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Greater St. Louis Iris Society newsletter
APRIL, 2010


Your Flower Contributions Are Needed!

Since several people responded that they were willing to participate and show iris cultivars in an Early Show (Saturday, April 24) this year, HERE IS YOUR REMINDER THAT IT’S COMING UP THIS WEEKEND!

Entries need not be medians-just whatever you have in bloom. And for this strange season, that may be TBs for many of you!

Just put each iris bloom stalk in a glass bottle (green preferred) and bring it to Missouri Botanical Garden's Orthwein Hall between 7 and 10:30 on Saturday morning. (Or if that isn't convenient, you may bring irises in on Friday evening before the show, between 5:30 and 10:00).

Entry tags will be available there, but mark the name of each cultivar somehow so you can put it on the tag. You'll also need your name & address on each entry. TIP: The stick-on "return address" labels most of us get are ideal for that, rather than having to write it out each time.

We need everyone who can, to bring irises to make a decent showing, since this isn't the greatest iris bloom year ever! (Did everyone have winter-heaving as bad as most of us have been moaning about? Labels and plants!)

If you have any questions not covered here, or to see the show schedule, go to the GSLIS website: www.stlouisirises.com or give show chair Jim Morris or design chair Jean Morris a call: 636-256-3927.


Guest Speakers Were Great!

GSLIS hosted lively speaker Dana Brown from Malevil Iris Gardens at our March meeting. Once a couple of our more tech-knowledgeable members got the projector converted from all pink pictures to living color (!), we were able to see some truly stunning aril (desert-type) irises that most of us seldom get a chance to admire.

Dana told us about some aril-bred (mixed with our more usual bearded irises) cultivars that are more easily grown here in our more humid climate. If you missed her talk and feel experimental, ask Jim or Jean Morris for some names of a few of these exotic beauties that will do well here!

Our April 11 meeting was a joint event with the Kirkwood Iris Society for a potluck at Shriners' Hospital Board Room on Lindberg Blvd. It featured guest speakers Melody and Jerry Wilhoit of Redbud Lane Iris Gardens of Kansas, IL. Melody and Jerry gave an illustrated overview of both Louisiana and spuria irises. So many door prizes were presented that nearly everyone got one!


Wednesday, May 5 - Iris Show at Marquette High, our classroom iris project, which has invited GSLIS members to show here also. Entries 7-9:30 am, 2351 Clarkson Rd. Chesterfield, MO

Friday, May 7 – Setup for GSLIS Iris Show - Orthwein Hall, 5:30 –10 pm. Your help needed!

Saturday, May 8 – GLSIS Iris Show Orthwein Hall, entries 7:00-10 am. Please bring some if you still have anything in bloom! For details see website (stlouisirises.com) or call joint chairs Debra Pratt 636-529-1729 or Kim Peterson 314-421-6272.
Tuesday, May 11 – KIS Iris Garden Tour-just for fun! Call Jean Morris for maps and tour timing: 636-256-3927. Rain date Weds. May 12.

Sat. & Sun. July 17-18 – Iris Sale Labeling Party, Hort Bldg. Deck at MOBOT.

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