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Region 1 of the American Iris Society


Chatterbox Belle, Siberian Iris by Dr. Currier McEwen of Maine
Photo of Chatterbox Belle, Siberian Iris by Dr. Currier McEwen of Maine



Members of the American Iris Society in the six New England States are automatically members of Region 1. Regional events are held twice a year and members receive the Region 1 Bulletin. Those outside of Region 1 are also welcome to join in the fun and can subscribe to the Region 1 Bulletin. The spring/summer Region 1 event usually is a tour of iris gardens in bloom, often with an educational session about iris or gardening. The fall event is indoors with the Region's annual meeting followed by lively auction of iris knicknacks, books and plants and an educational lecture by a nationally known irisarian. The members of Region 1 include people new to irises, others who have grown irises for years and those who breed iris. Everyone is welcome and our purpose is to share our love of irises and help each other in growing them.


New Region 1 Bylaws

Upcoming Regional Events

CIS Connecticut Iris Society
ISM Iris Society of Massachusetts
MIS Maine Iris Society
WNEIS Western New England Iris Society

For more information about ISM events, email Barbara at ornacirises@verizon.net
For more information about WNEIS events, email Deborah foxbrook@rcn.com
For more information about the Regional Events, contact David Nitka at davidnitka@yahoo.com

Region 1 Events for 2009

Feb 15 MIS Meeting, First Parish Church, Gorham, ME. Bernard McGlaughlin Gardens Foundation
Feb 21 CIS Meeting at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford CT
Feb 28 Region 1Regional Hybridizer's Meeting, Winter Hybridizer's Meeting, Town Center Yellow Building Bedford MA
Mar 10 MISMeeting, Auburn United Methodist Church, 7:00PM
Mar 21 ISMIris Society of Massachusetts Pot Luck lunch, noon to 4 PM
April 14 MISMeeting Auburn United Methodist Church speaker, 7:00PM
April 18 WNEISGetting Started with Iris, Greenfield Public Library, 12:30 to 1:30 PM
April 18 CISMeeting at Elizabeth Park, West Hartford CT, Louisiana Iris Program
May 5 WNEIS Japanese Iris Dig in Colrain, MA, 4:30 PM
May 11 - 16 AISAIS National Convention, Kansas City, Missouri
May 12 MIS Spring Perennial Plant Auction, 7:00 PM, Park Ave. United Methodist Church, Auburn, ME.
May 16 CISSale of potted iris at Elizabeth Park Plant Sale West Hartford, CT, 10:00 AM - 2:00PM
May 16 WNEISWestern New England Iris Society Garden Tour to Phil Cooks in Underhill, VT and Cady Falls Nursury display garden. Bring a lunch. Carpool from Greenfield Home Depot on Route 2.
May 23 MISMaine Iris Society 34rd Annual Median Iris and Spring Flower Show, Oxford Hills Middle School, South Paris, ME, 1:00 - 4:30PM
May 24 ISMISM Garden Tour, Fabulous gardens in Norfolk, Newton and Carlisle, MA, 11 AM to 5 PM.
May 30 CIS Connecticut Iris Society Iris Exhibition, Pond House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
May 31 WNEIS Visit to Barbara Waldron's garden, Hinsdale, NH. Lunch at Barbara's bakery. Carpool from Greenfield Home Depot on Route 2.
June 6 ISM Iris Show, Harvey Wheeler Community Center, Church St, West Concord, MA Entries 9 - 11 AM. Open to public 1 to 4 PM.
June 13 MISMaine Iris Society 49th Annual Iris Show Auburn Middle School Auburn ME, 1:30 - 5:30 PM
June 24 WNEIS Iris Dig in Ludlow, MA, 5 PM
June 20-21 CISRose Weekend display garden iris dig and sale, Elizabeth Partk, West Hartford, CT, 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
July 5 MIS / WNEIS JI Iris Show, Shelburne/Buckland Community Center, Main St, Shelburne Falls, MA. Open to public 1 to 4 PM
July 18 MIS Auction (Tall Bearded & Siberian), Gorham, ME, 1:00 PM
July 25 CIS Iris Sale and Auction. East Haddam CT, noon - 3:00 PM
Aug 2 MISSwap Day for members only, lunch at noon, location TBD
Aug 1 WNEISPicnic and Plant Auction at the Smith's, Orange, MA at 11:30 AM. Bring something to grill and/or a potluck dish. Bring a plant, tool or food item for the swap.
Sept 8 MIS Auction Daylilies and Irises (Siberian & Japanese), Park Ave. United Methodist Church, Auburn ME 7:00 PM
Sept 19 CISMeeting at the Friend's House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT, 12:30 PM
Oct 13 MIS Annual Meeting / Show Awards Presentation, 6:30 PM, Park Ave. United Methodist Church, Aubrn, ME.
Oct 17 CIS Meeting at the Friend's House, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT, 12:30 PM
Nov 13 CIS Display Garden cleanup, Elizabeth Park, West Hartford, CT, 10 - 11 AM. Rain/Snow date 11/21. Bring tools.


Region 1 Officers

Regional Vice President

Mike Zuraw

Bethel, CT

MJZuraw@aol.com

Vice President

David Nitka

Feeding Hills, MA

davidnitka@yahoo.com