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Missoula Iris Society Newsletter - July 2010


Here’s the newsletter for July. Personally speaking, I love this weather we've been having. I know it wasn't good for growing iris, but it sure is better than being over 90 or 100 degrees! Looks like the sale was a success and now our big event is coming for July. Let's all pitch in and volunteer to help with getting the rhizomes ready for the sale.


Pete Addeo,

Missoula Iris Society


July 2010 MEETING

DATE & TIME: SATURDAY, JULY 10TH,  6:30 pm. Usual potluck supper followed by the meeting.
PLACE: Home of Pete & Carolyn Addeo. 5805 Helena Dr, Missoula, MT . Phone 251-5833 for directions.

PROGRAM: Probably discussion and demonstrations on labels, trimming iris for the sale.



Welcome to new member: Barbara Riley, 808 Woodford, Missoula, MT 59801. Phone number is 360-9983. email is briley@montana.com Add her to your membership list.

Change of address for your membership list. Elinor Utech is now at 1280 Vicki Dr, Missoula, MT 59804. New phone number is 542-1247.


AWARD VARIETY EXHIBITOR  - 21 Exhibitors, 137 Entries, 250 Blooms

Best Specimen of Show
First Runner-Up
Second Runner-Up
Third Runner-Up
Best Youth Specimen
Best Tall Bearded
Best Space Age
Best SDB
Best IB
Best MTB
Best BB
Best Aril
Best Siberian
Best Species
Best Artistic Design
Best Novice Artistic Design
Best White
Best Pink
Best Orange
Best Yellow
Best Black
Best Blue
Best Red
Best Lavender
Best Purple
Best Blend
Best Amoena
Best Plicata
Best Neglecta
Best Bi-Color
Best Banded
Best Broken Color
People’s Choice
Most Blue Ribbons
Most Blue Ribbons Runner Up
Best Artistic Design Sweepstakes
‘Gnu Blue’
‘Iris Setosa’
‘Balancing Act’
‘Balancing Act’
‘French Horn’
‘Lavender Lynx’
‘Little Wabash’
‘Iris Setosa’
‘Crystal Chandelier’
‘The Twist’
‘French Horn’
‘Celebration Song’
‘Apache Warrior’
‘Devil Baby’
‘Song of Norway’
‘Cat’s Eye’
‘Lavender Lynx’
‘Iris Setosa’
‘Brazilian Holiday’
‘Balancing Act’
‘Heartstring Strummer’
‘Silvery Years’
‘Ginger Swirl’
‘Gnu Blue’
‘Freedom Song’
13 Gary Clark
12 Elizabeth Friesz
5 Jim Sadler
Fred Frey
Sandy Terrill
Swede Gustafson
Donna Dowell
Scott Drake
Donna Dowell
Gary Clark
Fred Frey
Alverta Symes
Gary Clark
Anita Cervanak
Fred Frey
Swede Gustafson
Swede Gustafson
Donna Dowell
Judy Blunt
Gary Clark
Gary Clark
Lynn Weger
Cindy Davis
Judy Blunt
Elizabeth Friesz
Fred Frey
Fred Frey
Swede Gustafson
Ron Dowell
Donna Dowell
Gary Clark
Donna Dowell
Gary Clark
Gary Clark
Sandy Terrill
Tim Hawe


It's Their Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!

Happy birthday to Cindy Davis, July 5th; Billie Gray, July 12th; Betty Ann Gustafson; and Fred Frey, July 20th. Have a happy birthday all.

Treasurer’s Report for June 2010

Savings Account Activity

     Balance May 31, 2010                             $6,505.39

                               Interest income                                             2.17

                               Judging Class deposit                                 40.00

                               June 30, 2010  balance                          $6,547.56


Checking Account Activity May 31

                             Balance May 31, 2010                             $2,004.68

                             Income -

                                 2 memberships received                             18.00

                                  2009 R&I book sale                                   10,00

                                  Excess show lunch funds                          50.00

                                                             Total                             78.00

                                                         Balance                      $2,082.68


                              Expenses –

                                  MidAmerica Gardens –Rhizomes              250.00

                                  Carolyn Addeo – newsletter  exp.               75.00

                                  Cash – show workers lunch money           125.00

                                  Betty Ann Gustafson – show exp.             126.26

                                  Zona Lindemann – mower repairs              109.44

                                 Judy Blunt – ice cream social exp.               67.27

                                                                Total                         752.97                

            May 31, 2010 Checking Balance                                 $1,329.71


Received two memberships from BARBARA RILEY and ELINOR UTECH

Minutes of the Missoula Iris Society Meeting, Saturday, June 5, 2010

The meeting was called to order by President Ed Verplancke at 6:55 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth Friesz. The minutes from the May meeting were approved as they appeared in the newsletter which was e-mailed and mailed to all members.

The treasurer’s report for May was also approved as it appeared in the newsletter.


