MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
The show actually turned out to have a lot more blooms in it
than I thought we would have with all the nasty weather beforehand.
Thanks to all who helped make it a great success. I was amazed to
see so many people looking at the iris. A special "Well Done" to
Betty Ann and Donna for their hard work. It was an honor to have won
the Best of Show last year.
For those of you who have been to the fort garden I would
appreciate comments on the block border that I have added to the
Median Iris bed. I hope that it will be useful and from my view it
will make it a lot easier to maintain; for that alone it was worth
all the aches and pains of doing it.
I hope that everyone got out to watch the medians bloom as they
were well worth the trip. I took lots of pictures so anyone who
wishes may get them from me. The tall bearded are blooming now and I
also am taking lots of pictures so anyone who would like can get
them from me also.
Until next month, Your President,
A message from Swede:
Betty Ann and I went to see the Iris Garden at Thompson Falls over
the weekend. Charlotte has a nice garden located in clearing in a
wooded area about a quarter mile or so off the main highway. It is
located on a slope so standing water is not a problem for her. She
raised irises near Yakima, WA for many years before moving to MT in
2007. Her garden is in great condition, has nice soil for irises,
and is irrigated with soaker hoses, which puts the water in the rows
and not in the walkways. Her irises are tidy, tall and well branched
which for Montana is an excellent trait. She is in just over the
peak season of bloom but sill has plenty in bloom. It was worth the
trip to see her garden. She is not interested in joining iris
organizations as of yet but maybe in the future bring some irises to
our show in Missoula.
IRIS SHOW REPORT AND THANK YOU....
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the 52nd
Missoula Iris Society Show for 2012. Despite our crazy weather we
had 16 exhibitors and 139 entries. An interesting note is that on
the winners table we had different irises than last year except for
2. That also means amongst the 139 we had a lot of different irises
entered which means our society growers have a lot of iris to choose
from. Keep up the 'Love of Iris". We also want to thank Judy Blunt
for the wonderful 'iris' cake and ice cream we enjoyed during our
awards ceremony. Thanks to our members who made this a great show!
Betty Ann and Donna, co chairs
as of June 24, 2012
April 25, 2012 Balance $11,251.45
Transfers to checking 1,700.00
June 24, 2012 Balance $ 9,651.45
Judges Special Fund Activity included Deposit of $50.00 in receipts
from a training session after the show on June 9 and a transfer of
funds to the checking account on June 5 to pay for the printing of
judges training materials and a gratuity to Dianne Kline,
instructor. Judges Special Fund balance as of June 24, 2012 is
$485.40. These actions are included in the values above.
April 25, 2012 Balance $ 297.23
Deposits from Savings 1,700.00
Memberships (2) 20.00
Excess Lunch Money received 35.00
Return of Funds from AIS Storefront 12.00
Purchase of Check Lists by Alverta Symes 37.00
Expenses Paid Total from list below 2,007.36
June 24, 2012 Balance $ 93.87
Allegra Print and Imaging - for collating the show schedule $ 21.29
Mid-America Garden - for purchase of rhizomes for the Ft
Garden and the PREZ rhizomes 670.00
PawPaw Plant Markers - 1000 heavy duty plant markers sets
500 regular duty tags only 392.75
Paul Ronaldo Sprinlkers - repairs to sprinkler system sprayers 91.00
Show workers lunch money check 125.00
Joann gibbons - Design Judges gratuity at show 30.00
Ron Dowell - reimbursed for table covering purchased 80.30
Judy Blunt - reimbursed for show party desserts products 23.54
Dianne Kline - Show Judge gratuity at show 75.00
Dianne Kline - Judges Training Expenses and Gratuity 81.00
Elizabeth Gustafson - reimbursed for show expenses incurred 43.16
Carolyn Addeo - Newsletter printing and postage for 6 months 150.00
Native Solution Restoration, LLC - spray weeds at Ft Garden 86.72
Mid-America Garden - rhizome awards for show winners 137.60
Total Expenses $2007.36
Note - judges training expenses and gratuity paid from the Judges
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
Schedule for July - Help needed for
ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 28th from 9
a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Sorting and drop off location is
Addeo's back yard in Linda Vista. Address is 5805 Helena Dr. Call
251-5833 for directions. Sale Chairpersons are Carol and Pete Addeo.
