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Connecticut Iris Society

Lake Waramaug, Tall Bearded Iris by 
Fred Gadd of Wethersfield, CT
Photo of Lake Waramaug, Tall Bearded Iris by Fred Gadd of Wethersfield, CT

The Connecticut Iris Society meets on the third Saturday of February, April, September and October usually at the Friend's Room in the white wooden house next to the greenhouses at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, Connecticut. The annual Iris Exhibition in May or early June is at the Pond House in Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Connecticut. There is no charge to attend our meetings at the library or the Iris Exhibition and anyone interested in irises is welcome. Garden tours of member's gardens are also scheduled for iris bloom season. The annual Iris Sale occurs on the last Saturday in July and is open to all iris lovers.

Connecticut Iris Society members grow an amazing variety of irises and we have many experienced members who are glad to share their love of iris gardening with others.

Dues are $5 for an individual and $6 for a household. If you would like to join us, use the email link on the lower left to receive more information.

Upcoming Connecticut Iris Society Events in 2017

  • Saturday March 18 1:00PM – 3:00PM Reblooming Iris presentation, Friends House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

  • Saturday April 29 9:00AM - NOON: Weeding and mulching of Iris Garden Display Beds at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT

  • Saturday May 20: Iris Show in Elizabeth Park Pond House, West Hartford, CT. The Rhododendron Society (rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel) will also be exhibiting. Show runs from noon to 4 PM. Open to the public, no admission charge

  • Rose Weekend Sunday June 18 10 AM - 4 PM at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, CT. We promote iris and offer rhizome divisions to the public from our Display Beds. Hands on digging and dividing. Rhizomes are available to the public for a donation

  • Iris Sale, Saturday, July 29, at noon in East Haddam, CT. Auction starts at 1 PM. This is an excellent opportunity to pick up iris that thrive in Connecticut from our own members gardens. There will also be an auction of newer bearded iris in all sizes, species, siberian and japanese iris. Bring a bag lunch, CIS will provide beverages and dessert.

    Contact Ruth at theirislady@live.com for directions and more information.

  • Saturday, October 14 1:00PM Region 1 Annual Meeting 10:00AM – 3:00PM CIS HOSTS THE 2017 AMERICAN IRIS SOCIETY REGION 1 FALL MEETING IN ROCKVILLE CT

    9:30 Doors open and welcome refreshments
    10:00 Region 1 AIS Business meeting
    10:45 Auction of iris treasures to raise funds for Region 1
    LUNCH prepared and served by CIS

    1:00 PM Program presented by Ruthy Bennett, presenting the late Ruth Stephenson’s writings about the early years of the American Iris Society in our “Region 1”: New England and Connecticut, followed by slides of historic irises hybridized and grown in the early 20th century

    Fall Meeting will be held at the Rockville United Methodist Church 142 Grove Street Rockville CT 06066

    Directions: Rockville United Methodist Church is located just off Exit 67 of Interstate 84, between Sturbridge MA and Hartford CT. After taking Exit 67 (Rte. 31 West) go north ¼ mile straight through the traffic light and look for the church on your

  • Saturday November 18 9:00 – NOON Fall cleanup of Elizabeth Park Iris Display Garden beds followed by lunch, paid for by CIS. Rain date 11/25.

    • Directions to the Pond House and the Friends House, Elizabeth Park
      West Hartford, Connecticut

      Take I-91 to I-84 westbound. Go through Hartford to Exit 44. Turn right onto Lane St., work your way into the left lane and then turn left onto Prospect St. (the corner of Lane and Prospect has a stoplight, Burger King and a Texaco station). Travel 1.6 miles north on Prospect to Elizabeth Park. Turn left on Asylum Ave. and then take the Asylum Ave entrance into the park. The Pond House is next to the large pond. The Friend's House is just a bit further down the road. It is a wood framed house, just beyond the parking area and the historic greenhouse.

      Connecticut Iris Society Officers


      Dave Nitka

      Feeding Hills, MA



      Ruth Bennett

      East Haddam, CT



      Rebecca Wong

      Feeding Hills, MA


      Mail to kaneonapua@yahoo.com
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