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                       (585) 266-0302
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Ask us how you can become a member!

April 2015 Newsletter

Greater Rochester Iris Society
an affiliate of the American Iris Society

   As we wait for Mother Nature to make up her mind (Do I allow spring to come through?  Oh, but the cold is needed too!), we can continue to plan our gardens, because that’s all we can do right now, plan!

Many thanks to MJ Urist for presenting such a wonderful judge’s training and program at our last meeting.  We had a great time at our new location. It was a very pleasant drive from our house to the church last month, and I’m sure it will be even nicer as the weather warms up.

Our April meeting has our very own Laurie Burtner giving a talk on iris in the perennial border.  As almost every one of us has been to her garden, we know it will be a real treat! This meeting will start at the usual 2pm in our new digs, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 11 Episcopal Ave. in Honeoye Falls.

We ask that you bring your thinking caps to the meeting, also.  We have to come up with a new location for our sale.  With the move of the Cooperative Extension, we have lost our space.  The executive committee has been throwing a few ideas around, so we will be presenting them for your consideration, but we can always use new ideas and locations.  If you can think of anything, and can’t attend the meeting, please feel free to call or email me.  I love ideas!

After that, we start getting ready for our show “It’s High Time for Iris”, on May 31st at the Marketplace Mall. 

A week later, while we still have some blooms in our garden, we will be having our annual picnic at Neil’s place.  Time to be decided.

Our September 13th meeting will be Neil’s talk on the 2015 AIS convention.  I know I am looking forward to that!

And on October 11th, we will have an end of the year wrap-up, with elections and the white iris gift exchange for fun.  Right now, we will have openings in the vice president and secretary positions.  But all positions are open, really.  If you are interested in any position, please let a member of the executive committee know.

The Western NY Iris Society, our sister organization, will be having a meeting the week after ours, on April 19th, where they will be having a presentation on Spuria iris, an AIS PowerPoint presentation on the Genus Iris and they will also be distributing Species Iris seeds.  If you are interested in attending, please contact Carolyn Schaffner at  Their show will be on June 13th at Eastern Hills Mall, so if we have any later varieties of iris blooming, we can catch their show! 

Their sale is scheduled for August 24th, where they will be joining several other plant societies at the Buffalo Botanical gardens.  And in September, they will be having their picnic. 

Don’t forget GRIS dues are due at this coming meeting, and also anyone who wants to pre-order for the sale, monies are due then also.  We are still doing Rochester Rewards and bring a friend to our meetings for a $5 reward!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW Meeting Location!

We have a change in venue! Our regular meetings this year will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church in Honeoye Falls, NY.  We hope this may encourage some of our Southern Tier friends and AIS members to join us as it may be a tad closer.  It is also an easy drive of about 30 minutes from Rochester. The Village of Honeoye Falls is lovely.

There is a Google Maps link in the box to the right.  Use this or your GPS to get to 11 Episcopal Ave., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472.  Please be aware that "Ave." in Honeoye Falls means alley.  The church is set back and not visible from W. Main Street (Rte.94).  The founders apparently thought Episcopal Alley was not seemly.

Once you have found the church, the parish hall will be to your right.  That is where we will meet.

From Rochester and Points North:
Take Rte. 65 (Clover St.) to Honeoye Falls. Go straight through the stop light (please stop if it is red).  Do not follow Rte. 65 which turns left. The first right turn is Episcopal Ave. The church is at the end of this.
Take 390 South to exit  11. Follow signs to Rte. 251 East.  Follow through Rush to the traffic circle at Rte. 65.  Take the first exit in the circle heading south on Rte. 65 (Clover St.) to Honeoye Falls. Go straight through the stop light (please stop if it is red).  Do not follow Rte. 65 which turns left. The first right turn is Episcopal Ave. The church is at the end of this.

