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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:
         
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:  November 14, 2017
News
NEXT MEETING:

Monday,
Jan 08, 2018
Christmas Party, 6 pm at the Cotton Patch Cafe, Temple Mall, 3111 South 31st St, Temple, TX. Annual social for members, family & friends (dutch treat). Bring a named potted iris or rhizome (description/ picture is helpful) for our gift exchange (all attending can play). Member door prize.


Monday, November 13, 2017 Meeting
     Where:   Saint Paul's United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall
                      2407 West Avenue P (corner of 49th Street and Avenue P)
                      TEMPLE, Texas
     Program:  TOTE COMPOSTING - Crystal Fisher from the Bell County Master Gardeners
                         will be teaching a hands-on class on making your own tote composting bin.
You can find a detailed information sheet on tote composting here.






Pot-luck snacks -- Bring whatever you would like to share and snack on (appetizer, main dish, salad, soup, vegetables, fruit, dessert, take out, etc.).

NEW -- Recipes for treats, appetizers, and other dishes provided by our BIS members.
You can find our members' recipes here.






2017 Belton Iris Society Annual Rhizome Sale
    
When:  Saturday, September 30, 2017, 8
     Where:  Texas A&M Bell County AgriLife Building located at 1605 North Main Street,        
                      Belton, TX  76513
The Belton Iris Society accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for payment.
Pictures of the irises for sale and prices can be viewed/downloaded here.

Growing Bearded Iris in Central Texas
A guidesheet with illustrations for correct planting and caring for bearded irises can be read/downloaded here.


GARDENING FOR BEGINNERS -- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
Check out this website with a wealth of information and useful tips for all types of gardening: 
http://www.the10thcircle.com/gardening-for-beginners/


2017 IRIS SHOW
    
When: Saturday, April 15. 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 BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available in three formats:
     The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet.doc
     The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet.docx
     The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet.pdf
The BIS 2017 Show Schedule is available in three formats:
    The BIS 2017 Show Schedule.doc
     The BIS 2017 Show Schedule.docx
     The BIS 2017 Show Schedule.pdf
Results of the 2017 Belton Iris Society Show can be found here.

Gary Whitis' entry 'Easter Candy' wins 2016 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 BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available in Word format here.
The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available in PDF format 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.

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.
Gary Whitis with 2016 Best Speciment 'Easter Candy'
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Rhizomes
2017-FALL-PLANT-SALE-FLYER
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