August 10, 2017
Please see the events page for a photo of the 2017 Queen of the Show. After being informed that a seedling could not be selected Best in Show, the judges awarded this honor to I. Tectorum alba which was entered by Jenn Lanz. Due to some technical difficulties with this website, this notice was delayed until now! Our apologies.
June 13, 2017
The annual iris show was held on June 3 and there are a few photos here, but for many more pictures please see our Facebook Forum page.
Iris Society of Minnesota Forum
Our member, Holly Johnson, has posted hundreds of photos from the show and also photos from irises blooming at the Arboretum. Some of these irises are NOIDS. Take a look and see if you can help to identify them.
Thanks to Holly for hours of work on these projects.
February 1, 2017
The Iris Society of Minnesota is once again sponsoring Cindy Soule in the Art in Bloom event at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Cindy writes:
"I have a friend I am mentoring so I will be doing two designs this year. The one titled "Untitled" in Gallery 375 will be the one featuring iris. The other one "The Intrigue" in Gallery 371 will be the one I am doing with my friend. Both works of art are in the Modern and Contemporary galleries on the 3rd floor.
I will be doing set up on Wednesday April 26 between 9 am and 2 pm. Wednesday is set up day and it is the least crowded day to see the floral designs... Iris society members are welcome to come and watch the designs in progress on Wednesday or attend at any other times April 27-April 30.
Below are images of the art works I will be interpreting.
Thank you to the Iris Society of Minnesota for sponsoring my participation in Art in Bloom 2017."
by Beauford Delaney
by James Ensor
January 15, 2017
The annual holiday party was a big success! See photos here.
January 10, 2017
Reblooming iris did very well in the fall of 2016 in many of our gardens. Jack Worel has shared this list of irises that rebloomed for him and when they bloomed:
Again & Again, yellow TB — Aug, Sept, Oct
Autumn Jester, purple IB — July, Aug, Sept
Autumn Tryst, purple & gray TB — Sept, Oct, Nov
Champagne Encore, punch yellow MTB — Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov
Early Harvest, shades of brown BB — Sept
Eramosa Skies, violet MTB — Aug
Eternal Summer, spec., purple TB — July through Nov
Forever Blue, blue SDB — Nov
Juiced Up, yellow-orange SDB — Nov
Low Ho Silver, white IB — Sept, Oct, Nov
Mid-Summer Night's Dream, dark purple IB — Sept, Oct
Misty Twilight, grayed blue-white TB — Sept, Oct
Queen Dorothy, purple plicata on white TB — Sept, Oct, Nov
Red Revival, red, brown, yellow TB — Sept, Oct
Rosaly Figgie, dark purple TB — Sept, Oct, Nov
Unbelievable Love, light blue TB — Sept, Oct, Nov
Zurich, white TB — Sept, Oct, Nov
January 10, 2017
The Iris Society of Minnesota received an award from the Horticultural Society for an exhibit at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair. Here is the copy of the letter. It was accompanied by a $30 check.. Good work, Tatiana Allen and all who helped at the State Fair booth!
November 21, 2016
Member Holly Johnson has written a comprehensive review of the Schafer/Sacks presentation. Read about it here.
October 5, 2016
American Iris Society Region 8 Fall meetings are Saturday Nov. 5 in Madison WI and Sunday Nov. 6 in Minneapolis.
We are very fortunate this year to have as our speakers, Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks, owners of Joe Pye Weed Garden in Massachusetts. Joe Pye Weed's Garden supplies Iris Versicolor, Siberian Iris, and Species and interspecies hybrids. Marty and Jan are leading experts on species iris and are among the elite Siberian Iris hybridizers working today. Their presentation will be on their hybridizing program and will include one hour of judges' training on Species Iris.
Sunday November 6 in Minneapolis starting at 11 AM.
Bachman's Flagship Store and Corporate Office, Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Avenue South, Minneapols MN 55419
November 23, 2016
The annual meeting on November 21 at Byerly's in St. Louis Park was well attended. It was great to see several new members at the meeting. The membership approved the 2016 amended budget and selected officers for two year terms. President Michelle Dreier and Treasurer Tim Moore agreed to serve an additional two years. Andrea Luck will assume the Secretary post, and Tatiana Allen replaces Elsie Riggs as an at-large board member. Thanks to Katerina
Bergeron and Elsie Riggs for serving ISM.
Plans are being made for a holiday party, which will take place in January.
May 11, 2015
Members are preparing for the annual iris show at Bachman's. See the show schedule here. In other news, ISM sponsored Cindy Soule's Art in Bloom arrangement again this year. See some photos on our Events page.
March 13, 2015.
