Here is the July
newsletter. Our annual show turned out to be a success and we had a
great turn-out for participation. The visiting judges were a nice touch
and seemed to enjoy themselves. We thank them for their efforts and
wisdom. Our big annual event, the Iris Sale is coming quickly and we
need all the help we can get in preparing and cleaning and organizing
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
supper begins at 6:30 pm. Meeting begins around 8:00 pm
Home of Alayne
Hildritch at 8885 LaSalle Way in Grant Creek. Call 829-8868 for
guest speaker will be Gordon Skaggs who owns Habiscapes. He will give a
program on water features for our yards, using Alayne’s pondless
waterfall as an example of one type. He would appreciate being able to
present his program after the potluck but before our business meeting.
between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm,
Fred Frey's gardens will be open for viewing before the meeting. The
address is 1760 Frey Ln, however, the easiest way in is to travel about
2 1/2 - 3 miles west of Reserve Street on Mullan Road and turn south on
Homestead Drive. When the pavement turns to the west, just keep coming
straight back and follow the road to the house and farm buildings..
Don't forget, card
file work party
at Claudia Brown’s July 13th
ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE IS to be held Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m.
to 1:00 p.m. at Fort Missoula. Sorting and drop off location is
Addeo's back yard in Linda Vista. Address is 5805 Helena Dr. Call
251-5833 for directions. Drop off your cleaned and labeled rhizomes
to their garage between Tuesday thru 9 p.m. Wednesday prior to the sale.
WORK PARTY: The digging/cleaning session prior to the sale will
be on Saturday July 21 per Ron Dowell, Sale Chairman, at the Fort
Gardens. More help will no doubt be needed at the Addeo sorting
location on July 23-25 Mon-Wed. Sorting of the iris will begin Thursday
July 26th at the Addeo’s location, so help will be needed on Thursday
FUN AFTER WORK PARTIES: No word on the usual Friday night
after-sorting party. Perhaps there will be information about this at
the meeting. Ron Dowell is the Sale Chairman and should have more
information on all of this at the meeting. Call him at 542-1945 to see
how you can help.
No word yet on the after-sale party which is usually held at Billie
Gray's back yard beginning at 1:30 p.m. or so, after the sale is closed
and clean up is completed. This is usually a pizza, chicken and beer
party followed by an auction of new rhizomes provided by our
Presidential Rhizome grower. This year the rhizomes will be provided by
Mid America Gardens of Oregon.
MARKER TAGS WILL BE AVAILABLE
Ron Dowell will no doubt have marker tags available at the meeting for
everyone who will be digging for the sale.
SHOW REPORT “Earth,
Wind, & Fire” by Jim Sadler
I want to
thank all of those who worked so hard to have, in the view of many who
attended, the best Spring Show ever. We had 126 exhibits that were
arranged in a new and viewer friendly venue. Special thanks to Ann
Violette who was the Judges Chair and her selection of our visiting
judges Beverly Petrak from Quiney, Wa, Phyllis Barnett from Wenatchee,
Wa, and Phyllis Barnet from Wenatchee, Wa. Our local judges Lynn Weger,
Ann Violette, Roger Muir, Jim Sadler, Swede Gustafson, and Gary Clark
also had judging assignments. The judging of the show began at l0:l5
A.M. and was over at l:30. We had an awards luncheon at the “Arriva” in
a private room, where we announced all of the awards. The lunch was
enjoyed by all as we were able to visit unhampered by time restraint.
Lunch was over about 4:00 when a good share of the participants returned
to the show and visited or helped the public until show tear down at
7:30. Special thanks need to go to Ron Dowell who sat with the show
while the rest of us went to lunch. Ron and Donna Dowell were
indispensable to me in that they helped to transport the show materials
from storage and helped me to return it. I would like to thank Gary
Clark who was the Head Table Chair and helped the visiting judges in
their selection of the various awards. Linda, my wife, deserves perhaps
the most credit for helping me through the angst and worry about the
show. She helped me with many details that greatly enhanced the show.
She did the hospitality room, and managed the paper work. There were
many members who helped in ways that are not mentioned here but was
greatly appreciated. It was truly a group effort and all of those who
participated should be proud of the results.
In the future
I suggest the following suggestions. I would think that the ”Small
Garden Award”, the “Flower of the Year” Award and the” Collection of
Three Awards” need to be revisited with an eye to their elimination or
change to allow more participation. The “English Box” description
needs to clarified and perhaps pre-registration required.
