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.
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.
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.
‘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!
Minutes is the newest page and is just getting started. It has the Fall 2015 minutes for your reading pleasure:) Can you help us fill in the blank spots? We would appreciate earlier minutes, especially 2010 through early 2015, and later minutes. Thank you for your help!
The American Iris Society the World of Irises blog has frequent posts covering iris topics and always including great iris photos. Jean Richter recently wrote “Space Age Iris of the Early 21st Century” which included two Nebraska hybridizers. LeRoy Meininger was represented by ‘Beneath My Wings’ (2005) HM 2007, AM 2011. Leonard and Kathy Jedlicka’s‘Isadora Belle’ (2009) is the other Nebraska space ager shown. (Both of these cultivar links are to the Iris Encyclopedia entries.) One of the things I learned by checking the cultivars’ entries is that Jedlicka’s iris pedigree included one of Meininger’s seedlings.
Thank you to all our Region’s hybridizers for their contributions.
Bonus Note: You can see the most recent 100 titles (with links and automatically updated) from the World of Irises here.
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!
Region 21 member Wanda Lunn and her garden will be part of the July/August 2017 issue of Iowa Gardener. You can see part of this article “New and old grow in harmony in Cedar Rapids, Iowa” online. The complete article “Harmoniously Blending the New and Old” can be found as a garden profile on pages 58-63.
I should also mention that in April the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers had Wanda speak to us on historic irises and HIPS. She was a great speaker, knowledgeable and very enthusiastic. Thank you Wanda!