Lincoln Iris Society Meeting – March 31, 2014

The Lincoln Iris Society is pleased to announce that Michael Moller, current president of the Tall Bearded Iris Society, will be speaking Monday, March 31, 2014 at 1015 Lancaster Lane, Lincoln, NE (St. Andrews Lutheran Church). We will be meeting at 6:30 p.m.  Guests are welcome!

Mr. Moller bought his first irises from Schliefert Iris Gardens right here in Nebraska. He subsequently moved to Colorado, where he started the Dr. Loomis Iris Test Garden and served as President of Elmohr Iris Society and as RVP for Region 20. He is a master judge and has hybridized several introduced cultivars. He currently lives in Georgia.

When I asked him what he would be speaking about, he enthusiastically replied, “Everything!” Pressed for specifics, he mentioned: how irises get their names, what’s wrong with the AIS judges handbook, and how to prepare your irises for shows. He emphasized that he wants all to bring questions.

I’ve spoken with Mr. Moller several times on the telephone; we always take up most of an hour, and I come away educated and just tickled—he tells great stories. A grand time will be had by all. This is a rare treat, and we hope to see you there.

Becky Barney

SLI Convention Reminder – Registration Due March 15th

The deadline for registration for our Society for Louisiana Irises Annual Convention is fast approaching.    The convention dates are April 3-5, but registration is due in by March 15.  SLI members and guests still have an opportunity to register and spend a few great days in historic New Orleans.  On the garden tours, there are some great places to see irises and many other plants.

Our convention website has all the details:   If you have specific questions, please feel free to contact me.

If you are in the New Orleans area and cannot attend all the convention events, consider at least some of them.   The Iris Show on April 4-5 in the Museum of Art is free and open to the public.  The garden tours will be great.  The dinners will be entertaining, especially the Silent and Live Auctions on Saturday evening.  You can register for whichever events you can attend, but keep the deadline in mind.  The tours, especially, may fill to capacity.

Hope to see you in New Orleans.

Patrick O’Connor
Convention Chair
Society for Louisiana Irises

Signs of Spring – Greater Omaha Iris Society March Newsletter Available

One of the first signs of Iris Spring arrived yesterday, in the middle of a snowstorm!  The first 2014 issue of the Greater Omaha Iris Society newsletter.  Their first meeting is March 10th:  Back to Basics:  The Care and Culture of Iris in the Home Garden.  You can see it along with back issues on our Newsletter page.  And guests are welcome at their meetings.

The American Iris Society News & Notes

Thank you to Linda Rader, newsletter editor for LIS and author of this, for her comments and for her permission to share it on our website.

The American Iris Society
News & Notes
If you are a member of the American Iris Society,
you already receive Irises, the quarterly publication of AIS. But did you know that AIS has launched News & Notes, a monthly email newsletter to keep members up to date on the latest happenings in the iris world?
News & Notes is not meant to replace Irises, but to expand the capabilities for sharing iris information in ways that did not exist until recently. In the digital world, information moves fast and we need to keep up with that. The email newsletter is the perfect place to present the latest
happenings, as well as short reminders about upcoming
events, deadlines and other items that don’t require full
That said, in my opinion, the absolute BEST feature
of AIS News & Notes is it’s ability to be a
portal to All Things Iris. There are several topics
in every newsletter and each one contains links to
send you off somewhere for further information. If
you check out the example entry in the next column
there are four links, one to Nebraska’s own
Sass Memorial Iris Garden.
Wayne Messer, also the webmaster of our Region
21 site ( and Robert Pries,
mastermind behind the AIS Encyclopedia are the
editors of News and Notes. In Notes they do an
excellent job of keeping readers abreast of what is
current in the iris world, as well as leading us to
specific resources available in the ever-expanding
iris encyclopedia, as well as other sites of interest.
If you are an AIS member and wish to receive the
News & Notes email newsletter, contact either
Wayne Messer at or
Robert Pries at
You do not need to have an electronic membership
subscription in AIS, only be a regular member of
A great reason to join AIS, don’t you think?

More Reblooming in Region 21

The latest Greater Omaha Iris Society newsletter also has some reblooming notes.  Thanks to Linda Wilke for these items.

Reports are streaming in from all around the region. ‘Best Bet’ was reblooming in Scottsbluff back in August. ‘Barn Dance’ was blooming in Southwest Omaha. There have been numerous reblooming plicata sightings. While there are no signs of stalks, yet, in my gardens it is only a manner of time before my faithful rebloomers start in. What fun the fall show is, I’m always grateful for those perky blooms seemingly popping up overnight.

Last year I was intrigued by an article in the AIS bulletin written by a California hybridizer of reblooming iris. What caught my eye was less the content and more the photograph that showed a line of iris all sporting long tube socks!

Hmm, I thought, would it work in Nebraska where our cold snaps are much more severe? I’m pleased to report that yes, it did. I was able to save blooms well into November with ‘Lady Emma’ making a beautiful fall arrangement mixed with gold chrysanthemums for the Thanksgiving table.

The complete items in the newsletter can be seen from our Newsletter page.  Just follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

You probably know there is a Section of AIS focusing on reblooming irises.  The Reblooming Iris Society website can be found here.

Greater Omaha Iris Society November Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for November is now available.  Included is their final meeting of the year, November 11th, their end of the year potluck.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 8 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

Reminder – Central Iowa Iris Society First Meeting – November 2, 2013

The Central Iowa Iris Society will meet November 2, 2013 at the Ankeny Dahls, 1802 Ankeny Boulevard, in the Community Room.  Join us at 10 a.m. for our first/organizing/course-setting meeting.  All are welcome.  Everyone attending will receive a certificate for a free iris next summer (several selections available).  Questions – email  .

Greater Omaha Iris Society October Newsletter Available

The Greater Omaha Iris Society‘s newsletter Iris Gleanings for October is now available.  Included is their next meeting, October 14th, with a Program on TB and Reblooming iris from the American Iris Society.

To see the newsletter, go to our Newsletter page and follow the 2013 33 Number 7 link to download or open the PDF of the newsletter.

Reblooming in Region 21

Thanks to Linda Rader (LIS) for this note.

Reblooming irises are a pleasant addition to the autumn garden, if you can get them to rebloom.  We’ve had only minimal success in the past.  Stalks shoot up in late September; but, cool nights stall the blooming process and the buds just sit there.  A frequent exception to this is Connell Marsh’s ‘Constant Companion‘, an intermediate bearded iris, about 18″ tall, introduced in 1995 by the Marsh’s  garden, Iristocrat Acres.  This year in our garden it has a stalk with two branches, a spur and seven buds!  A very welcome surprise!