Region 8 Members of the American Iris Society
The following is a letter from Jack Worel, followed by Region 8 Societies and Iris Judge List, 2015 Iris Show times, and Region 8 Treasurer's Report.
Dear Members in Wisconsin & Minnesota
The Board of Directors of The American Iris Society, at their fall meeting, asked me to convene a Region 8 meeting to select a new RVP for Minnesota and Wisconsin. I have formed a nominating committee which includes Karen Johnson, Wisconsin Iris Society, Elledan McLeester, Madison Area Iris Society, and Michelle Dreier, Minnesota Iris Society.
The Committee has nominated Tim Moore of Apple Valley, MN. Tim is a long time grower and has consented to serve. This selection preserves the tradition of alternating states for our RVP. In addition, Tim is well qualified for the job.
We will meet in Madison, April 18th to elect Tim and officers he selects. See calendar for meeting details.
In addition to the meeting there will be one hour of judges training. I have asked Nyla Hughes to do the hour on Judges Training on Show Judging. This will be of interest to our judges and other members who bring flowers to shows. Nyla will continue to be Judges Chair for the region.
Our region has not been very helpful or actively supporting our societies. I would like to talk about this and find a way to improve.
Please set aside time to come to this meeting. I look forward to seeing you. Did I mention door prizes?
Jack Worel, Osseo MN email
MADISON AREA IRIS SOCIETY
President Elladan McLeester
WISCONSIN IRIS SOCIETY
President Ramona Keller
IRIS SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA
President Michelle Dreier
REGION 8 IRIS JUDGE LIST
NYLA HUGHES, JUDGES' TRAINING CHAIR
Region 8 can be proud of their efforts in Judges' Training! Thanks in large part to the tutelage of former Judges Training Chair Jack Worel, six new Garden/Exhibition Judges have now joined the ranks of those qualified to judge iris shows and give helpful advice in selecting worthy cultivars. Congratulations to new appointees!
And thanks to all those who have led training, provided gardens, and worked on shows to provide them with opportunities to achieve this. If you are interested in becoming a judge, please let Jack Worel or me (Nyla) know.
(Some) contact information follows, to aid in planning your shows. All are G/E judges unless otherwise noted. (Also, the board recently voted to allow a retired judge to judge shows on a panel with other currently qualified judges.)
George Bacon, Brooklyn WI email
Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Bausch, Mequon WI (master judges)
Walter E. Doehne (retired), St. Paul MN
Vincent Fox (retired), Mankato MN
Nyla Hughes, Milwaukee WI email
Karen Johnson, Menomenee Falls WI email
Alicia LaMunion, St. Louis Park MN email
Elladan McLeester, Madison WI email
Rob Meyer, Madison WI
John & Barbara Sautner, Bloomington MN email
Carol Jo Shonka, New Berlin WI email
Bonnie Sonntag, New Berlin WI email
Jack Worel, Osseo MN (master) email
2015 IRIS SHOW TIMES IN REGION 8
Minnesota Iris Society. Saturday May 30 Bachman's on Lyndale
Madison Area Iris Society. Sunday May 31. Albrich Gardens, 3300 Atwood Ave. Madison WI
Wisconsin Iris Society. Saturday May 16. Saturday & Sunday
June 6 & 7
Boener Botanical Gardens. Hales Corners WI
REGION 8 TREASURER'S REPORT
As of January 1, 2015 Region 8 had a balance of $2762.75
Ledra Mohrmann, Treasurer
February 1, 2015
Whatever would we do if we didn't have winter here in Minnesota? How would we ever get anything else done if we could be in the garden all year? Winter is an excellent time for updating our website, and you will now find the photos of the various irises in alphabetical order. I have also added the hybridizer and year of registration to the large photos.
As the first phase of iris virus wears off, I find that instead of coveting and buying the next gorgeous beauty I see, I am paying more attention to which irises do the best year after year in my garden. I am sure it's not as simple as just who the hybridizer may be, but it might be one factor. I am finding that most of the SDBs do very well here. Of the TBs, the most consistent ones I have include "Before the Storm," "Winter Waltz," "Supreme Sultan," and "Dusky Challenger."
I just received my copy of the Winter 2015 IRISES and it was really fun to see the results of the 2014 AIS Tall Bearded Iris Symposium. I think I need to acquire "Jesse's Song." It is unfortunate though, that only 7.1% of AIS members cast ballots. I guess the ISM is not the only organization that struggles with member participation!
Countdown to spring everyone!! ( MH / webmaster )
January 26, 2015
Annual holiday party and Awards dinner
Members of ISM celebrated at PF Chang in Edina on Saturday, Jan. 24 with delicious food and stimulating conversations. ISM medals were presented to Alicia LaMunion and Jack Worel (who was unable to attend).
