The purpose of a regional society, or affiliate local societies, is to share as a group, mutual pleasure and interest in the Iris; to promote the culture and further improvement of the plant; and to further the public interest and an appreciation for Iris. There are five local iris clubs in New Mexico. These local clubs provide numerous iris related activities throughout the year. Click on the menus at the top to learn more about our local clubs.
• Continual educational opportunities
• Annual spring shows, (and sometimes a fall show)
• Annual iris rhizome sales
• Trading and sharing rhizomes
• Special speaking engagement featuring renowned iris experts
• Pot luck dinners, awards dinners
• Camaraderie among fellow iris enthusiasts, add up to fun and friendship
The AIS Region 23 Convention will be held at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque on Saturday August 23, 2014 and Sunday August 24, 2014.
This should be an excellent convention with Aril hybridizer Pete McGrath speaking on Saturday afternoon and Riley Probst, the President of the Reblooming Iris Society and hybridizer giving a program Saturday night on rebloomers. Riley will also give a three hour judges training class on rebloomers Sunday morning. There will be the usual collection of silent and live auction items that you surely wont want to miss.
Dates:Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 14:00Location:Kingston Residence of Santa Fe (1 blk W of Sam's Club on Rodeo Rd)Host:Jere & Harry TurnerCo-host:Door Prize - Debra & Monty BilberryProgram:Santa Fe Botanical Garden by Ken Bower
Garden Committee - Barbie Ball & Nina WelchDates:Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 14:00Location:Rio West Community Church, 6751 Pasilla Rd NE, Rio RanchoProgram:"Container Gardens" by Kristen Ikenberg & Mamie Christopherson
All Members are asked to help with the set up.Dates:Friday, May 1, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00Location:Haynes Park Community, Center Grand Boulevard, Rio Rancho
Members work hours - 7:00 am to 6:00 pm ENTRIES 7:00 am to 10:30 am Judging 11:00 am to 12:30 pm Public Viewing 1:00 pm to 5:00 pmDates:Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 13:00 to 17:00Location:Haynes Park Community Center, Grande Boulevard, Rio RanchoProgram:Horticulture, Artistic Design, Photography and Educational Displays
Garden Committee - Frank Cde Baca &Dates:Sunday, May 17, 2015 - 14:00Location:8124 Siguard Ct. NE, AlbuquerqueHost:Kristen IkenbergRobin KishbaughProgram:Digging, Dividing and Marking Iris