Pre-registration would ensure that containers are available. The new
category for “Unknown” Iris worked successfully as an educational
exhibit. There were 10 entries in the section. Local judges were able
to identify many of the exhibits helping the exhibitors to enter their
Iris in future shows as a regular exhibit.
submitted all of the paper work to AIS. As you should know, final
approval is needed to affirm the Awards. Thank you for your confidence
and help. Jim Sadler
AWARDS - 47th
ANNUAL MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY SHOW - June 9, 2007, South Gate Mall
Best Specimen of
Best Pink: Best T.B. “Vanity” D. Durnford
Best Specimen of
Show 1st Runner-Up: Best Siberian: Best Lavender:
Jelly” Roger Muir
Best Specimen of
Show 2nd Runner-Up:
Best Youth: “Gold Galore” Kalli Wurth
M. Elizabeth Frieze
Best Design of Show:
“Electric Universe” Ron Dowell
“Caesars Brother” Lynn Weger
“Codicil” Ann Violette
Best Broken Color:
“Gnus Flash” Gary Clark
Best Orange: Best
“English Charm” Ann Violette
“Calm Stream” Jim Sadler
Best Space Age:
“Chassy Chasis” Donna Dowell
“Merlot” Gary Clark
“Heartstrings Strummer” Donna Dowell
“Bangles” Roger Muir
“Red Dazzler” Gary Clark
“Circus World” M. Elizabeth Frieze
Best Purple :
“Silent Majesty” Carol Addeo
“Hot line” Gary Clark
“I Sanguinea , Kamajama” Swede Gustafson
“Seminole Spring” Swede Gustafson
“ San Juan” Swede Gustafson
“Conjuring Cat” Fred Frey
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 Kris Crawford, July 8th.
The MIS Rhizome Sale is Saturday, July 28th at the Fort Missoula Gardens
starting at 9am - 1pm. The Collection point will be at the home of Pete
and Carol Addeo. 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.
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
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
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
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 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
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.
from Pete Addeo:
Club Savings Account CD
Balance May 31
Balance May 31
Jim Sadler – Show Fees -210.00
Balance June 30 6374.40
2006 Rhizome Sale 3001.00
2006 Interest Income
May 31 Balance $
June 2007 deposits:
Transfer from Savings
Paid – June 2007
Mid-America – Rhizomes 300.00
Jim Sadler – Show Expenses 110.56
Ann Violette – Show Expenses 40.98
Bob Symes – Median Expenses 79.14
Balance – June 30 $855.93
Minutes of the
Missoula Iris Society Meeting:
June 2, 2007
The meeting was
called to order by President, Elinor Utech. The minutes and treasurer’s
reports were accepted as printed in the April Falls and Standards
with the following amendments to the minutes and treasurer’s reports:
The date for the 2007 Missoula Iris Show is June 9. The treasurer’s
report was corrected to show that Fred Frey was paid $10.00 for postage
for the Spuria Slide Show and the $54.00 originally allotted to Fred was
to pay for the stain for the signs in the fort flower beds.
New members Jeanne
Macaraeg and Scott Drake were introduced.
The show went well. Sixteen people entered 72
horticulture exhibits that broke down into 84 iris entries and 16
design entries. The following suggestions were made for future shows:
A. Display more information about the July
B. Make up a flyer that can be handed out that
has all the information on it concerning the Iris Show and
the Rhizome Sale, and
C. Display information more prominently.
All judges’ paperwork must be in by June 30,
2007. Send the paperwork to the new RVP.
The card file “party” is at Claudia Brown’s home
Wednesday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. at 216 Woodworth
Pete Addeo reported that the only discount we
could get on the steel markers was $10.00 per 1000 tags. That worked
out to $0.65 per tag. It was decided that that wasn’t enough of a break
to warrant buying the steel tags.
Since our last discussion about building the
shed, it has been brought to our attention that we must have the permits
required to put up the shed and architectural drawings of the proposed
building must be presented to the city. There is an architect who will
donate the drawings. We will provide him with iris rhizomes for his
work. It will take about a month for him to complete the drawings for
us. JTL will donate half of the concrete for the floor slab. A
contractor has donated his time for the slab work. The Friends of the
Fort donated $3000.00 towards the erection of the building; MIS is to
The tables have been reserved.
Many of the members who usually help with the
show will be out of town the weekend of the show. Jim Sadler, chair,
noted that other members would have to step up and help if the show was
to go on.
Setup will be Friday night beginning at 8:00
p.m. Swede and Betty Ann Gustafson have the table cloths and burlap
needed for the setup. Honk has the silver in his shed given for the
Ann Violette is in charge of the judges. The
three judges coming in from Washington will judge the show; five of
our local judges will judge the seedlings and unknowns.
Elinor Utech and Linda Sadler will serve as
entry clerks. Four clerks, a person to work the head table, and five
judges are still needed. A person is also needed to handle the
Hospitality Room. Housing is still needed for the guest judges. Five
dollars is provided for the clerks and judges for lunch.
Other Reports and
The June presidential rhizome went to Gary
The next meeting is July 14, 6:30 p.m. at the
home of Alayne Hildritch.
It was moved by Bob
Syme and seconded by Cindy Davis that the meeting be adjourned and so
program that followed the meeting discussed how to prepare and present
iris for the show. One caution that came out of the questions and
answers was that if you pick the iris the night before the show, be sure
that they are stored in absolute darkness.