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American Iris Society Region 17 2014 Meeting in Amarillo, 55th Annual Meeting
August 22-23. Pictures of the meeting can be viewed here.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens
A highlight of the AIS Region 17 Meeting in Amarillo was a tour of the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.  Pictures of the Gardens can be viewed here.

New Iris Beds planted at Temple VA facility
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Belton Iris Society members visited the courtyard of a new nursing home complex at the Temple VA.  Jesse Roberts and Susan Decker pointed out the grass areas which the Belton Iris Society will turn into colorful iris beds for the enjoyment of VA residents.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, eight BIS members met in the courtyard of the CLC Building at the Central Texas VA Health Care Complex in Temple, TX, and planted 48 different iris cultivars in three new iris beds.


2014 Belton Iris Society Iris Show
     When: 
Saturday, April 19, 2014
                     Open to the public 1 - 3 P.M.
     Where:  Master Gardeners’ Greenhouse
               Next to the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office
               1605 North Main Street
               Belton, Texas
     The 2014 BIS Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here:

     The 2014 BIS Show Results and pictures can be found here:

Louisiana Iris Culture -- Guidelines on growing and maintaining Louisiana irises (PDF format)

Pictures of the 2013 Annual Rhizome Sale can be viewed here:
         
Schreiner's IRIS GARDENS Summer Sale Catalog 2013 is now online.

The 2013 Iris Show was held on Saturday, April 6, at the Belton Senior Activity Center.  Pictures of the Show can be viewed here.
A full Show Report can be read here.

The 2012 Iris Show was held on Saturday, April 14, at the Belton Senior Activity Center.  Pictures of the Show can be viewed here.


Last update:  April 25, 2016
News
Gary Whitis' entry 'Easter Candy' wins Best Specimen of Show.

More pictures of the 2016 BIS Iris Show can be viewed here.

2016 IRIS SHOW
    
When: Saturday, April 23. Open to the public 1 - 3
P.M.
     Where:   Saint Paul's United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall
                      2407 West Avenue P (corner of 49th Street and Avenue P)
                      TEMPLE, Texas

The 2016 BIS Show Schedule is available in Word format here.
The 2016 BIS Show Schedule is available in PDF format here.
The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available in Word format here.
The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available in PDF format here.

2016 AIS Region 17 Convention
The Waco Iris Society will sponsor Deep in the Heart of Texas,  the 2016 AIS Region 17 Convention.
     When:   August 19 - 20, 2016
     Where:  Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South
                     2501 Marketplace Dr
                     Waco, TX 76711
                     254-662-9500
     Registration Fee:  $50 (now through June 30); $55 (July 1-31); $60 (after July 31)
     Judges Training:  $5
     Payment Method:  Check - Make payable to Waco Iris Society
                                           Credit Card  - (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
The Registration Form for the convention can be downloaded here.

New meeting location:
The Belton Iris Society meets regularly at 6 P.M. on the second Monday of the month at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall, 2407 West Avenue P, TEMPLE, TX.

IRIS RHIZOME SALE

The Belton Iris Society held its annual rhizome sale in conjunction with  the Master Gardeners of Bell County.
          When:  7 a.m. - 1 p.m. , Saturday, September 19, 2015   
          Where:  the Bell County Cooperative Extension, 1605 N. Main Street
Pictures and descriptions of the Rhizomes available at the 2015 Sale can be viewed here.
Pictures of the 2014 sale can be viewed here.

Region 17 gains a new affiliate society
RVP Dawn Boyer has informed us about the recent formation of the East Texas Iris Society with Connie Ford serving as president. This brings the number of affiliates in Texas to 15, moving Region 17 from 4th to 2nd in total membership to AIS. We heartily welcome the East Texas Iris Society.

2015 BELTON IRIS SOCIETY SHOW

The Iris show was held April 4 at the Master Gardeners’ Greenhouse next to the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office, 1605 North Main Street. Iris entries were accepted between 9 & 10:30 and photography entries between 9 & 10.

The Show theme was Photogenic Irises since this was our first year to add a photography contest. The Artistic Design classes were: 1) Picture This Iris and 2) Easter Irises. The Photography classes were: 1) A Single Bloom and 2) A Multitude of Irises.


The 2015 Belton Iris Show Schedule can be found here.

Results of the 2015 Belton Iris Society Show can be found here.

Pictures of the 2015 Belton Iris Society Show can be found here.

An article about the show appeared in the Sunday, April 5, 2015 issue of the Temple Daily Telegram. You can read it here.

GUEST SPEAKER at March 9, 2015  meeting
Bob Renker from the Central Texas Photography Club presented "What the Judges Look For" to help BIS members prepare for the photography contest at the 2015 Iris Show on April 4. Mr. Renker's "Criteria for Judging Photographs" can be found here.
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Gary Whitis with 2016 Best Speciment 'Easter Candy'
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