Here is the
newsletter for June. The weather is finally becoming cooperative
so we can get outside and work in the garden!! There
are lots of buds and blooms in our gardens. The first bloom of tulips is
over already and the next generation of flowers are starting to bud. The lilacs are
already doubled in size from last month and full of beautiful, sweet
smelling blooms in 3 bright colors. Anyway, read on for lots of news and
happenings. Remember, June’s meeting is at Elizabeth Friesz house ON
SUNDAY this time in Alberton. Directions below. We also have
carpools forming for those who don’t want to drive. See ya all there.
Missoula Iris Society
DATE & TIME:
JUNE 8th, 6:30 pm. Meeting
and Potluck dinner begins at
Home of Elizabeth Friesz, Phone 722-4918 for directions.
Cross pollinating iris
presented by Elizabeth Friesz.
5:45pm - MEETING AT PARKING LOT ON NORTH RESERVE NEAR THE SIGN FOR GRANT
CREEK SHOPPING CENTER WHERE GRANNY’S BUFFET USED TO BE ACROSS FROM
LOWE’S AND COSTCO.
Driving directions: Take
Highway 90 West to Fish Creek exit (38 miles) Exit #66. Exit to the
right & go to the right around the stop sign. Curve down toward the
Clark Fork River, crossing the railroad tracks & coming to a T in the
road. Turn left at the T. Cross the River bridge. You will drop off the
oiled surface after crossing the bridge & there are a couple of very
tall pine trees on your left as you drop off the oiled surface. Turn
left here, making a right turn on the dirt road. Follow the dirt road
past the first house on your left until you get to the end of the road.
Her house is a large Ivory colored sided house at the end of the road.
THERE ARE LOTS OF IRIS IN SIGHT AROUND THE HOUSE. PLENTY OF PARKING.
MIS TOUR JUNE 7TH
as a greeter for two yards on that day from 10am – 4pm: Alayne Hilditch
wrote: We still need a helper for Fred Frye and Joslyn Syers’s homes.
Alayne has asked Jim Sadler and Missoula Garden Club to issue a “help wanted”
alert. You can volunteer for ½ the day if you want. Call Alayne at
829-8868 if you can help.
Too many to put in garden. Free early tomato plants, spaghetti squash
plants, Cosmos flowers. Call Carol - 251-5833.
RON DUNN IS
DOING BETTER - We've heard
from Eleanor that Ron Dunn has been transferred to Village Health Care
Center. He is doing much better and in good spirits. His new address is:
Ron Dunn, Village Health Care Center, 2615 South Ave W #607, Missoula,
MT 59804. Great news.
JUNE - Lots of things going
on in May and June. Here is a tentative schedule:
Sunday June 1 - 1:00 to ? Fort Garden Work Party - Everyone
should come out for a "spruce up" before the tour. There will be a job
for everyone, including labeling, weeding, spreading pea gravel, general
Friday, June 6 - Private pre-tour of gardens for all volunteers,
meet at the Fort Gardens at 6:30 p.m. to carpool.
Saturday, June 7 - Self guided tour of 7 gardens 10 - 4:00 p.m.
Greeter volunteers needed.
Sunday, June 8th - 6:30 p.m. Meeting and pot luck at the home of
Elizabeth Friesz in Alberton.
Friday, June 13 - Setup for the show at Penney's Court at 7:45 -
9:00 Southgate Mall Tables need to be wrapped, and all supplies
Saturday, June14 - Iris Show at JC Penney Court in Southgate
Mall - Theme is "Ringing in the News". Show starts at 10:00 a.m. to
7:00p.m.Cindy Davis is show chairman. Alverta Symes is the head judge.
Saturday evening, June 14 - After show banquet at Jakers at 5:30
p.m. with menu choices of 8 or 12 oz sirloin, almond crusted halibut,
chicken parmesan, seafood linquini or a 8 oz prime rib. Do not have to
reserve your dinner ahead.
Sunday, June 15th - Judges Training - Jeanette Graham (Judge from Twin
Falls) will hold a Judges Training class at 9 a.m. on the Sunday
immediately following the Iris Show at Gary Clarke's home.
Birthday!!....Let's Give 'Em a Cheer!!!
Happy day to Jean
Macaraeg, June 9th; Lois Asch, June 29th; Betty Ann Gustafson, June 21st;
and Linda Sadler – June 22nd. Have a happy birthday all
Report from Pete Addeo:
The numbers are
for the month of May 2008,
Club Savings Account CD
Club Savings Account
April 30 Balance
Expenses Paid – May 2008
– shed supplies & misc
Refill Kitz – Laser Printer toner
Carol Addeo –
Newsletter expense for May, June
Cindy Davis – AIS ribbins & supplies
Balance – May 31, 2008
The meeting was
called to order by President Cindy Davis. The treasurer’s report was
accepted as reported in the Falls and Standards. The following
corrections were made in April’s minutes: Garden judges are required to
attend five hours of class and two hours in the garden and master judges
are required to attend three hours of class and one hour in the garden
every three years to maintain their respective ratings. It was moved by
Ed Verplancke and seconded by Billie Gray to accept the minutes with the
The shed is coming along. Ron and Donna Dowell and Pete Addeo raised
the walls last week. The rafters were put up today by Ed Verplancke,
Swede Gustafson and Pete Addeo. A minimum of three people is needed to
help this Sunday (May 4). More would be welcome!
