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Down the Garden Path
Fall 2013

Iris Society of Austin Plant Sale
By Nelda Moore, Iris Society of Austin

Saturday, September 7, at 9:00 am
Norris Conference Center
2525 W Anderson Lane, Building 3
Austin, 78757

The Iris Society of Austin is excited about bringing new iris rhizomes to the public during their sale Saturday, September 7, at 9 A.M. at the Norris Conference Center. Members from Austin will be present in the room during the sale to provide growing tips, to explain how to plant the rhizomes, and to answer any questions...

Tracey Rogers, Sales Chairman, has ordered several favorite irises that members discovered during the American Iris Convention in Addison, April 15-20, when the Iris Society of Dallas exhibited the dazzling blossoms in eight gardens on tour from Dallas to Denison. They also hosted the Society of Louisiana Irises Convention after the national convention ended on Saturday, April 20.

Members from Austin will be present in the room during the sale to provide growing tips, to explain how to plant the rhizomes, and to answer any questions about the bearded varieties, the Louisiana irises, and the spurias, the three kinds of irises that grow well in Central Texas. Perhaps some of these plants will not bloom the first year as they get established, but when they bloom, the flowers can be used in the annual show either in the horticulture section or in the Artistic Division in the Zilker Garden Center Auditorium. The next accredited show will be April 12, 2014.

These rainbow flowers have inspired artists from Vincent van Gogh to Georgia O'Keefe. Hybridizers have developed irises that rebloom, irises that have unusual beards with horns, spoons, flounces, or even a ruffled puff resembling a carnation, and irises with tricolored beards. Bearded irises do not need much water to produce beautiful blossoms in the garden. Many gardeners purchase irises because they remember them growing in their grandmother's yard. They also talk about how they increased every year to bring greater enjoyment.

The Iris Society of Austin is also affiliated with the American Iris Society Region 17, which will have a convention August 9 and 10 in Fort Worth. At least a dozen other clubs will exchange information about their activities during the annual meeting. Installation of new officers will be held after this exciting meeting and iris auction. The Nominating Committee report developed when the Iris Society of Austin hosted the convention in the Omni Hotel Southpark last August will include the following: Dawn Boyer from Amarillo Region 17 Vice President; Peggy Cathey of Covington, Assistant RVP; Ramona Howard from Lubbock, Treasurer; and Nelda Moore representing Austin, Secretary.

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