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Re: Info: Speaking of monies for new iris clubs

The Mesilla Valley Iris Society has our annual rhizome sale at the Mesilla Valley Mall on the Saturday and Sunday after Labor Day Weekend in September.? We pay the mall $10 per table and the mall sets up for us about 18 tables.? We set up the sale Friday and then sell all day Saturday and Sunday. ?The cost of?having?the sale at?the mall is $200.00.? The last couple of years we were placed outside JC Penny.?? I think AIS provides the insurance.? 

During Labor Day Weekend we dig up the irises at our respective houses and bring to one member's house for trimming, cleaning and writing the name of the iris, year introduced, color and cost on the leaf with a sharpie.? It takes about 5 hours for each of the three day holiday weekend.? We sell the Irises from $2 to $5 depending on the year.? Any member who comes and helps gets to take one of whatever he/she wants.?? Of course some cultivars never make it sale ;-)

We place pictures of the iris by the rhizome.? The pictures were cut from catalogs or were members pictures.? Over the years we have accumulated a big box of pictures.? Rhizomes without pictures will not sell well.

This generates about $2000.00 in profit.? Leftovers Irises can be taken to the farmers market to sell?or given to the local garden clubs for their fundraising events. 

Does your new club have lots of Irises among the members?? Everyone needs to thin out Irises occasionally.? A possibility may be to ask for Iris donations from nearby clubs.? 

One of the thing our club does is to purchase for each active?club member a $45 iris.? That iris belongs to the club and club members get a rhizome when there are enough increases.? This increases the quality of everyone's collection.? The northern NM clubs does something similar except they focus on irises that are of interest to the judges.? Judges are suppose to?view an iris for 2 years in a row in a garden in order to vote intelligently.


-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Smith <irisgrower@cableone.net>
To: IrisEditors@yahoogroups.com; iris@hort.net
Sent: Thu, 14 Feb 2008 11:43 am
Subject: [iris] Info: Speaking of monies for new iris clubs

Hi to all,

 I've been told that some Regions have start up money that help new iris
What regions? Or is this true?

If it is true, what were the results of your efforts and how did you fund
this. Do you feel the
money was wasted or put to good use?

I've written Kathy Chilton for Region 15 and she informs me we have a very
tight budget
for our region and to not get my hopes up.

So I was wondering, what I, or in the future our club, could do  to help.?
Or anyone or club could do that had an interest in promoting iris?

Linda in CW AZ

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