No February 2018 Meeting

Just in case you are receiving our postings some way that does not show updates – there will be no February 2018 HOIIG meeting.

Join us March 29 (the last Thursday in March) for our next meeting.


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!

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!