One of the innovations at the AIS 2017 Convention was an auction of guest irises. After seeing guest irises on the garden tours Thursday and Friday, visitors were able to bid on a number of them Saturday afternoon. This week the bearded irises were dug and shipped to the winners, shipped July 24th and 25th. I know some bidders have already received theirs. The others should arrive (USPS) shortly.
Thank you to everyone for participating in the auction! And thank you to the volunteers who dug, prepared, and shipped these irises!
Shipping of the beardless irises will be late August or early September.
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.
- A cash bar will be available during the auction.
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 email@example.com with questions or to let her know about your planned donations.