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!

2017 Silent Auction Request

One of the features of the AIS Conventions is the Silent Auction.  Nick Stewart and Debbie Strauss are already planning for this year’s event.  The Fall 2016 Irises Bulletin has their request for donations on page 16.  You can see the request silent auction 2017 (PDF) online as well.  Please consider donating items and hybridizers please consider donating irises to this super AIS fundraiser.

Debbie Strauss adds this note: Hey all you local societies, have you started collecting items from your area to give to your RVP for your Region’s Raisin’ Region basket for the Iowa AIS National Convention? The silent auction really needs and appreciates your participation and so do our shoppers. Contact your RVP about where to send your donations! Thank you.

You can reach Debbie at with questions or to let her know about your planned donations.

Registration and Schedule Pages

Two pages to help you plan your Convention experience are the Registration page and the Schedule page.  Both can be found just below the Rhythm of the Prairie logo above.  They are just what they sound like.  Information for registering for the Convention, reserving rooms, and for the Geek Dinner reservations is on the Registration page.  The Schedule page has the latest schedule for the Convention and is where to check for updated schedules.  We will have the dates the latest schedule was posted so you know if there have been changes; right now you can see the schedule as of December 1st.

What You Won’t See at the Convention

What you will see are many, many gorgeous irises!  And some of them have been  reblooming this Fall.  Reblooming is what you won’t see during the Convention.  So we’re sharing these here for your inspiration.  Come and see them in bloom again at the 2017 AIS Convention!


‘Rust Never Sleeps’ is an IB by Larry Lauer (2013) that has rebloomed in at least two of the host gardens.  I saw it in rebloom August 9 in one of the gardens and in another it was been in rebloom almost continuously from August 14 through September 3 followed by additional stalks and blooms into October.

‘Echo Of Spring’ TB by Nancy Price (2013) rebloomed August 17.

Three guest irises by Mike Lockatell have been reblooming in the host gardens.  ‘Double Dare’ is a Border Bearded (2014) which rebloomed in two of the host gardens.  The TB ‘Metro Blue’ (2015) was seen to rebloom in three host gardens and the TB ‘Soda Fountain Shuffle’ (2015) in two host gardens.

A seedling by Linda Mann was reblooming in one of the guest gardens on October 11.

Another Larry Lauer TB ‘Free Will’ (2015) rebloomed in a guest garden in October.


‘Mulligan’ is an IB by Mike Sutton (2015) which was reblooming November 4.

You can expect to see these and many more during the regular bloom season next year at the Convention!  Join us May 23-27, 2017 in Des Moines.  Details of registration can be found here.