Next Meeting of the Waco Iris Society -- Year End Luncheon
May marks the end of another club year - our 60th!  We will celebrate with a luncheon.  Show awards will be presented at this time, too.
Saturday, May 18, 2019   10
     Where:  Ocean Buffet, 505 Valley Mills in Waco

2019 Waco Iris Society IRIS SHOW -- "Irises in All Kinds of Weather"
     When:  Saturday, April 13, 2019; open to public 1-4
     Where:  La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South,
                          6003 Woodway Drive, Waco 76702
The 2019 Waco Iris Society Show Schedule can be found here.

2019 Region 17 Meeting:  Luau - Texas Style
     When:  August 9 - 10, 2019
     Where:  Best Western Plus, 2109 Alford Lane, Weatherford TX 76087
For details, see and download the Registration Form here.

Waco Iris Society Annual Iris Sale
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
     Where:  GreenLife Nursery, 1312 N. New Road, Waco, TX
A 2018 revised guide "Preparing Plants for Sale" can be viewed/downloaded here.

2018 Waco Iris Society IRIS SHOW
     When:  Saturday, April 7, 2018; open to public 1-4
     Where:  La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South,
                          6003 Woodway Drive, Waco 76702
The 2018 IRIS SHOW Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here.  

Check out this website with a wealth of information and useful tips for all types of gardening:
"Irises: A Celebration of Color"
the 2017 Spring Show
     When:  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 to 4
     Where:  Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, 2501 Marketplace Drive, Waco, Texas  76711
Open to the public at no charge.
The 2017 Waco Iris Society Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here.

Texas Garden Clubs, District V
The Waco Iris Society is a member of the Texas Garden Clubs. The February 2017 issue of the TGC, District V Newsletter is now online. You can find a copy here


Please list your five top performing iris for our poll. The object is to take everyone’s success stories with their iris and make them available to all members. We will try and report 25 of the best iris for our area. This will be a huge benefit to newcomers to the iris as well as helping the more experienced pick better additions to their collections.

Please use the following guidelines in making your selections:
     List only plants that you currently or have grown recently in YOUR garden.

     Top criteria should be the “vigor” and overall desirability of the plant itself.

     Include factors such as: dependability of bloom, average number of blooms, rebloom,
         disease resistance, and ability to increase. The plant should satisfy all the AIS
         standards for its type (ie, Tall Bearded, IB, BB etc.) and be capable of producing “show”

     The blossom should be distinctive and appealing. Give extra credit for “wow” factor.

Fill out and return bottom portion or similar
(bring to meeting or email to <>)

NOTE:  "Proven Winners" is a trademark that was used in error on the printed materials passed out at our November 19th meeting. Please change  "Proven Winners" to "great Choices" if you are using the copy you received at the meeting.

A copy of the survey form can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Waco Iris Society hosted "Bridging the Brazos with Irises,"the 57th annual A.I.S. Region 17 Convention.
     When:  August 19-20, 2016
     Where:  Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South, 2501 Marketplace Dr. in Waco.
More specific information about the 2016 Region 17 Convention can be found here.
A Program Schedule for the 2016 Region 17 Convention in Waco can be found here.

If you would like to receive the electronic version of the Waco Iris Society newsletter, send a request to

The Fall 2016 - Winter 2017 issue of the Region 17 Newsletter is now available online. You can find it here.

The 2016 SPRING SHOW:  "Irises in a World of Animals"
     When:  Saturday, April 9, 2016
     Where:  The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
                      1801 Development Boulevard
                      Waco, Texas  76705
Admission to AIS approved shows is open to the public at no charge.
Pictures and results of the 2016 Show can be viewed in the May Newsletter.

"Show Preparation Begins in the Garden" by Glenn Huddleston
This helpful guideline 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.

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

The 2013 Waco Iris Society Show was held on April 6 at the Clarion Hotel,
801 S. 4th St. at I-35.  Results of the show can be found here.

Last update:  May 13, 2019
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Greetings from Waco Iris Society President Dan Cathey:

It's not your Grandmother's Iris anymore........
At a recent gathering of people interested in gardening my wife asked, "Does anybody here grow Iris?" Several hands shot up and the general reply was "I have all three, white, blue and yellow." A lot of us still think of the old "cemetery" white Iris or the ubiquitous yellow ones often seen growing at abandoned homesites in the countryside when the Iris is mentioned. While these memories speak volumes about the hardiness and ease of growing of the Iris, it misses the modern Iris — 30,000 plus cultivars — by miles. Please join us as my guest for a meeting and learn more about this versatile, hardy and easy-to-grow flower that today comes in thousands of colors, forms and combinations of both. I think you will be glad you did! Just click on the link "Waco I S" above to learn more about us or on the "Contact Us" to ask a question.
Batter Up
Bayou Tiger (Louisiana iris)
Cow Palace
Decked Out
Dotted Delight
Easter Candy
Elvis Dreamer
Fancy Woman
Glowing Smile
Heart Rejoice
Island Pearl
Kid Power
Let's Be Friends
Loosen Up
Put Another Nickel In
Rock Climber
Snap Shot
Stand in Awe
Sterling Mistress
Toltec Talisman
Yours Truly
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