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Next Meeting of the Waco Iris Society
     When: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017, 10
A.M.
     Where:  Crestview Church of Christ
Guest speaker -- BONNIE NICHOLS

Waco Iris Society 2017 IRIS SALE
     When: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
     Where: 
GreenLife Nursery, New Road @ Bosque Blvd., Waco
A special newsletter that details how to prepare your irises for the sale and how to price them can be viewed/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/
    
A.I.S. Region 17 ANNUAL MEETING
     When:  August 4-5, 2017
     Where:  Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Northwest
                      2930 Forest Lane, Dallas, TX  75234
     Registration fee:  $60
     Judges Training (optional):  $10
The Registration Form can be downloaded here.

"Irises: A Celebration of Color"
the 2017 Spring Show
     When:  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 to 4
P.M.
     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

TEXAS ALL-STAR IRIS SURVEY

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”
         stalks.

     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
dannydayle@yahoo.com <mailto:dannydayle@yahoo.com>)

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 wacoiriss@gmail.com.


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:  November 10, 2017
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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.
Amakiki
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
Orbison
Put Another Nickel In
Rock Climber
Snap Shot
Stand in Awe
Sterling Mistress
Toltec Talisman
Yours Truly
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2017 Waco Iris Sale flyer
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