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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - July 2004

Members:

Here is the July Newsletter. Important meeting for info on the preparation for the sale. Don't forget the Annual Iris Rhizome Sale on Saturday, July 31st. Help is always needed and volunteers are always welcome.

Pete Addeo, Webmaster
Missoula Iris Society
http://www.missoulairis.com

DATE & TIME: July 10th, 2004 meeting at 6:30PM w/potluck dinner
PLACE: Home of Pete And Carolyn Addeo. Call 251-5833 if you need directions.
PROGRAM: How to prepare and dig your iris for the sale, presented by Cindy Davis and Gary Clark
BUSINESS: discussion and planning for the upcoming Iris sale

FYI NEW INFORMATION:

MARKER TAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE
Cindy Davis will have marker tags available at the meeting for everyone who will be digging for the sale.
 
PLANT LISTS
Alverta Symes asks that you bring a plant list to the meeting of what you are planning to dig for the sale.
IRIS RHIZOME SALE ON JULY 31, 2004
Please plan on attending our Annual Iris Rhizome Sale on Saturday morning from 9am - 1pm at the Fort Gardens. All members are encouraged to get there early (8:30am) to help set up tables and etc. After the sale, the garden party of pizza, chicken and beverages will be at the home of Billie Gray. We always have a lot of fun at this annual event.
 
NO AUGUST MEETING
There will not be an August meeting due to the sale event. The September meeting will be on the 11th at the home of Sandy Greene.
 
HOW ABOUT A PLANT TRADE AT THE MEETING??
Carol Addeo has some potted plants that need new homes. Everyone is welcome to bring along any extra plants you don't need, because they've outgrown their space or you need to move them. It's a fun way to try new plants.
RHIZOME SALE GUIDELINES
The MIS Rhizome Sale is Saturday, July 31st at the Fort Missoula Gardens starting at 9am - 1pm. The Collection point will be at the home of Pete and Carolyn Addeo in Linda Vista. Rhizomes can be delivered to their garage beginning Tuesday of that week but no later than Wednesday by 9pm.  Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications carefully. These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the sale preparations on Thursday and Friday.
 
PLEASE, PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT, IF ONLY FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!
 
SALE GUIDELINES:
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 newer varieties.
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 process.
7.  There are to be NO PRE-SALE orders.
 
PRE-SALE CLARIFICATIONS:
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 the box.
4.  Members NOT donating rhizomes may purchase rhizomes (with the above restrictions)
5.  Varieties 5 YEARS and NEWER from date of introduction will be so marked & 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.
 
ANNUAL IRIS SHOW REPORT by Ann Violette
Congratulations to all the winners of our Annual Iris Show. This year was a "Gary" year! Congrats to Gary for an excellent showing and 10 BLUE RIBBONS!!  Also congrats to Claudia Brown for 2nd runner up with 5 BLUE RIBBONS!! Here is a listing of the Iris Show winners and their entries:
 
BEST OF SHOW - "Joyce Terry" - Gary Clark
PEOPLES CHOICE - "Celebration Song" - Gary Clark
 
1.   Best Space Age & Novice Space Age - Roger Muir
2.   Best Siberian - Swede Gustafson
3.   Best White - Swede Gustafson
4.   Best Yellow - Gary Clark
5.   Best Black - Claudia Brown
6.   Best Blue - Alverta Symes
7.   Best Pink - Alverta Symes
8.   Best Lavender - Tom Thompson
9.   Best Purple - Roger Muir
10. Best Amoena - Tom Thompson
11. Best Plicata - Gary Clark
12. Best Neglecta - Swede Gustafson
13. Best Color/Bi-tone - Gary Clark
14. Best Banded/Rimmed - Gary Clark (Ho, Humm)
15. Best English Box - Gary Clark (Ho, Humm)
16. Best Educational - Gary Clark (Ditto again)
 
ARTISTIC ARRANGEMENTS (Judged by Carol Neil, Federated Garden Club, Missoula)
 
1.   Best Novice - "Twigs and Sprigs" - Connie Plaissay
2.   Best Beginner Class - "Rob Rob Robin" - Ron Dowell
3.   Best Intermediate Class - "Looking Up" - Donna Dowell
4.   Best Advanced - "Small World" - Jim Sadler
5.   Best Overall - "Small World" - Jim Sadler
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Cindy Davis - July 5th,  Billie Gray July 12th, Fred Frey - July 20th and Darlene Watkins July 20th .  Have a happy birthday and all the good wishes and cheers that go along with it.

HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE SALE AND DON'T FORGET TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY BEFORE THE SALE!