Looking Back on 2018

Looking back on 2018 the members of The Greater Portland Iris Society had a very busy year. The first event we invited Patrick Spence and wife Margaret from our sister club King County Iris Society, Seattle, WA to give a Judges Training on “Pacific Coast Irises”.

Iris douglasiana one of our local native iris.
Iris douglasiana one of our local native irises

They did a fine job of refreshing us to the many different species and wonders of this small class of iris found in and around our own backyards. 

“Hortlandia” the next event and first plant sale of the year is always fun. Located at the Portland Expo Center (under a roof and in a dry warm room) we are but one of many specialty nurseries selling all kinds of plants.

Greater Portland Iris Society's banner.
It is easy to find us with our banner
Tall Bearded iris rooted and ready to plant.
Tall Bearded iris rooted and ready to plant
Water loving iris are also sold.
Water loving iris

Our shows are are sanctioned by the American Iris Society and are judged by credited iris judges. The early show has been held at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, Oregon for several years.

Entries are placed in class order and judged by sanctioned American Iris Society Judges.
Entries are placed in class order and judged
Panel of judges deciding to award a ribbon or not.
Panel of judges deciding to award a ribbon or not
Hospitality table a wealth of "free" knowledge can be found.
Hospitality table a wealth of “free” knowledge can be found

At this show we team up with the Ikebana Schools of Portland. Supplying some of the iris and foliage for them to build fanciful and artistic table displays.

Ikebana showing water with iris as the main bloom.
The Ikebana displays are many and varied
Beautiful display of iris showing water in another fashion.
Beautiful display of iris showing water in another fashion

The late show was held at Portland Nursery. Here the iris are much taller so instead of staging them on tables for the judges. We place them on the ground so that they may be judged with ease.

The late show is staged on the ground for easy viewing.
The late show is staged on the ground for easy viewing
Panel of judges working the show
Panel of judges working the late show

As you can see some of the later variety of iris can be very tall, almost shoulder height. Terry and Barbara of Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden built a very nice display of the late iris.

The tall irises had to be cut short to fit on the tables.
The tall irises had to be cut short to fit on the tables 
Japanese iris on the Aitken's table
Japanese iris on the Aitken’s table

Many of the club members made arrangements using the smaller blooms of Spuria, Siberian, and larger of the Japanese.

Arrangements from the club members are a delight to view
Arrangements from the club members are a delight to view

Later in the summer Portland Nursery hosted us for two separate plant sales. In August we offer bearded iris to the public. These are washed, and labeled ready for their new home, your garden.

Bearded iris ready for transplanting to your garden.
One of many tables of the bearded irises

Club members all chipping  in to sort and properly place the iris getting ready for the public sale.

Color photos make it easy for the customer to chose
Color photos make it easy for the customer to choose their new iris for the garden

September finds us doing the same but for the beardless classes of iris. These include the easy grown Siberian, Spuria, Species, and the more demanding Japanese.

All plants are labeled and have color photos.
All plants are labeled and have color photos

Yes 2018 was a busy year, so will 2019 as these are the shows and plant sales that we have each year. Interested? Check out the web calendar and mark the dates. If you so happen to catch the “iris virus” join us we are all gardeners just like you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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