AIS:Compulsive Iris Grower
<< Ellen (who also joined AIS by going to the library)>>
I didn't join by going to the library, but a friend of mine did. There is
no question my love of the iris came first. I fell in love with the iris at
the age of fourteen and carried rhizomes of that iris with me through three
states. In early 1980's we finally had room to grow a few things. Within a few
months, I discovered fall blooming irises. Then I gave in to the
Schreiner's advertisement (bakers dozen) on the back page of Organic Gardening.
This would have sealed my fate had my obsession not already been in full
The next spring only 3 bloomed . . . Lime Fizz, Jolie, Dusky Evening. I
spent and an entire week making a fancy dress for my oldest daughter's eighth
grade graduation dance. I'm sure it wouldn't have taken quite as long if I
hadn't stopped so often to look out the window!
Then she (my oldest daughter) found a placemat at McDonalds just a week or
so later that advertised the local iris show. I went. The rest is history!
At that time, we rarely eat out so it meant to be! <vbg>
Guess I'd better change the title!
My level of interests and activities have definitely leaned more toward RIS
(Reblooming Iris Society), but I've been active on other levels too. My
driving compulsion is with the iris-- the plant.
For me, AIS is research material. Would I still be doing this if I didn't
hybridze? I doubt it. I'm a non-joiner and don't belong to any other clubs!
If I were younger, I would definitely find the Master Gardener's Association
very appealing. I like their style. This is a rapidly growing program in
my area. Their members are very enthusiastic.
If you don't cross them, you can't plant them!
Betty W. in South-central KY Zone 6 ---
Bridge In Time Iris Garden@website:
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