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.
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!
Just a reminder that we do not have a Heart of Iowa Iris Growers meeting this month. Hope to see you at future meetings.
You can enjoy more iris goodness at the Region 21 Fall Meeting, August 11-12, in Kearney, Nebraska. Learn about irises, see old friends, and meet new ones. And an iris swap meet table – you can never have too many irises!
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.
Sue Witt, the Heart of Iowa Iris Growers President, sent out this 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
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).
Links You Need
Extending the Season
2017 American Iris Society Convention – Des Moines – May 23-27
The below irises link to their Iris Encyclopedia page.
2016 Award Winners – Bearded Irises
‘Tuscan Summer’ Tall Bearded
‘Sharp Dressed Man’
‘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
‘Rust Never Sleeps’
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.