Iris, a Flower For
The plans for our Fort Gardens 25th Anniversary celebration are
again underway. June 2006 should be an exciting month for the
Missoula Iris Society, because not only do we have special events
planned, but we will also coordinate some things with the National
Garden Club Convention to be held in Missoula during the weekend of
June 10, 2005. The theme for our two week anniversary celebration
will be: "Iris, a Flower For All Time"
According to Jim Sadler, who is coordinating the National Garden
Club Convention and also serving on our committee for the 25th, the
theme for the garden club convention will center around iris.
Imagine that! Therefore, we'll have a lot of out-of-area garden
advocates attending our 2006 iris show at the mall on Saturday,
June 10th. In conjunction with that, we plan a short iris
presentation at the mall that Saturday from about 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
and our guest visitors will be invited. The seminar will be
coordinated and presented by our local judges and of course will be
good for credit toward judges training. Because we had an
out-of-state judge last year, we will not have one this year.
Instead, we'll depend on our local judges and apprentice judges.
Now comes some really good fun-fun to make up for the work-work.
Saturday evening on June 10th we'll have a classy get-together at
the Fort Gardens for a re-dedication and 25th anniversary
celebration. This will happen about 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. when
we normally take a banquet break from the show. It will be limited
to members and special guests only. We're thinking about a really
nice catered affair at the gardens that evening, complete with a big
top tent and seated round tables with white tablecloths. We may
have to settle for a buffet type dinner at $10-$12 per person,
rather than a sit-down dinner which could cost upwards of $20 per
person. We'll see how the costs go on that one. This dinner will
also be a chance for all of us to see the nice benches to be donated
by the Friends of the Fort and perhaps some nice rustic arbors that
are still in the talking stage.
We'll also publish a display garden history booklet, which will make
a nice memorabilia for everyone. We'll pass the history booklets
out to all attendees of the Saturday evening dinner. Anyone not
attending our dinner may wish to purchase the history booklet,
anyway, for a nominal fee to cover printing. Along the publicity
line, we hope to run ads using corporate sponsors such as nurseries,
etc. This could help pay for the history booklet as well as
newspaper ads promoting our events.
There are more plans, too. We'll have a garden tour next June and
an after tour party for members. We have reserved June 17, 2006 for
our garden tour, which will be a fund raiser for the Fort Gardens.
We plan to have 5-8 gardens and set it up as a drive yourself tour.
The gardens next year may not necessarily be iris society members,
so if anyone knows of worthwhile gardens, please check with the
owners and then let us know who and where they are. Billie Gray,
Jim Sadler and myself will coordinate the tour and will be checking
out nice yards next week. Now that sounds like a fun way to spend a
day, touring great gardens.
Events won't end in June, however. We think a Fall 2006 bar-b-que
at the Fort Gardens would be fun when it is time to put the beds to
bed. We've planned that event for Saturday, October 14th when we
will combine a work party, then eating party. We think work could
start about 10:00 a.m., stop to eat at Noon and then finish the work
part by 4:00 p.m.
See you at the meeting.