By Andi Rivarola
I hope you are member of The American Iris Society at this time, because it means that you will receive the new issue of IRISES, the Bulletin of The American Iris Society, either in the mail or digitally (if you are an e-member).
This issue's cover features the 2012 Dykes Medal Winner, 'Florentine Silk,' by hybridizer Keith Keppel. What an amazing looking iris it is. Do you have it in your garden yet?
So, what do we cover in this issue? Here are a few sections that caught my attention.
For starters, our AIS President Judy Keisling gives a tender and kind reflection on her years as head of the society, and reviews some memorable moments.
Editor Kelly Norris explains the virtues of the new column, Standard and Falls.
Jim Morris, current VP and incoming AIS President says adieu to an attentive audience in his column about News of Sections & Cooperating Societies, and introduces us to the new AIS 1st VP and column writer.
AIS Marketing & Public Relations Co-Chair Bob Pries writes a detailed and informative article on Frequently Asked Questions About E-membership.
The complete list of 2012 AIS Awards Winners is published as well as accompanying pictures.
Australian hybridizer Graeme Grosvenor's 40th year of hybriding tall bearded irises is reviewed and major accomplishments detailed.
And also worth noting is Australian hybridizer's Barry Blyth's article on Garden Judging and Breeding Principles.
There's so much more. Hope you will have a chance to read and be delighted with this new issue of IRISES.
For those new to the American Iris Society, as a member you may choose to receive the printed edition of IRISES, or you can become an e-member and read the entire publication online. The latter is a very convenient option for overseas iris enthusiasts. For more information, please go to our website's membership information section.