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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.


The 2015 Spring Show
-- "A Calendar of Irises”
          When:  Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
          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.

We will have potted irises available for purchase in the hallway outside the show room. The pots will be $10 each or 3/$25. Each pot will have a minimum or 2 plants per pot, most more. Photos will be available to make selection easier. The sale will begin at 10:30 and go until 4:00, or sold out. A sampling of some of the irises which will be available for purchase can be viewed here. Some supplies are limited, so come early for the best selection.

The Waco Iris Society Show Schedule 2015 can be viewed/downloaded here.
The Iris Show Entries Sheet is available here.
Directions and a map to the Holiday Inn  Hotel and Suites in Bellmead are available here.

March 2015 Meeting
Our meeting will be held March 21st at the West Waco Library on Bosque, next to Target. The doors open at 10:00 a.m. Our program will be all about Novelty Irises. We will also get the latest updates for the Waco Iris Show which will be held April 11 at the Holiday Inn Northwest (behind Home Depot). We look forward to seeing you there.


2015 Iris Garden Tours hosted by the Iris Society of Dallas

Members of The Iris Society of Dallas are hosting two days of garden tours by bus April 21-22.  The cost is $65. Gardens to be visited include Tom Burseen's Garden, the Carver's Garden, the Nichols' Northhaven Garden, Dell Perry's Garden, and others. Details about the tours can be found here.

2015 AIS Region 17 Annual Meeting --
Hosted by the Iris Society of Dallas
          When: 
August 14-15, 2015
          Where: 
Crown Plaza - Addison Hotel, 14315 Midway Rd, Addison, TX 75001
More details about the meeting can be found here.
You can download the Region 17 AIS 2015 Meeting Registration Form here.

The 2015 Spring issue of the Region 17 Newsletter is now available online. You can find it here.

Texas Garden Clubs

The Waco Iris Society is a member of the Texas Garden Clubs. The Winter 2014 issue of the Lone Star Gardener has now been published and you may read it here.

Texas Garden Council, District V

The February 2015  issue of the District V Newsletter can be found here.

Our guest speaker at the January 17th meeting at the West Waco Library was Al Elliott from Georgetown. His presentation was titled Our Infatuation With Iris: Why we are in-fatuated with the Iris and how society, you and me have expressed this via the arts, stamps, poetry, iris silent auctions, ceramics, photography, etc. 

Irisology 101: 
How familiar are  you with iris terminology?  Test yourself with a crossword puzzle.

ANNUAL IRIS RHIZOME SALE

         When:  Saturday Sept. 27th
          Where:  GreenLife Nursery, New Road @ Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

Pictures of the iris rhizomes for sale can be viewed here.

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.

Multi-Tasking: 
WIS members Glenn and Gloria Huddleston and Dan and Peggy Cathey were recently installed as 2014-2015 Officers of the Johnson County Iris & Daylily Society. See picture.

WIS Luncheon at LaFiesta, Saturday, May 17 -- Franklin@Valley Mills.
See the May Newsletter for details.


Novelty Iris Section -- A new AIS section is being formed now.  See the May newsletter for details.  An application form for charter membership can be downloaded here.

2014 Waco Iris Society Show, scheduled for Saturday, April 5, CANCELED,
due to freezing weather and lack of an early iris bloom, but you can purchase irises at the Gardener’s Gathering on April 6.

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

2013 Waco Iris Society Iris Sale

  
  When:  Saturday, September 28
                     9
A.M. - 2 P.M.
     Where:  GreenLife Nursery
                New Road @ Bosque Blvd.
                       Waco, Texas

Pictures of the 2013 Iris Sale can be viewed here:

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.

WIS member Jim Landers introduced 'Lady of Lometa', a lovely soft lavender/baby blue self Louisiana with darker veining throughout the standards and falls.  During the 2013 A.I.S. National Convention in Dallas, it was on prominent display at the Dallas Arboretum.

Last update:  May 6, 2015
Welcome to the Waco Iris Society Website
How long has it been since you took a close look at irises? The rise of new colors and patterns is giving irises greater impact and prominence. Irises now range from intense bold and bright colors to subtle and mysterious colors. The standards and falls are enhanced with edges of contrasting colors and lots of lace and ruffles, as if it was needed. I encourage you to include irises in your home landscape and to increase your knowledge of irises. Why not join the Waco Iris Society? It will be the best decision you have ever made.

Happy Gardening.  --  Glenn Huddleston, WIS President

Al Elliott