The cost of the
shed is coming in under budget mainly because of unexpected donations
from some of the suppliers. Ann at Boyce Lumber got the lumber cost
down to $1183.00. Then Boyce donated $350.00 of the $1183.00. High
Mountain Trusses in Darby, Montana, donated the rafters, a sum of
$475.00. Knife River donated approximately $1200.00 in cement for the
slab. Steve Adler, the architect who drew up the plans for the
building, donated his time. MIS will give him several iris as a thank
you for his work. All of these donations have helped to stretch the
$3,000.00 provided by The Friends of The Fort.
A motion was made,
seconded, and passed that Pete Addeo make a plaque for the front of the
shed that would recognize those people and businesses who had made
significant donations to the building of the shed. It was suggested
that the Missoulian be contacted to see if they would do a follow-up
story on the shed.
The sixth through eighth grade classes from Sussex School helped with
the garden cleanup. The Sunday work parties will continue up to the
tour. Work is not restricted to Sundays. Weeding and cleanup can be
done on any day. Members were reminded to write their hours worked on
the sheet on the clipboard in the box located in the Siberian bed.
Another card file party has been scheduled at Claudia Brown’s. Snacks
will be provided.
House sitters are still needed. A sign-up sheet was passed around.
Fred Frey reported that Tour, Show, and Iris Sale posters have already
been posted at the nurseries in town. People were asked to take some to
distribute in other places around Missoula. Fred also explained that
Tour tickets can be bought at each garden so extra guests can be
accommodated. It was again stressed that as many tickets as possible be
sold before the tour. Water will be sold at each garden for $1.00.
Western Title has donated eight cases.
There will be a
pre-tour Friday evening, June 6th for the “yard sitters.”
Members going on the tour should meet at the Fort Gardens about 6:15
p.m. to carpool. The tour will leave at 6:30 p.m.
The following were
suggested as possible places to advertise the tour:
KECI and KPAX
Send write-ups to The Springs, Senior Citizens
Center, and the Convention Center
Fairgrounds reader board
Publish article in the Fort Rally
The show is June 14th. Tables will be set up Friday, June 13th,
6:30 p.m. Jean Macaraeg, Alayne Hilditch, Scott, Betty Ann Gustafson,
Donna Dowell, and possibly Tom Thompson will serve as clerks. Alverta
Symes is the head judge. Others judging are Gary Clark, Cindy Davis, Lyn
Weger, Swede Gustafson, Roger Muir, and guest judge, Jeannette Graham.
There was some
discussion about who could judge the arrangements. It was suggested that
maybe we could use federated judges.
The banquet after
the show will be at Jakers. The following entrees are offered: 8 or 12
ounce sirloin steak, almond crusted halibut, chicken parmesan, seafood
linguini, or an 8 ounce prime rib. No advanced notice is needed.
Selections will be made at the banquet.
Ronn Dunn is still in the hospital. It was determined that he had blood
poisoning and a hernia. He is in Room 529 at St. Patrick’s Hospital.
Billie Gray’s stepmother died. We extend to her our deepest sympathy.
Cleo Swanson is doing fine.
Sunday, June 8, 2008, at the home of Elizabeth Friesz in
Alberton. It will be a potluck. Members who want to carpool will meet
at 5:45 p.m. in Northgate in the parking lot where Granny’s used to be.
The evening’s program will be about hybridizing. Note the change of
day. Elizabeth will give directions to any members who need them.
Her number is 722-4918.
Rhizome: Carol Addeo
Ed Verplancke moved
the meeting be adjourned and so it was.
Zona Lindemann, Secretary
A Little Background History on
Jeannette grew up
on a Holstein dairy farm near Rochester, Minnesota. Her dad loved
flowers and had a small flower garden. She was about 12 years old when
she started her own wild flower garden with flowers that she brought
from the woods.She graduated from Brainerd Vocational College as a
floral designer and got a job at Bachman’s in Rochester, Minnesota. She
married her husband of 34 years and established a home.The first named
iris she bought was Pink and Mint from Bachman’s. Every so often her
dad would go to a hybridizer in Chatfield, Minnesota and get a few
She and her husband moved
to Twin Falls, Idaho where they bought a home and had most of the yard
landscaped until she went to an iris sale. She came home with lots of
iris, none of them named. Jeannette was the president of the iris
society for two years and then became the secretary for 12 years. After
their treasurer died, she took over that position. She began to read the
AIS bulletins to help her learn how to buy rhizomes for the club
members. She would buy the ones with awards. More years followed and
they lost their judge, Ida Kramer. Don Chadd already had her being a
clerk. By now she had two grown children and decided she needed to
learn how to be a judge for the shows. She was surprised when she went
to the first judging session and learned what a good garden plant was.
She had always wondered how they made the awards.