From Points South.
Take I-390 north to exit 10. Follow Rtes. 5 & 20 East to Lima.  Turn left onto Rte. 15A North. Bear Right at Rte. 94 following the sign to Honeoye Falls.  When you enter the village watch for the traffic light.  On your left you will the post office a block BEFORE you reach the light.  Episcopal Ave. is on the left immediately past the post office. Turn left on Episcopal Ave. the church is at the end of this.
Find your way to Lima via 15A or  5 & 20. Follow 15A north and follow the instructions above.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New Introdutions and Your AIS Local

It's that time of year.  Waiting for catalogs to arrive is being replaced by the online reveals of new iris introductions. Own of my favorite growers (Mid-America) is rolling out their 2015 intros via Facebook.  Click on the photo os the intro below to go the Facebook page

'Join In' SDB Black 2015
Recently I started reconstructing my photos following a hard drive crash. While my interest in iris is old, my serious attempts to grow them started about 10 years ago.  Like a kid in the candy shop, I planted many rhizomes.  Then I planted many more. I became obsessive and took on Smaug-like qualities.

Thanks to my friends at the Greater Rochester Iris Society (GRIS), my tastes are beginning to mature.  I read more carefully about growth habit and realize that with some limited space I need to make choices.

The MDB above is lovely, but not particularly unique.  The photo of the clump interests me more. If 'Join In' performs like this in upstate New York, it would make a great addition to any garden.  That's a big "if" and the only way to find out is to try it, or find someone who grows it in similar climate and soil.  That's the fun of growing and sharing successes and failures.  An American Iris Society (AIS) local chapter can facilitate this and be fun as well.

Neil Houghton

Saturday, October 4, 2014

2014 Garden Memories

2014 Garden Memories    

               . . . in the Hutchings gardens

A friendly greeting awaits you at the Hutchings home.

Potted petunias totem. 
How did they do that?
An exotic branched sculpture remains after Nate pruned a contorted filbert 
that had been hit by the eastern filbert blight.

The tree now forms a vibrant focal point in the back yard . . .

and has become a unique support for pretty hanging baskets.
(Latest word is that there is new growth at the base of the tree!)

A clump of TB 'Rare Treat' makes a lovely show.

Smooth, sword-like iris foliage creates a strong textural contrast against
the rugged pale boulder and feathery silver-leaved artemesia. 

               . . . in the Houghton gardens

Pretty iris

Irises and daylilies highlight the plantings that surround a naturalistic pond
in a picturesque corner of Diamond Rise Gardens.

Another pretty iris

More pretty irises

Mr. Jack O'Lantern keeps a watchful eye on comings and growings.
Don't forget to wave goodbye as you leave.

. . . at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario 

TB 'Insaniac', one of my favorites last spring at the RBG Laking Gardens
which are presently undergoing an extensive renovation.

We'd love to see photos from your gardens!  
Please contact us to show them here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

By Laws for Passage at 9/14/14 Meeting

First Reading: 13 April 2014

Article I – Name and Affiliation
Section 1: A. The name of this organization shall be the Greater Rochester Iris Society (GRIS).

The Greater Rochester Iris Society is a non-profit local affiliate of the American Iris Society and as such, is governed by the AIS by-laws.
Article II - Purpose
Section 1:
A.    The purpose of Greater Rochester Iris Society shall be education of the public through exhibitions, public display gardens, published standards for judging, and local, area, regional and national meetings open to the public; and
B.    Furtherance of the endeavors of AIS.

Section 2: The Greater Rochester Iris Society shall be organized and operated exclusively for the educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 3: Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws, the [Greater Rochester Iris Society] shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by
(a)   an organization exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or
(b)    an organization, contributions to which are deductible under Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Section 4: No substantial part of the activities of the Greater Rochester Iris Society shall consist of carrying on propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Greater Rochester Iris Society shall not participate or intervene in any political campaign, including the publication or the distribution of statements on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Section 5: Inurement of income: No part of the net earnings of the organization shall be distributable to its members, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization is authorized to pay reasonable compensation for goods and/or services rendered in furtherance of the objectives of the Greater Rochester Iris Society

Article III - Membership
Section 1: Membership of this Society is open to any person who wishes to support the purpose of the society as stated in Article II.

Section 2: All members shall:
a) Have an interest in gardening with iris.
b) Be willing to take an active part in the activities of the Society
c) Submit payment of dues in a timely manner.

Article IV – Dues
Section 1: Annual dues shall be payable at the beginning of the society year in January. Effective January 1, 2014 dues are $10 per member. Members are encouraged but not required to be members of the American Iris Society.

Section 2: Members whose dues are delinquent on April 31, and who have been duly notified, shall automatically be dropped from the membership roll.

