Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SALE - redux and reduced.

If you missed our sale, here's another chance to save BIG on quality iris. Prices are reduced.  No iris over $4.  Locally grown Tall Bearded iris $3. Medians $2 and grab-bag "orphans" 2/$1.  Buy 3 get one free. There is a great selection of iris rhizomes!  Other perennials will be available for sale.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Terry Aitken Interviewed at Salmon Creek

Another video from the the AIS convention.  Here's Terry Aitken, internationally know and award winning hybridizer, at Salmon Creek Gardens.


An AIS Convention Visitor from Holland

As the season here winds down I will catch up on postings from the AIS Convention.  First an interview with Gerard Heemskerk from the Netherlands.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

In Memoriam: Jim Schnellinger

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of one of great contributing members and overall nice guy, Jim Schellinger.
Our deep sympathy goes out to his wife, Betty, an active member of GRIS.

Jim was always there to lead a hand on whatever project needed doing.  His generous sharing spirit will never be forgotten by all that knew him.

James T. Schnellinger, 78, of Corfu passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 7, 2015. 
Jim operated a landscape nursery at his home and was retired from National Fuel Gas in Batavia and Clarence, where he also was a past president of Local 2154, IBEW. Jim was a past president of the Pembroke Woodturners Guild and a member of woodturning 
groups in Buffalo. A life member of both the WNY Hosta Society and the Buffalo Area Daylily Society as well as an active member of the Genesee Valley Hosta Society, WNY Iris Society and the Greater Rochester Iris Society as well as the American Iris Society. 
Jim was an active member of St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, formerly St. Francis Church, in Corfu. 
Beloved husband of Elizabeth; dear father of James, Jeffrey (Virginia), and William (Soon-Gill); loving grandfather of Alex and Renee; dear brother of Michael Schnellinger (Elizabeth) and Barbara Davis, and loving uncle of several nieces and nephews. Jim was a good, kind and generous man. He was much loved by all who knew him and he will be deeply missed.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Roses before the Iris Convention

The day before the official AIS convention opening, we were taken by our host to the Portland Rose Gardens.  High above the the city the spectacular view is certainly enhanced by hundreds of roses blooming in this terraced section of Washington Park.


Sunday, May 17, 2015

To Oregon and the AIS Convention

For the first time I will attend the American Iris Society National Convention.  It begins tomorrow and end Saturday.  Folding in a trip to visit friends on the Oregon Coast and friend in Portland I arrived on May 9.  The next day I drove to Coos Bay, but on the way I could not resist a stop at Schreiner's. This largest of all iris retailers in the United States sits on the east side on I-5.  Acres and acres of color catch the eye and a stopover during bloom season is always with the time.  An hour or a day.  There are hundreds and hundreds of cultivars to see.

Near the parking lot was bed of seedlings.  This was the first to catch my eye.  YY197-D with white/yellow standards and mahogany falls has a nice growing habit and good substance.

The opportunity to see seedlings in the garden is a great joy!  Will they be introduced?  If so, when and what will their names be?


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A reminder of our 2015 Program and Events

  an Affiliate of the American Iris Society

Exciting Programs and Events for 2015!

And   YOU  are invited!
(All GRIS programs are open to the public.)

March 8 - 1:00 p.m. 
”Mardi Gras in Your Garden: 
Growing Louisiana Irises in Upstate New York” 
Learn the secrets to to growing these exotic Louisiana irises in your garden!
AIS Accredited Judge M.J. Urist of Louisiana Iris Gardens, Tully NY
St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls

April 12 – 2:00 p.m
”Iris in the Perennial Border”
Laurie Burtner, Monroe County Master Gardener, tells us how to include various irises 
in our gardens with other plants and varying degrees of light.                   
St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls

May 31 
”It’s HIGH Time for Iris” 
The Annual GRIS Iris Show with Bloom Stalks and Floral Designs
Marketplace Mall, Henrietta 
Ask us how you can participate!

July 26 (tentative)        
Annual Iris Sale
Bargain rates for newer irises and those successfully grown in our area.  It’s your opportunity to ask GRIS members all about growing these fabulous flowers!  Location TBD.

September 13 – 2:00 p.m.
The 2015 AIS Convention - Fabulous Flowers 
GRIS member Neil Houghton shows and discusses his photos from this memorable event featuring tours of some of the major iris growers in the US.
St. John’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 11 Episcopal Avenue, Honeoye Falls

October 11 – 2:00 p.m. 
Elections and the White Iris Gift Exchange.
General meeting with end-of-the-year discussions.

For further information: Cara Hutchings, GRIS President
thehutchings@mac.com                       (585) 266-0302
Follow us on our web site:  http://rochesteriris.blogspot.com/ 

Ask us how you can become a member!