Saturday, October 11, 2014

IRISES, the Bulletin of the AIS - Fall 2014 Edition

By Andi Rivarola

Hot off the presses, here's the Fall Edition of IRISES, the Bulletin of The American iris Society. On the cover the newly minted Dykes Medal Winner 'Dividing Line' by hybridizer Churck Bunnell.

The Fall 2014 issue of the AIS Bulletin is now available for online viewing within the Emembers section of the AIS website.

Note: to access this area you must have a current AIS Emembership. AIS Emembership is separate from the normal AIS membership. Please see the Electronic Membership Information area of the AIS website for more details.

Welcome to the Fall 2014 edition of IRISES, the Bulletin of The American Iris Society. Hope you will enjoy several of the articles on this issue.

On Page 29 you will find the complete list of the 2014 Award Winners, and throughout the magazine gorgeous images of these prized beauties will delight you.

Don't miss the 2015 Spring Convention Announcement on Page 26, and the 2015 Species/Siberian Convention details, which will follow the regular convention, on Page 13.

What an interesting article by Ken Walker about the diversity of irises in the article called: Iris Parts: Diversity in the Genus. It includes wonderful images of irises in bloom and images of their rhizomes, which vary significantly by type and will surprise you. Luckily for us more information and image are coming as this is the first of a four part series. Stay tuned. 

I was so glad to discover a hybridizer's work that I will diligently follow from now on, and you too can discover J. Paul Hill from New Mexico on the section called, A Hybridizer's Adventure, on Page 39.

On Pages 42 to 45 find the fantastic work of the 2014 Photo Contest Winners

You will find why it's necessary to have an explanation by our current AIS President, Jim Morris, on Notifying a Dykes Medal Winner on Page 16; and again by Jim Morris, a compilation very important Friends We Lost, on Page 18. 

Don't miss the international iris news: the Premio Firenze on Page 15; and news from Tasmania, Australia on the aptly named article: The Real Land Down Under -- Tasmania, on Page 14.

There's so much for on this great edition: Youth Views, Sections Happenings, A Classroom Project; a reprint of our own Suzanne Holland Spiker's article: Tall Bearded Iris and Companion Plants that is really delightful; and a great reprint from 1949 called the Iris Virus, to which many of you will relate. 

My favorite, a gorgeous shot of MTB 'Rayos Adentro' by Terry Aitken on Page 17. Although I can't grow many MTBs in my area, they have a special place in my iris heart, and this is one I wish I could have and grow successfully. 

Happy gardening. 

For those new to The American Iris Society, as a member you receive the printed quarterly edition of IRISES via mail, or if you are an e-member, then you will be able to 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.  

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