on the Region 21 Fall Meeting, the banquet that was part of this meeting deserves its own thank you. The food, catered by Mangia, was great. I should have taken some pictures of the desserts; however, I was too busy enjoying them.
Our Greater Omaha Iris Society hosts provided everyone with a Sass rhizome! I believe they were all either ‘Midwest Gem’ or ‘Pretty Pansy’. And from the Sass Memorial Iris Garden. On a coincidental note, ‘Pretty Pansy’ was subsequently featured on the World of Irises blog in a posting: Iris Classics: “Pretty Pansy” which includes more of its history.
Ron Crampton prepared the amazing centerpieces. I’m not even sure my picture does them justice.
And, as I mentioned earlier, our speaker Bob Hollingworth expanded our horizons speaking on A World of Irids.
Thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable and remarkable evening!
The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for September is now available. Included is their next meeting, September 9th, with Jim Hedgecock of Comanche Acres on Iris Spuria (which counts as 1 hour of Judges training).
To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 6 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.