|THE OFFICIAL NEWSLETTER OF THE MISSOULA IRIS SOCIETY
NO MEETING in June because of the Iris Show. The next formal meeting will be on July 9.
IRIS SHOW on June 4 . Set-up will be the night before (June 3) from 8:30-9:00 pm. Please help!
And don’t forget the ICE CREAM SOCIAL on June 8 at 5 pm, with a work party beforehand starting at 3 pm. Again, please come and help! The ice cream will taste even better then.
The garden has drawn lots of visitors while I have been working on the Siberian Bed which is in better bloom this season due to all the rainfall and nice warm April. If you haven't been out to see the garden I would suggest taking time to view the irises.
Ed and Anita have spent considerable time weeding and cleaning the gardens. Thank you Ed and Anita. If you go out to visit take time to pull a few weeds. It is your garden too.
Swede Gustafson, Treasurer
Missoula Iris Society meeting was called to order by President Donna Dowell at 7:15 p.m. at the Fort Missoula T-1 building.
The minutes from the April 2, 2016 meeting were approved with one correction: Lynn Weger was in recovery from surgery for 16 months, not six months as recorded.
Treasurer report from Swede Gustafson reported a balance of $304 in the checking account. The treasurer report was approved as reported.
Ice cream social is scheduled for June 8 at 5 p.m. Judy suggested that since there would be plenty of extra homemade ice cream, everyone should bring a friend to help with the weeding starting at 3:00.
The iris show is Saturday, June 4. Judy Blunt, show
chair, reported Southgate Mall has all the information they need
regarding tables, water buckets, etc. Donna reported two judges are
lined up, JoAnn Gibbons of Stevensville and another judge from
Sandpoint, Idaho. Anita will iron the tablecloths. Set up will be
the night before from 8:30-9:00 pm. Anita will send an e mail
Judy is checking on reserving a private room at China Garden for the after show banquet. It will be the standard menu.
Carol Addeo reported that she has been in contact
with Elizabeth in Ft Benton and Elizabeth’s son in Texas.
The son will contact us when he comes to Montana in 2-3 weeks so that we can check on her iris gardens and perhaps update name tags during the bloom period if they consent to donating some of them to our society. Neither Elizabeth nor her son have committed to donating iris yet. Some of her iris are already in bloom. Elizabeth has three iris that she hybridized and registered, so perhaps we might find room for them in our public display garden if she would like.
Fred has posters made up if anyone wants some to distribute. The posters were not available at the meeting.
Swede will coordinate the orders for next year’s 2017 calendars if anyone wants to order. Price is $7 for one or $5.00 for 10 or more.
Missoula Garden Report:
Edd Verplancke reported that his
research found that Preen is not recommended for iris. Edd
recommends that we not use any product not favorable to iris.
Edd reported that Anita has weeded all beds except 1, 2 and 3. Carol and Al have done the first Dykes bed and half of bed #1. Carol said they plan to return to finish the other half of bed #1. All beds are probably already in need of attention again, said Edd.
Swede reported that Carol and Al have moved the heavy tables out of the shed (they belonged to Carol) and Edd has used a great deal of the landscape blocks stored in the shed. He may purchase more from Lowe’s and raise the baby bed as well.
Swede mentioned that the storage shed, which was built in
2008 is in need of maintenance. The paint of green with white trim
is fading and the facade needs repairs. The estimated bid from one
painting contractor is $800 for one coat, $1600 for two coats. The
Lotta Paints short sharkskin stain would require two coats. The
soffits are in good shape but the T-111 siding has some bird marks.
He suggested perhaps some members would volunteer to paint one day.
He spoke with Matt of Historical Museum and the museum will pay for
the paint. It is estimated that 5 gallons would be needed for the
two coats at a cost of about $180, which the museum will purchase.
It was decided to have a painting work party in the fall. It was decided that since everyone is so busy in the summer, the paint work by members will be delayed until September 1-15 when it is cooler and we have more time. It was also discussed to have the painting contractor do the first coat and members do the second coat.
of Garden Clubs:
Jim Sadler reported that the Federation of Garden Clubs is hosting a flower show at Holiday Inn Downtown the evenings of Thurs and Friday June 23 and 24.
Jim Sadler announced he was not eligible to be the RVP again because he had assumed and completed Ann Violette’s term. He said most clubs were voting to nominate Jeannette Graham to be the new RVP. A motion was made to nominate Jeannette Graham for Regional Vice President, the motion was passed and carried. Jim will send the voting results in to AIS.
Presidential Rhizome winner: Betty Ann Gustafson
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
Carol Addeo, Secretary
Presidential Rhizome winners: September Edd Verplancke, October Judy Blunt, November Ron Dowell, December Swede Gustafson, January Linda Sadler, February Allen Ledford, March Roger Muir, April Fred Frey, May Betty Ann Gustafson
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