Hi, Gang! Here is the July Newsletter. We will be preparing
for our big event this month, our iris sale. We need to get
some volunteers for cashiers and for the marker table as
well. We always need lots of help for digging and cleaning
the rhizomes at the fort gardens to get them ready for the
sale. We will be digging and cleaning at the fort gardens on
Monday and Tuesday, July 25th & 26th.
Please come and do whatever you can to help out. Any kind of
participation will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
- This months meeting is also the
annual BBQ at Bob & Alvertas. Bobís special hamburgers will
be served, veggie burgers are offered as well. Need everyone
to bring items that will go with hamburgers, such as potato
salad, mac salad, cole slaw, desserts
- Webmaster & President
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME: Saturday, July
9, 2005 at 6:30pm
Home of Bob & Alverta Symes. Call 258--6649 for
directions. Annual BBQ event. Bring food that will go with
the entrťe, salads, desserts, etc.
PROGRAM: Preparation for
the iris sale. Volunteers needed for cashiers. Fort work
party for digging & cleaning rhizomes at the gardens to
prepare for the sale.
- Meeting Locations/Activities
for 2005 - Here's the list for the rest of the year's
- July 9th - Meeting at Bob
& Alverta Symes', potluck, hosts to provide the best grilled
- July 30th - Annual Iris
Sale, Fort Gardens, 9am - 1pm. After sale party at Billie
- August - No Meeting
- September 10th - Meeting
at Gary Clark's, potluck, hosted by Ronn Dunn
- October 1st - Meeting at
- November 5th - Meeting at
- December 4th - Sunday -
Annual Christmas Party hosted by Ken & Rose Mary Baier
It's Their Birthday!!....Let's
Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
- Happy day to Fred Frey Ė July 20th,
Billie Gray, July 12th, Cindy Davis, July 5th and
Darlene Watkins, July 20th. Have a happy birthday and all
the good wishes and cheers that go along with it.
- New Members: We have another
new member, thanks to Alverta Symes. Welcome to Elizabeth
Friesz of Alberton. Hope to see you at the meetings.
our most important event of the year and it is the one event
that makes our group earn enough money to continue our
operations for another year. If we donít have a good sale,
then our group will suffer for the coming year of events. We
especially need help at the Fort Gardens on Monday &
Tuesday, the 25th & 26th. We have lots
of iris to dig up and clean for the sale.
will also need help at Garyís house on Thursday & Friday,
the 28th & 29th for help in sorting
and tagging iris for the sale. Gary will host a potluck
dinner on Friday, July 29th at 6:00pm. Help is
needed after the potluck to load the collected rhizomes into
the truck to bring to the sale Saturday morning. Please do
whatever you can to help out. Itís your group too and
everyone always has a good time getting together and working
to get our annual sale to make money for the group.
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
MARKER TAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE
We will have marker tags available at the meeting for
everyone who will be digging for the sale.
Alverta Symes asks that you bring a plant list to the
meeting of what you are planning to dig for the sale.
NO AUGUST MEETING
There will not be an August meeting due to the sale event.
The September meeting will be on the 10th at the home of
RHIZOME SALE GUIDELINES
The MIS Rhizome Sale is Saturday, July 30th at the Fort
Missoula Gardens starting at 9am - 1pm. The Collection point
will be at the home of Gary Clark. Rhizomes can be delivered
to his 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.
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
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.
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
C. Take NO MORE THAN ONE (1) RHIZOME of any one
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
HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT THE SALE AND DON'T FORGET TO COME
AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AT GARYíS BEFORE THE
ANNUAL IRIS SHOW REPORT
by Ann Violette
Congratulations to all the winners of our Annual Iris Show.
It seems that Gary has taken the show again this year.
