Next Meeting:
Saturday, May 21, 2022  10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
     Where:  Crestview Church of Christ Community Center, 7129 Delhi, Waco
Everyone is invited to join us for a potluck luncheon as we celebrate the end of the Waco Iris Society's 63rd anniversary. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the meal and fellowship of the membership. It is also a time to award our show winners plaques and certificates for their hard work getting their iris entries to the show.    

2022 WIS Iris Show
Saturday, April 9
The Waco Iris Society Show and Sale at the LaQuinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South, 6003 Woodway Dr.  Show/sale opens after the iris judging is complete.  We have added more irises to our potted iris sale going on from 1-3.  Photos of all the sale irises can be viewed here.  We hope to see you there.
A map of the location of LaQuinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South can be viewed here.
The Waco Iris Society Spring Show Schedule and the Show Entires Sheet can be found here.

Meeting March 19, 2022
Our speaker for the March program was Peggy Cathey, who spoke on the many
color patterns of irises and what each of these patterns is called. Peggy is a Waco Iris
Society member, a member of the American Iris Society, and an accredited AIS Exhibition and Garden Judge. The terms for this program come from the eighth edition of the Handbook for Judges and Show Officials, released in July 2021.
Peggy's PowerPoint program "The Color Patterns of Irises" can be found here.
Tuesday, May 12, 2020:  CANCELED
     Our annual luncheon for 2020 has been canceled.  Hopefully, we will be able to resume
     our regular meetings beginning in September at which time we will conduct our
     installation of new officers as well as our annual iris giveaway and auction.  I am looking
     forward to seeing all of you at that time. 
     Thank you,

Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus the Waco Iris Society meeting on March 21 was canceled and the 2020 Iris Show scheduled for April 11 has also been canceled. Please stay at home and be safe.

The AIS Region 17 Newsletter Spring 2019 issue can be viewed/downloaded here.

2019 Waco Iris Society IRIS SHOW -- "Irises in All Kinds of Weather"
     When:  Saturday, April 13, 2019; open to public 1-4
     Where:  La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South,
                          6003 Woodway Drive, Waco 76702

2018 Waco Iris Society IRIS SHOW
     When:  Saturday, April 7, 2018; open to public 1-4
     Where:  La Quinta Inn & Suites Woodway-Waco South,
                          6003 Woodway Drive, Waco 76702

Check out this website with a wealth of information and useful tips for all types of gardening:
"Irises: A Celebration of Color"
the 2017 Spring Show
     When:  Saturday, April 8, 2017, 1 to 4
     Where:  Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, 2501 Marketplace Drive, Waco, Texas  76711
Open to the public at no charge.

Texas Garden Clubs, District V
The Waco Iris Society is a member of the Texas Garden Clubs. The February 2017 issue of the TGC, District V Newsletter is now online. You can find a copy here

The Waco Iris Society hosted "Bridging the Brazos with Irises,"the 57th annual A.I.S. Region 17 Convention.
     When:  August 19-20, 2016
     Where:  Hampton Inn & Suites Waco South, 2501 Marketplace Dr. in Waco.
More specific information about the 2016 Region 17 Convention can be found here.
A Program Schedule for the 2016 Region 17 Convention in Waco can be found here.

If you would like to receive the electronic version of the Waco Iris Society newsletter, send a request to

The 2016 SPRING SHOW:  "Irises in a World of Animals"
     When:  Saturday, April 9, 2016
     Where:  The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
                      1801 Development Boulevard
                      Waco, Texas  76705
Admission to AIS approved shows is open to the public at no charge.
Pictures and results of the 2016 Show can be viewed in the May Newsletter.

"Show Preparation Begins in the Garden" by Glenn Huddleston
This helpful guideline can be viewed here.

Region 17 gains a new affiliate society
RVP Dawn Boyer has informed us about the recent formation of the East Texas Iris Society with Connie Ford serving as president. This brings the number of affiliates in Texas to 15, moving Region 17 from 4th to 2nd in total membership to AIS. We heartily welcome the East Texas Iris Society.

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

The 2013 Waco Iris Society Show was held on April 6 at the Clarion Hotel,
801 S. 4th St. at I-35.  Results of the show can be found here.

Last update:  May 17, 2022
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Greetings from Waco Iris Society Former President Dan Cathey:

It's not your Grandmother's Iris anymore........
At a recent gathering of people interested in gardening my wife asked, "Does anybody here grow Iris?" Several hands shot up and the general reply was "I have all three, white, blue and yellow." A lot of us still think of the old "cemetery" white Iris or the ubiquitous yellow ones often seen growing at abandoned homesites in the countryside when the Iris is mentioned. While these memories speak volumes about the hardiness and ease of growing of the Iris, it misses the modern Iris 30,000 plus cultivars by miles. Please join us as my guest for a meeting and learn more about this versatile, hardy and easy-to-grow flower that today comes in thousands of colors, forms and combinations of both. I think you will be glad you did! Just click on the link "Waco I S" above to learn more about us or on the "Contact Us" to ask a question.
Batter Up
Bayou Tiger (Louisiana iris)
Cow Palace
Decked Out
Dotted Delight
Easter Candy
Elvis Dreamer
Fancy Woman
Glowing Smile
Heart Rejoice
Island Pearl
Kid Power
Let's Be Friends
Loosen Up
Put Another Nickel In
Rock Climber
Snap Shot
Stand in Awe
Sterling Mistress
Toltec Talisman
Yours Truly
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