If you missed this event, you missed a lovely evening with congenial companions, and great door prizes. Do plan to attend next year!
(See events page for photo).
December 22, 2014
Because of scheduling conflicts for several members of the ISM board, the board has decided to change the date for the annual holiday party to Jan. 24. The event will be held at PF Chang in Edina from 4-7 PM. Registration information has been sent to current members.
There will be a Region 8 meeting in Madison on April 18th. Tim Moore will be on the ballot for RVP. There will also be an hour of judges' training on judging an iris show.
November 4, 2014
The ISM Annual Meeting was held Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Mississippi Library in Fridley. The 2015 budget was approved. Jack Worel was elected to a two year term on the Board of Directors, replacing Jim Hefling. Alicia LaMunion assumed the Vice Presidency and Marte Hult is now Membership Chair.
There will be a holiday party/awards banquet on January 10 and Katerina Bergeron will select a restaurant for this occasion. The 2015 calendar was set, and the society will begin using Constant Contact to reach members by email. Members whose dues are not current will receive a coupon for a free iris for rejoining. After the business meeting, a small but enthusiastic crowd enjoyed learning about raising iris from seed, presented by Jack Worel. If you missed this meeting, you missed possibly the best flourless chocolate cake ever baked, from Cafe Latte.
October 23, 2014
New photos have been added to the SDB and TB pages. Take a look!
August 22, 2014.
The 2014 dig and sale is now history! It was a successful event, raising more for our society than budgeted. Many people were responsible for this success. Iris were donated by Jack Worel, Tim Moore, Bob Reed, Tony Luce, Jenn Lanz, Marte Hult. If you donated and are not mentioned, please let us know!
Volunteers at the Arboretum set-up on August 15 were: Tim and Gerry Moore, Elsie Riggs, Jack Worel, and Tim and Gerry's granddaughter Lucia and her best friend Grace. Volunteers on Saturday and Sunday were: Tim and Gerry Moore, Jack Worel, Elsie Riggs, Jenn Lanz, Katerina Bergeson, Michelle Dreier and Toni Fundingsland. Thanks to everyone for a great fundraiser for ISM!
August 12, 2014.
Over twenty volunteers worked at the iris dig at Holly Lane Gardens Saturday August 9. Photos are posted on the Events page. Now volunteers are needed for the set up and sale this weekend (Aug. 15-17) at the Arboretum.
Set-up will start Friday afternoon at 2 PM, and the sale runs Saturday 9-4 and Sunday 10-3. The sale is always a fun time to visit with other ISM members and also a good opportunity to interest the public in irises and our society.
Remember that you get free entrance to the Arboretum when you explain that you are there to work at the Iris Society sale event.
Email Gerry Moore to volunteer for a shift: Friday setup, Sat. AM, Sat.PM, Sun. AM, Sun. PM.
August 6, 2014
Request for Guest Beardless Irises for 2017 AIS convention in Des Moines. Info here.
ADDED NOTE: IF YOU ARE COMING TO THE DIG PLEASE RSVP TO GERRY MOORE. email@example.com or call her at 952-431-5140
July 19, 2014
IRIS DIG SITE CHANGE!!!!
Due to the limited number of iris that we could dig at the Arboretum this year, the iris dig will be held at the home of Jack Worel, site of Holly Lane Gardens.
For the new members, Jack is a known hybridizer and long standing member of ISM...you may have some of his iris in your own garden, such as Rush Creek, Greta, Minnesota Pinks, Working Man, Sunny Lynn, or Snow Country...to name a few.
Date...................Saturday, August 9th, 2014
Start time...........9:00 A.M.
Address.............10930 Holly Lane N, Osseo, MN
In keeping with tradition.......
A light breakfast and crock-pot lunch will be provided. Volunteers will also be rewarded with free rhizomes and there may be a door prize or two.
Due to its success last year, we again will hold a silent auction for several rhizomes purchased from Lauers Iris of Independence Oregon (Larry Lauer, Hybridizer).
Volunteers are needed to make the upcoming Iris sale a success.... it all starts at the DIG. We will dig, label and wash rhizomes to prepare them for the sale.
Looking forward to meeting new faces and old! All are welcome....in fact, bring a friend!
Directions to Jack's house: From I-694, take Hwy 81 North to Osseo, then 6 miles on Hwy 81 to Holly Lane N. Follow Holly Lane around until you reach Jack's property 10930.
Thank You....see you on the 9th! Please RSVP to Gerry.
July 7, 2014
Financial statements submitted to the membership