Early Iris Show 2018

Winter’s grip is giving way to Spring’s awakening with our Early Iris Show, Sunday, May 6th. This is our fourth year being hosted by Master Gardeners of Clackamas County, Oregon at their “Spring Garden Fair” in Canby, Oregon.  We will be located in the Main Pavilion building along with the Ikabana Schools of Portland, Oregon.

Two judging panels evaluating the early bloom entries for ribbons
Two judging panels evaluating the early bloom entries at the 2017 show

The public is welcome to come see, enjoy and learn what iris can be grown in the Willamette Valley. We also have flyers on  the many local iris farms where they can be seen and purchased.

Hospitality table where you can find all kinds of informative information
Hospitality table where you can find informative information
Photos of the many different kinds of iris that grow here
Photos of the many different kinds of iris that can be grown here

The judging of the iris show bench takes about two hours, starting at 10 am the judges will be done by 12 noon having selected
“Best of Show”.

One of the two panels of judges from the 2017 Spring Iris Show
One of the two panels from the 2017 Spring Iris Show
One of the two panels of judges from the 2017 Spring Iris Show
One of the two panels of judges from the 2017 Spring Iris Show

The Greater Portland Iris Society also has a judged artistic floral display. Here the main focus should be using iris and their foliage in a harmonious design.

Artistic displays using the smaller early blooming iris
Artistic displays using the smaller early blooming iris

While not judged the Ikabana Schools of Portland will be participating showing their unique art using iris.
The following are photos from last year’s display.

Ikabana design from the 2017 Iris show in Portland Oregon
Ikabana design from 2017
Ikabana design from the 2017 Iris show in Portland Oregon
Ikabana design from 2017
Ikabana design from the 2017 Iris show in Portland Oregon
Ikabana design from 2017
Ikabana design from the 2017 Iris show in Portland Oregon
Ikabana design from 2017
Ikabana design from the 2017 Iris show in Portland Oregon
Ikabana design from 2017

Last years afternoon class was given by the past president of the Ikabana Schools, Nana Bellerud. She gave informative information pertaining to the different schools and their methods of display. At the same time she showed the tools of this art and built many designs using iris.

Nana giving the class on the principles of Ikabana, tools, containers, and line material.
Nana giving the class in 2017 on Ikabana  

This year’s class at 2:30 to 3:00 will be given by Chad Harris of Mt Pleasant Iris Farm. A list of the many different kinds of iris that can be grown here in southwest Oregon and Washington will be discussed. Included are iris that are water lovers, drought tolerant, love the sun, or can be grown in the shade. A hand out of the the local farms in the Willamette Valley as a source list will be available.
More information of the Master Gardener’s two day plant sale event, springgardenfair.org
Remember, The Greater Portland Iris Society and the Ikebana Schools will only be there on Sunday, May 6th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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