Host Gardens – Iowa Arboretum

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The Iowa Arboretum is 415 acres of trails, prairie, woodlands, and, most importantly for the Convention, four separate gardens hosting over 400 guest bearded irises.  The Arboretum showcases hundreds of trees, shrubs, and flowering plants.  Of special iris interest is a collection of Siberian iris Morgan-Wood Medal winners (preceding link is to the Iris Encyclopedia Morgan-Wood Medal page with history and photos).  There are also both bearded and beardless irises in other plantings on the grounds.

 

Speakers: Chad Harris

We were pleased to learn that Chad Harris will be speaking at the Society for Japanese Iris Section Program.  His post on the World of Irises “Colors, Patterns of Japanese Iris” had this notice at the end:

A more detailed look to the different flower forms, colors, and blooming habits will be presented by Chad Harris at the Society for Japanese Iris Section Program in Des Moines, Iowa at the American Iris Society National Convention May 22-27, 2017 titled “Old There, New Here” a look at historic Japanese irises. For more information about the National, click here to go to the website.

You can see the current schedule to learn when this program will be.  Come and enjoy all the great talks!