Please donate your paper grocery bags to the sale
Drop off your cleaned and labeled rhizomes to their garage between
Tuesday, July 24 thru Wednesday, July 25 at 9:00 p.m. prior to the
sale. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!
Sunday, July 22, 2011 - Digging rhizomes and cleaning,
trimming at Fort Missoula gardens. Bring chair, scissors, hats, etc.
Thurs, July 26 & Fri, July 27, 2012- Sorting at the Addeo's
back yard all day
Fri, July 27 - Stone soup & potluck supper- 6 p.m. at Addeo's.
Bring a soup ingredient, or dessert, bread or salad. The soup stock
will be poultry.
Saturday, July 28 - Annual Rhizome Sale at Fort Missoula, 9am
- 1pm. Set up begins at 7:30 a.m. Bring pitchforks and chairs.
Saturday - 1:15 p.m. - PARTY TIME! After-sale party after
clean up is completed. We meet in the back patio of Billie Gray's
home at 1558 S.6th St West. Pizza, chicken, soft drinks and beer
provided. This is usually where we all receive the Presidential
Rhizomes we won during the year. We also have a fun auction on any
extras we receive.
The rhizome labels will be available at the meeting July 9 or call
Carol at 251-5833 to pick some up.
RHIZOME SALE GUIDELINES
Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications carefully.
These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the
sale preparations on Thursday and Friday.
1. Iris rhizomes shall be grown by MIS members only.
2. ALL RHIZOMES are to be WASHED, TRIMMED & LABELED as to variety
and type PRIOR to delivery to the collection site. Trim fans to
about 4 inches - 6 inches depending on type and roots to about 4
inches. MIS will provide labels. These labels should be stapled to
the leaves. MDB's and SDB's should be in bundles of three rhizomes.
IB's and MTB's should be in bundles of two rhizomes. Beardless iris
are to be in clumps.
3. Iris varieties introduced 30 years or more before the year of the
sale are to be labeled with year of introduction and separated from
4. Pricing of rhizomes is at the discretion of the sale committee.
Age is considered but NOT color for setting the price.
5. All rhizomes are to be delivered to the designated collection
site by 9pm WEDNESDAY preceding the sale.
6. Sorting, etc. will be done on THURSDAY and competed on FRIDAY.
Chairperson to select committee of MIS members to assist in this
7. There are to be NO PRE-SALE orders.
1. There is to be NO TRADING of rhizomes among members at the
COLLECTION SITE. Members ARE encouraged to share or trade before
bringing rhizomes to the collection site.
2. The sale chairperson shall determine which varieties may be
traded / purchased by the MIS members. The trading / sale hours are
Thursday, 6pm - 9pm and Friday, 9am - 12pm.
3. Members donating rhizomes may:
A. Take ONE rhizome for each variety donated (no matter how many of
any one variety are donated)
B. Take LIKE variety donated (SDB for SDB, TB for TB, etc)
C. Take NO MORE THAN ONE (1) RHIZOME of any one variety.
D. May NOT choose from a variety that has fewer than SIX rhizomes in
4. Members NOT donating rhizomes may purchase rhizomes (with the
5. Varieties 5 years and newer from date of introduction will be so
marked and priced accordingly. Fort Display Garden Chairperson has
first choice of any varieties.
6. GRAB BAGS of iris rhizomes may be made up of unnamed or
overstocked varieties at discretion of the chairperson by Friday.
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE SALE !
Additional Note from Ann Violette: She will be running for the AIS
Regional Vice-President position and would like to have your vote.