ANNUAL  RHIZOME SALE INFORMATION


               ANNUAL RHIZOME SALE

The MIS Rhizome Sale is at the Fort Missoula Gardens July 29, 2017 starting at 9am - 1pm. Members please be there at 8 am to help set up tables.  The collection point will be at the home of Carol Addeo and Al Ledford in Linda Vista. Address is 5805 Helena Dr, Missoula. Phone Number is 406-251-5833. Rhizomes can be delivered under the carport canopy next to the garage beginning Tuesday of that week but no later than Wednesday July ** by 9pm. We do start sorting early the next morning.

Please read the Pre-Sale guidelines & Clarifications below for further information. These guidelines were put together to avoid confusion during the sale preparations on Thursday and Friday.

Schedule for the sale week:

Sunday July 23– 6:00 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Work Party at the Fort Gardens or wherever we need to meet. Digging, cleaning, trimming and labeling.  Bring scissors, clippers, chairs. Marking pens and labels will be provided.

Monday, and Tuesday July 24-25th – Work party at home of Carol Addeo or elsewhere if we decide to dig somewhere else.  Updating card file, labeling, cleaning iris

Thursday and Friday – Sorting iris for sale at back yard of Carol Addeo and Al Ledford starting at 10 a.m.  Final loading of prepared iris will be Friday at 5 p.m.

Friday, 6 p.m. – Pot luck supper – Pulled Pork Sandwiches , bring pot luck side dishes and salads.

SaturdayJuly 29, 2017 – 8 a.m. – 1  p.m. – Set up for sale begins at 8 a.m.

Saturday, 1 p.m. – After sale party in back yard of Billie Gray. Food and drinks available.


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 fastened to the rhizomes. 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 (1984) 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.