|THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY
Supper. It’s No Host so bring your own beverages.
TIME: Meeting at Ft.
Missoula, Bldg. T-1, on Saturday, March 5 at 6:30.
reported balance as reported in the February newsletter remains as
stable at $14,037.10
27, 2016 Balance $496.04
received in Jan/ &/Feb 92.00
as of February 20 $588.04
are extended to all members who have paid for 2016. It made it very
easy to upgrade the membership list for this season. As noted in the
January Newsletter the new membership listing is attached as part of
the March information you received.
still am requesting the assistance of two members to review the
financial records for 2015.
give me a call if you are interested. It only takes a couple hours
to fulfill this task.
Betty Ann and I may not be at the March meeting due to the State
Class basketball tournament is be held at the U of M fieldhouse the
first week of March and we will be attending the tournament and
especially the championship game that evening.
OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY
February 6, 2016
Iris Society meeting was called to order by President Donna Dowell at
7:10 p.m. at the Fort Missoula T-1 building.
Report: All members have paid their dues. Bob Symes is sending
to the newsletter treasurer’s report: The treasurer’s report in
the February newsletter showed AIS Affiliation dues were paid in the
amount of $20.00. The correct amount is $30.00.
received a thank you letter from Matt, Director of Historical Museum
at Fort Missoula, thanking us for our annual donation to Friends of
the Fort. He reminded us that the amount is tax deductible. Also
tax deductible is the mileage driven to volunteer work in the fort
garden. That amount is 12 cents per mile. Anyone who donates
rhizomes to the sale can deduct $4.00 per rhizome, according to an
item on Page 5 of the AIS bulletin.
Garden Report: Edd Verplancke passed out a report on the status
of our public garden and a clarification on his status as chairman of
the garden. He is not willing to be Fort Garden Chairman any longer.
He clarified a statement in the January minutes regarding Rocky Top
and Mid America to state that “most of the newest varieties of
rhizomes do not seem to survive, regardless of the hybridizer.”
also corrected the January minutes regarding re-planting and mapping.
He said the garden has been replanted except for the Dykes winners
that he could not find. He has mapped the garden. He stated he no
longer has the time to take care of the Dykes beds and that it needed
to have the soil changed and we do not have enough club members to do
is a summary of his report on the garden. The finger beds and the
new section of the Dykes bed have been mapped, the labels have been
updated, the empty spaces in the beds filled in with new iris.
Unfortunately during the winter of 2014-15 many iris were lost,
probably due to severe cold early in the fall before the iris were
ready. It is also possible that some, particularly the newer
varieties, are simply not hardy enough for our climate. As for which
hybridizers’ iris were lost, it seemed it did not matter where they
were from but how new they were and where they were in the garden.
Where they are ordered from does not seem to be a factor at all. Edd
would like to wait and see as it is too early to tell. If the club
wants to order the iris from any one hybridizer in preference to
another this year Edd prefers to no longer spend time to look for the
Siberian bed has been well cared for by Swede. The Dykes beds have
been weeded by Carol and Al on one side and Gary on the other. Edd
prefers not to manage those beds in the future.
report continued that since the Fort Garden has more in it than just
iris, he prefers that the annuals and perennials not compete with the
iris for space or bloom time. He emphasized that the annuals and
perennials require a lot of maintenance time as well, and he will no
longer take responsibility for that maintenance. It needs to be
shared by other members or by a competent hired outsider.
reports that the big bed is in need of work and he plans to make this
his next project. The retaining wall at the bottom has two rows of
bricks and he intends to add a third row to make it match the
Siberian bed. The iris will need to be moved to fit, and spaces
will maintain the selection and mapping of the iris in the big bed,
the baby bed and the finger beds, finish the wall around the big bed
and make the needed adjustments. He will not do anything about the
Dykes bed, and the Siberian bed is in Swede’s capable hands.
closing he suggested it would be great if every bed could be adopted
by someone who would weed, deadhead and prune perennials, but
experience has shown that there are not enough volunteers to cover
all the beds. It would be great to have a competent hired weeder,
but Edd will not be responsible for this.
is satisfied to see the gardens in good shape and he is happy to work
on it, within clearly defined limits and how much time he has to
Ed suggested perhaps management of the Fort Garden by our dwindling
club is no longer practical and we should be thinking about options
for the future.
the garden report, the club members thanked Edd for all the work and
time he has donated.
Committee: A committee of three was formed to research hardy
iris hybridizers. They are Donna, Carol and Fred. The goal would be
to find hybridizers who grow in similar climate and determine if they
grow in clay soil or sandy soil with a ph similar to ours.
Weeder: Discussion followed on hiring a weeder; Gary’s person
is Barb Sauer and she expects $12 hour. Judy offered to put out a
job request for temporary part time help at $10 per hour, plus she
will supervise the worker.
Cream Social: Discussion of date for the ice cream social. It
was decided to have it after the show in June, on Wednesday June 8 at
5:00 p.m. Also suggested we have a weeding party 1-2 hours before
Show: Date was firmed for Saturday May 21 from 9:00 a.m. – 12
Noon. Donna Dowell will chair. Judy offered her home back deck for
the show to be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. – 12. Bring
entries between 8-9 a.m. Judging will happen at 11 a.m. Three
judges were suggested, Cindy Davis, Roger Muir, Gary Clark. Donna
will ask Roger to judge, since he was not at the meeting.
Report: Chairperson Judy Blunt presented a sample of the show
brochure with the theme “Montana’s Literary Treasures” with 8
design categories. The show space and time has been confirmed with
Southgate Mall for Saturday June 4 from 10 a.m. To 8 p.m. in the J.C.
Penney’s Court. Judy is looking for a design judge. Cheryl
Carroll was suggested.
11 Vice President: It was confirmed that Jim Sadler is still our
RVP for Region 11.
Cindy thanked everyone for the flowers.
W. Baier, 75, former long time member of MIS, passed away on
Saturday, January 30, at his home in East Missoula. He and his wife
RoseMary had been part of the original members who helped start our
public garden in Fort Missoula in 1981. We miss them both.
Rhizome winner: Allen Ledford won for February.
meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.
Rhizome winners: September Edd Verplancke, October Judy Blunt,
November Ron Dowell, December Swede Gustafson, January Linda Sadler,
February Allen Ledford
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