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!

Iris Links August 31, 2017

We had some irises to thank our members for volunteering at the Convention which we shared at the August 31st HoIIG meeting.  In case you have difficulty reading the names on the irises, these are links to their entry on the Iris Encyclopedia.  Thank you again for all your help.


August Meeting – Kelly and Libby Jensen

‘Landscaping Made Easy’ (Ensminger 2014, IB) 2017 President’s Cup Winner

Our speakers for the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers meeting will be Kelly and Libby Jensen talking about soil preparation.  Our location is Cafe Diem in Ankeny.  This is on route 69 on the east side across from the DMACC east entrance.  Meeting time is 7 p.m. on August 31st.  Hope to see you there!


June Meeting – Gary White and Judges Training

The speaker this month for the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers is Gary White,  American Iris Society President.  His topic is: Judges Training: Roles and Requirements.  A timely topic this time of year with the judges currently voting on the AIS 2017 Awards.  Remember, the June 29 at 7 PM meeting is at Cafe Diem, 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd, Ankeny, a change from our usual location.

April Meeting – Wanda Lunn and Historic Irises

Sue Witt, the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers President, sent out this meeting notice.

Meeting Notice

Program will be provided by Wanda Lunn. Wanda will be sharing information on Historic Irises and the Historic Iris Preservation Society (HIPS)

Business Meeting to follow


a.     Secretary and Treasurer’s reports

b.    Program Committee Report

c.     Affiliation confirmation

d.    Region 21 Silent Auction Basket items (Basket provided)

a.     Suggested basket items

e.     June Meeting location change, Café Diem 2005 S. Ankeny Blvd #800.

f.      Meeting suggestions

Ankeny Garden Association – April 10, 2017

Wayne Messer will be speaking to the Ankeny Garden Association Monday, April 10th in Building 4 Hort Department at 7 p.m.  The topic is Irises: Hardy Color in the Garden.  These are the references for that presentation.

This is the handout for the talk (PDF).

Wayne Messer

Links You Need

American Iris Society =
References for this talk =


Choosing Irises
Extending the Season
Learning More
Seeing Irises
2017 American Iris Society Convention – Des Moines – May 23-27

Iris Photos
The below irises link to their Iris Encyclopedia page.

‘Put Upon’
‘Eye Candy’
‘San Francisco’
2016 Award Winners  – Bearded Irises
‘Tuscan Summer’  Tall Bearded
‘Sharp Dressed Man’
‘Haunted Heart’
‘Meerkat Manor’  Border Bearded
‘Star In The Night’  Intermediate Bearded
‘Sari’s Dance’  Miniature Tall Bearded
‘Open Your Eyes’  Standard Dwarf Bearded
‘Gecko Echo’  Miniature Dwarf Bearded
‘Xerxes’  Aril Irises
‘Brash And Bold’  Arilbred Irises
2016 Award Winners – Beardless Irises  ‘Fontanelle’
‘John’s Fancy’  Japanese Irises
‘Blue Mountain Mist’  Louisiana Irises
‘Periwinkle Persian’  Pacific Coast Native Irises
‘Ginger Twist’  Siberian Irises
‘Castor River’  Spuria Irises
‘Dick Redfield’  Species Irises
‘Who’s On First’  Species Cross Irises
‘Swans In Flight’  Dykes Medal
Iris reticulata
Iris Hollandica
‘Oxmoor Hills’
‘Constant Companion’
‘Rust Never Sleeps’
‘Double Dare’
‘Metro Blue’

Learning More

American Iris Society
Iris Encyclopedia
World of Irises blog
News & Notes

Classes of Irises including awards and Sections involved.  Has links to the awards and Sections listed on the slides.


Iowa is part of Region 21 of the American Iris Society.  The nearest clubs include Heart of Iowa Iris Growers, Greater Omaha Iris Society, and Siouxland Iris Society (Sioux City).   The 2017 Fall Regional Meeting will be August 11-12 in Kearney, Nebraska.  Find the registration form in the latest Region 21 Bulletin.

Meininger seedling guest iris.