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Colorado Iris Tour


Each year Region 20 sponsors tours of outstanding local iris gardens.  An
iris tour is an easy and rewarding way to introduce yourself to some fine
irises and to the local iris gardening scene.  This years Memorial Day
tour, Monday, May 26,  will visit three exciting gardens in the northwest
suburbs of Denver, and will include a seminar by Mike Moller on judging iris
in the garden.   Simply show up at the first garden and drive on your own as
we spend an afternoon of sensual delight among gorgeous irises.

The activities begin at 1 P.M. in the garden of Mark Timonier at 13000 W.
79th Place.  Mark has a large collection of modern tall bearded and median
irises.  He has reportedly been doing some interesting hybridizing also, so
we can look forward to checking out some seedlings.   Mike Moller, who has
extensive experience point scoring iris at Loomis Trial Gardens in Colorado
Springs and has led many training sessions on garden judging iris, will be on
hand at the Timonier garden to give a one-hour seminar.  The session with
Mike will count as official judges training for AIS judges, but it is open
to anyone who wants to learn more about our favorite flower.  The garden is
just east of Alkire St., which runs north and south between Ward Rd. and
Indiana St. and can be accessed from 72nd or 80th Avenues.   The area is
about five miles north of the Ward Rd. exit from Interstate 70.

At about 3 oclock we will migrate to the nearby garden of  Carol Townsend at
7225 Terry St.  The Townsend garden is one of the official gardens on display
for the 1998 American Iris Society convention, and as such will have a couple
hundred guest iris on display.  Outstanding iris hybridizers from all over
the world have sent some of  their newest and finest varieties to be enjoyed
and to be evaluated for possible awards.  Carol is also working on an
interesting project of displaying as many as possible of the ancestors of Ben
Hagers great pink iris, BEVERLY SILLS.  To get there from the Timonier
garden, drive south on Alkire to 72nd.  Turn west to McIntyre, north to 74th,
west to Quaker, south to 72nd again.  Go one block and start looking for
irises on your right!  The garden is right on 72nd and is accessible through
a back gate.

The final stop, 4 P.M., is at a garden many have been most eager to see.
 John and Fran Evers have a new garden in a scenic spot in the foothills
north of Golden at 4955 Pine Ridge Rd.  Ralston Road (64th Ave.) will take
you (with a couple of zig zags to the north) to highway 93.  Please note that
you will be NORTH of Pine Ridge Road at this point.  Be sure to read the
description of the garden and the complete directions for finding it in the
article Rancho de Oro in this newsletter.

This low-key afternoon would be a wonderful way for those members who dont
usually participate in society activities to get a taste of  what the local
iris growers are up to.   My plan is to spend the morning at Longs Gardens
in Boulder (not too far from the tour gardens) viewing their plantings for
the 98 convention.  Longs is the site of the convention master planting;
most of the varieties sent as guests will be on display.

Mark your calendar now!  A great iris day!  

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