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American Iris Society Region 17 2014 Meeting in Amarillo, 55th Annual Meeting
August 22-23. Pictures of the meeting can be viewed here.

Amarillo Botanical Gardens
A highlight of the AIS Region 17 Meeting in Amarillo was a tour of the Amarillo Botanical Gardens.  Pictures of the Gardens can be viewed here.

New Iris Beds planted at Temple VA facility
On Thursday, March 6, 2014, Belton Iris Society members visited the courtyard of a new nursing home complex at the Temple VA.  Jesse Roberts and Susan Decker pointed out the grass areas which the Belton Iris Society will turn into colorful iris beds for the enjoyment of VA residents.

On Saturday, May 10, 2014, eight BIS members met in the courtyard of the CLC Building at the Central Texas VA Health Care Complex in Temple, TX, and planted 48 different iris cultivars in three new iris beds.

2014 Belton Iris Society Iris Show
Saturday, April 19, 2014
                     Open to the public 1 - 3 P.M.
     Where:  Master Gardeners’ Greenhouse
               Next to the Bell County Cooperative Extension Office
               1605 North Main Street
               Belton, Texas
     The 2014 BIS Show Schedule can be viewed/downloaded here:

     The 2014 BIS Show Results and pictures can be found here:

Louisiana Iris Culture -- Guidelines on growing and maintaining Louisiana irises (PDF format)

Pictures of the 2013 Annual Rhizome Sale can be viewed here:
The 2013 Iris Show was held on Saturday, April 6, at the Belton Senior Activity Center.  Pictures of the Show can be viewed here.
A full Show Report can be read here.

The 2012 Iris Show was held on Saturday, April 14, at the Belton Senior Activity Center.  Pictures of the Show can be viewed here.

Last update:  March 22, 2018
Iris Shows
The Belton Iris Society 2018 Iris Show was held at Saint Paul's United Methodist Church
2407 West Avenue P, Temple, Texas 76504-6553, on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Judge for the Horticulture and Artistic Divisions was Al Elliott (Georgetown, TX)

Judges for the Photography Division were Bob Renker and Bridget Wiemken.

There was a total of 11 exhibitors:
     8 exhibiting in the Horticulture Division
     3 exhibiting in the Artistic Division
     2 exhibiting in the Photography Division

There were a total of 82 entries:
     74 in Horticulture (including one seedling)
     4 in Artistic
     4 in Photography

Best Specimen of Show, Best Space-Age, Best Yellow - ‘Casino Cruiser’ TB, SA - 
     BJ Wheeler
Runner-Up, Best Louisiana - ‘Blue Jean Baby’ LA - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Tall Bearded
- ‘Jennifer Stout’ TB - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Amoena -‘Heather Pryor’ LA - Jaime Hadley
Best Bi-Color - ‘Cry Me A River’ TB - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Bi-Tone - ‘Eagle Spirit’ TB, SA - BJ Wheeler
Best Blend - ‘Backlit Beauty’ IB - Karen Woods
Best Plicata - ‘Witty’ IB - Donna Little
Best Rimmed - ‘Rare Treat’ TB - BJ Wheeler
Best Self - ‘Sea Knight’ LA - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Striped - ‘Dark Energy’ TB - BJ Wheeler
Best Variegata - ‘Futuristic Finery’ TB - BJ Wheeler
Best Blue - ‘Victoria Falls’Hist, TB - Jim Landers
Best Brown - ‘Fire Mist’ SPU - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Orange - ‘Volunteer Pride’ TB - Tracey Rogers
Best Pink - ‘Okapi Poppi’ TB - BJ Wheeler
Best Purple - ‘Plum Fun’ TB - BJ Wheeler
Best Red - ‘Cherry Cup’ LA - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Tan - ‘Dial a Doll’ TB - Don & Pat Freeman
Best White - ‘White Shimmer’ SPU - Don & Pat Freeman
Best Multi-Color - ‘Golly Gee Whiz’ TB - Jim Landers
Silver Medal & Certificate (Most blue ribbons in Horticulture Division - 17) -
     Don and Pat Freeman
Bronze Medal and Certificate
(2nd Most blue ribbons in Horticulture Division - 12) -
     BJ Wheeler
Best Specimen Hybridized in Texas
- ‘Casino Cruiser’ TB, SA - Hybridized by Tom Burseen  
'Casino Cruiser'
BJ and Frank Wheeler
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