Show Report: Betty Ann Gustafson, chairperson for the June 12 show reported that set up would begin at 8 p.m. Friday evening, June 11. A brief judges meeting headed by Roger Muir will begin at 7 p.m. in the mall community room first. Set up of tables and skirting will be done after the meeting.

The mall opens at 6 am on Saturday and Betty Ann and Swede will be there that early for entrants to start setting up their flowers. Clerks and judges should arrive at 9:30; judging begins at 10:00 a.m. and artistic judging begins at 11 a.m. Clerks include Alayne, Ed, Anita, Judy, Joyce and Donna. Cheryl Carroll will judge the artistic designs. The awards dinner will be at the Red Robin at 6:00 p.m. Dinner choices can be ordered direct from the menu.

Take down tables will begin at 8:00 p.m. The ribbons and awards will be available then. If you are unable to be there to help, someone will get the ribbons to you. Swede emphasized that the silver at the show is for display only; winners cannot take them home, only take the ribbons. Someone is needed to watch the silver at the show during the banquet.

Discussion followed of the Peoples Choice Trophy which was lost for a time and the records of winners were also lost. Any flower can be entered in the People's Choice category. It does not have to be a registered variety, because the Peoples Choice category is not an AIS sanctioned award, it is a Southgate Mall award. Betty Ann reminded everyone that a minimum of seven exhibitors were needed to qualify the show as AIS sanctioned.

As usual, some concern was expressed because we've had such rainy weather and little sun. Will there be any iris blooming?

The Small Garden award for 75 or less varieties in your yard was discussed. No one has ever applied for it. If someone does want to use that category, indicate so on your entry card. Discussion followed on how to structure it.

Show entry tags were passed out. Betty Ann needs more posters for the rhizome sale to pass out at the show. Pete and Carol will print some and get them to her.

Ice Cream Social:  Billie Gray asked for input on the proposed ice cream social for members only. This is to be a fun, non working get-together for members to be held at the Fort Gardens. Judy Blunt volunteered to make the ice cream and provide the toppings. It will be held Tuesday evening, June 15th at 7 p.m. Fred Frey offered his garden for tours that evening from 3:30 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

The Addeo's will remind everyone by e-mail and postcard of the work party, the open garden tour and the ice cream social.

Rhizome Sale - Carol Addeo reminded everyone of the rhizome sale on July 31, 2010. Fred Frey will handle publicity, including p.s.i.'s and posters.

Iris Lists: Alverta Symes reminded everyone to get their lists of iris in their garden to her in preparation for the sale.


Betty Ann reported that visitors from San Francisco were here last week and wanted to see the Fort Gardens. She, Alverta and Swede met with them and they were impressed with out gardens. Not too many clubs have public display iris gardens.

Presidential Rhizome Drawing: Alayne Hilditch won the Presidential Rhizome for June.

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Following the meeting, Swede and Gary used a few of Elizabeth's blooming iris to demonstrate proper staging for iris entered in the show.

Lots of things going on in July, as this is our last important event of the summer. Schedule as follows:

ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE is to be held Saturday, July 31st 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 July 21st thru Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. prior to the sale. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY!!

Sale Committee - Sale Chairpersons are Carol and Pete Addeo at 251-5833. . Please donate your paper grocery bags to the sale.

FORT GARDENS WORK PARTY - Sunday, July 25- 10:00 a.m. until ??? This is always a fun work party, watching Pete soak himself as he cleans the iris, so join in the fun. We will be digging, cleaning, dividing, and labeling. Unfinished work carried to Addeo's to be finished on Mon and Tues, if needed. Bring scissors, clippers, garden marker pens, paper grocery bags and bug spray.
HELP NEEDED: Some people have tons of iris to divide and dig, and may need help digging or cleaning. Volunteer your services where needed. Calls may be put out for help if needed on Monday and Tuesday before the sale. Of course, help is needed Thursday and Friday July 29th and 30th with sorting, organizing, etc. and help is needed on Saturday with the sale.

SORTING WORK PARTIES - Thursday and Friday, July 23rd and 24th 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Addeo's back yard. PLEASE TRY TO COME AND HELP SORT, IF ONLY FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS

STONE SOUP PARTY - Friday, July 30th, 6:30 p.m. at Addeo's. Bring a soup ingredient; we'll supply the meat stock from turkey. Or bring a dessert, or bread or salad.

Saturday, July 25th - 7:30 a.m. Set up for the sale at Fort Missoula. Bring pitchforks AND CHAIRS.

Saturday - 1:15 p.m. - PARTY TIME! After-sale party after the sale is closed and clean up is completed. We meet in the back patio of Billie Gray's home at 1558 S.6th St West. Pizza, chicken, soft drinks and beer provided. This is usually where we all receive the Presidential Rhizomes we won during the year. We also have a fun auction on any extras we receive.

The rhizome labels will be available at the meeting July 10th or call Carol at 251-5833 to pick some up.

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 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.

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 and 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.