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Down the Garden Path
Fall 2013

American Iris Society Annual Meeting Honors Austin Members
Was Held August 10th in Ft. Worth

Don and Pat Freeman received a beautiful framed certificate of recognition for showing the most blue ribbon irises from Texas hybridizers during the spring shows. Jim Landers, historian for American Iris Society Region 17, presented the award during the Annual Meeting Banquet held in the Radisson Hotel in Fort Worth on August 10.

Other Iris Society of Austin members who attended this event included Pat Byrne, local president, James Hadley, Nelda Moore, secretary for Region 17, Tracey Rogers, Ellen Singleton, Dara E. Smith and her mother, Susan Flanagan.

The convention was hosted by the Fort Worth Iris Society with Dell Perry, past president, providing most of the entertainment and activities for the 2 days as attendees registered and received a painted shoe box filled with several items, a ticket for a boxed lunch, a silent auction as well as an Iris Auction, and a great program. Colorado Hybridizer Lowell Baumunk, the Guest Speaker, told about his irises and how he became interested in growing, showing, and photographing these exquisite blossoms. He is also interested in birds, animals, and landscaping. His garden in Littleton is usually on exhibit. Dell's garden in Plano will also be on the tour for the American Iris Society Convention April 5-10 in 2014. It will be the first time that a national convention will be held two years in a row in Dallas, "Deja vu."

This will give 2013 conventioners an opportunity to turn in the Texas quarters Tex Q. Arter, wanted dead or alive. There is a reward for its capture and return.

Submitted by Nelda Moore
Iris Society of Austin
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