THE 2012 TOUR SEASON IS NOW CLOSED, HOWEVER I WILL STILL BE TAKING ORDERS FOR SPECIFIC IRIS UNTIL AUGUST 10TH. ANY IRIS AVAILABLE AFTER THAT WILL BE ADVERTISED SEPARATELY.
PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING INFO FOR NEXT YEAR:
Tours are limited to 10 persons (other than special arrangements or garden clubs)
I will do my best to accommodate your preferred date, based on demand. (However, I do not take bookings on Tuesdays, Thursday afternoons or Fridays). If you have a date in mind, let me know!
Tours are by appointment only - if you wish to join a scheduled tour, or if your group or garden club wishes to book a tour, please contact me using the Contact form. Please, no drop-ins.
2012 EVENTS - AND WHAT A YEAR IT WAS!
April 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.: On behalf of the Prairie Garden Committee I did a presentation on Iris at the McNally Robinson Book Store in Grant Park, on April 25, 2012 (They have gardening talks the last Wednesday of every month). My talk was titled: "IRIS CONFIDENTIAL: SECRETS TO EIGHT WEEKS OF BLOOMIN' IRIS".
If you were unable to attend the event, you can view the slide show by clicking here. It is a power point presentation, touching mainly on Median Iris, and how, with careful planning, a gardener can expect to have eight or nine weeks of iris blooms! There are also instructions for proper planting and care of iris, and a short introduction on some of the lesser known types (spuria) and what new crosses will hopefully be available through Canadian sources in the near future (pseudata, sibtosa).
Sunday June 10, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. : 5th Annual Can-West Iris Society Iris Show to be held at Bourkevale Community Club. *The show was one of our most successful. I won the AIS Bronze Medal as well as the Best Specimen by a Canadian Hybridizer*
June 12, 2012: Selkirk Horticultural Society Tour - 30 Members toured! *What fun this was!
June 13, 2012: East Kildonan Garden Club will be having their June meeting at Merlebleu, so I'll be doing a similar presentation as the McNally talk; and tour - 55 members toured. *What fun this was, too!
June 16, 2012: Scheduled Tour, Saturday, June 16 at 11:00 a.m. ---
June 18, 2012: 10:00 a.m. Private book club tour (closed tour)
*Tx cousin, I loved your ladies, and the lunch was superb, and you didn't even have to read a book :)
June, 2012: 10:00 a.m. Prairie Roots Evening (Beausejour/Garson) - 10 members toured
*Loved meeting your ladies! Awesome. And then some of you came back for the lilies in July :)
July 12, 2012: NALS (North America Lily Society) bus tour to Merlebleu: - 60 delegates on a bus tour! Contact MRLS
*What an honor, I had visitors from Amsterdam, Latvia, New York, Minnesota, Maryland, Virginia, Missouri, Texas, Nevada, Mississippi, All over Alberta, Saskatchewan, & Manitoba; honoured by the presence of Drs. Reg Gallop, Ieuen Evans; hybridizers Lynn Collicut, Terry Willoughby, and many more interesting people. CAN I SAY WOW!
July 21, 2012: Friends of Gardens Manitoba (open garden, for tickets contact http://www.gardensmanitoba.com/
*Such a lovely event, over 75 signed in the guest book, but the final count was over that, probably 100. Many interesting people, questions, and memories..... I have to mention, meeting the Garden Girls from Ile des Chenes --Sunflower, Lily, and ...:) Looking forward to seeing you next year) Thank you all!
I am still digging iris. It changes from day to day. Just give me a call, I'll let you know what I have. Right now, I have Showy Pink Milkweed seedlings. Wow, what a year for Monarchs it was! Attract your own. $5 per seedling. I had one mature milkweed this year with no less than 100 larvae..... seriously!