Article V – Finances
Section 1: The society shall be supported by fund raising activities, including but not restricted to raffles, plant sales and auctions.

Section 2: A proposed budget will be prepared by the treasurer in consultation with the executive committee to be presented at the annual meeting.

Section 3: The President and Treasurer must approve all non-budgeted items costing in excess of $50.00 prior to payment.

Section 4: Should the society be dissolved, all assets will be turned over to Region 2 of the American Iris Society with the understanding that the money will be returned if the Greater Rochester Iris Society were revived.

Article VI: Meetings
Section 1: The annual meeting of the society will be held in October each year.

Section 2: General meetings of the membership will be held on at least 3 other occasions with prior notification.

Section 3: Roberts Rules of Order shall govern all business meetings.

Article VII - Officers
Section 1: The officers of this Society shall be President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. All officers must be members in good standing with AIS.

Section 2: Officers shall serve for two years to begin one month following their election, with the privilege of re-election at the expiration of their term

Section 3: Should an officer other than the President resign prior to the end of their term of office, the office shall be filled by vote of the Executive Committee.

Section 4: Should the President be unable to complete the term of office, the Vice-President will assume those duties until the next election.

Article VIII – Duties of Officers

Section 1:
A. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Society, shall be an ex-officio member of all Committees with the exception of the Nominating Committee, will act as the society’s representative to the Region 2 Board of Directors or may appoint a proxy if unable to attend, and shall perform such duties as required for the advancement of the mission of the society.

B. The President shall serve as the Membership Chair or appoint a member in good standing to serve as Membership Chairman for a term of two years.

Section 2: The Vice President is responsible for arranging programs for each meeting and in the absence of the President, presides over the meetings.

Section 3: The Secretary shall record the minutes of all meetings of the Society and shall be the custodian of all records and papers pertaining to the office. 

Section 4: The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all the Society funds and shall deposit all monies in an insured financial institution in an account in the name of the Society. The Treasurer shall keep an itemized account of all receipts and disbursements and shall report at all regular meetings to the Society. The Treasurer shall pay all bills approved by the President, and the President shall be authorized to sign checks in the absence or disability of the Treasurer

Section 5: All officers report at the request of the President. These reports shall be filed with the Secretary.

Section 6: All officers are expected to take an active part in the business of running the organization, including attendance at Executive Committee meetings. An officer, who is inattentive to his/ her duties, may be asked to vacate the office by a majority of the executive committee or 2/3 of the general membership. Any vacancy occurring in an office other than the presidency shall be filled by vote of the Executive Committee.  This includes the office of Vice-President if vacated to fill the office of President.

Article IX - Executive Committee
Section 1: All elected officers shall constitute the Executive Committee.

Section 2: This Committee transacts the general business of the Society, considers all questions of policy and presents recommendations to the Society for approval.

Section 3:  Meetings of the Executive Committee shall be held at the call of the President.

Section 4. A majority of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum.

Section 5: Between meetings of the society, the Executive Committee cannot modify any action taken by the society.

Article X - Committees
Section 1: Committees shall be established as are necessary to carry on the work of the Society.

Section 2: Committee membership is open to all members.

Section 3: The Chairmen of all committees shall be appointed by the President, except for the Program Committee Chair who is the Vice-President, an elected position, and shall report at the request of the President.

Article XI - Elections

Section 1: A Nominating Committee of one to three members in good standing shall be appointed by the President.

Section 2: A. The Nominating Committee shall submit a list of candidates at the September meeting prior to the expiration of the officers’ terms.

B. The Nominating Committee will publish the list of candidates prior to the annual meeting, at which elections are to take place.

Section 3: Nominations shall be accepted from the floor at the annual meeting prior to the election, which shall be held at that meeting.

Section 4: If there is more than one candidate for the same office, election shall be by secret ballot and a plurality shall elect. If there is only one candidate for each office, election can be by voice vote.

Article XI – Amendments
The by laws may be amended at any regular meeting of the Society by a two thirds vote of those members present, provided the proposed amendment has been submitted in writing, read at the previous regular meeting and is included in the minutes of that meeting which are mailed to the general membership and are included in the newsletter which is sent to the general membership.

These bylaws have been presented and approved on: ____________