Thatís 2 years in a row! Congrats, Gary. Here is a listing
of the Iris Show winners and their entries:
Specimen of Show was " Petite Ballet" an IB Exhibited by
Roger Muir and also won Best Plicata, Best IB and Best
Seedling R-3 and R-1 TB won 2 EC.'s by Wayne Richlie
Silver Medal for the Most Ribbons: Gary Clark with 10 Blue
and 9 Red
Bronze Medal for second Most Ribbons: Roger Muir, with 10
Blue and 3 Red
First Princess was Cindy Davis with "Transcribe" an SDB
Siberian: Claudia Brown with "Blue Burn"
White/ Best TB: Swede Gustafson with "Titanic Nemesis"
MTB, Roger Muir: "Reminiscence"
Space Age / Best Purple: Elloie Jeter, "To the Point"
Color Break, Lynn Weger: with "Gnus Flash"
Novice, Ron Dowell: with "Snowed In" a Tall Bearded
Pink/Best Border Bearded: Alverta Symes with "Lenora Pearl"
Blue Ribbons in Artistic Advanced ....Jim Sadler
Design of Show Intermediate ... Donna Dowell
Class #1 "Interpretation of Theme "...Jim Sadler, Advanced
Silent Screen Sirens"... Ron Dowell, Beginner Class had some
great competition!! Well Won !! KUDO's Ron
"Diamonds are a girls Best Friend"... Ann Violette, Beginner
Class had a 3 way tie for a Blue with Jim Sadler and Donna
Dowell each in separate sections
"I want to be Alone"...Jim Sadler, Advanced Judge
"White Christmas" ... Jim Sadler, Advanced Judge
"African Queen"...Donna Dowell, Intermediate Class. Donna
Won Best of Show!!! Hands Down blowing away all other
competition with a great winning Design. Well Done !!
"Some Enchanted Evening"...Jim Sadler, Advanced Judge
#9."Happy Trails"...Connie Plaissay, Beginner Class from
Charlo, with a blow down iris from Fort Missoula. Well Done
Connie for your second Blue
TO ALL who helped, Clerks, Ernie, Honk, Ronn, To a great
Crew of Judges many thanks. Job Well Done. A Special Thank
You To our arrangement Judge Cheryl Carroll.
Sincerely Ann Violette
Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting,
Saturday, June 4, 2005:
- The meeting was called to order
by President Pete Addeo at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Ken and
Minutes - The minutes from the May meeting were approved as
they appeared in the newsletter.
Treasurers Report Treasurer Swede Gustafson reported no
change in the balances.
Checking Account Balance as of April 1,
Iris Show - The annual iris show is to be held
Saturday, June 11th at Southgate Mall; the theme is "Hurray
for Hollywood". Gary Clark reported in the absence of Ann
Violette and Jim Sadler. The after show banquet will be
held at the Cracker Barrel. Set up of the show will be
Friday at 8:00 p.m. Gary passed out tags for entries.
Fort Gardens - Billie Gray reported there is lots of bloom.
She encouraged us to go see the bloom and take care of our
weeds. Bob Symes and Honk Meyer planted 320 marigolds.
Median Show - Gary reported there were 70 entries.
He thanked Ron Dowell for taking pictures. Claudia won Best
of Show for her SDB; Claudia also won the most ribbons with
13. Donna Dowell won for best design. Honk won 7 ribbons.
Rhizome Sale - President Pete asked for volunteers to
chair the rhizome sale in July; no volunteers were
forthcoming, so Pete volunteered to chair that event.
Sorting will take place at Gary's house. Volunteers who
offered to help sort include Ernie Lucera, Bob Symes and
Cleo Swanson. Cleo Swanson has a canopy to help provide
shade. Bob reported that 30 tables have been reserved. The
after sale party will be held at Billie Gray's as usual.
Jim Sadler - Condolences were expressed to the Sadler
family who lost a son. Flowers were sent to Ohio. A local
memorial service will be held June 18th at First Christian
Sale Work Party - Volunteers are needed to help dig,
clean and trim iris at the Fort Gardens for the sale.
Digging will be in the mornings on Monday, Tuesday and
Wednesday, July 25th thru July 27th. Clipping and cleaning
will take place in the evenings.
Presidential Rhizome - The June winner is Hazel
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m. followed by a program
by Alverta Symes on staging iris for the show.