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Re: OT: Introduction

Welcome Holly!

I will second Jim's suggestion about joining the American Iris Society.  A
"single, annual" membership costs you $20.  There's a bargain available--a
three year membership "Triennial,...Single $43.  Contact Mary Brown, P. O. Box
2968, Baltimore, MD 21229.  Her phone # is (410) 233-4417 and e-mail is
aismemsec@earthlink.net .  I believe it is also possible to use VISA or
Mastercard, but I could be mistaken.

For membership you receive four information packed Bulletins per year--these
contain hosts of addresses of growers and suppliers of iris, and also January
and April issues contain the introduction ads for many hybridizers, often with

You also become eligible to vote on the Popularity Poll of 100 favorite
irises, a useful guide in your search for good varieties to build a

There is an annual multi-day convention of the AIS to which any member that
can attends.  There are several very large display gardens developed for each
convention with the latest and the best, and a number of up-coming
introductions, growing and on display.

Within the American Iris Society there are "regions" that have local
organization, newsletters and so on.  You will automatically be included in
the one covering your area.  You live in Region 4 which includes Maryland, D.
C., Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  Ginny Spoon (e-mail
vspoon@aol.com ) is our Regional Vice President and with her husband is also a
significant hybridizer and grower of iris.

You might enjoy browsing the AIS's website.  It is at http://www.irises.org/ .
From that home page you can go to the storefront where *The World of Irises*
can be bought.  Other useful and informative books and booklets are available.
*The World...* will answer almost any question you might have, covers all
kinds of irises and is sometimes rather hefty reading.  The cost is $28, and
well worth it.

The AIS pages also has a list of links to other iris organizations and
commercial suppliers.

We wish you the best in your growing and enjoying iris!

Neil Mogensen  USDA zone 7, western NC

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