Iris Acquisition Opportunities

That was the subject of the HOIIG meeting August 21, 2019.  It described some of the seed exchanges and rhizome sales within various parts of the AIS.  You can see the Iris Acquisition Opportunities handout from the program.  It is a PDF which has links to some of the possibilities.


March 29, 2018 Meeting – Leah Worth from the Iowa Arboretum

Our March 2018 meeting featured a great talk by Leah Worth: “If You Plant It They Will Come“.   Leah is the Horticulture Projects Manager at the Iowa Arboretum.   Her topic was the Iris Collection that they are developing because of their experience as a host garden for the 2017 AIS Convention.  They currently have 264 irises for the start of their collection.  Be sure to visit the Iowa Arboretum several times to see these outstanding recent irises beginning in late April and continuing through May and even into early June!  All dates are dependent on when spring actually arrives; so far the dates are looking good.  Peak bloom is likely to be the last week of May, similar to last year.

One of the things we learned is that they have an online list of their irises.  You can find the list on their website.

Thank you Leah and the Arboretum for your talk, for hosting guest irises for the Convention, and for the great setting you have for all types of plants.  Learn more about the Iowa Arboretum here.

February 2018 Meeting – Growing Irises in Different Climates

Update February 20 – We will not be meeting this month because of the weather forecast.  Hope to see you in March.

Our speaker for the HOIIG meeting on Thursday, February 22nd, will be Dian Curran sharing growing iris in climates differing from Iowa.  The  meeting starts at 7 pm in Cafe Diem in Ankeny.  We have the room from 6 pm if you are wanting to come earlier for food, beverage, or added social time.  The public is invited!

And an Iowa reminder, the meetings are weather permitting.  We will contact members (email and posting) if it looks too difficult for travel.  Stay safe on the roads!

January Meeting – Container Gardening

Our January Heart of Iowa Iris Growers meeting will have Pam Messer addressing Container Gardening.  Come and learn more about this for enjoying irises.  The meeting is Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7 p.m. at Cafe Diem in Ankeny.

Everyone is invited to attend.  Please consider becoming a member, only $12 per household.

Note that the meeting is weather dependent.  Currently the forecast looks good; however, we will email members and post here if the weather becomes too bad.  Hope to see you at the meeting.

Photo is ‘Sign Me Up’ Niswonger 2001, a SDB (standard dwarf bearded) iris in our garden.

September Meeting – Member Social September 28

Hello All,  our member social is coming up quickly—Sept 28 at 6:00pm
in the Sensory Garden at DMACC (turn off of Oralabor onto DMACC drive,third left onto Commons Dr).  Please bring a lawn chair, your personal table service,  and a potluck dish to share.   Rosemary and I will be bringing Reuben sandwich logs and mustard.   Shirley and Jane will be sharing the gardens history and highlights. Looking forward to seeing everyone in cooler weather!