As we normally do not see any of the Convention guest irises blooming at this time, this photo from the Jurik garden was a nice surprise. ‘Rose City’ (Lynda Miller, 2015) is an MTB reported as an early bloomer without mentioning rebloom. Aitken’s does have it on their rebloomer pages.
AIS Silent Auction By Debbie Strauss Many of us were fortunate enough to attend the 2017 AIS National Convention in Des Moines Iowa, a truly beautiful and well-organized event. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to an excellent … Continue reading →
The Convention gardens tours provide great opportunities for photos. Or videos. Or combinations. Jan Blaedel did a combination by combining some of her photos from the gardens into short videos. Thank you Jan for sharing these. Each video is about 2 minutes.
While it cannot convey all the excitement of the Convention, the Convention Book is very useful before, during, and after the Convention. This is the AIS 2017 Convention Book (PDF) for your use and reference. Do you have some ways you use/will use this? We would love to hear them! Whether you were able to attend or not, please enjoy!
Thank you again to Judy Keisling for preparing the book and for keeping our contributions on track. She is amazing!
The weather was delightful for the tours. Here are some photos of the Convention guests and guest irises at the Iowa Arboretum, one of three gardens visited on Friday. Click on a photo to see a larger version and again … Continue reading →
The 2017 guest iris are getting ready. Many TBs and MTBs with some IBs and BBs and even an AB. This view is Monday afternoon at one of the Messer Garden beds, one of five beds there. Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Take advantage of a special opportunity to “dine-a-round” downtown Des Moines’ award-winning and innovative food scene. The convention committee has arranged for group reservations at three downtown restaurants at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Click on the names to visit each restaurant’s website and peruse the dinner menu.
Django is a comfortable, family-friendly brasserie offering everything you love about French cuisine without the attitude and featuring seasonal ingredients. It’s been a mainstay of the downtown dining scene for many years.
Bubba is a newcomer to the downtown dining scene as of last summer, specializing in Southern favorites and classic cocktails with a recently appointed new chef. Bonus: the bar stocks a large array of whiskies!
Vivian’s is billed as a “new modern diner” and located in the historic Hotel Kirkwood. Modern interiors have an upscale twist and the menu offers contemporary, but hearty revivals of old diner favorites.
Here’s what you need to know to participate:
Ready for dinner? Sign-up for reservation spots when you check in at the convention registration desk on the third floor of the Downtown Marriott Hotel. The sign-up will be next to the bus sign-up sheets!
Reservation space first come, first serve. The convention committee must turn in final commitments to the restaurants by close of day on Wednesday.
Diners are responsible for their own tab. The convention committee has simply made the group arrangements as a courtesy to convention attendees as they plan for a free evening.
All three restaurants are short walks from the convention hotel. For those who want to walk, a docent/leader will guide groups to the restaurants and depart the hotel at 5:45 p.m. Limited street parking is available at each restaurant. Taxis or rideshare services (Uber) are also available.
The Dine-A-Round is a great way to meet new people, experience great local cuisine while someone else takes care of the reservation!
The 2017 convention will feature a live auction of selected convention guests on Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m. in the Hall of Cities Room on the third floor of the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. The auction will feature three lots: medians, tall bearded and beardless. Each lot will last one hour and feature 40-50 varieties.
Here’s what you need to know to participate:
A catalog of auction irises will be posted on the convention website the week prior to convention.
Your registration number printed on your convention badge serves as your bidder number.
All sales are final and cash, check or credit will be accepted at checkout. All tabs must be finalized at the conclusion of the auction.
We just had our first guest irises bloom! They are definitely starting to think about the Convention. First up in the Messer garden was ‘Wild Whispers’ by Carol Coleman with color visible April 5th and first blooms opened on the … Continue reading →
In addition to Saturday’s Symposium (something new this year!), there are many programs by the Sections and Cooperating Societies. Here is the most recent list of speakers and topics we have. You can also find it on the Schedule page where there will be a link to newer versions as they become available.