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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:  September 28, 2020
NEXT MEETING:
On October 12th at 6 pm, we will be having a tailgating meeting (not the fancy kind with barbeque and drinks) at St Paul United Methodist Church's parking lot (2407 West Ave. P, Tempe, TX).  No potluck or program, just bring dues of $10.00 per member, and receive your free membership iris via random chance.  We are keeping them bagged and you get to pull one out.
To ensure we have enough irises, you must RSVP by noon on Tuesday, September 29th.  Just email Karen Woods (gemhem@gmail.com).  If you can't make the meeting, due to work, distance, travel, other commitments, etc. just send a check made out to Belton Iris Society and the membership form to Karen Woods, CTIS President, 3306 East Munroe Ave, Temple, TX 76501-9411. 
CTIS Membership Form.docx
CTIS Membership Form.pdf

CANCELED
Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus the Central Texas Iris Society meetings on April 13, 
May 1, and the 2020 Iris Show scheduled for April 18 were canceled. Please stay at home and be safe. The scheduled meeting on September 14 was also canceled.

VIRTUAL IRIS SHOW  - 
We encourage everyone on April 18th to take pictures of their irises that they would have brought to the show.  Email them to Ken Fuchs at kenfuchs42@gmail.com with the names of the irises. Unfortunately, no prizes can be awarded for our Virtual Iris Show, but we can enjoy the pictures at our May meeting.  It is the individual's responsibility to get the pictures to Ken, so on the 18th, start snapping, typing names, and sending photos.
The 2020 CTIS Virtual Iris Show can be found here.

2020 C T I S IRIS SHOW     C A N C E L E D
     When:  Saturday, April 18, 2019,
1-3 p.m.
     Where:   St Paul United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall
                       2407 West Avenue P, Temple, TX

2019 Belton Iris Society Annual Fall Rhizome Sale
    
     When: October 19, 2019 from 8 am to 3 pm, held in conjunction with The Master    
                    Gardeners’ Plant Sale
     Where:  Bell County Expo Center
The Belton Iris Society accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for payment.
Pictures
of the Iris Rhizomes available for sale can be viewed here.

2019 BELTON IRIS SHOW
     When:  Saturday, April 6, 2019,
1-3 p.m.
     Where:   St Paul United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall
                       2407 West Avenue P, Temple, TX
     Show Theme: 
Yeehaw, Tea for Two
The BIS 2019 Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here.
The BIS Exhibitor's Sheet is available here.
The BIS Iris Show Cheat Sheet is available here.
Results of the 2019 BIS Show are available on the "Shows" page. Follow the link above.
Pictures of the 2019 BIS Show can be found here.

Why Are My Irises Not Blooming? -- Helpful article that may answer your questions:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/bulbs/iris/iris-plants-not-flowering.htm

2018 Belton Iris Show
     When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018,
1-3 p.m.
     Where:   St Paul United Methodist Church's Fellowship Hall
                       2407 West Avenue P, Temple, TX
     Show Theme:  Irises and Stars and Stripes Forever For My Father
The BIS 2018 Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here.
Results of the 2018 BIS Iris Show are available on the "Shows" page. Follow the link above.
Photos of the 2018 BIS Iris Show can be viewed here.

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

Monday, November 13, 2017 Meeting

     Program:  TOTE COMPOSTING - Crystal Fisher from the Bell County Master Gardeners
                         taught a hands-on class on making your own tote composting bin.
You can find a detailed information sheet on tote composting 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.

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

Results of the 2017 Belton Iris Society Show can be found here.

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

Pictures of the 2016 BIS Iris Show can be viewed here.

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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