The steering committee for the Siberian-Species Iris Convention, June
12-15, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, reminds you to be sure to get your
registration form postmarked no later than March 31 for the best price for
Hamilton, home of the famous Royal Botanical Gardens, is the site
of our main planting. We're offering two days of bus tours to four large
gardens; two sessions of Judges Training, and an exciting auction. You
will not be bored and you will not be disappointed.
Each of the tour gardens is different and special.
The Royal Botanical Gardens is the site of the main planting. Their Laking
Garden features hundreds of irises, new and heritage, as well as peonies and
beautifully planted and maintained perennial beds.
Chuck Chapman is a well-known hybridizer (Ruby Eruption, among others) who
specializes in irises for northern climates. He is in demand as a
speaker. His is a hybridizerís garden featuring his own interesting and
unique seedlings as well as the guest irises.
McMillenís have been operating their commercial McMellen's Iris
Gardens for many years. They boast 15 acres of irises in addition to
the siberian guests.
The University of Guelph Arboretum is the smallest of the guest
plantings, but choice for itís wide array of plant, trees and shrubs.
Our guest speaker, Monique Dumas-Quesnel of Quebec, is a plant breeder for
W. H. Peron, parent organization for the Dominion Seed House, a mail order
company, both large agriculture organizations in Canada. She has
introduced several species/interspecies hybrids and has registered others.
Look for her plants in our tour gardens!
Weíre staying at the Sheraton Hamilton (905-529-5515 or 800-514-7101); $136
Canadian; approximately $100 US, plus tax.
The registration fee is $135 US; $200 Canadian, IF postmarked by
March 31 Ė thatís a week from Monday, everybody! Hurry, hurry. Mail US
registrations to Peter Weixlmann, 280 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca,
NY 14224; and Canadian registrations to Pat Loy, 18 Smithfield
Drive, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 3M2