W a c o   I r i s   S o c i e t y

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.
Directions and a map to the Holiday Inn  Hotel and Suites in Bellmead are available here.
The WIS 2016 Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here.

"Show Preparation Begins in the Garden" by Glenn Huddleston
This helpful guideline can be viewed here.

May Meeting
Our meeting this month is at at the Vegas Chinese Buffet, 11:00 a.m., May 21,
2016. The location is 505 N. Valley Mills Dr. @ Waco Dr., Westview Village Shopping Center (next to Hancock Fabrics and Michaelís). The meeting room is to the left and all the way to the back.

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
     Registration Fee:  $50 (now through June 30); $55 (July 1-31); $60 (after July 31)
     Judges Training:  $5
     Payment Method:  Check ó Make payable to Waco Iris Society
                                           Credit Card  - (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express)
The Registration Form for the convention can be downloaded here.

January 2016 Meeting:

Happy New Year!
The Waco Iris Society kicked off 2016 with a slide show program of the irises and gardens
on tour during the 2015 AIS National Convention in Portland OR. WIS member Ken Fuchs presented the program. It can be viewed here.


         When:  Saturday Sept. 24th, 2016, 9
A.M. til 2 P.M.
          Where:  GreenLife Nursery, New Road @ Bosque Blvd. in Waco.

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.

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.

The Spring 2016 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.

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.

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 13, 2016
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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

2015 Waco IS Iris Sale
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Click on the map.