One of the iris resources you should be aware of and use is the Region 21 Library. There are a variety of Iris books, AIS and Region 21 Bulletins, Median Iris Society Bulletins, and several iris tapes. The photo at the left shows our holdings as of a few years ago. (If you would like a print of this, here is the Region21Library PDF.) Our most recent acquisition is the Kelly Norris book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts
To check out a book or tape, contact Marj Jansen at 54974 835th Road, Norfolk, NE 68701 or call her at 402-371-8722. Note that the Region pays for the shipping of these items.
The Can-West Iris Society has the last of the Region 21 Affiliates Iris Shows, at least that I’m aware of, this Sunday, June 9th, 1 – 4 p.m. at the Bourkevale Community Centre, 100 Ferry Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba with free admission. Details are on their website (PDF).
George Sutton, the founder of Sutton’s Iris Gardens and a prolific hybridizer, died May 29, 2013 at the age of 80. He registered hundreds of irises including some from most of the iris classes. Two of his Arilbred irises won the William Mohr Medal, ‘Ulalena’ in 2010, and ‘Shabaza’ in 2008. He and his late wife Margaret were instrumental in creating the Porterville Iris Festival.
Obituaries can be found here and here. Our condolences to his family.
A special open garden event for the Vic Seller’s Memorial Iris Garden located at Immanuel Village will be hosted by the garden curator, Ron Crampton. This special open garden event will be held Monday, June 3rd from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Please contact Ron Crampton for details.
Garden details from the Greater Omaha Iris Society website: Vic Sellers Iris Garden (all Tall Bearded Iris). Vic established this wonderful garden several years before his death. Ron Crampton maintains it in Vic’s memory.
Mary Ferguson is celebrating her 80th birthday. Her daughter Barb sent a invitation to all of the iris friends that she would love to have them attend.
Saturday June 8, 2013
1 to 4 pm
Norfolk Senior Center 307 West Prospect Avenue, Norfolk, NE
Please RSVP to Barb Glaser at (540-230-5816) or by email to email@example.com
Bring your warm remembrances and good wishes, but no gifts, please.
(My suggestion, if you have any fond memories you might put them in writing so they can be included in a scrapbook.)
Thank you to Carolyn Lingenfelter for the notice and suggestion. You can see the Norfolk Daily News announcement on their website.
The AIS blog, World of Irises, reports that the April/May 2013 edition of IRISES is in the mail to AIS members and online for e-members. The partial table of contents includes an article by our own Kelly Norris on Tending Tiny Irises.
Kim Philippi is looking for pictures of her late father‘s irises. She left a request in the comments on our website:
“I am Roland Philippi’s daughter. I would like to find pix of my Dad’s iris’ if any are out there. I am getting a Memorial tattoo, so clear photos would be best. Thanks to anyone who helps.”
Her email address is Kpfroglady@gmail.com
If anyone has any pictures or suggestions, please contact her directly.
Thanks for your help.
Another item to think about bringing to the Regional Meeting is your lawn chairs.
The Miniature Dwarf and Standard Dwarf Irises are now blooming in Lincoln, Nebraska and are beautiful this year! Alas, with these warm days, most will be done by show time, but the later medians, tall beardeds and Siberian irises should be ready to go by then.
We invite you all to the Lincoln Iris Society Show this year. The show is scheduled for May 25th from 1:00-4:30 PM in the cafeteria area of Southeast Community College,
8800 ‘O’ Street in Lincoln, NE. If you are interested in entering the show, or for more
information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can download the schedule and details in this PDF LIS_ShowSched-2013.
Thank you to Linda Rader for the show details and to Gary White for sharing these pictures of iris now blooming in their garden. The top photo is the MDB Grey Pearls and the lower photo is the SDB Blue Denim which was the 1966 Cook-Douglas Medal winner.
There is the possibility of thunderstorms for Friday and Saturday in Sioux City. Bring your overshoes because it could be muddy!
Thank you to Bob Flick for this picture of Blue Rhythm. This was the 1950 Dykes Medal winner by Agnes Whiting of Mapleton, Iowa.