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Maine Iris Society

One of John White's Lovely Pink Japanese Iris Seedings
Photo of one of John White's Japanese Iris Seedlings

The Maine Iris Society is made up with people of all ages who are interested in irises. Our interests range from those who just like to look at irises to those who hybridize and or raise them for show or competition. There are some who grow just a few to hi-light their garden to those who have as many as five or six hundred varieties. Our goal is to maintain up to date good quality irises in Maine and the surrounding areas. We do this by giving irises as door prizes at our meetings, by doing iris shows so the public can see what irises look like, both old and new, and by doing auctions so the public can have access to good irises at reasonable prices. We do two shows a year *and every other year, three. We also do three auctions each year. Our meetings, shows and auctions are open to the public and anyone can join the Maine Iris Society at those times. Our dues are eight dollars a year, ten dollars a year for two people living at the same address and twelve dollars a year for three people living at the same address. Our events are listed in the schedule below as well as times and locations. Meetings are normally held on the second Tuesday of the month. The Maine Iris Society is affiliated with the American Iris Society.

Upcoming Maine Iris Society Events - 2017
Meetings, shows and auctions are open to the public
All meetings are scheduled for Sunday afternoons on a trial basis

  • Sunday, March 19 - 1 PM Regular Meeting
    Adventures with Siberians and Pardacandas w/ Jan Sacks & Marty Schaffer < Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Rd off Rt. 1 in Falmouth

  • Sunday, April 23 - MIS Regular Meeting at the United Methodist Church
    439 Park Avenue in Auburn at 1:30 p.m.
    Program: Otherwise Normal People with Aurelia Scott

  • Saturday May 27 - Median Iris & Spring Flower Show & Perennial Plant Sale
    Auburn Middle School, 38 Falcon Drive 1:30 - 4:00 PM
    Iris shows are open to everyone, come and enjoy the flowers! See directions to the Auburn Middle School below.

  • Saturday, June 10 - Tour of Peter Young's & Pauline Grenier's Gardens in Buckfield and Minot

  • Saturday, July 15 - 1 PM Annual Tall Bearded Iris & Daylily Auction
    Treworgy Estate, 120 Flaggy Meadow Road, Gorham. See below for directions.

  • Sunday, August 6 - 12 PM Swap Day (MEMBERS ONLY)
    Otisfield, ME

  • Tuesday, Sept. 12 - 7 PM Daylily & Siberian Iris Auction
    United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave, Auburn. See directions to the Park Ave. UMC below.

  • Sunday, Oct. - 15 1:00 PM Annual Meeting
    United Methodist Church, 439 Park Ave, Auburn. See directions to the Park Ave. UMC below.

Maine Iris Society Officers


Harriet Robinson

Otisfield, ME


Vice President


Peter Young

Buckfield, ME



Edward (Ted) White

Minot ME


Directions to MIS Events in Auburn, Lewiston and Gorham, Maine

Contact Bob Sawyer at orelio23@comcast.net for more information on the directions.

Directions to the Auburn Middle School:

From Interstate 95 take the Auburn exit (75) and turn left on to Washington St. ( Rte 4). Proceed straight ahead for 4.5 miles. When you see a large 4 story red brick building on the left (The Barn), get into the left lane and make a left turn onto Court Street and proceed up and over the large hill. As you go down the backside of the hill you will see the Auburn Middle School on the Right. There will be an “Iris Show” sign at the entrance to the school driveway.

From Lewiston, follow Main Street across the bridge into Auburn. As soon as you cross the bridge you will be on Court Street. Go straight on Court Street, you will cross Rte 4 and continue up the hill. Auburn Middle School will be on the right as you go down the backside of the hill.

Directions to the Park Ave United Methodist Church:

Use the same directions for the Auburn Middle School until you start up the hill on Court Street where it crosses Rte 4. About a half a mile up the hill take Park Ave on the right. Follow Park Ave through a 4 way stop at Lake Street. Continue on just over a block and the United Methodist Church will be on your right.

Rts 4, 202, 100, and 11 are all the same road until they cross or turn down Court Street.

Directions to the Lewiston High School:

Lewiston High School is in Lewiston Maine at 156 East Avenue, Lewiston ME.

From Exit 80 of Interstate 95 turn left onto Rt. 196. Go straight for 1.4 miles and then turn right onto East Avenue. Lewiston High School is one quarter mile ahead on the left.

From Brunswick, proceed up Rte 196 into Lewiston. Turn right onto East Avenue.

From Auburn (Rte 4) Cross the Veterans Memorial Bridge onto Russell Street. One mile ahead turn right onto East avenue. Lewiston High School is ahead one half mile on the right.

From down town Auburn, cross the bridge at Court street onto Main Street Lewiston. Turn right onto Rte 196. Follow Rte 196 to East avenue on the left

Directions to the Maine Iris Society Auction:

From I 95 take either exit 47 or 48 to Rte 25. Follow Rte 25 through Westbrook to Gorham. After Rte 25 crosses Rte 114 take the second left onto Flaggy Meadow Road. When you see a flashing traffic light, look for and turn into the last driveway on the left before the light.

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